Feed My Sheep

Prayers for the Week: Feed my Sheep

Feed my sheep

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

John 21:15-19

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are looking at John 21:15-19 for our Scripture. This is the scene where Jesus appears to the Disciples after His Ressurection, and He instructs Peter to take care of His sheep. We are the sheep that Peter is to take care of.

This passage of Scripture has all of the obvious symbolism that we expect to see from Jesus, and that we all should take to heart and commit to doing. We profess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and that means that we need to help those in need — we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

However, it may surprise you to know that that isn’t the reason why I chose this Scripture for our reading today. As I have mentioned before, my wife and I and our friend Sheila are in the middle of reading the Bible chronologically over the course of the year, and right now we are in the book of Ezekiel. Yesterday’s reading was Ezekiel chapters 34, 35, and 36. Read this section of Scripture and see if it convicts you like it does me:

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God : Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. As I live, declares the Lord God , surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God , Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

Ezekiel 34:1-10

My friends, my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, God convicted me yesterday in His Scripture. He reminded me that I don’t follow His commands nearly as well as I think I do, and He put it straight out for me to realize that there is a lot that I need to do — a lot that I can do. Our God loves us, and He wants what is best of all of His creation. He wants me to be the best follower of Jesus that I can, and He reminds me that He will take care of us when we are unable to take care of ourselves. I didn’t reference it here, but the beauty of Ezekiel 34 is that the next set of Scripture tells us how God is going to seek us out, that He is going to search for us, and that He is going to rescue us. What a powerful promise it is!

So, before we get to our prayer requests and praises, let me ask you a question. Do you Love Jesus? If the answer is yes, then feed His sheep.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Friends, please pray for my friend David. He suffers from kidney disease and has been suffering for a long time now. Please pray for Healing, Peace, Comfort, and Strength for him and his family. Thanks!
  • Tanya has a prayer request: “I’ve never posted here, but I read your requests and pray for you. I’ve hit a rough patch in life and the Enemy has a hold big time. I’d love your prayers for positive changes and peace. Thank you.”
  • Please pray for all of those that lost loved ones due to Hurricane Dorian, and for those in the Bahamas and everywhere that the storm went.
    • Lori has friends in the Bahamas, here is a PRAISE that she reported to us: “I got confirmation last night that friends in Freeport are alive! Praise God!
      He is a contractor and they have been temporarily living there since early May. They lost what little they brought with them and are on “high priority” to get home to the U.S. through the Red Cross, and his company. It is purely a MIRACLE that they both survived as his wife is wheelchair bound with MS. Her wheelchair was the first thing to go as he had to carry Mary from their apartment when the water started pouring into their 1st level apartment.
      Praying to hear they are headed home soon.”
  • We’ve been praying for Mrs. Lucas’ friend that had brain surgery last month. Here’s the latest update from Mrs. Lucas: “UPDATE: she is now out of ICU! She had a brain bleed. As the swelling goes down in her brain, the protruding brain through a hole they left in her brain to relieve pressure, will go back to its original space! She is getting better and your prayers helped her immensely! Thank you, All!”
  • The Men’s Study Bible Study here in Raleigh starts back up on Tuesday the 10th. Please pray for all of the men that are coming to this study, and for the teachers and leaders that help shepherd their small groups towards a closer relationship with Jesus.
  • Lastly, please pray for those that don’t know what to pray and those that are lost. 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 help comes from the Lord

My Help Comes from the Lord

My Help Comes from the Lord

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalms 121

My friends, my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are sharing one of my wife’s favorite pieces of Scripture, Psalm 121. This is such a comforting Psalm, it is a clear reminder to us all that the Lord is looking out for us, and when we are in need of help, He is there for us.

For many of us, we are now seeing our children head off to college for the first time. I know that it is a hard thing for some; it is scary at times, hoping that they make the right decisions now that they are on their own. There are two things that you can do in cases like this (maybe more than two, but these two come to mind) — remember how you raised them to do the right things, and pray for them. Pray without ceasing is part of Scripture, it comes from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and it is important enough that those three words are its own verse. In times like this, when you are sending off a loved one for the first time, Psalm 121 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 take on new meaning.

My friends, if you are looking at life and wondering what has gone wrong; if you just don’t know how things are ever going to get better for your life and your circumstances; if you just don’t know what to do next; well, the answer may be that you need to put your complete trust in the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth. Give it all to Him. All your cares, all your concerns, all your troubles, all your sin, all your hopes, all your dreams, give it all to Him. Ask Him to forgive you for not trusting Him, tell Him you have put your faith in Him and His son, Jesus Christ, and give it all to Him. If you do this with all your heart, He will help you. I can’t say how, because that is for God to decide, but He will help you, starting by giving you the Holy Spirit, and you will be at Peace, perhaps for the first time in your life.

This video is from the Christian music group “for KING & COUNTRY”, it’s called Shoulders. Please play it, and whatever emotions it draws out of you, let it flow, and embrace the feeling you get.

Now, please join with us in praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Leslie starts us off with a prayer request for their friend Justin. Please pray that they are found safely. Here’s the alert from the Coast Guard: “Coast Guard crews are searching for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. They were last seen departing the Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Jacksonville Command Center at 904-714-7558.”
  • We’ve been praying for Sheila’s friend Patty, who broke her fibula. The good news is that she doesn’t need surgery, but she will be off her feet for 12 weeks. Please pray for her healing and recovery.
  • Jodi has a prayer request for her friend Emma and her kids. Here is all the details: “Please pray for my friend Emma and her kids! A couple of weeks ago, they came home after shopping to find an intruder in their house. He was hiding under her bed with a knife & duct tape. He also killed their dog that they had for a long time. Thankfully, the intruder did not hear them & they were able to get out & police arrested him with their K-9 unit. Emma is a single mom and her kids are teens. I’m sure this will not be an easy thing to move past. I know I would be terrified to ever enter my home again!”
  • We are praying for Tabitha’s Dad. Here is what is going on: “Update – my dad got to go home this afternoon. They said he had a TIA stroke which is a mini stroke. He had no side effects from it. Said he needed to watch his diet and get his cholesterol down. Thanks for your prayers!”
  • Bridget has a prayer request: “Please pray for a gentleman I met yesterday while working who told me that he is diabetic and also has cancer. He had 3 of the sweetest dogs with him and I could see how much they loved each other. Just breaks my heart.” – in cases like this, we don’t know their name, but believe me, God knows all the details, and hears our prayers for him.
  • As always, please pray for those that don’t know how to pray or what to pray, and for those that are lost. Remember, pray without ceasing, and remember where your help comes from. 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

Prayers for the Week: No More Tears

No More Tears

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:3-5

My friends, welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post. Our Scripture for today comes from what I posted as the Daily Scripture yesterday, and I felt it important enough to recall it today for our reading. As a reminder, if you want to receive a daily scripture for you to keep you engaged in the Word, click on the link.

Brothers and Sisters of the one true God, and followers of His Son, Jesus Christ, the words of the book of Revelation will come to pass. There will be a day when there will be no more tears, when God will establish a New Heaven and a New Earth, and there will be no more death, pain, and suffering. Sadly, though, we have not reached that time just yet.

That is why the work of Believers is so important. There is death, there is loss, there is pain, and there are tears; perhaps as much this week as we have seen in quite a long time. It is the Commandment of Jesus that we spread His message throughout the world; I pray that this small ministry is helping to accomplish His goal: to make disciples throughout the world.

Until that time when Jesus returns, though, we will have sadness, and we will have tears, and we will have pain and suffering. My heart breaks for my Sister Jodi on the passing of her brother; and my heart breaks for my Brother Richard on the passing of his best friend Chris. But I know that there will be a day when Jesus will wipe away our tears, and brothers and sisters, just imagine what a day that will be!

Until that day, though, we continue on, and we remember those we have lost with love, and we pray for those that are going through struggles. Will you join me please in praying for our prayer requests and praises?

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Lori starts us off with a prayer request: “Please put Barbara Morgan in your prayers. She is the mother of my good friend, Rex. It was so very hard for him to transfer her to hospice this morning. Rex is such a good man. Please blanket their family in prayers for a peaceful transition as Barbara enters the Kingdom of our Lord.”
  • As I mentioned above, please pray for my Sister-in-Christ Jodi and all of her family over the loss of her brother Tom. In particular, please pray for Tom’s wife Vicki, son Clayton, and daughter Tatum.
  • Also please pray for the family and friends of Chris Jordan, who passed away from cancer. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround them all in their time of grief.
  • Please pray for Samantha and her husband, that they would have a breakthrough on a job that he is pursuing.
  • Laurel has a prayer request for her friend Becky: “Asking for prayers for a very dear friend Becky. She had a brain aneurism and a heart attack yesterday . She had surgery last night and it is touch and go.”
  • Thank you for praying for my Dad. He had surgery this past Wednesday, I had safe travels up and back and he had a great result. Please pray for his recovery.
  • Lynn has a prayer request: “A couple of weeks ago I asked for prayers for my dad as he may have prostate cancer. Yesterday he got his biopsy results. He has an aggressive form of prostrate cancer. The next step is to get a full body CT scan and an X-ray of his bladder. If the cancer has not spread, he will have 9 weeks radiation, 5 days a week. If cancer has spread, not sure what they will do yet. Please keep him and my family on your prayer list. Cancer is something new to our family and never had to fight cancer before. We are genuinely a healthy family and live up in our 90s and even 100 years.”
  • Jodi has another prayer request, this one for her friend Amanda: “Please pray for my friend Amanda as she undergoes major back surgery today. Thank you! Also, another one without insurance, so please also pray for provision.”
  • We had a prayer request for Cheri a couple of months back for a legal situation. We have a praise report from Cheri as well as a request for continued prayers. Here is what she wrote us this week: “I wanted to give a THANK YOU for the prayers. While my legal case isn’t over, we had a huge victory today! Would appreciate continued prayers for a swift conclusion in what should be this final step. #gracealwayswins
  • Sheila has an update on her friend Liz and her breast cancer treatments. Here is what she wrote: “Hey Prayer Warriors please keep up the good work of prayer! Liz has 2 more Chemotherapeutic sessions her last one being September 11. She said she is very thankful for all of the prayers they have kept her going! Keep up the good work.”
  • Lastly, please keep praying for all of those that don’t know how to ask, and for those prayer requests that are unspoken. God hears all of them, and He hears our prayers for them as well.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Prayers for the Week: Transforming the World

Transforming the World
Sunrise over the Earth
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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Transforming the World

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by on our Prayers for the Week post. Today we are taking a look at how we can be a force in transforming the world — changing the culture of the world from one of hate to one of love. All week we’ve been bombarded with the worlds hatred towards everyone that doesn’t agree with them on whatever their stance of the day happens to be. There is a very real need to be strong in the Lord these days. If you aren’t, then you run the very real risk of seeing your behavior emulate that of the world system, rather than letting Christ speak through you so you can help in transforming the world.

So how is one supposed to be strong in the Lord? To answer that question, let’s look at the words found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Over the summer, I’ve been attending a Men’s Bible Study at Cross Point Community Church in Knightdale, NC on Tuesday nights. It’s organized by my brother-in-Christ Kipp, and right now we are looking at a small, six week series by Dr. David Jeremiah called Overcomer: Live a Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power. We are breaking down these verses, one piece of armor at a time, and it is giving me an insight into what each of these pieces of armor is about. In doing so, God is speaking to me directly, and telling me to be alert for ways that the Devil is working to divide God’s church. It doesn’t take a lot to see that Satan is definitely giving truth to Peter’s warning:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ, I know that I’ve given you a lot, and we haven’t even gotten to our prayer requests. Please forgive me, but I feel like God is telling me to give you all of this information. I see far too many of my Christian brothers and sisters falling into the traps that the world presents to us — the trap of foul language, the trap of being angry at anything and everything, the trap of trying to change the Church to work more in line with the world system, rather than letting the Light of Christ shine through them. It bothers me, and it has bothered me for a while now, and finally I’m following the guidance that the Lord has laid in front of me, and truly giving it the attention it deserves.

I know that I’m painting with a very broad stroke, and that isn’t fair. I’m sorry about that. My plea for all of us that call ourselves Christians is that we remember the words from the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:2, and that we let that be our guide as we work on transforming the world, one person at a time. The more we do attempt to do that, I believe, the better the world will become. Thank you for letting me ramble, please continue reading and praying with our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Please pray for Sherry. She’s having surgery on Thursday. Pray for the skill of the surgical team and for healing for Sherry. Thanks!
  • Lori has a prayer request: “The wasps won. I fell back off the step-stool. I split my sternum again and 3 broken ribs.” Please pray for her healing, as well as for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround her. Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for our brother Don — he had a medical condition recently, and he’s fine but he’ll be on medication now as a result. Please pray for him and that he doesn’t have any additional occurrences of this.
  • Stephanie has a praise and continued prayer request for her grandson James: “James just got out of surgery a couple hours ago. Surgery went really well. He’s in ICU tonight, but if all goes well, he’ll be in a regular room tomorrow. Thank you all so much for the thoughts and prayers!! He’s awake and having a bottle now.”
  • Hey everyone keep my brother-in-Christ John and his family and all of Louisiana in your prayers regarding Barry. They’re saying it will hit land as a hurricane. Thanks everyone!
  • Prayer request for my friend Susan. She was just laid off from her job today, and is looking for employment. Please pray for her — she’s in Raleigh, NC, so also if anyone local hears of anything, please, pass it along. She’s not on Facebook much. Thanks everyone! Please also include all of those that are looking for jobs as well in your prayers. We don’t know who they are, but God does, so we’ll leave the details to Him.
  • Just found out from my brother Kipp that a friend of ours, Matt, had a heart attack. He’s in the hospital and is recovering nicely, but please pray for him. He’s 45 years old and is in good shape so it is definitely a shock. Thanks everyone!
  • Please keep praying for my Dad, Joe. He has another biopsy on the 17th and we’re looking at lung surgery on the 24th. Please be in prayer for him, as well as for my Mom, Ellen, my sister Robin and all of our family.
  • Lastly, we are starting something new. We’re calling it our Daily Scripture, and if you would like to sign up for a link to a daily Bible Verse, click on this link: https://www.remind.com/join/ahb79h
  • Thank you all for your faithful following of our prayer requests. If you wish to join our Facebook Group, click the link and we’ll include you in. Thank you all for praying, now 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

As always, if you have prayer requests of your own, you can leave them as comments below, or you can join our group and post them there.

The Great Commission

Prayers for the Week – The Great Commission

The Great Commission

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The Great Commission

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

Good morning everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there this morning! Welcome to the return of our weekly Prayers for the Week posts here on My Dreams of Disney! Our last post in this series was November 5, 2017, but I’ve been feeling a call from God lately to bring back these posts and lift up prayer around the world. Each week, we are going to focus on what you need us to pray for. Know that in your requests, we will lift you up for God’s Peace, Strength, Comfort, and Love to surround you all, that His Will would be done, and that His Healing Touch would descend upon you.

In Matthew 28, the last verses of the book of Matthew are where Jesus gives us the commandment that is known as the Great Commission. Believers are instructed to make disciples of all nations, and teaching them from the Bible. In addition to that, Jesus reminds us that He is with us always, until the end of the age. How reassuring are those words!

It is because of this command that I have started back up our prayers for the week posts. How can we pray for you? Leave us comments below and let us know, and we will highlight them in next week’s prayer post. In the meantime, please pray for these requests and lift up our praises to God.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel asks for prayers for her friend. Here is what she wrote: A friend’s father is very ill and I am asking for prayers for God’s will and comfort and strength for Katherine and her family
  • Deb asks for prayers for her son Steve, who is going through cancer treatments; in addition, he is facing difficulties at work. Please lift them all up in prayer.
  • Pray for all of the graduates that are celebrating this month, for God to guide their steps and keep them safe. Also, please pray for all of the parents that are going through emotional memories at this time as well.
  • Please pray for all of the students that are going through or are about to go through their final exams. Pray that their knowledge would see them through the tests.
  • Pray for everyone that is looking for employment please; whether they be a father looking to feed their family, a single person trying to make it on their own, a student looking for summer employment, or anyone else. Thank you.
  • Give praise to God today, for giving you life for another day; for putting the people in your life that love you and that you love; for giving you health, or if you are struggling with your health, for giving you the opportunity to improve it; and for helping us turn our focus to Him instead of to all of the evil in this world. For these and a million other reasons, give thanks to God today.
  • Give Praise and thanks to God for your Mom; thank Him for giving her to be your Mom, and tell her you love her. Call her or visit if she is still with you, but think of her anyway even if she is already in Heaven. She’s still watching you, regardless of where she is.

The Lord’s Prayer

Please join us as we 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 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.

Thank you for joining us today in prayer. We’ll see you next week, please add your prayers below so we can pray for you and your family and friends!