Prayer Requests 6-21-17

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to pray for The Gambia, and for Ajisuun as well. 

Anyone else?

Psalm 108

My heart, O God, is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my wash basin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
13 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.

11 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-21-17

  1. Stargazer did not get the long shot job. Other son has come up empty on leads for work. Both my sons are discouraged.

    I don’t know what to say anymore. Prayers continue and I believe God will work this out to His glory–and I know this is a small problem in the historic grand scheme of things (they’re not Jewish men being hunted by Nazis in Germany in 143, say), but my mother heart still aches.

    I know you’re all dealing with something similar.

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  2. My understanding on prayer has become that we are sometimes given insight into someone else’s heart not so we can discuss it with others, but so we can pray.

    I think I have finally come to a realization about a friend’s spiritual life which I should have recognized long ago. It’s not surprising but it explains why I get so frustrated in talking with this person–and have had to distance myself because I don’t want to hear the complaints anymore.

    I happen to be in a position of authority over this individual and while the issue has been a concern to other members of the board on which I serve, none of us have felt we could say/do anything for a variety of reasons.

    I think we’re all afraid of the potential consequences to this hurt person. But this has been going on for many years now.

    You will know them by their fruit and this well-meaning person is frustrated by the lack of fruit which makes their reaction worse.

    I know I am being vague, but I’m trying not to gossip.

    This is a request for insight and wisdom to know how best to approach this situation–if I need to–beyond prayer.

    While chatting with this person on Sunday, the right answer or the right question popped out of my mouth. The answer batted aside the question–but it really went close to the heart of the real problem and that’s what I’ve now realized.

    Anyway, that’s my wandering request. Thanks.

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  3. Michelle – I’m sure you know that a nugget of wisdom or insight that is rejected at the first often simmers inside until it finally boils over into realization. May that happen, sooner rather than later, for this person.

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  4. I sent a letter & card to G, Carol’s former neighbor from a number of years ago before Carol went into assisted living. I used to take G, who also has mental health issues and doesn’t drive, up to see Carol in the early days of Carol’s assisted living time but at some point G dropped out of the visits.

    Anyway, I’d been wondering how she was doing some months ago and sent her an email but it bounced back saying the email was no longer in service. I connected with one of her church friends (possibly her pastor?) on FB to ask if she was OK and he said they’d been concerned as well, hadn’t seen her in 10 months; he didn’t think she had email or a phone anymore, said the congregation had pitched in and purchased a cell phone for her but she never set it up. He sent her a card some months ago and she responded but only to say she was OK.

    Anyway, pray that she’ll respond and will be prompted to return to her church through some of these efforts.

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  5. DJ
    Do you think that these thoughts of yours just “happened?” It seems obvious that your thoughts were “directed” to her. Pray for her and ask what you should “do.” I need to eat, dress and drive to Gold Beach, OR. I will send you more thoughts later. There is no need for me to hurry my thoughts.

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  6. DJ
    Well, I’m back from Gold Beach. Master Gardener duties.

    This past Sunday we had a lesson from “Victory Over the Darkness” by Neil T. Anderson. Pg 129 Psalm 139: 23, 24 Check out Freedom in Christ Ministries.

    Anyhoo, the “Search me Oh God and know my heart today…” “…see if there be, any wicked way in me…” (From the song with the Maori melody) might be talking about unresolved sin in your (her) life. It also could be talking about some traumatic episode in your life. It could even be some evil done to you. Some “mental illness” can be something done to you or some event that happened to you or yours that left an emotional scar. Sort of like PTSD.

    Anderson suggests that we ask God to reveal any of these emotional wounds that are unresolved. God will reveal them to us when we are ready to deal with them.

    There is lots to this. See if you have the book in your Church library or get it for yourself. Anderson used to teach at BIOLA and Talbot School of Theology.

    Is there anyone else out there who is aware of Freedom in Christ Ministries?


  7. Bob, Neil Anderson makes me very uncomfortable. There’s a fine line between recognizing Satan as our enemy and putting way too much focus on him, and unless I’m thinking of someone else, he crosses it. I had a housemate once who brought home a series of tapes she’d play at night, and I’d discreetly go into my room and make sure I was doing something that drowned out the noise of the tape, they struck me that strongly as unspiritual and icky.

    The one story I remember (it might not have been him . . . but I think several of those spiritual-warfare dudes tell about the same kinds of stories) was about some young woman who wanted to go to Bible college, but she almost didn’t go because here she was 17 or 18 years old and she still wet the bed regularly, and she was too ashamed to go off to college with such an affliction. But this teacher recognized it as demonic attack, recognized that Satan knew she’d want to go to Bible college someday and so he tried to hinder her. She was prayed over and freed. That was the last story I heard. It made Satan out to be pretty close to omniscient (he knew when she was a toddler that she would want to attend Bible college someday) and omnipotent (he had the power to interfere greatly in the life of a believer), and it set up some false extrabiblical “tricks” and insider information that we have to know to beat him at his own game. I’d been growing increasingly bothered by the tapes–though I didn’t have the maturity to tell me housemate that, since she was enamored by the teaching–but after that one I made sure I wasn’t putting any more in my mind.

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  8. PS I also volunteered for a year at a Christian organization whose leader had gotten into that stuff a bit. I remember one day being creeped out when she wanted to start the evening with prayer, and she was praying aloud and suddenly she raised her voice and said louder, “And Satan we rebuke you, and we command you to flee . . .” and I don’t remember what all. I sat there thinking, “Wow, I had no idea Satan had become the fourth member of the Trinity, and we could pray to him, too!” It was mega disturbing and not at all biblical.


  9. Cheryl
    That doesn’t sound like Neil Anderson. A former Pastor’s wife worked for him. She was very good. My present Pastor took a class from him at Talbot. My Pastor and his wife have used his stuff and think well of him.

    Anderson doesn’t teach any of the power stuff about casting out demons, instead, Anderson teaches that we ask God to reveal any ways that sin we have done or sin done to us may give the devil an area to attack us. We need to confess our sin and accept that our sins are forgiven. There are sins that we may keep hold of and or sin we don’t realize that has a hold on us. When we confess and repent those sins have no hold on us. Some things we may have to wash, rinse repeat until we have finally let Christ’s forgiveness have those sins. Those Copts in Egypt may have trouble forgiving those who have killed their families, burned their churches, stolen their daughters, killed their sons and then taunt them. We are called by Jesus to forgive them so that the Father in Heaven will forgive us.

    I am sorry that this has come up again and we have disagreed again. I know of “Casting out Demons” and the harm that can come of it. Anderson is not that. The Demons have all been cast out when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We don’t need to cast them out, but we may need to accept the new life we have in Christ. The old self has passed away but like the Dwarves in the tent of “Tashlan”, we may not have accepted Christ’s complete forgiveness.


  10. Bob, I don’t think that the teaching I referred to was specifically casting out demons, either. Those who are teaching it would say that Christians can’t be indwelt by demons but can be oppressed by demons, and thus you need to search for demonic strongholds. If you adopt an infant, for example, that baby might bring generational curses on your family from their birth family, if you don’t know enough to attack them. It isn’t biblical. My apologies if none of this describes Anderson; the names kind of run together after a while, but I’m pretty sure his name was included in some of the research I did a few months ago.


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