Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Updates to Prayer Requests...and A Few More

"Pray without ceasing."
I Thessalonians 5:17
(KJV)


I know many of you are still praying for little 2 1/2 year old Kai Slockers.
For those of you who haven't heard, Jesus called little Kai home to be with Him for eternity.
He now rests in the loving arms of the One Who created him and formed him in his mother's womb...
not so long ago.
Please continue to pray much for his mother, Aki, his father, Shawn,
and all other family members.
Only the God of all comfort can really comprehend the pain in their hearts,
and only He can send the healing they so desperately need.

Jimmy Neff continues to need a lot of prayer,
as he goes through radiation and chemo-therapy, 
along with all of the other challenges he is facing.
Doctors do not give much hope, but the words of the Great Physician are,
"All things are possible with God.  Believe."
Please keep Jimmy, my brother David, and sister-in-law, Dorothy,
and all other family and loved ones in your continued prayers.

Please also continue to pray for little unborn baby Obed Walters,
as his parents are believing God for a miracle of healing before he is born.
God's eye is upon him, and we know He has all power.
There is nothing too hard for our God.

To add a few more requests....
please pray for my dear friend, Robin, as she walks the lonely path of losing her mother.
She is now in Hospice care, and anyone who has ever gone through this knows how long
and anguished and agonizing this kind of waiting can be.
Pray for strength and peace to fill Robin's heart and life and for direction for her future.
She lost her husband only a few years ago, and her heart is very heavy.
God understands.

Pray for the hopeful couples who have empty arms and who deal with the daily struggles of infertility.
Having walked this road for so many years,
I have a soft spot in my heart for barren women and their husbands.
Pray that God will send them the babies they long for.


Some on-line infertility journey blogs I follow are the ones of...
Caroline at In Due Time,
Elisha at Waiting for Baby Bird,
Lisa at Amateur Nester
and Katie aA Hundred Affections.

I try to remember to pray for each one of them and their husbands every, single day.
Walking the path of infertility is a very long, lonely, frustrating road.
I know they would love it if you would stop by their blogs and leave a sweet comment
letting them know you have committed to consistently praying for them.

Pray for the persecuted church...for every Christian who serves God in secret,
who would give anything to be able to walk into one of the church services
about which you and I too often complain.

Pray for the free church...who are blessed enough to be able to worship God openly,
but who bicker and hate and tear one another down,
who dig in their heels and hold each other at arm's length...
because of the pettiest, most ridiculous things.

Pray for missionaries who give all they have to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray for military men and women who sacrifice every day to protect and preserve
the continuation of the freedom we so cherish and enjoy.

Pray for our president and leaders.
It is a Bible command.
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; 
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
I Timothy 2:1,2
They need our prayers more than our criticism...
whether we do or do not agree.

Pray for those who have lost cherished loved ones on the battlefield.

Pray for the bereaved...whose hearts now experience the throes of overwhelming grief.

Pray for the homeless who sleep under bridges,
huddled under cardboard boxes...
scared, starving, shivering, and forgotten.

Pray for the children who cower in fear,
who pull covers over their heads and pretend to sleep,
hoping with all their hearts they will avoid a nightly round of abuse.

Pray for the wives who panic at the sound of drunken footsteps.

Pray for the homesick who cry themselves to sleep.


Pray for the traveler who looks longingly in the rearview mirror
and wishes they were coming instead of going.

Pray for pastors who feel isolated and alone,
who struggle to find the courage to face one more Sunday of rejection.

Pray for the unemployed who have lost self-esteem,
who feel worthless, inferior, and desperate.

Pray for orphans and foster children...tossed to and fro....from pillar to post....
never really belonging anywhere....
who pray every night for a forever home.


Pray for the deeply depressed who have lost hope,
and now ponder the easiest, fastest, and least painful way out.

Pray for broken-hearted mamas and daddies...
who would give anything they own to turn back the clock to former days...
days when life was easier...and more love-filled....
who patiently wait and eagerly hope for just a word from the wayward child
they have loved and given everything they had to satisfy.

Pray for the wayward children who have lost their innocence,
who wish for the days before they lost it....


who cry and long for the ones they left behind...
who realize they have gone too far, but are too proud to come back home.

Pray for the addicted,
shackled in chains,
yearning for peace.

Pray for the elderly who sit day after never-ending day,
wishing, longing, begging God for the sight of one glimpse of a familiar face...
for the ring of the phone...
for the slightest sign that they are still loved....and in the tiniest way still necessary.

Pray for the public servants who selflessly give and go the extra mile...
for the protection of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and all the rest.

Pray for the critically ill,
those who know death is near,
the afflicted,
the tormented,
the ones in continual pain.

Pray for the doctors who treat,
the nurses who care,
the surgeons who mend.

Pray for the lonely ones who would give their last dime to be loved.

Pray for the shut-ins who are no longer able to care for their own basic needs.

Pray for the caregivers who love and tirelessly care for them.

Pray for the ones who linger around hospital beds,
waiting, dreading, watching the rise and fall of barely-breathing loved ones.

Pray for those in Hospice rooms,
Intensive Care Units,
and nursing homes who will never go home again.

Pray for children who are bullied,
terrified to go to school,
each day dreading the worst.

Pray for America.


Oh, pray for America!
For a nationwide revival.
For a spiritual shaking and awakening like she's never seen.
For a mass returning to the God of our fathers.
For restoration of Biblical values.
For a trend towards loving Jesus Christ....
and each other.

Pray for the misunderstood,
the "different",
the ones who never seem to fit in.

Pray for a Paul-like, real spiritual awakening for the unbelievers,
the atheists,
the skeptics.

Pray for the Christians to repent...
to unite....
to humble themselves and pray and seek God's face and turn from their wicked ways...
to finally see that we are a very big part of the problem....
to realize that if we cannot get along with each other...
you know, those of us who are supposedly on the same side,
why should we expect the rest of the world to be at peace?

Pray for the ones professing Christianity to finally see that, in many ways,
as Ghandi said, we are very unlike our Christ.

Pray for the genuine love of Jesus to somehow come front and center...
through you and through me....
that the world around us would see something in us that they would even want.

Pray for single parents who struggle hard every day to hold things together on their own.


Pray for those who have lost their way and are on the wrong path....
that God will send someone into their life to lead them back.

There are many, many other things, situations, and people to pray for....
it would take a long list to name them all.
You get the picture.
I know we are all overloaded, burdened, and have our own issues.
But, we must push beyond ourselves.
We must be willing to bear the burdens of others.
Even the weakest of us can pray.
Even if it is only spoken from our hearts....
even if the words never reach our lips...
even if our prayer consists only of tears.....
God hears.
He understands every language...even the one of tears.

So pray, my dear friend, pray.

In closing, I want to leave you with something someone emailed to me yesterday.
The author is unknown...wish I knew who to credit.
This is SO good!

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People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true
enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
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    1. Thank you, dear friend! God bless you.

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  2. So much to pray for! But we have a big God, who can hear all our prayers at the same time, and answer them!

    I echo your heart burden for America, and I wonder....how much of America would change if I were different? How much I need to humble myself, and pray, and turn from my wicked ways...

    God bless, Cheryl!

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    1. Yes, praise His wonderful name, HE can do all things! YES, God help US as Christians to be the ones who make the difference. It all starts with us. As goes the church, so the nation will follow. I am convinced of it. :) Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Love, Cheryl

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