Prayers for the Week – Love Never Fails

Love

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This past Tuesday my wife Cindy and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and I got to thinking a bit about all that has happened to us in the past several months.  In April, Cindy lost her Uncle Ted; in early June, her Uncle Sam left us; then, when we got home from that funeral, we lost our dog Regan; last month, Cindy’s Uncle Walter passed away.  It’s been one struggle after another, and it isn’t done yet, not by a long shot.  However, in the midst of all of that, the overwhelming emotion that we are experiencing in all of our trials and tribulations is Love.  The picture above is of a plaque on my wall in my office, a plaque that my friend Sally gave me several years back.  I think of her often as I look at it, but I realized that I’ve never taken a shot of it before now.  On this plaque, in sixteen simple words, is such promise, such hope.  The author of Corinthians is absolutely correct, Love never fails.  I hope you have the kind of love I have, the love I have for my wife, and the love I have for my Lord.  I am a blessed man, and today, I see that more and more.

Life is short, in the blink of an eye it is gone, and the overwhelming things that last with us are the things that revolve around our loved ones.  Tell them you love them, tell them you’re there for them, each and every day of your life.  Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this weeks Prayers for the week post. Today’s title is in honor of Teddy Lane Matthews, a man of God who passed away last Tuesday. Uncle Ted (pictured, on right, with Uncle Bob, who we lost last year) was a good man, a man of Faith, a man who loved and knew the Lord. When someone passes, the grief we feel is for our friend, our loved one, but we know that they are no longer in any pain, that they are no longer suffering. When one such as Uncle Ted passes, the sorrow, the prayers, the concern is for those left behind, in this case, Aunt Connie, his wife of nearly 50 years. Please pray for her and the rest of the family, and to Aunt Connie, please remember this very important point: I have no doubt that Jesus welcomed Uncle Ted with these words: ‘Well done, my good and faithful Servant.’

In addition to this, please pray for my friend Sheila’s friend Jodi, who is suffering from uterine cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.


Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen. 

Prayers for the Week – James 5:16

James 5:16

13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. 19My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. ~ James 5:13-20 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  I’ve got just a couple of prayer requests and praises today, but they both speak to the power of prayer and the verses we are sharing today.  Please read and pray with us, and please include your prayer requests in the comments so that we can pray for you too!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

  • Big Praises from my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel! Here is what she wrote:Hello again! I believe this may be the last update I will send for this particular journey we have been on!
    Daniel’s colonoscopy/EGD came back with no concerns. They took a few samples to biopsy and everything came back okay. So, his hernia repair surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. He will spend a few day in the hospital and then we will be home indefinitely! The only remaining planned surgery will be to remove his port if he has 2 more PET scans come back clean. The oncologist is monitoring him every month in case we get another recurrence and the scans will be done every 3 months for a while. I like to say we are doing the finishing work – like when you get new floors and it takes a bit for the baseboards to get installed! (unless the work is being done by a certain family flooring company up north!). So if you can pray that the hernia repair goes well, there are no infections or complications and it works, as well as Daniel remaining cancer free, we would much appreciate it!
    We want to also thank you for walking this journey with us. Without your support and prayers, we wouldn’t have gotten here. Almost a year ago, I hoped upon hope that we would make it to this point but I never allowed myself to dream that we would actually get here. We are here because of the miracles your faith and prayers helped happen. I thank you for having the deep faith, trust in God and love for God and Jesus to pray for us prayers that were answered. I thank all of you for being there for us – no matter if it was shuttling Cate around, listening to me go on and on about the what ifs, the notes and gifts to say you were there, or any just being out there rooting for us. These messages have been an outlet for me. A way to organize the chaos into something that seemed doable. Knowing we had a support network filled with so many wonderful people helped in ways you might never understand. Many of you we have never met, but you supported us and we thank you for that. Mostly, we thank you all for loving us enough to care and travel with us while we tackled this challenge God put in our lives. While we have made it through with the best possible outcome, we have also grown in our faith and perspective and, at least speaking for me, are better people for it. I hope that one day you will trust us to return the favor by supporting you when you need it. Maybe when our lives settle down, we can do a victory tour to thank you all in person! Hopefully, God won’t put this nasty obstacle in our paths again. But if He does, rest assured, I will come bother you again!
    Love and Thanks!
    Amanda, Daniel and Cate
  • Please pray for my Brother-In-Christ Elisha and his family. Elisha has been fighting back issues, and today it got worse to the point that he had to go to the hospital. Please pray for his healing, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for him and his wife Cynthia. Elisha is as close a friend as I have at work, we’ve known each other for almost 20 years. Thank you for your prayers!

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Graduates

Prayers for the Week – Graduates

Graduates

For our Graduates, follow the Word, and life will be more meaningful as a result!

All across the country, thousands upon thousands of college graduates are lining up, bringing their family and friends to witness their big accomplishment, and to celebrate the end of a journey that has seen them persevere through good times and bad times, times of sunshine and times of rain, but through hard work, they have reached their goal.

Congratulations to all of you that have graduated!  For my niece Stephanie, this is her second graduation from college.  She recently completed her Masters of Education in School Counseling.  For her and all of her classmates, in fact, for all of the graduates, I give you my favorite Bible verse for you to reflect upon and to rely upon when things don’t always look rosy.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”~ Jeremiah 29:11

The older that I get, the more I realize that my dependence isn’t just with what I have studied and learned, both in school and in life; my dependence has grown over the years to the point that I realize that I need to rely on my Lord and Savior for guidance, help, and assistance through life.  What astounds me is that so many of our youth already have the foundation, that realization that life isn’t meant to be handled by yourself, that you need to have God on your side to take care of the things that you are not able to do, and even some of the things that you can do for yourself too.

My prayer to each and every one of you that have graduated and are starting your lives armed with that knowledge is this:  That you would remember all that you learned, and that you would realize, if you don’t know already, that there was so much that you haven’t learned yet, and that God can lead you in that knowledge.

Now, I don’t have any prayer requests and praises from last week for you, but please remember to go to pray for the ones that we have listed previously.  You can access all of our prayer posts by clicking on the link.  Until next week, let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

Simple Life

Prayers for the Week – The Simple Life

Simple Life

Image courtesy and ©Molly E. Petrey

Hello my friends, and thank you for stopping by today for our Prayers for the Week post.  Today we are taking a look at the Simple Life, that life that we all long for where the complications are lessened, the stresses are not as great, and we are all able to enjoy all of the things that make our lives worth living.  In short, the simple life isn’t any particular thing — and for each of us, what defines the simple life is perhaps totally different.  But I believe that it is the small things in life, the small little details, that truly make our lives have meaning.  Here are the things that I enjoy that give my life meaning:

  • Praying to my Lord.  Praying to God is what truly makes my life the blessing that it is.
  • Reading my Bible.  I’ve committed this year to reading through the entire Bible — which, when you look at it as a whole, seems daunting.  However, when you break it down into small pieces, it’s truly not that bad at all and is quite manageable.
  • Loving my wife and daughter and dog.  The simple act of love puts my life into focus, it gives me meaning and purpose, and makes me realize just what is important.
  • Slowing down.  I know that it isn’t always possible, but whenever I can, I try to slow down, to take things a little more relaxed, and just appreciate the small details a little bit more.
  • My Bible Study.  One of the things that I draw great enjoyment from is studying the Word with my fellow Brothers-In-Christ.  That’s why I enjoy the Men’s Study so much — it brings all of us together with a common purpose and gives us meaning.

What things do you enjoy that give your life meaning?  Today, take some time to remember what they are, and take a little more time to enjoy those things.  I think if you do that, you will reset your brain just a bit, and you will find yourself that much closer to God as a result.  Now, please pray for these prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • I’m starting us off with a praise from my friend Rosanne.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook: Yesterday my cousin Heather said “I do” to her soul mate Steve. It was truly a wonderful day and the bride was glowing. They have been together through thick and thin and I have no doubt they’ll get their happily ever after. I love you both. Steve, welcome to the “family.” Tom is thrilled to have another Farrell grad to add to the bunch.  Congratulations Heather and Steve!
  • Another praise!  My friends Carrie and Scott are now parents again!  Their little baby boy was born on Thursday the 20th!  Congratulations you two!
  • This is a slow week for prayer requests, so I’ll close with one prayer request for all of us — please pray for all of the anonymous prayer requests and also for the prayer requests that we don’t hear about.  Please lift them up to the Lord so that He will hear our prayers and lift up those that are scared or timid or just don’t know to ask us to pray for them.

And now, like always, let’s close with the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.