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.


  • 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!


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!

Prayers for the Week – God’s Word


“Thy Word is  Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” ~ Psalms 119:105

Such a simple verse, my friends, but full of power!  In today’s Prayers for the Week I wanted to touch upon a problem I have — one that is quite easy to overcome, but one that I find myself failing to do so…I am not as well-read in the Bible as I ought to be!

Please pray for me about this, because I have seen time and time again the power of our prayers, and I have also seen many times how good the day goes when I do start my day in God’s Word, and how much trouble the day can be if I don’t.  So, my friends, today I ask you this simple question: “How much time do you spend in God’s Word each day?”  Is your Bible too often like mine — forgotten on a shelf instead of open in your lap, searching out God’s direction for us?  If it is, how about we make a challenge together — to work with one another, making each other our accountability partners?  If you would like to do this, shoot me an email to, and I’ll email you what I read in my Bible, and you email me and tell me what you read.  That way, together, we can keep each other focused in the Word, and over time, we’ll be more “Bible Literate” and better able to withstand the challenges of a fallen world!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

Prayers go out this week to my friend Jeff, who’s Mom lost her battle against Breast Cancer this week.  Jeff and all his family know that she is in Heaven right now, but that doesn’t ease the pain any, so please lift them up in prayers for their comfort and strength in the days to come, but also give thanks and praise to God for Jeff’s Mom, and the witness that she was throughout her life.  As Jeff wrote so eloquently:

Today Mom ended her battle with cancer and we celebrate the peace that she can now have in heaven. Mom lived by her motto of not just surviving but thriving. She has been an inspiration to so many and the best role model I have ever known. The family will have a visitation on Sunday evening from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynn Funeral home in Cary and the funeral will be at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary on Monday at 2p. We can all celebrate knowing that Moms faith in god kept her and all of us at peace as she passed. Donations are preferred to The Wolfpack Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wake County Hospice, or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Additionally, Sherry has a prayer request:

Please pray for my unsaved friend Kelly, she is searching and finally accepted my invitation to church on Sunday. So this is a praise & a prayer request. She loved my church and our praise and worship time. They gave her a Bible and she couldn’t believe it was free…..LOL. She has already signed up for our womens breakfast on Aug 6th and cannot wait to come back for another Sunday svc. Please pray that satan will be bound and unable to interfere as Kelly is open to hearing God’s word and is hungry for more!
Thank you and God Bless
Sherry Hofmann

My friend Bambi’s little girl was sick and had to be hospitalized this past week.  It took a while, but her baby is feeling much better, and has been sent home now, where it appears like she is no worse for wear!  So thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and healing your little angel on earth!

My good friend Lisa had need of our prayers during the week as her son had to have some surgery.  She just let me know though that his surgery was a big success, so Praises to God for that, and he is recovering very well!  Thank you Lord and all of you that were praying for him!

I also have a friend that is worried about their job — there is a contract dispute and their job is in jeopardy as a result.  Please pray for them — because of the sensitive nature of this, I’m keeping some of the details silent at this time, but please pray for them, we all know that God knows what we need even when we don’t know how to put it into words, so I offer up this prayer for my friend and all of the others that we don’t know about:

Lord, the worry that we can experience over our job situations is sometimes very hard to deal with — but we also know that You are in control of the situation, and that You will take care of us for the best if we just ask it of You.  We know that you have our best interests in mind, for you said in Jeremiah 29:11 — “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 hope and a future.”

As a result, while we are worried over our jobs, we know that if we turn to You it will be okay, and You will take care of it, whether that means keeping our existing job or finding a new one.  Thank You Lord for taking care of this — please give me the strength and Peace to endure whatever it is I need to endure in this trial, but also allow this trial to draw me closer to Your Will, so that I might be a better Disciple of Christ for You.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray with Thanksgiving!  Amen.

Lastly, my friend Beth has had a nephew who was fighting cancer and other ailments.  I just heard that he is now officially cancer free!  Praise God for that, and please keep praying for him that he would remain that way!  Thanks everyone!