Prayer Requests 7-28-20

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Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.

   Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
    and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.

   Praise the Lord.

11 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 7-28-20

  1. I have often wondered the significance of “new song”. It appears more than once.
    My preference is usually for the “old song”.
    Serious question if anyone has insight.

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  2. No idea what the official meaning is, but in my life: singing a new song each day as I know my God slightly better and from a different angle. Singing a new song daily as I see His working in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Looking around and seeing a small part of His enormous creativity, I can sing a new song daily as His Truth seeps deeper into my bones.

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  3. Chas I do believe we sing an old song in a new way as we grow closer to our Lord…just like Mumsee was saying. The words grow more meaningful as I ponder the depth of them in some of the old hymns. I find myself weeping at times. Just as the scripture reminds us :
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness

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  4. NancyJill, that was one of Karen’s favorite scriptures. Her eyes would often brim with tears when she spoke of that Lamentations passage.

    Please continue to remember Karen’s family in your prayers. I talked with Mike on Sunday, and asked him how he’s doing. He reported he’s doing fine (or maybe he said “good” — something like that), and he looks it.

    I asked how the kids are doing, and mentioned the youngest — who is home from college for the summer — by name. (I haven’t seen her at church at all since her mom died, so I was concerned for her, as she’s always attended church regularly, and doesn’t have a job that requires her to work on Sundays.)

    Her dad’s response to how she or they, the other kids, are doing was simply a high-pitched “mmm” with a rather scrunched-up face, which I took to mean she or they are not coping as well as he is.

    He’s occupying himself with getting rid of a lot of stuff. He rented a dumpster and has already filled it at least once and has more to throw. I didn’t say anything, and I might be wrong, but I’m afraid that all of this throwing-out-stuff might be a tough thing for the currently-at-home daughter to witness so soon after her mother’s passing.

    Please pray for all of them as you are led.

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  5. I would also ask you to pray for my sister-in-law. (Hubby’s youngest sibling.) She, L, has had cancer for a couple, three years, maybe, and has kept much of the battle to herself. It appears she is now at the end.

    The brother who lives closest to her reports that she is no longer going to the shop. (She owns a coffee shop, and that has been her pride and joy for the last decade or so that she’s had it. For her to stop going there, when she lives only a few blocks from it, and when she so enjoys her employees, all loyal, is significant.) She is likely near the end. She had become horribly skinny last summer already — it was difficult to imagine she could live much longer after such a significant loss of weight — and is believed to have stopped all treatment now.

    She REALLY needs prayers most of all regarding her spiritual condition. It is my prayer that these long hours she now spends alone are opportunities in which she’ll return to her childhood faith in God. She had turned away after marrying an atheist or agnostic — I don’t know which he really is — but he is no longer in the picture. He had done some ridiculing of Christians and their beliefs, and, over time, she had become similarly disrespectful of people who espouse Christianity. Their only child, now an adult living a long ways away, exhibits those views, also.

    Please pray for the Holy Spirit to soften L’s heart for the Lord in what appear to be these final days/weeks/months (?) of her earthly life.

    Pray also for her siblings, some of whom have turned away from Christ, as well. Also for my mother-in-law, whose current beliefs I’m not certain of.

    Thank you.

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  6. Just this past Sunday, I had shared that scripture from Lamentations, as well as a little before it and a little after it, on Facebook. Like 6 Arrows’ friend Karen, it is one of my favorite pieces of scripture.

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    6 Arrows – I was a little alarmed to read of how much stuff Mike is throwing out, especially as he is a new widower. I hope he doesn’t one day regret throwing away too much. Advice that I had heard is that the new widow or widower should not make any big changes in their lives for at least the first year.

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  7. Forgot to add – What you (6 Arrows) wrote about the influence your SIL’s atheist/agnostic husband had on her reminds me of what happened to my own Nightingale. Even after moving in with X, she seemed to be a believer, and we would pick her up for church each Sunday morning. But he pressured her to stop coming to church with us, and she is now an atheist, and my grandson tells me that God is fake. 😦

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  8. Hmmm, obviously, in looking at the avatars above, I was the Anonymous. Must have entered my email and not my name on that one.

    Kizzie, I was a bit alarmed, too, with the dumpster business, but that might be more of a female thing than a male thing, to read up on what one should or shouldn’t do within a certain time frame after a significant event. It’s probable he didn’t know that recommendation, and I didn’t feel it was my place to bring it up.

    (Or some men who have heard that they shouldn’t make major decisions so soon after becoming a widower might simply not care what “they” say. I don’t think that describes Mike, but it does describe some men I know regarding “expert” opinion in general.) 🙂

    Regarding the influence of non-Christians on those raised in a Christian home: I try to always remember that God can save anyone out of anything at any time, regardless of the person’s history or current situation, or any future evil influence that may come into the person’s life. (I know I’m not telling you all here anything you don’t already know.) It’s good to pray, IMHO, that God will extend the time of grace of those who have strayed from the Word. I don’t want to say, Lord, give them a long, lingering illness to give them time to think about You and come to repentance, but … the thought of a straying loved one dying suddenly is, I admit, a worse thought.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…

    [Note to self.]

    And God wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

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  9. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, at 11:30 eastern time and 8:30 my time, I will be talking to the head doctor at Wycliffe about my situation. Prayers appreciated. I cannot return to PNG unless I have his approval.

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