Prayer Requests 9-18-20

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
   while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
   how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
   with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
   Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
   from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
   all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
   Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
   saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
   Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

12 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-18-20

  1. My friend, Judy, passed away yesterday. Her husband, Jerry, wrote that their two sons and their wives were there, praising Christ in song. Prayers of comfort and encouragement for all of them, and for Judy’s parents. She was in her early 60s.

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  2. (Sorry that this came out so long.) A while back, I mentioned reading a book about raising boys (Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by pediatrician Meg Meeker, M.D.,) that Hubby had started reading some time before his death. Reading the chapter about how crucial fathers are to boys was discouraging, as you may imagine.

    In another chapter, on helping boys mature from adolescence into true manhood, she writes:

    “Every boy who doesn’t have access to a father needs a man . . . to be with him as he leaps the chasm from boyhood to manhood. It requires energy, fortitude, and sometimes a big push. And a boy takes that push much better from a man than he does from a woman. He trusts a man more, because a man has done what he has to do.”

    Hubby so very much wanted to be that man for Boy, but he is not here anymore. Boy’s own father never made that leap in maturity – every bad thing that happens in his life is somebody else’s fault, and he always looks for the easy way out of any difficulty (and our legal system has helped him do that numerous times). (One of the things Dr. Meeker writes is that it is natural for boys and teen boys to blame others, but they need to be taught and “pushed” – by a man – to grow out of that.)

    Anyway, I’m sure you can tell where I am going with this. My heart aches for Boy to be saved foremost, but also for a good, godly man to take him under his wing and teach him what he needs to know, helping guide him into manhood. I pray for a godly stepfather to come into his life (which also requires his mother to be saved – soon, hopefully), and for other godly men to always be a part of his life, pointing to Jesus.

    And yes, I pray for X’s salvation, and for salvation for Grampa (X’s stepfather).

    I was pouring my heart out to God this morning about this matter, even more so than usual. I confessed that sometimes my faith falters on this matter. I want to believe that God allowed Hubby – the only godly man in Boy’s life – to die, with a plan to fulfill by another man the need Hubby would have gladly filled. But sometimes I wonder if there is no other plan, and Boy is really just left high-and-dry, to struggle through boyhood, and to possibly follow in his father’s footsteps.

    My faith tells me no to that, that of course God hears my heart’s cry for Boy, and Hubby’s prayers are still before Him, and He has a plan to fulfill what Boy needs to grow into a godly man of integrity and good character. But yes, sometimes that faith flags on the matter.

    So my prayer request today, along with salvation for Boy, X, and Grampa (and Nightingale, too), is for me to have a deeper measure of faith and trust in this matter. Thank you, and God bless you all.

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  3. Concerned for son’s girlfriend. She has expressed fear of son, to a daughter of mine. We have, of course, offered her safe haven here along with baby, but will she know how to avail herself of the offer? She is only contacting daughter at two in the morning.

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  4. I’m so sorry, Kevin, they’ve been longtime friends to you and that is just especially hard, a unique kind of loss that some of us are only now entering an age where that’s occurring. Grateful she and the family were believers, that helps immensely.

    But it’s still hard.

    Kizzie, prayers.

    Mumsee too.

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  5. You know, of course, I want to hop in my van, race over there, and swoop her out of that situation to safety and teach her of her value as a human being. But in God’s time and His way or it would be fruitless.

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  6. Heavenly Father, the needs are so great this day. You hear these requests even before they are put into words. You know what is needed by each person making intercession requests for others here. Please provide Your loving solutions, Your best answers, as quickly as possible for each one who suffers. Living on this fallen earth at times seems treacherous as we stumble and tumble along. Thank You for Your guidance, assistance, testing, and deepening of faith as You pass with us through overwhelming seasons. I praise You through it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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  7. Mumsee – Can Daughter help Son’s Girlfriend to know how to avail herself of your offer? Praying she will take you up on it, and find Jesus waiting for her as well.

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  8. Kizzie, daughter (who lives in Boise) is in contact with her but thinks she only uses her phone in the middle of the night. We know she rarely checks her messages. We are concerned he is keeping her phone or keeping close tabs on it so daughter is careful with her words but has made it clear she can contact me, and gave various excuses such as coming over to check out the baby clothes daughter sent up for them, and reminded her that I would be happy to come pick her up to do so. She seemed really excited about the classes, enjoyed the first with me, then the second with him along but has not gone since. I invited her again. Trying not to put undue pressure on but being available. I should have given her a code word when I had the opportunity but didn’t.

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