Prayer Requests 7-25-20

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Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.

   How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

   Praise the Lord.

15 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 7-25-20

  1. Re. V. 4. I don’t remember whether this was in West Texas, or Arabia. But I remember looking into the sky and seeing the stars David likely saw. We can’t see them in Eastern US.
    Anyhow, I thought at the time. God knows what’s going on at each of those stars. It has a place in His mind.

    Another subject”
    I was reading Matthew 24 this morning. (I may have told this before.). My dad was always looking for the return of Christ. He, at various times, believed Hitler, or Stalin to be the Antichrist.
    But it never was. He spent his life looking for the return of Christ. But it never happened. (Not an obsession, just observations.)
    But, when his time comes, I suspect he will find that he was doing the right thing.

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  2. Chas – It is interesting that you brought that up today. Just this morning in my prayer time, I was thinking about how I used to think that Jesus would come back in my lifetime. (I was influenced by folks like your dad for a while.) Then I moved out of such thinking, and have been thinking that I will likely die before that happens.

    But this morning, I realized that I didn’t want that to be due to a lack of faith or lack of “watching”. The reason I say this is that I have found myself taking a skeptical stance when I read fellow Christians who are sure that the stuff that is going on in our country means that Jesus must be coming again very soon. (More precisely, that the Rapture will happen soon. I am not as firm in believing in a Rapture as I used to be, but I don’t count it out, either. I do, of course, believe in the Second Coming of Christ.)

    If asked, I would say that well, yes, things are getting bad here in America, but then again, other countries have been going through worse for a long time. The fact that bad things happen in America doesn’t mean that Jesus has to come back soon, as if we are the linchpin.

    In taking that stance, I realize that I had let go of any expectation of Jesus’ soon return. So this morning, in prayer, I reminded myself that that could very well be a soon occurrence, in my lifetime. Either way, I know that my trust and hope is in Him, not in getting raptured soon or whatnot. I hope this all makes sense. 🙂

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  3. Actually, scripture seems to indicate everyone ‘eating and drinking, marrying, etc. as they always were. We are always to be ready. I have heard so many people named as the possible anti-Christ myself. I know many who thought they would be alive when it happened who are now dead and buried for quite awhile. One thing I do know, we are closer today than yesterday.

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  4. My mom was surprised when my dad died. She told me once that he looked forward the “the Rapture” so much that she was sure he would be in it. (Then she said well, he’ll see it from the other side.)

    My dad said at least once, “You kids may die–but you won’t die of old age.” As of this month, my oldest brother has made it to the age at which my dad died. None of my brothers has hit 70 yet, but two are within five years of it. We just can’t do that kind of prophecy as to “when.” We may all die of old age. But we can pray “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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  5. My oldest brother cares a lot about family unity, and he is in regular contact with my sister. Rightly or wrongly, a few months ago I gave him an overview of what is going on (partly because he was about to host a family reunion and I suspected my sister would skip it if our younger brother was there, as indeed she did).

    I don’t think he really comprehends what has been happening as his word to me a week ago was to “keep trying.” There’s a point at which “trying” is the wrong response, as it just sets you up for more abuse. (Case in point that this week when, to honor his request I did talk to her on the phone once, she spent an hour calling me a liar and a manipulator based on a different perspective of a photo of my newborn grandbaby I sent her two years ago.)

    Anyway, I just e-mailed him and his wife a letter about the situation, complete with two additional exhibits (the grandbaby photo and an essay I wrote a few years ago about my sister in tribute to her that she considered condescending). I’m praying that they have a chance to help her in some way, because I am a bit worried about her. And they also probably ought to know she has done this to two siblings so far, and he might well be next.

    I expect she is likely to be angry if she finds out . . . which at this point is more a reason to send the letter than a reason not to. Not that I’m trying to be mean, but that I will not play by her rules. She has controlled and manipulated long enough, and she wanted her treatment of me to be “our little secret” and I’m not going to keep it any more.

    But none of that has been pleasant this week, and I’m glad the week is over. (As of three minutes ago. Bedtime!)

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  6. Re: The return of Christ.
    Jesus said that no one knows when he returns. However we know that the “man of sin” must appear first. ((2 Thess. 2:3). My dad thought Hitler was that man. I think Hitler was nothing compared to the “evil one” who will likely unite the world in a false religion. e.g. a bringing together Islam, Christianity, etc.

    For the last hundred years, one nation has kept the world from tearing itself apart. That nation is now tearing itself apart.
    It may not indicate anything, but I find it curious that world power has moved west throughout history.
    (Babylon, Greece, Spain, England, U.S. were world powers that provided some stability to the world.
    Seems now that China is next to take that position.
    No telling what that will bring. Whatever it is, it won’t be good.
    We need to pray about that. But I don’t know what to pray for. Just that God will protect mine from the tribulation to follow. (I don'[t expect to be around.)

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  7. Cheryl, so sorry what you are through with your sister. I have a similar situation with mine and it is heartbreaking to me also.

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  8. Abusers don’t want their deeds brought to light. It’s good you did tell your oldest brother and his wife about your sister’s abusive behavior toward you, Cheryl.

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  9. The great actress Olivia de Havilland has died. She was the heroine of the first full feature film I watched, ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’:

    De Havilland was one of the greatest actresses of her day, and influential too, as her lawsuit against Warner Brothers studios paved the way for better contract terms for other actors – De Havilland wanted more scope and was tired of the maiden in distress roles Warner repeatedly cast her in because of her looks. She went on to make films that were more challenging to act, from the B-list thriller ‘Dark Mirror’, in which she played identical twins of whom one is a psychopath, to the Academy Award nominated ‘Snake Pit’, in which she portrayed an ordinary housewife struggling with mental illness. The film became a catalyst in improving condition in psychiatric institutions. She is probably best remembered by the general public as Melanie Wilkes, the best friend and unintentional rival of Scarlet O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’, but her other work is well worth seeing.

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