Prayer Requests 8-17-17

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 10

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
   His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
 like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
   He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
   The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

14 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-17-17

  1. Praying for Miguel and RK. Also for Cheryl’s sister and her family, Tim and the Kid, Kizzie’s family, Roscuro’s health, DJ’s work and many others. And also for our nation.

    In my spirit I keep hearing “these things must be…”. I know the difficult valleys must be walked through, but God’s provision and comfort are real and available and sufficient for our need and His purposes. I pray God releases all of that to you now. In His mercy, through His grace, by the power of the Spirit, for the sake of the Son, to the glory of the Father.

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  2. Amen.

    Please pray for wisdom for the PA I see today regarding the lumps I found last weekend. They appear to have shrunken slightly, and the one that was somewhat painful is less so. They’re in my shoulder area, and I am underweight and pretty “bony” (body mass index 16.7), so I’m hoping he can tell what I’m talking about, as there is not a lot of difference now between my left (normal) side and the right side where they are.

    Thanks.

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  3. A friend of mine is on the pastoral search committee for a church somewhere in America (being vague for a variety of reasons). Please pray against her discouragement as she works with a group of dysfunctional fellow church members who aren’t holding up their end of the team.

    She’s ready to quit and called me yesterday to talk her down the ledge.

    Which the Holy Spirit did.

    The congregation is hurting in a terrible way–last pastor lost his mind and had to be admitted to a psych ward after only a few months on the job. The previous pastor committed suicide.

    I can’t imagine what that congregation is going through but can see why they are shaky about this very important task which Satan is trying so very hard to sabotage. My friend, herself, has only been there for a year.

    The Body of Christ is hurting all over the world. We need to stay together in prayer.

    And that, of course, goes for our country, too.

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  4. I gave a quick update on my sister last night after talking with her for quite some time. In short, she is going to need to have two organs removed that aren’t life-or-death issues, one to save her from detrimental effects on another organ (and that one could be life-or-death), one because of growths (as far as we know now, non-cancerous). I don’t really want to go into any more detail than that, but if anyone who has my e-mail address and is praying for her would like more, I can say more privately.

    My husband expressed his willingness for us to go down (as soon as the car gets fixed and we are able, anyway), and I passed that on to her and she said a strong, “No, as much as I would feel better having the kids in your care than anyone else’s, I do have three families in the church I’d trust with the kids, you two have plenty on your plate already, and it’s too far to ask you to come, so thanks, but no.” She is actually part of the reason we are moving. Right now we are about a day-and-a-half from her, which means a hotel stay both directions (although we did make it in one LONG day the day after her husband died four years ago–we got an oil change the day he died so we could head out the next morning and then we drove down); it would be better to be at a distance we can do in a day, to her and to the brother I’m closest to, while being a half-day from family here. But I don’t like being so far from a widowed sister with five children, especially at times like these! (Getting to half the snow we have here is a big one, too.)

    It sounds like the car repair shouldn’t be too expensive. Actually, it sounds like they may have caused the problem themselves last time we took it in (one part was loose and one broken, and they serviced the car just a couple weeks ago), and if they find that to be the case, hopefully they won’t charge us.

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  5. Thank you for all the prayers. PA believes it’s arthritis, given its location (both lumps/bumps near the clavicle), my age (past menopause), and that both my parents have arthritis. IOW, heredity and aging wreaking havoc on my body.

    I am finding, dear friends, that I really need to get caught up around the blog, now that all the extra family and business things I had to do between mid-July and mid-August are (mostly) finished. I feel disconnected here and like my prayers are hindered.

    Thank you for your faithful prayers for me while I was falling down on the (friendship) job.

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  6. Heavenly Father,

    Thank You for another day to praise You and for all the good reminders to do so daily. So many are hurting these days yet the hurt would be so much more without the spiritual uplift You alone can give. Please comfort Tim and his son as they go through the necessities of arrangements, visitation, and the funeral. Please give them knowledge and experience with how comforting You can be during the worst of times. Please bless The Kid with love from Your mother hen side. You have so many facets that allow You to meet us where we are in our unique needs. You are so awesome, Abba, in Your provisions. Thank You for the ways You are blessing them through this time. Please let our group choose what You alone knows would be best to give or do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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  7. 6 Arrows – You haven’t fallen down on the friendship job, you’ve been extra busy. And yet you have made time to read our prayer requests, & pray for them, & that’s the most important thing.

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  8. Cheryl – I am sorry to hear about your sister’s serious health matters. Praying she will come through this with flying colors, & that you will have peace in your own heart about the situation.

    Did her family’s internet business get off the ground?

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  9. Thank you, Kizzie (7:55). You are right — I have been keeping up with the prayer thread, and praying along with the requests, and that is important. I’ll admit I sometimes feel guilty, though, when I don’t take time to read the daily thread for a while, where I know more things about all your lives get discussed. It makes me feel disloyal, at times, though I never feel like anyone else is a disloyal friend for not being “around” the blog for a while.

    Holding myself to a different standard and beating myself up for it isn’t helpful.

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