Prayer Requests 8-2-19

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
   or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
   and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

4 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-2-19

  1. James says to keep my mouth shut and listen before I speak. Keeping quiet is much easier than speaking with wisdom. But then James also says that God will give wisdom to all who ask for it.

    “Lord give me wisdom to speak wisely to my grandson.”

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  2. Displaced. Trafficked. Poor. Vulnerable. Marginalised. Injustice has many faces…

    Systemic injustices are built into the world’s systems, often the result of globalization, large corporations, corruption, international alliances and governments who act in their own self-interests and do not heed the biblical call for those in power to look out for the oppressed and the poor (Isaiah 1:23). Other injustices come from circumstance.

    Annually, millions are displaced—inside or outside their country—by the ravages of war, natural disasters, and/or religious persecution. In many societies, women are in positions of vulnerability, and men in positions of power or control. Power and vulnerability are a dangerous combination. Furthermore, one in three women in the world today have been subject to abuse, domestic or otherwise.

    Today, different studies produce varying estimates of how many people are bound by modern day slavery. A conservative estimate from the International Labor Organization (ILO) believes approximately 40 million people today are held against their will. Slavery takes different forms: forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, the sale of human organs, etc. Slaves often cannot escape their situation due to threats, violence, coercion, or deception. 25% are children. 71% are women and girls—of which 99% work in the sex-industry. Much of slavery is sourced through human trafficking, the second largest income-generating crime in the world.

    The topic of injustice is complicated, overwhelming, and may feel completely “impossible” to address, even in prayer. Yet it is for each person and situation that God declares through the psalmist, “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” (Psalms 12:5, Amplified).

    Please pray…
    Pray for wisdom. Ask God how you can make a difference, beginning with prayer.
    Pray for those who are vulnerable because of displacement by war or natural disasters.
    Pray for people who are marginalized based on their gender or religion or status (e.g., people living with HIV).
    Pray against injustices surrounding the topic of modern-day slavery.
    Pray for personnel working with initiatives that focus on these issues (1 Cor. 15:58). Please pray for vibrant communities of Jesus followers to be established through their efforts.

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  3. I’d appreciate prayers as I put together a plan for my new student’s first lesson with me on Monday. She is a transfer student (has studied piano before), so preparing for that type of first lesson involves a little guesswork beforehand, and oftentimes some thinking on one’s feet during the lesson, if the student has apparent gaps in learning. Prayers as I anticipate (based on my current, limited knowledge of where she’s at, skill-wise) and pull together the resources which might best help her. Thanks.

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