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.”

Prayers for the Week – August 18, 2013

 

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the week post!  It’s been a really busy week, with a lot going on, so I’m going to forgo my introduction and get straight to what really matters — the prayer requests and praises that we need to pray about!  As always, if you have any prayers or praises that you want us to lift up, please leave them as a comment, so that we can pray for you!

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Prayers for the Week – Jesus Saves

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Isaiah 53:5:

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

My friends, the world is full of trouble, turmoil, and sorrow, and it seems like there was a whole heap of it piled up this week.  When I am troubled, I try to remember who my Lord and Savior is, just in case I’ve forgotten; His name is Jesus, and no greater price was ever paid for me than the price that He paid for me.  Never forget that Jesus Saves — if we call on Him to do so on our behalf!

Prayer Requests

Like I said, there is a lot of grief right now — and some of it resides in the heart of little Foley, Alabama, right now.  Let me tell you about a Shining Star named Meleney, and how, at the tender young age of 20, she is staring death right in the face.

  • Meleney was the student of my friend Amanda and her husband Carl; she went to the high school that they work at.  She is a wonderful person, and she is surrounded by wonderful people that love her and care deeply for her.  However, she is dying, stricken with a form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, and she is dealing with the thought of not being with us very much longer — perhaps even days.  I can’t really describe it as well as Amanda did, so I’m sharing her post from the other day; in it, there is a call to action, if you are able, to donate to the costs that this young girl and her family have had to endure.  Please read the post, donate if you can, but most of all, pray.  That is what we are here for.  Pray for Meleney, pray for her Peace, her Comfort, her Strength; pray that she KNOWS Jesus, and that He KNOWS her; pray for her salvation; pray for her family; but most of all, pray boldly for a cure, if it is God’s Will that this would happen.  Pray.
  • My niece Stephanie had surgery last week.  She has been struggling with some issues for too long now, and the procedure they did was the first step — and hopefully the biggest step — in getting her back to the healthy, vibrant, loving young lady that I know her to be.  She is a strong Christian, but I’m certain that she is ready for God to take this tribulation out of her life.  Please pray for her recovery, for her health, that it be turned for the better now, and that she would be able to heal quickly and be back to her old self in no time.  Thank you.
  • Yesterday was the 9th Anniversary of my Uncle Phil’s passing — and his ascension to Heaven.  The days speed quickly by, and it really doesn’t seem like it has been nine years — but to my cousins Beth, Anne, Cathy, and my Aunt Clare, I’m certain that it seems to them like the longest nine years of their lives.  They have learned how to continue on with out their Dad/Husband in their lives; but they also know that he is watching over them, and that they will see him again.  Still, each anniversary is a day that they don’t want to see coming, so please think of them, and pray for their comfort this weekend.  I miss my Uncle Phil — he immediately took to my wife Cindy, going out of his way to thank her for naming our little girl after his Mom — so thank you for thinking of us and praying for us.
  • Lord, there are many people who don’t have the courage or the voice to express their prayer requests — so please lift up their unspoken requests and deal with those also.  Lord, you know all, so you know the words to the prayers even when we can’t express them.  Hear their unspoken prayers, and grant us all the Peace that only YOU can provide.

Praises!

  • Lord, throughout the turmoil that goes on, You are there for us if we but call on You.  It seems that it is easier for us to call on You when we are in trouble, but I praise you and give thanks for You each and every day, in the good days and the bad.  Lord, please help us to remember You during the days when there is no trouble — so that we may thank You for the good we have in our lives!
  • Lord, thank you also for all of my blessings; my family, Cindy, Sophie, my parents, sister, and everyone else.
  • Lord, thank you for the jobs that we have, and the ability we have to provide for our families.
  • Lord, thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ, starting with the men from the Men’s Study, but certainly not excluding anyone else.
  • Lord, thank you for the freedom that we have because of the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, who give of themselves — and in some cases paid the ultimate price — so that we would be free.
  • Lord, thank you for my niece Stephanie, who is now an Army Wife, and her husband Shane, who continues to excel in his basic training and advanced infantry training.  Please see him safely home on time next month!

Lord, there are so many other things to thank you for, you know all that is in my heart, and I thank you for your Spirit that you gave to me to guide me on my journey!  May we all have a great week ahead, but not forget that you are the reason for our successes; and if we ignore you, we are the reason our week may not be as easy as it should be.  Thank you for hearing our prayers and praises, Lord!  It is in your name that we pray. Amen.

 

 

Prayers for the Week – Praises!

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Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week!  We’ve got a quick post today — but I have a few prayer requests and praises to share with you.  First, the praises!

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My biggest praise is that we have had a wonderful trip meeting and visiting with friends old and new.  It has been a relaxing, peaceful week and we have truly enjoyed our time here.  It ends today, though, as we head home, but it was a great trip!

We also give thanks for my niece Stephanie’s baby Zazzy, who had dog surgery last week and is recovering well.  Thanks, Lord, for all of our blessings, even the four-legged blessings such as Zazzy!

Prayer Requests!

Prayers for a safe journey home, thank you everyone.  Bigger prayers for my niece Stephanie, who has a surgical procedure on the 31st.  Lord, please be with her and guide the surgeons skillfully so that she can have this taken care of easily and please make it help her out.  Thank you Lord!

Thank you everyone for reading and praying for these prayer requests and praises!  Please leave your requests here and we’ll pick back up in force next week!  Thanks everyone!