Prayers for the Week – Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Palm Sunday edition of the Prayers for the Week Post.  Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry by Jesus into the city of Jerusalem all those years ago.  It represents the best that we had to offer our Lord and Savior, because by the end of the week, we would be showing our absolute worst side to Him.  Today is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar.  The video I’ve got here shares some words about Palm Sunday — please have a look.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about today.  The world today, by and large, does not know what this day is about.  If they worship Jesus, that is great, but so many don’t, so for them, today is just one last Sunday before Easter comes next week, when they will eat candy and get presents and have friends and family over or go visit them.  Last year, on Palm Sunday, there was a marathon going on in Raleigh, where we live, and it really disrupted access to the downtown churches that day.  Fortunately, this year the marathon is going on the weekend after Easter, so hopefully it will not be a big issue.

My friends, my brothers and sisters, my prayer for you today is that you are closer to Jesus today than you were yesterday.  My prayer is that you have given your life into His loving hands, and that you worship Him, Praise Him, Pray to Him, and that you see how much better life is with Jesus in your life than without Him.  Now, please read our prayer requests and praises this week, there are a lot of them, and a lot of sad and hurting people that need our prayers, comfort, support, and love.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my Aunt Ti and Uncle Don. Here is what Aunt Ti wrote on Facebook:
    What a week…again. Don is now in U Va Hospital in Charlottesville. They finally had to intubate and sedate him because he was so exhausted from trying to breath. They still have him on 4 different antibiotics and haven’t seen much progress. His blood gases are showing better but his kidneys and lungs aren’t yet. Monday am he was flown down to Cville because they thought he was having a heart attack but then they said no. There is a slight problem with his heart but Dr. said the muscle itself is pumping good. All we can do is wait for them to find a more specific bacteria and antibiotic so please pray that they do that soon. I was relieved when they put him ‘under’ because of how exhausted he was. Rest peacefully my love. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts, please keep it up cause we still need His help.
    Please pray for Uncle Don’s healing, for their Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and for the medical team as they work to get him mended quickly. Thank you everyone!
  • My friend Kelly has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Could you add a young couple that my daughter babysits for. They just turned 30. 4 Children. Amazing Christian family. He may be facing cancer for the 6th time. Waiting for reports right now. Thank you.
    Please pray for his healing, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for the whole family. Also please pray for the skill of the medical team that is treating him. Thank you!
  • Please pray for my friend Jennifer’s grandchild! Here is what she wrote:
    Please say a prayer for my grand daughter. She is in emergency surgery now due to her shunt malfunctioning. She’s a tough little girl but she can use all of your prayers. Thank you.
    Please pray with me:
    Heavenly Father, please be with your servant Jennifer and her family and especially her granddaughter as she battles this serious medical problem. If it is Your Will, please grant her Healing, Your Healing Touch on her life, and guide the hands and eyes of the medical team so that they may perform Your Miracle. Please grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to all of the family and friends, and hear our prayers, please. It is in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus that we pray. Amen!
  • My wife’s co-worker Dee has had a loss in her family.  She and her husband Robert have lost their cat, Pickles.  For people like Dee and Robert, who don’t have children, their pets become their children, and Dee is heartbroken over the loss of Pickles.  Please pray for them, that they remember the good times and good memories they have with Pickles, and that they remember that Pickles isn’t hurting anymore, and that they remember the long life that Pickles had.  Thank you for remembering them in their time of need.
  • For all of those out there that are coming up against tax issues, please pray for them.  I know that taxes are a thing we all have to deal with, but please pray that taxes would not be something that burdens us too much, that we would be able to put it all in perspective, and that we would all pay our fair share.
  • Next, I have a prayer request and a praise to share, all in the same event.  I would like to give God Glorious Praise for the marriage of Torri and Michael!  They were married yesterday in a beautiful ceremony, and now begin their life as husband and wife.  Please pray that God would Bless their marriage, that He would guide them in all of their steps, and that they would call on Him each day as they walk their walk together.
  • Lastly, please give Praise to God today for Sophie and her dance partners at Church, under the wonderful leadership of Ms. Sarah and Ms. Brook.  They are dancing a very complex dance for Palm Sunday today, so please give Praise to God for them and their worship in dance, and please pray for their nerves (if they have any!) and that it would be a wonderful display of their Love for God!

Now, please pray with me 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.

Triumphant Entry

Prayers for the Week – Jesus’ Triumphant Entry!

Triumphant Entry

Today is Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar; the day when Our Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Prayers for the Week post, the weekly prayer post that receives your prayer requests and lists them here so others all across the world can pray over them and lift up you and your cares to the Lord.  Today is, of course, Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar, and it is the day of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, to the cheers of the people of Jerusalem.  This day is the day when everyone acknowledged Him as their Lord oh so many years ago, and for us, today is the day we remember the love that those people had for Jesus, as well as the love that we have for Jesus.

The sad part of the Easter story for me, anyway, is how quickly those people — us — turn away from Jesus when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do for us.  Those people, less than a week later, were the same people that were shouting “Crucify Him!”  For many of us, including me, I am sorry to say, far too often we leave Church on Sunday, go eat breakfast or lunch or brunch or whatever you wish to call it, and by the time we have changed out of our Church clothes we have already forgotten the message that should have been put on our heart.

In Raleigh, today is also the day that the Rock and Roll Marathon is being held.  Today.  Palm Sunday.  Thousands and thousands of runners, walkers, volunteers, and so on have decided that they have nothing better to do than go run in a race.  Oh sure, I’m sure that the Rock and Roll Marathon is raising money for some worthy cause.  I know that there are plenty of people that don’t go to Church anyway, regardless of the time of year.  But what disgusts me a bit is that the City of Raleigh and the organizers of this event specifically selected Palm Sunday — and that, when the plans were first being finalized, they had no problem with interrupting people’s access to their church to worship their God.  The Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure event is held on a Saturday every year — and I say that the Rock and Roll Marathon could have been run on a Saturday as well.  It should have been run on Saturday.  I think I know exactly what they worship — and it isn’t God.

My friends, I am sorry if I sound harsh today; it is not my intention to be so.  It just bothers me that so many people don’t put God first in their lives.  More than that, it bothers me that I don’t put God first in my life more often. I think of Easter, and I praise God for being so willing to send His Son Jesus to die for me, for my sins — and it really bothers me that He should have to do that at all, that me and you and everyone else just wasn’t smart enough, didn’t care enough, didn’t love Him enough to do what He asked of us.  Even now, despite knowing and believing and loving Jesus — despite all that, still I far to often put Him aside and focus on other things.  Far too often I don’t include Him in my day to day decision making.  Far too often I put my self to the front, and not make it the least.  One thing I do do, though, is every day I thank God for loving me and for forgiving me when I sin.

Enough about me, though.  This is a prayer request post, isn’t it?  It’s time to focus on our prayer requests, and as always, I thank you for praying for all of these people, for praising them to God, and I give thanks to God for each and every one of you for continuing this ministry of Love.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friends Amanda and Daniel need your prayers.  Daniel has been fighting cancer for quite a while, and earlier this week, I received this message from Amanda.  Here is what she wrote:
    “Some of you know that at my husband, Daniel’s, last check in with his oncologist, his CEA was elevated and we had to go for more tests. We had a PET scan last week and got the results yesterday. He has a large mass on his liver that wasn’t there in May. There are a few things it could be – nothing, something unrelated to the cancer, a recurrence of the colon cancer, primary liver cancer or lymphoma. The oncologist feels it isn’t likely related to the colon cancer because of how quickly it developed and because the rest of his body was completely clean in the scan. Of the options, nothing or lymphoma are our best choices. We go for a biopsy sometime this week – it is still to be scheduled. Then we go to an oncology surgeon on Wednesday and follow up with the oncologist next Friday (4/18). We will then have a plan of attack. If it is cancer – no matter the kind, we will go through a round of chemo to try to shrink the mass. If it shrinks enough, they will then surgically remove the mass. While this isn’t the news we wanted, it is much much better than it could be. It was caught early and at this point there is a very good chance we can kick it. We have an amazing oncologist as well as other doctors and all of you to support us so we will make it through! Please continue to pray. I will start sending regular emails with updates again probably beginning next week after we meet with the doctors. My friends have started a novena. They are praying the prayer below to Saint Peregrine in hopes of a healthy outcome for Daniel. We will be saying the novena daily through next Friday (the date of the oncologist appt). If you’d like feel free to join us. If praying to saints isn’t something you do, that’s fine too. We’ll take whatever prayers and positive thoughts you want to send our way! Thanks so much for all of your love and support! It is truly amazing the great people we have in our corner!Prayer to Saint Peregrine
    O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.For Daniel – for a complete and immediate healing of his entire body-especially his liver.
    Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.”
  • Last week we prayed for my friend Dawn and her Dad.  Unfortunately, he passed away during the week, so please give praise to God for the life of William Winston, but please also pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon his wife Judy, his daughters Victoria and Dawn, and for all of his grandchildren.  The man they love is gone, and they celebrate his life, love that Jesus is taking care of him, but still miss him dearly.
  • Please continue to pray for little Rebecca and her family.  Every post I read brings tears to my eyes, but I give thanks to God that He is with them.  If you wish to read one of their posts, here is one about their trip to Disney, thanks to the Make a Wish group.
  • Please continue to pray for my niece Stephanie as she battles her illness.  Be with her and her husband Shane.
  • Please pray for everyone that has prayer requests on their heart but is afraid to voice them out loud.  Please pray for the anonymous prayers that we sometimes hear about.  Please keep them close, and pray for those that live in fear.
  • Lastly, Lord, thank You for Your Son Jesus, and for all that He means to us.

Now, Lord, we pray the prayer that You taught us to pray, saying:

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.

Prayers for the Week, March 24, 2013

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English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to our special Prayers for the Week post.  Today is Palm Sunday, that special day in the Christian calendar when our Savior Jesus triumphantly arrives in Jerusalem, riding on the back of a donkey.

It is amazing how the people of Israel could wave palm branches, shouting Hosanna one day, and then days later, they would be shouting “Crucify Him!”

When I was younger, and not truly in Christ, I still read the Bible, and I could not believe how dumb the Jewish people could be!  The Israelites time and time and time again spurned God, turned their backs on Him, and worshipped whomever or whatever they wanted to.

As I’ve grown up in my Faith, though, and especially since I have been part of The Men’s Study Bible Study, I have learned that WE are, in essence, doing the same things that the Jewish people did so many years ago.  It was humbling when I realized this, because I learned a very important lesson — I turned my back on Him just as often as the Israelites did.

Once I learned that valuable lesson, I began to see that the Scriptures aren’t dated, aren’t written for a people from 2000 years ago, they are just as relevant today as they were then.  My friends, Brothers and Sisters, that is perhaps as valuable a lesson as you will ever learn.

At this time, I invite you to join with us, all across the world, as we pray for those that are hurting, and praise our Father in Heaven for those special things that He has given to us!  As always, you can read and pray over last week’s prayer requests here.

Prayer Requests:

  • We have a prayer request from J Darling, who writes: 

Praise for good health and the ability to work out!
Prayers for My Sailor who is deploying soon, and for strength as I work through my dad’s cancer. He’s opted to go on Hospice. He’s been married to my mom for 41 years (all of my life and my brother’s). We’ll never be ready to let go and say good-bye, but if something should happen while My Sailor is away, it’ll be very challenging if impossible to let him know, and I’ll need him more than ever… So peace and strength to get through this challenging year.
And gratitude for the strength and new skills I’m learning every day.

  • From Facebook, my friend Jessica asks for prayers.

My friend Jessica needs prayers for her husband’s father, who is battling cancer. Please pray for healing for him, but also God’s Peace and Strength to come upon all of the family in the days and weeks ahead! Thanks! 

  • From my friends Karen and Tim, who have this prayer request:

Small request Mike, my husband lost his job back in Sept 2012 due to bankruptcy and he has only had several short part-time jobs without insurance for the family. Prayer for health for our family, we have our kids on medicare but my hubby and I have zero insurance. We have work but the jobs dont offer ins. and we cant afford ins. thru independent carriers…..Thanks

  • My Aunt Ti also has a similar request, here is what she asked prayers for:

I’ve been in that same boat as Tim Pugh Mike, since Jan. of 2009 and I know exactly how they feel. Obamacare hasn’t helped one bit.

  • A last, desperate prayer request for my fellow Park View High School graduate Jeff:

Want to send prayers to Jeff Fowler. This was just posted. This is Natalie. Jeff has taken a turn for the worse. He is in ICU at NIH. Sadly it wont be much longer. Jeff has fought a valient fight. I will update with another post later with additional information.

Please pray for Jeff’s salvation at this late hour — pray that he knows Jesus, and that Jesus also knows him! Also, please pray God’s Peace and Strength upon the family and friends in the days and weeks to come, and also pray for Jeff’s comfort, that he be free from pain, and that he wake up in Jesus’ loving embrace when the time comes. Thank you, everyone!

  • Prayers from my Cousin Ann for a little boy, Joey Angel.  Here is what she said late last night:

Praying for Joey Angel tonight – he’s still in the ICU at Children’s Hospital and progress is slow-going.

Please pray for these and any other prayer requests that you know about!

Praises!

  • We have several praises this week!  First of all, I have a very special praise for my wife’s cousin Tommy.  He had a re-baptism ceremony this past Monday night, and while the tears were flowing, I believe the Lord was beaming at Tommy’s public declaration that he is one of Jesus’ Men! For as it is written in Matthew Chapter 10, verse 32:

Jesus said “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

  •  A good friend of mine has a praise — after 47 years, he has been reunited with his mother, and they have begun to communicate with one another.  This is a huge praise because she lives hundreds of miles from where he lives!
  • Yesterday was the family reunion of my wife Cindy’s family, and we attended that.  It was a beautiful day, with a lot of love, and even though the family is sad over the condition of Tommy, we made the most of our day and remembered the love we have for one another.
  • From yesterday’s family reunion, more praises!  God is so good, he provides the comfort we all need just when we need it.  It was so refreshing to see so many of Sophie’s cousins yesterday, from Jeremy and Jenna all the way down to Ben’s kids, especially little Katie, who knows how to wrap a Daddy (even if it isn’t her own) right around her finger!  My friends, whenever you are sad, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to see life through the eyes of a child.  It will be an incredible, uplifting experience for you!
  • Friday and Saturday I was able to spend time with my friend Tabitha, one of the great TA’s with Pixie Vacations!  She was nice enough to include this rookie in an event that she was participating in, and even though we were already friends, we had never met, so it was great to be able to hang with her and learn from her!  Thanks Tabitha!

As always, my friends, if you have a prayer request that we haven’t covered here today, please please please add it to the comments!  I strongly believe that the Lord is looking over all of us in these prayer requests, and your requests are being seen across the Internet, so please add your requests in the comments!