Prayers for the Week – Our First Year

Prayers for Sorrow

Hello my friends, and thank you for stopping by today for our Prayers for the Week Post.  Today’s post marks the anniversary of our first year of writing our prayers for the week posts, and while I am proud of all of the answered prayers that we have seen in that year, today my heart is heavy because of some of the requests we have this week.

We all know that God is there for us, and for the prayer requests we have this week, I see direct proof of this statement.  Many of the requests we have are very serious, yet despite that, the families that are affected are experiencing a feeling of Peace because God is with them.  While their hearts are breaking, they know that God is there, and that He is taking care of them and their loved ones with the care and compassion that only God can show.  This post is dedicated to the family of Dustin — to Jeff and Kelly, Braden and Collin, and all of their relatives.  Please pray with me for them, and all of the other prayer requests we have this week.

Prayer Requests and Praises.

  • My friends, I ask for prayers for the nephew of my friend Beth. We have been praying for Dustin and his healing over the past several months, and today I learned that it likely won’t be long before Dustin is called home to Heaven. My prayers this day are for Dustin’s family, who are heartbroken, obviously, and for God to shower them with His love and to hold them tight in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Dustin is not quite four, and his older brother, who turned seven yesterday, is devastated. Please shower them all with your love, kindness, prayers, and whatever else they might need to get through. Heavenly Father, we ask for you to grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength upon Beth’s family, as they deal with this difficult journey. Remind them in Your Loving way that You are there for them, and carry them throughout this with the love and compassion that You have for them. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who died for us, with Thanksgiving. Amen!
  • Please pray for a friend of mine. They are trying to adopt a child, and have run into a complication because of a situation that happened with a different adoption of someone else. Unfortunately, a little boy who was adopted came to harm. It’s sad that, no matter how much background you put into a case, there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, because of this separate case, it has caused doubt to be raised on so many other adoption cases, and that has caused stress on many families and children. Please pray with me:“Heavenly Father, we grieve for the little boy who was harmed by his adopted father. We can not understand why things like this happen, and I’m not sure that we are expected to know. What we do know, though, is that a lot of other families who are trying to adopt a child are now at risk of not being able to do so, and because of that, we turn to You, Lord. We pray for the salvation of that little boy who we know is now with You. We also pray for all of the other families that are under stress because of this isolated incident, and we pray that You would see them all through these times. Please have Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength descend upon them and the children that they are looking to adopt. Please remind these families that we are all Children of God, and to remember to put You first. Please remind them to have Faith in Your ways, and that, in the end, it will all be okay. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who paid the ultimate price for our sins. Amen.”
    • Even as we were praying this prayer regarding my friend and their pending adoption, they received word that the final approval process was done and that they would be able to adopt the newest member of their family. Please praise God for this miracle, and lift up the entire family in prayer so that they would appreciate every day all of the incredible blessings that God has bestowed upon them. Thank you everyone!
  • My friend Laura has some heavy prayer requests. Her friend Shirley, who she considers an Aunt because of how close they are, is having an emergency mammogram 2/26. Please pray for a good result from this test. Also, Laura’s Father-in-Law George has cancer in multiple locations, including his lungs, liver, and back, and is unable to walk. Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, we ask that You lift up Shirley and George. They are going through some really serious issues, and we ask that You please give your Healing touch to them, and skillfully guide the hands of the medical team that is looking after them. Lord, we know that You know their hearts, and we pray that they know You and Your Son Jesus, that they turn to you with their worries and concern, and that they talk to You daily. Lord, please grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to Shirley and George and all of their families so that they may face these tribulations in their lives the best way they can. Lord, if it is Your Will, please heal them of their medical issues so that they might be a Miraculous Blessing to all of how wonderful You are. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen!
    • I learned from Laura that her friend Shirley’s prayers were answered — the test came back negative!  Praise God for the answered prayer!
  • My friend Stephanie asks for prayers for her husband’s Grandfather. Here is what she wrote:Please keep my husband’s grandfather in your prayers. He has been in the hospital all week…failing kidneys among several other things. It wasn’t unexpected, but still hard! He actually told us at Christmas that it would be his last and that he is ready to be called Home. We all have comfort knowing that he is at peace and that his beloved wife, Gran Gran, will be waiting for him when the time comes.Please pray for his Peace, Comfort, Healing, and Strength, and also that for all of his family. He is ready to come home, so please pray for him. It is, of course, God’s Will, and if God thinks there is more for him to do here on earth, please put him in the path of those he needs to help so that he may share and bring others to know our Lord. Thank you!
  • I have an anonymous prayer request for all couples that are trying to have a baby. In particular, I have one friend that has tried, and had a miscarriage early in one pregnancy. Please lift up her and her husband in prayer as they strive to start their family. Please pray with me:“Heavenly Father, Your Son is such a part of our lives, and we give thanks to You for Jesus. There are many people in this world that are having difficulty in bringing a child into the world, and today, we turn to You for help in their situations. Please be with them, and if it is Your Will, please nurture them and, at the right time, grant them the gift that they long for — a child of their own. Lord, we know that it isn’t in our timetable, it is in Your timetable that this will occur, so please, also grant them Your Peace and Patience so that they will not worry over it, but just submit to Your Will concerning this in their lives. Be with them, Lord, and if You see fit to grant them a child, remind them to raise their child to be a testimony to Your own Son, Jesus. It is in His glorious name that we pray with Thanksgiving. Amen.
  • One of my closest Disney friends is Amanda. Amanda is a lady of many different layers, but her primary layer (outside of the Mom, Wife, etc. layer) is that she is a teacher. Please pray for two of her students that are in the midst of cancer treatments right now. I don’t know what is causing all of this cancer, but I’m sick of it! God, I’m sorry, but please take care of all of this.Amanda’s students’ names are Patrick and Madalyn. Please lift them up to the Lord as we pray together:“Heavenly Father, we are staring at cancer once again, this time in the bodies of two teenage students, Patrick and Madalyn. Cancer has proven time and time again that it will strike anyone, of any age, at any time, and Lord, this week has been hard enough that I’m truly leaning on You more than I normally do. I’m weary, Lord, weary of all of these babies facing such tribulations. I know that You have our best interests at heart, and I know that You are looking after all of us, so Lord, please look after Patrick and Madalyn, Stephanie, Dustin, Baby Ryan, and everyone else that is ailing. Lord, please provide healing for all of these children, so that they might know You better. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus, who told us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — Lord, help us through this trouble, these trials, these tribulations, and Lord, see us to Paradise in our appointed time with the grace of You shining from us. It is in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen”
  • Lastly, Lord, I want to give You praise for the marriage yesterday of my cousin Bob and his new wife Lori.  They are very happy together, and I thank you for bringing them all together.  May their days be filled with love and compassion for all of their days.

Lord, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring for us, but we have a lot of people hurting right now.  Please be with all of these requests, and with those that we don’t know about, and remind us that You are here for us, and that You love us.  Thank you for all of our blessings, for our answered prayers, for our families, for everything you give to us, both now and in the future.  We ask all of these prayers in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving.  Amen!

Prayers for the Week – Ryan’s Joy

Image Courtesy Ryan's Aunt Kourtney

Image Courtesy Ryan’s Aunt Kourtney

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m sharing with you a picture of beautiful Ryan, who, despite all of the tribulations he has been going through in his short life, still knows what it is like to Rejoice.  I titled this post Ryan’s Joy in honor of him.  Here he is smiling at some of his family.  My friends, that one picture alone is a sermon, but you know me — I’m going to add a little to it.  I think this Bible Verse sums it up perfectly, as I think this is what Ryan is doing in this picture:

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Those words come to us from the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.  When I saw that picture, what I saw was Ryan smiling at his family, but also smiling knowing that God is watching over him.  The children are so knowing, even at just over 4 months — Ryan knows he has God on his side!

My friends, looking at Ryan in that picture convicts me of all the times when I could be more Joyous than I am.  My prayer is that I will learn to love God more than ever, and be Joyous in all circumstances, good or bad.

Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises, and thanks!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Kelly is having surgery — I don’t know the details of when, where, and how serious — but what I do know is that the surgery and recovery timetable is significant enough that it will force her to have to change her plans for her next Disney trip in June. Please pray for Kelly, for her successful surgery, for a great recovery, and for her light at the end of the tunnel being the day she steps through that tunnel into Town Square in the Magic Kingdom. God knows all the details, and will take it from there. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Shannan asked for some prayer requests. Here is what she wrote:I’m having hip surgery this week and will be on crutches for 4 weeks and in therapy for 10. My childhood friends Jerry M. He just got diagnosed with an aggressive cancer (3rd time since childhood leukemia). He will be having a major surgery in April to remove his lymph nodes. He moved to Memphis after graduation to work at St. Jude as he wouldn’t be here today without them. He still works there. This doesn’t sound good but I know all things are possible through prayer.Please pray with me for them:

    “Heavenly Father, we know that with You all things are possible, and tonight, we share with you the health concerns of your children Shannan and Jerry. Please cloak them with your healing touch, and guide their doctors as they do what is needed to heal them of their illnesses. Please grant them Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength — both for them and for their families and friends as well. We ask these things in the name of Your beautiful Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen.”

  • A prayer request as seen on my Twitter feed:Pray for those who are struggling against the demons of addiction, temptation, and depression. The devil takes these forms daily!
  • My friend Kourtney left me an update on her nephew Ryan that I’m sharing with you. Prayers are continued to be needed for that little guy, here is what she wrote me:Ryan got to go home for a couple of days at the end of January. Unfortunately, he went into respiratory distress and had to be airlifted back to Children’s Hospital. He still has his trach and NG tube so they’re not sure what the problem is. They decided to keep him until his next surgery (originally scheduled for March 6th) just in case there were any more problems.

    On Friday they decided that maybe he’s outgrown his shunt and that could be what’s wrong. He’ll be going in to the cath lab today with the assumption that he will have his 3rd open heart surgery tomorrow. The plan is a 3-4 week recovery time after this surgery and then home (hopefully without any machines)! However, we’ve learned that Ryan has his own plan and all we can do is hold our breath and wait.

    This poor little guy has been in the hospital since the day he was born at the end of September. All we want is for him to be home with his parents and brother.

    thank you again for your support and prayers and please be thinking of him tomorrow as he undergoes his 3rd open heart surgery!

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, the wonder and beauty of Ryan’s delightful smile shows us that You are keeping him close to You. Despite his struggles, still he is able to find joy in his life. Father, we know that You have Ryan and his family’s best interests in mind, and that Your Will will be done for Ryan. Please continue to shower him with Your love, keep healing him as we know You are, and keep close to his family as they struggle to keep strong in the face of everything that is going on. Please have your Peace descend upon Ryan, his family, and all of his many followers, and guide the skillful hands of Ryan’s surgical team during this latest trial for him. Ryan is a miracle baby, and every trial that he faces is one more miracle that You, Father, grant for him. We love you, and ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, the wonderful Healer, with Thanksgiving, today and every day. Amen!

  • My friend Tabitha has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:OK, I have a client that I have been helping that has cancer and now she needs prayers more than ever! She had a cruise scheduled for next month but I just got an e-mail from a friend of hers that she is in the hospital having trouble breathing with water on her brain. Please pray for her and her 17 year old daughter and her parents. I so wanted to make this a special trip for her!

    Please pray for her client, for her health, her family, her Peace, her comfort, her strength, and that for her family as well. Thank you everyone for praying!

  • Tabitha has an update on her client. Unfortunately, it is not looking good. Here is what she wrote:
    Update on my client. I talked to her dad and he said she is in bad shape and he doesn’t think she will make it out of the hospital.
    My comment to Tabitha was this:
    I’m sorry Tabitha — I’m praying for her salvation as well as for God’s Healing touch to come to her and her family. It is an absolutely terrible thing to go through. Please tell her Dad that there are people all over the world praying for his little girl and all of them. Thanks my friend, if you need anything at all please hit me up.
    Please pray for her salvation as well as for her healing, and please pray prayers of Peace, Comfort, and Strength for her and all of her family. We know that it is in God’s Hands and that He will do for her and her family what is best for them, but please keep the prayers coming. Thanks everyone.

     

  • My friend Chelsea would like prayers lifted up for her cousin. She requested these a while back, but we’re going to refresh the request now too. Here is what she wrote me:Also a few months ago I asked for prayer for my cousin who tore her ACL two weeks before her wedding… Not sure if you remember but just wanted to thank you again for praying… Her ACL is slowly healing… But her fiancé called the wedding off 10 days before the wedding…. She was crushed but is slowly healing.

    Please pray for Chelsea’s cousin — for her physical as well as her emotional healing. While we don’t know why this happened to her, we can certainly understand how hard it is for her. Please lift her up with prayers of love, Peace, comfort, and strength for all of her ailments, and help her to know that God is with her, always. Remind her of Jeremiah 29:11, in which the Lord tells us:

    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.

    Thank you everyone for your prayers!

    • Continued prayers for my friend Chelsea’s cousin — she’s experiencing complications from her ACL surgery, so please send up healing prayers for her. Thanks everyone!
  • Prayers for my friend Heidi, who is about to go under some arm surgery today. Here is what she wrote:I have to be at the surgery center at 11:15 this morning. I think I better go wake Ashley to run an intervention for me. I keep wanting to get up and make my morning coffee (but I’m not allowed to eat or drink). Please pray that this “Manipulation Under Anesthesia” is finally the first step in getting this arm healed!

    Thanks everyone!

  • Please pray for my niece Stephanie, who is going through some serious health concerns and needs to have surgery.  God knows all the details, so please pray for healing for Stephanie.
  • Praise goes to God for my Dad’s successful procedure on Wednesday!  Thank you God for seeing Dad through that safely!

My friends, I hope that you are as blessed when reading these posts as I am when I write them.  Please please please add your prayers and praises to our list so that our post can grow exponentially!  God is great, and He is hearing all of these prayers lifted up by us!  Now, to close, let’s recite 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 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 – Relaxation

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayer for the Week post!  Today, as we close down our Christmas week, one of the biggest blessings I experienced this week was the ability to just relax.  It is a shame that we all aren’t able to do that — my wife, for example, only had Christmas day off — and it is equally a shame that we don’t all choose to relax when we are given the opportunity to do so.  For me, though, relaxation is a true gift that I hope I never take for granted.  We have some serious prayer requests, so let’s get right to them, shall we?

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for my friend Deb and her husband. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Heading back to ICU to see hubby. Praying for some good news today…

    Here’s an update from Deb:Oh thank you Mike! He’s had surgery to stop the internal bleeding so prayers for healing would be greatly appreciated. His heart is showing signs of needing another stint (sp) so healing there too. His spirits are great though and have been throughout. We could use some peace of mind! Thank you so much!

    Please pray with me:

    Father God, we come to you to pray for your servant Deb and her husband. You know all of the health issues that he is going through, and we know that through You, all things are possible. Please lift up Your Servant so that he may feel the healing power of Your love, and please grant them all of the comfort and strength they need to get through this ordeal. Lord, aside from healing, perhaps the most important thing that we can grant to them is Your Peace to descend on them so they may feel Your presence in their lives. We ask for these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who lovingly gave of Himself so that we might have Eternal life. It is in His name that we pray with Thanksgiving. Amen!

  • My friend Melissa has a prayer request for her dog. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Mike, my dog Liam is dying. And he’s me and husbands best friend. I would really appreciate your prayers.
  • My friend Donna left this comment on Facebook.I’m not a Christian, but if you could aim your energy so that my 7 weeks of Unemployment checks that have been held up finally get released to me I would be grateful!

    Please pray for those that are saved and unsaved, so that they may know the true Peace of God in their lives. Thanks!

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Becky wrote this comment about Christmas, and how so many people suffer during this time of year. Please remember them in your prayers also.I know so many this year who are struggling with severe health, financial, or relationship problems. Holiday time seems to make struggling with these issues even harder. We must continue to pray throughout each day that they will feel and see God’s presence, peace, joy, and love in their lives, and be blessed with strength. Thank you for your page that reflects this.
  • My friend Catherine posted this on Facebook. Please pray for her Mom:Just to let those of you who know my mom she fell last night in our garage around 11pm & the garage was open & I didn’t find her until 630. She is at baptist health on warmers. Her internal temp was 89 degrees when she got here.
    Please say prayers that there are no long term effects.
  • My friend Brenda is left a prayer request on Facebook.  Here is what she wrote:

    To all my friends who are faithful believers in the one true God, please join me in praying for this precious family. Beth and Chris are newlyweds. They have a sweet little boy and so much love for one another it warms your heart. They have just found out that Chris has Stage IV cancer. They are keeping the faith and keeping their attitudes positive but I know the power of prayer and that this is what they need more than anything else. Won’t you please join me in lifting up this sweet family? I sure would appreciate it and I know they will too! Thank you!!

As you can see with these prayer requests, there is anything but relaxation going on for the families of these prayer requests.  The biggest thing that I think we, as Christians, can pray for is for us to be able to let go of our problems and let God take over.  When we do that, truly my friends, that is when it feels like the Peace of God pours down on us, and we really have a sense of calm about us.  So, my friends, pray, of course, for healing, comfort, strength, and all of the other things that our prayer requests need; but, on top of all of that, pray earnestly for God’s Peace to descend upon those that are suffering, so that they may know that sense of calm that will see them through the trials and tribulations that they are going through.

Praises!

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Vickie left us a prayer request last week about her jaw.  Here is her update, so give thanks to God for helping her out!  Here is what she wrote:
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Love the pocket watch.Just wanted to thank you for your prayers. Doctors finally got me back up and running with a round of antibiotics and a root canal. I also received my Disney Magic+ flash drive today. Not really sure what it is for as I already had My Disney Experience on my home page, but it sure looks cool.

    Wishing you a blessed New Year,
    Vickie Kearns

    Vickie, thank you for your words, and we are glad that you are doing better!  I found out that you can use the flash drive just like a normal flash drive, so use it with pride!  It’s really cool to me to have a great flash drive like that!  I hope you have a Happy New Year, Vickie!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you everyone for stopping by and contributing to our post — and most importantly, thank you for praying for our requests!  Together, we can make a difference, simply by being the prayer warriors that God wants us to be.  Have a great week, everyone, and we’ll talk to you later!

Prayers for the Week – Conversational Prayer

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Hello, my friends and fellow prayer warriors, and thank you for coming to this week’s Prayer for the Week Post.  Today, I thought I would discuss with you how hard I sometimes find it to pray, and how I am looking at two different styles of prayer that might help you if you find praying hard also.

The first style of prayer is called conversational prayer, and the way I understand it, it is the process of praying by just having a conversation with God.  Just tell Him you are here, what’s on your mind — almost as if you are talking on the phone with your best friend — which, you are, if you think about it.

I think I sometimes get too caught up in the formality of prayer, using phrases like Heavenly Father, and so forth.  Instead of saying Heavenly Father, sometimes I just say Dear God — doesn’t that work just as well?

Another form of prayer that I am trying to adopt — but, I’ll admit, I’m struggling with it some — is called the ACTSs method of prayer.  ACTSs is an acronym that stands for the following words:

  • Adoration — telling God how much you love Him.
  • Confession — Confessing your sins to God and asking for His forgiveness.
  • Thanksgiving — Thanking God for all of your blessings that He has given to you.
  • Supplications — Praying for the things that you need and also the things that others need.
  • surrender — Surrendering to God’s Will — usually I close with the Lord’s Prayer at this time.

Both of these styles are effective, I think — especially if you are finding yourself having trouble in your prayer life.  Give it a shot!  Now, let’s lift up all of the prayer requests and praises we have for this week.

Prayer Requests

  • My friend Dawn left a prayer request on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:Prayers for my Dad. His cancer moved to his spinal cord. UC Davis is starting him on a clinical trial and a new round of chemo on Monday. He did well during the summer with the chemo but just not sure how well he is going to do with this round. Trying to remain positive.

    Lord, please hear the Healing Prayers directed towards your Servant so that he may beat this cancer. Please provide your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to him and his family as they struggle with what the future might bring, and please remind them that You are there for them and will take care of them in the good times and in the bad times. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen.

  • Please pray for my friend Bambi. She has a surgical procedure tomorrow at 5:30AM (Friday, December 6, 2013). Please pray for God to look after the skillful hands of her team, and heal her of her afflictions, and speed her recovery. Please also pray for peace for her husband Ricci and their two children and all their other family and friends.Thanks, everyone!

    Mike

    • I’ve had an update on Bambi from her husband! Thank you all for praying for her, here is what he wrote on Facebook:Well bam is outta surgery and in recovery now, just got off the phone with dr, they saved 70-80% of her kidney. Will be about another 2 hours before we go back to see her.
    • All in all, the recovery for Bambi is going pretty well — she is in some pain, but she is making strides each day.
  • My friend Elisha’s uncle passed away over Thanksgiving break. Please lift up his family as they remember their loved one who has been called home to Jesus. We all know that, while we celebrate with our loved ones his ascension to Heaven, it is still hard for those of us left behind to deal with. This is Elisha’s Mom’s last surviving sibling, so please especially lift her up.Thanks,
    Mike
  • My friend Teresa has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Such a sad night for me. A very special and dear friend passed away tonight. If there are angels in heaven she truly is one now. Rest in peace Margie Pooh… you will always have a piece of my heart.

    Please pray with me, Christian Prayer Warriors!

    Lord, we don’t know Margie, but what we do know is that Teresa is struggling right now. Please show her how You take care of those that need help by granting your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Teresa and all of the other friends and family of Margie. I am worried that Teresa may be having a crisis of faith, Lord, so please, lift her up, and let her see that she can lean on You when tribulations such as this strike our lives. Lord, we don’t know what happened to Margie, but Lord, please be with those left behind. Remind Teresa of Your beautiful Word, as spoken in the Gospel of St. John, 16:33, when Jesus said:

    “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Lord, we pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus, who died for us, so that we might live, with Thanksgiving each and every day — even today. Amen.

Praises!

  • We have many blessings in our lives, and one of them is the love we have for Stephanie and Shane.  They were able to hang out with us for a brief moment on Friday before they drove home, and it was a good time.
  • I am blessed with the love of my wife Cindy, and my daughter Sophie.  Thank you Lord for these incredible blessings!
  • Today I am blessed in that I am helping coordinate the Ordinary Houses of Prayer that I talked about previously.  Today we are having a training with the families that have agreed to open their homes for our Ordinary Houses of Prayer, and I am blessed to be able to help these couples pray for God’s Will for our campaign!

Thank you all for stopping by today and during the week and praying for our requests.  It is a big deal, and I thank you all for doing so.

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe this week!  Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Praise the Lord

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s edition of our Prayers for the Week post!  I was looking through the Bible this week when I came across this verse, which immediately struck me and made me realize that this was the perfect theme for this week’s prayer post:

Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

My friends, doesn’t that just speak right from our hearts?  Praise the Lord! What a beautiful verse to come across — and there are many such verses just like that in the Bible.

So often I get all caught up in what is happening around us that I don’t take time to give God the thanks, praise, and adoration that He deserves.  Lord, please forgive me for this.  So today, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am giving God praise for all the blessings that He has provided me in my life, and I urge you to do the same.

Praises!

  •  My Sister-in-Law Kim put into words what I was thinking, so I wanted to lift up her prayer request and praise. Here is what she wrote:What a blessed Thanksgiving service tonight. I am thankful for my faith and for my church family who helps me grow in that faith in so many ways. I pray everyone has a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
  • Please pray for my friend Bridget. Her Grandma passed away last night, this is what she wrote on Facebook:Heaven gained a new angel last night. At 11:46pm my grandmother was reunited with my grandfather, her greatest love. My mom, my aunt and I were with her. Thanksgiving was her holiday. This was the holiday that she brought her entire family together, what she loved the most. Her family and her strong faith in God were the things she held dear in this world. My heart is shattered. There’s so much I will miss…. I will miss our Sunday Classic movie afternoons, her love of Christmas, her unwavering reassurance that “everything will work out”, her sitting on the floor with Nick playing cars and planes…. Her loving me like another daughter…. It’s endless. Rest in peace now, Gram. Give Papa the biggest hug and kiss for us. I love you to the moon and back.Please pray for Bridget and her family’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength in their time of need — and give Praise to God for the life her Grandma lived! There are, perhaps, no more reassuring words that we can here when we reach Heaven than these: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I have no doubt that Bridget’s Grandma heard these words.
  • I have a huge praise for my sister-in-law Nancy and her family, who opened up their doors on Thanksgiving to us.  We had a wonderful family time with them, and Sophie and her cousin had a sleepover, and were on their best behavior.  Thanksgiving is all about being thankful around our loved ones, and Nancy, Otis, and Anna Jane were perfect hosts.  Thank you for having us!
  • I also want to give thanks and praise to God for a safe trip to our house by Stephanie and Shane, and for their wonderful trip today to Walt Disney World!  They are going to have a great time, and I am very excited for them!
  • My friend Mary also included a praise for this post.  Here is what she wrote:
    Thank you for continuing this series. It always grounds me for the week.

Prayer Requests…

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Jerry wrote his prayer request on our Facebook page. Here is what Jerry wrote:what i think needs to be prayed for are the people in the midwest affected by the tornadoes last sunday. Especially the towns of Washington, East Peoria, and Pekin who were the hardest hit.Please keep the people of the midwest in your prayers, as well as those that are affected by the severe cold weather. Thanks everyone!
  • I’ve got an anonymous prayer request. Here is what was written on Facebook:Lord, this is an immediate request. May you please be with someone very special to me. His faith is being tested daily and though I know there is a plan for him he cannot yet see what that is. Please, open his eyes and his heart that he can receive the answers he so desperately seeks. In your name, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen, Amen, Amen!!!Lord, please be with those that are under a crisis of Faith — please show them that You are there for them, and help them to have their eyes opened, and their heart receptive to listening, so that they may become a better servant of Your Word. Give them Your Peace, please, Lord, so that they may know that You are there for them. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that I pray! Amen.
  • My friend Heather posted a prayer request on Facebook tonight for a friend of hers. Here is what she had to say:Say a little prayer for Brett Cooper..he is on two antibiotics to treat an infection on his hand that has traveled up his wrist. Hopefully it will stop the redness and no trip to hospital on Thanksgiving.Please pray with me: “Lord, please look after Brett as he struggles to clear the infection in his hand. Please allow the medications to do what they need to do so that he can enjoy his Thanksgiving, and not need to seek additional treatment on Thanksgiving day. Please take care of him, and lift him up and heal him. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that I pray with Thanksgiving. Amen!”

My friends, thank you for taking the time each week to share your prayer requests and praises with us, and for also praying for the requests and lifting up the praises that you read here.  This weekly ministry is quite small when compared to some of the other things ministries that are out there, but nonetheless, it is a meaningful one — at least, I believe it to be.  Thank you for all of your support, and may God bless you and keep you safe from harm throughout the week ahead, until we meet again next Sunday.