Prayers for the Week: It’s all about Love

Prayers for the Week: Love

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

A four year old girl battles a rare form of cancer and looking for a miracle.
A family struggles with how to live life after their husband/father passes away.
A friend with two teenage children is put in hospice from a cancer diagnosis.
A middle aged woman struggles with doubt, wondering if she will be given the opportunity to show what she knows in a new job situation.
A very close friend is experiencing seizures, and they can’t figure out why.

These are just a handful of the prayer requests that we see during the week. Over six years ago, on March 3, 2013, I wrote the first Prayers for the Week post. It was a simple post, mentioning that I was feeling led to lead us in a weekly prayer post. Other than a period of about a year when I felt like it wasn’t something I was to keep doing, our weekly prayer posts have been going on since.

Over the years, our prayers for others have shown others that they aren’t alone; that the huge problems they are facing have others facing them with them, at least in prayer. Our prayers have shown the world that there is something to be said for praying to God for help when we need it. Lastly, our prayers have shown the world that God loves them, and that He is using our hands and feet to love the world for Him.

For many of our prayer requests, the end result was not the result we wanted. Many of our prayer recipients have passed away, and we grieve their loss. However, the sorrow we felt in losing them was replaced with God’s Peace, that Peace that defies understanding, that takes our grief and sorrow and gives us in return a calmness, a knowing that our loved one is better now, and that he or she has a perfectly healed body, mind, and soul, and that they are with Jesus, waiting for our turn to come home to Heaven.

It is because of that Peace that we pray for others in their need, and why they pray for us in our need as well. It is because of that Peace that we know that our worldly afflictions are light and momentary, despite their severity, because we know that our glorious reward will be so much more in the end.

Lastly, we pray because we know that Jesus came to save us from ourselves, from our sin, and He paid the ultimate price — His life — so that we could be forgiven if we but Believe in Him. That ultimate sacrifice of Love is a reminder to us of just how much God loves us. That is why we shared John 3:16 with you today — as a reminder of His love for us.

That is why we have our prayers for the week posts, and why we have our Prayers for the Week Facebook group. Join us in the group by clicking the link, and leave us a comment and let us know what we can pray over for you and your family. Now, please pray for this week’s prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We start off our prayers with a call for prayer for Georgia Mae. Here is what I wrote: “Georgia Mae is a beautiful 4 year old, she is the granddaughter of the pastor of Kipp’s church in Knightdale. This wonderful child of God needs our prayers in a huge way. She has been fighting cancer for a long time, and just when they believe that they have it beat, it rears its ugly head again. Please be in prayer for this wonderful girl and her family. Pray for healing. Pray for peace. Pray for comfort. Pray for strength. Thank you.”
    • If you are in the Raleigh/Durham area, there is a prayer service for Georgia Mae Sunday night at 6:00PM. Here is the info: “Please join us this Sunday night, September 29th, at 6:00 PM at Cross Point Community Church, 1001 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, for a prayer service lifting up Georgia Mae Webb and her family. #prayforgeorgiamae
  • Ivon has a prayer request: “My prayer warriors.. I come asking for prayers for a very special, dear friend of ours, she is more like a sister to us, and she is currently in the hospital because she’s been having seizures and the Dr’s can’t figure out why? Please pray that she gets better soon and that the Dr’s find out why she is seizing. Her name is Christina. Please say a special prayer for her and her family. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.”
    • Update: “My wonderful prayer warriors.. Thank you so much for your prayers! God certainly heard you loud and clear.
      Update: Our Dear Friend/Sister Christina is finally out of the hospital.
      She had an MRI, CATSCAN, 2 EEG’s, blood work, you name it, it was done. The Neurologist found an abnormality in her brain waves. Consistent to epilepsy, however she’s not epileptic. It’s called Epileptiform to keep it short.
      These are Her words: “God is good! I am doing well. Thank you for praying. I share my time because I am thankful and grateful for the God I serve. I have not one complaint. Every nurse, doctor, specialist… took great care of us. I surely felt the favor of the Lord in every part of this. I laughed quite a bit with them all. These types of times are perfect times to let God show up!” Again, Thank you all!”
  • Lori has a prayer request: “Not doing so well tonight. Everything was going well today until the computer started slowing down. Unfortunately for me, it was the same time my boss came out and stood behind me. I looked like a moron.
    I get in my car every day and Pray for His guidance and help. I KNOW I am not too old to do this job, but if they cut me, I know I cannot do another round of unemployment.

    I can’t do or withstand anymore , Lord.”
  • Scarlett has a prayer request and praise for us: “Please pray for Mike’s family as Mike lost his valiant fight with cancer! Mike, age 50, leaves behind a beautiful wife and four children! He was blessed with friends and he was a blessing to many!
    Thank you!”
  • Jodi asks for prayers for her brother’s family: “Please keep my sister-in-law in prayer this weekend. She has sold all belongings except what she needs and, of course, special items, and she is moving from their family home in Dallas to an apartment in Oklahoma. Her hope is to gain employment with the University of Oklahoma where her daughter now attends, thus having free or greatly discounted school tuition for both kids (son would transfer), as well as steady income and benefits. She also has family in the area and is originally from the area, so this helps, but as you can imagine, this is a HUGE adjustment for all of them as they continue to go forward from the loss of my brother. Please also continue prayer for both kids. I understand my niece had a pretty good breakdown the other day and is struggling emotionally. Thanks!”
  • Lori has one last prayer request for us: “Please add Tammy to your prayers today and tonight. She’s a beautiful woman who beat Heroin addiction for 5 years and I know she can do it again. When she reached out to me just now in Houston, I can do nothing but ask for Prayers. At least she promised me that she would call me tomorrow.”
  • Lastly, please pray for those who don’t know what to ask for, as well as for those that are lost, and don’t know Jesus in their lives. Finally, please continue praying by praying 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Lord is Close

Prayers for the Week: Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is Close

The Lord is Near

The Lord is Close

‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post. Today I’m writing from the Gatlinburg, TN area, where I’m enjoying the sites and sounds of the area for my travel agent business. Yesterday we took in Dollywood, and one of the highlights of that day for me was a show called Summer Feels. During that show, there was a song that one of the singers performed, but God spoke to me through her when she quoted Psalm 34:18, and I knew that this is what God wanted me to share with you.

Life takes us in many directions all the time, and far too often we find ourselves in times of tribulation. God reminded me in Psalm 34:18 that He is with us, He is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those who are crused in spirit. That is something that all have needed to hear a lot this year as I look back on the first six months of 2019, and I am certain that He is reminding us of that each and every day for the rest of the year, and in fact, for the rest of our lives.

Take comfort, my brothers and sisters-in-Christ, and remember the words of the Psalmist — the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Now, my friends, please join me in praying for our prayer requests and lifting up our praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Hey everyone, we’ve been praying for Richard friend Chris, who is battling cancer. Please keep praying for him, his cancer is spreading and it doesn’t look good, so pray for miraculous healing if it’s God’s Will, as well as pray for Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love for Chris, his family, and all of their friends. Thanks everyone!
    • Update: Hospice has been called in for Chris, so keep praying but also make sure you are praying for his family and friends.
  • Hey everyone, Brenda had an outpatient procedure done tomorrow and is in need of prayers. Please pray for the skill of the medical team, for God to guide their hands, and for Peace, Comfort, Strength, a complete recovery, and Love to surround Brenda and all of her family. Thanks!
    • Update: the procedure went very well, now please keep praying for good results from the testing.
  • A few months back we were praying for my brother in Christ, John, as he led his family to New Orleans on a new job opportunity. One of the things we were praying for was that the job would be what he hoped and prayed it would be, and that prayer has been answered. However, please keep praying that John would be able to find the church that God is leading him to for John, his wife Prudence, and their two girls. This prayer request is very important, so please pray for John and his family.
  • Hiro has a prayer request: “Could you pray for my 4 year old son. He was in emergency last week and again today. We might have to bring him again soon.
  • Bridget has a prayer request: “Please pray for my children and their Dad. He is having lots of medical issues right now and is in the hospital.
  • Scarlett has a prayer request: “I am asking for prayers for my brother-in-law as he is in the final stages of Parkinson’s and in the hospital with pneumonia! Keep his sweet and faithful family in prayer. Also, my blind cousin is in the hospital with pneumonia! Keep he and his family in your prayers, please! May God’s blessings continue to shower upon all!
    • Update from Scarlett: “Bob’s brother died this am (Thursday, June 27th)! He was a great man who was faithful to God and family! Thank you for your prayers!
  • Bridget has another prayer request: “Asking for prayers for my friend Lisa and her husband. His cancer has returned and needs lots of prayers.
  • My sister Robin has an update from Larry Kincannon. We were praying for his wife Sandra this week: “From Larry KinCannon: With the heaviest of heart I regret to inform you that today my wife Sandra has left us to be with the Lord. Despite the best of medical care available, Sandra was not able recover from a severe brain aneurysm that burst on Wednesday after noon. Please keep our family in your prayers during this difficult time. We will provide memorial service detail when they become available. We are grateful to have such great friends who have provided so much support already. Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Now, please join us in praying 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

My friends, thank you for praying with us today. Now, have a listen to a song that speaks to my heart, and perhaps yours as well. May you have a wonderful day and week ahead.

Prayers for the Week – A Season for everything

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1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining with us on our weekly prayers for the week post.  As we learn in the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a season for all things in God’s plan.  We know that there is a time to live, and a time to die.  There is a time to break down, and a time to build up. There is a time for everything.

This week has been an extremely hard one for so many of us, and you will hear all about them in our prayer requests and praises that we will lift up further down.  Starting us off, though, I want to take a moment and talk about Daniel, the young man that we have been lifting up in prayer for over four years.  This past Tuesday, though, the Lord called Daniel home.  We remember Daniel with love, even though we have never met him, and we celebrate the life he lived despite being afflicted with such a hard illness.  He met that illness head on, and never wavered in his love of the Lord because of it.  He leaves behind his wife Amanda and daughter Cate, and we lift them up every day for God’s Strength, Peace, Comfort, and Love to surround them.

The prayers for Amanda and Cate are just the beginning, so please continue reading with us as we carry on our Prayer Requests and Praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Please pray for all of those in the path of Hurricane Irma, Jose, and Katia, and for all of those that have already faced the wrath of these storms.  Please pray as well for all of those that had to leave their homes, and for any affected in any way from the storms.
    • Paul has a prayer request: My daughter, Patricia, is in the West Palm Beach area and is staying to ride out the storm. There is no gas and roads are packed. Please keep her and her friends in your prayers.
    • Please pray for Jodi, who is in the path, and my cousin James over in Tampa.
    • Please pray for all of my friends who live in Florida who had to stay.
    • Please keep “Jeff in Cape Coral, FL” in your Prayers….for whatever reason, he is not willing to share more than that. His sister, Diane, is a good friend of mine in MN….her brother is going to “ride this out” – he is on the west side of the point of FL!
  • Please continue praying for my cousin Barb and her husband Tim for healing for his cancer.
  • Please continue praying for my cousin Deb and her husband Donnie for healing from his stomach issues.
  • Hayden has a prayer request for his Mom: I’d appreciate prayers for my mom. She is having her second cornea replacement surgery this am due to the fact her body didn’t accept the first one about 5 weeks ago. She’s needing the surgery due to her chemo and the chemo is what kept the first one from working. She’s in remission from her bone cancer but now is dealing with side effects from the chemo. Please remember her and pray that this transplant works. Thank you all.
  • Please pray for all of the wildfires — in Montana, Oregon, California, and anywhere I’ve missed.  Please pray that the fires would be put out quickly and that no loss of life or additional damage would be inflicted.
  • Hey everyone, please include my friend Donna in your prayers. She suffers from vertigo and is having a hard time right now. Thanks!
  • Please continue to pray for Karen’s sister-in-law.  She didn’t get the job she was hoping to get, so please keep praying for the right job for her to arrive. Thank you!
  • Jodi has a prayer request: My friend Kim’s best friend Shanna passed away last night. Thank you for praying for her during her illness. Please continue prayers for her family!
  • Sheila has a prayer request: Please pray for all of the people affected by the earthquake in Guatemala and Mexico.
  • As always, pray for those that don’t know what to pray for, and pray for those that are lost.  Pray for those that don’t know the words to speak, but don’t worry — because God knows what we need even when we can’t put it to words.

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayers for the Week – Remembering


This past week my wife and I drove her aunt and uncle to Montana for her Uncle’s Memorial service. It was a long, 2,000 mile journey through 11 states, but it was a great trip nonetheless. It was a journey of remembering, of remembering the time Uncle Bud drove school buses from North Carolina to Montana with his brother Sam. It was a journey of remembering the trips that Cindy made in days gone by, and it was a trip of remembering all the trips that Uncle Sam and Aunt Saundra made back to North Carolina. In all, nine of Uncle Sam’s relatives made the trip by car or plane from North Carolina to Montana to be there for Aunt Saundra, Lori Jean, Tom, Allison, and the rest of the family. In each case Aunt Saundra remarked that she couldn’t believe that we came out for Sam. Well, Aunt Saundra, we didn’t come out for Uncle Sam. We came out for you.

In preparing for this message, I found myself drawn to 1 Corinthians 15:52-57:


Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭51-58‬ ESV)

The older I get, the more I draw comfort in the words that God leaves for us. They inspire me, the direct me, they are my hope in a crazy, chaotic world. They help me to sleep at night, knowing that whatever happens, God is with me. Aunt Saundra, Lori, Tom, and Allison, God is with you too. Draw comfort in that fact.

Now, please pray with me 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.