Prayers for the Week – God Provides

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s prayers for the week post. This is a very important post for me – I write these posts to give you all hope. There are times when it just feels like nothing we do is good enough, right? Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that God Provides for our needs if we just ask Him.

I have been having a hard time getting this post written, not because I don’t know what I have to say, but because my technology has been letting me down some.  So for this post I’ve been working partly on my iPhone and partly on the MacBook Air that Sophie has, and together, we’ll get this written.

Today I want to focus on Matthew 6:33.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

When I came across this verse, it hit me.  So often we humans — whether we are Christian or not — try to do everything on our own.  Far too often we do not ask God to help us.  Well, when I read this verse, I realized that God will provide all that I need — as long as I put God first, and not myself.  I know that this is easier said than done, but once we get in the good habit of putting God first, we’ll see a change in how our lives are lived out.

Please read these prayers requests, and pray for them with all your heart.  Also, add your prayer requests so that we can pray for you.  That’s why this post exists — to get us all praying for one another, and to make sure that we lift each other up when we need it.  Thank you for praying.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My wife Cindy’s cousin Lori had a stroke recently, and is in need of prayers for healing. Please lift her up in your prayers and pray also for all of the family and their strength to do what is needed to help her. Thank you everyone!
  • My leader in Bible Study, Russ, has requested prayers for his childhood friend Maggie. Maggie had 10 hours of surgery for tongue cancer, and is in the hospital recovering from that. Please pray healing prayers for Maggie. She has lived a long life, but wants to be around for a few years longer. She is a strong Christian, so thank you for praying for her and all of her family during this time.
  • My friend Beth has this prayer request.  Here is what she wrote: “So much going on!  My prayer list continues to grow and even though I don’t always comment I appreciate this series.  I do have a prayer request.  My uncle has been diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  Please pray for healing for him and for peace with my aunt during the months ahead.  Thanks Mike! :)”
    • After this request, we had an update from Beth.  Here is what she wrote: “Today my uncles doctors told us it is NOT pancreatic cancer like they originally thought.  It is cancer still, but it’s non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Still cancer, still needs treatments, but not Pancreatic.  The doctors feel so much better with this diagnosis.  He starts his first treatment on Friday.  Continue to pray- we’re not out of this yet! :)”
  • Please continue to pray for Peter and Naomi. They are facing marital issues, so please pray that they would work it out. Thanks!

Now, please 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 do e,
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 – Doing our Best

In the end, the things you do are between you and God.

In the end, the things you do are between you and God.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I wanted to touch a little bit about putting your best effort.  There are so many issues with our country, our world, perhaps even ourselves, that I wanted to try and dive down into what the root of the problem may be…

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Prayers for the Week – Grief

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Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  In what seems to be the norm these days, there is a lot of grief and sorrow in the world today.  So many things that need to be lifted up to God, but before we do that, I want to direct your attention to the scripture found in this week’s image from Psalms 88: 1-2 (NIV):

“Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.  May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.”

If you take the time to read the entire Psalm 88, you will see that it that God has totally forsaken the writer.  This whole Psalm is one of sorrow; so why am I focusing on it?  Because, despite the trials and tribulations that seem to be happening, we know that if we put our Faith and Trust in God, He will deliver us.  There are so many places that He promises us that He will be there for us, but to me, one of my favorite verses of the Bible is to be found in John’s Gospel, chapter 16, verse 33:

“I have told you these things so that you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world!” ~ Jesus, as He said to the Disciples prior to his betrayal.

My friends, there is so much grief and anguish in the world, in many ways, the only thing that I know of to do is turn to God; give Him your all; ask Him what His Will is for you, and follow it.  If you don’t know God, please let me know.  There are people that can help you know Him so that He can know you!

Prayer Requests

  •  Russell left a prayer request for us last Sunday; here is what he wrote:  “Please say a prayer for me. I have Parkinsonism now I was told I have a deep Brain tumor. Tomorrow I will be seeing my Neurogist and a Brain Surgeon.”This was my reply to Russell, please pray along with me:Lord, your servant Russell has health problems, that you know all about. Please Lord, if it is in your Will, please heal Russell of all of his afflictions; also, please guide the hands of his medical team as he deals with all of these conditions. Lord, we also pray for Russell’s family — please help them in their sorrow and worry, keep them close, allow them to help Russell, and grant the whole family Peace, Comfort, and the Strength to deal with this and to help Russell through these ordeals. Lord, while his body may be suffering, please keep his Faith strong, and his Mind sharp, so that the can give as much time as possible to You and Your Word, and use him as a shining example of the Glory of God. It is in the name of your Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving! Amen.”
  • Please pray for the family of my friend Mary; her son was lost last night to Pancreatic Cancer after a 2 year battle. Pray for their family, for his wife, for all of them to have God’s Peace in their time of grief, and pray for their comfort and strength as the pick up the pieces that we call life. Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for my friend Dave and his family; their dog Annie passed away after 13 years.  Here is what Dave wrote: “Our sweet Annie dog after 13 years with the family went gently to doggy heaven in my lap tonight. She was the best dog ever, brave, loyal, true, sweet, friendly, loving and calm.”
  • Also, my cousin Beth went with one of her friends as she had to lay her dog down; please be with her also.  I don’t know Beth’s friends name, but God does, and He will be with her.
  • Please also pray with me regarding all of the killings that we have been reading about that involve teenagers doing the killing.  In my opinion, this is further evidence that our world is fallen, and even more of a reason to make sure you know Jesus and that He knows you!
  • Lastly, please pray for all of our unknown prayer requests; those requests that we haven’t been told about.  There are millions of them out there, so please pray for them as well!

Praises!

  • We have now had Regan for one week, and he has really done well in his fur-ever home!  Praises to God for him in our lives, he truly is a Gentle Giant!
  • This prayers for the week post is a small ministry of mine, and I don’t do it for any accolades at all.  However, I would like to give praise to Stephanie, who wrote last week:“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your prayers every week. While I read your prayers, I say my own prayers for family, friends, and people in my community. God Bless!!
  • Lastly, a special thanks and praise to all of my family and friends, wherever they are!  I have so many, in that regard I am such a blessed man!

As always, this prayer post is for you — if you have any prayer requests, please share them with us so we can pray over you!  Thank you for reading and praying for these prayer requests!

“May God Bless You and keep you.

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up His Countenance upon you, and give you Peace.”