Prayer Requests 10-7-20

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 60

You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
    you have been angry—now restore us!
You have shaken the land and torn it open;
    mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
You have shown your people desperate times;
    you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
    to be unfurled against the bow.

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
12 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.

21 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 10-7-20

  1. I have just sent a difficult text to someone and praying it will be received better than I think it will. Prayers that I will walk out what He would have me to do or say in response. This is just hard… 😞

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  2. I’m not so sure, Chas. Okay, so there are 10 good men associated with this blog . .

    My prayer, yet again, is we will get the leaders we need, not the ones we deserve. 😦

    I’ve spent too much time in Kings and Samuel this year. 😦

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  3. While we’re on the subject of difficult conversations . . . my oldest brother volunteered to serve as a mediator with my sister. In some ways he isn’t a good choice, for instance in leaning toward her theology on several points, such as patriarchy. Yet he takes his role in the family (oldest of seven children) seriously, and he himself was involved in a conflict with a sibling that went on several years and brought some grief to the family, so he may well be the best person in some respects. (If he can truly be objective, then he could be just the right person.) She also has a hard time really respecting or listening to anyone, but she has more respect for him than for most.

    Anyway, last night I e-mailed him to ask just what is it he is offering to do (he talked about meeting “in person,” and I don’t know if he means find a place that all three siblings can get together, or if he means that he and I and my husband will meet in person and then he will go to my sister’s house and meet her in person, or what) and also summarizing the situation as I see it.

    Truth is I don’t really expect anything to come of having a “mediator.” I think she will either refuse the process or she will get him on her side. Or she will turn against him too. But I think I have to be wiling to try. And I did give some guidelines–for instance I will have only one conversation with the two of them (him and my sister) or at most two. This has already been rehashed ad nauseum, and I have already rejected her charges. I’m not going to let this play out into the far future just because someone else gets involved.

    I used as one example in explaining things to him that when my husband and I were getting married, she insisted I needed to have him, my oldest brother, sign off on the marriage or I couldn’t legitimately marry. She said it several times and each time I explained that several people in my life had met him and approved, including my pastor and shepherding elder. She told me that my oldest brother was biblically my authority. Finally I called this brother and talked to him. He said he didn’t take it as far as she did, but he was willing to take a trip to meet my husband-to-be if I wished it. I ran it by my beloved who said he would willingly meet my brother, as in my brother seeing us together and having a conversation, but he was unwilling to have my brother drive to his house (without me present) for an “interview.” Anyway, after that conversation my husband talked to my sister’s husband and explained that neither Scripture nor the Westminster standards say that a single woman must be under the authority of her brother, and we were rejecting that interpretation. I then talked to my sister and told her clearly that Scripture did not give that interpretation and I was rejecting it. In that same conversation, multiple times she said “your authority” about my brother. I finally interrupted her and said, “I’ve already explained that he is not my authority” and she said, “Well, in my view he is.”

    My sister has been saying that I run away from conflict and refuse to discuss stuff. The point I am making to my brother is that it is legitimate to have one conversation with another adult (an adult who is not in sin and not under your authority) on a topic, but if you disagree, you “agree to disagree” after one conversation. (I didn’t use that phrase.) In her mind, we should have repeated conversations, because if I don’t agree with her I am obviously wrong. If she could get it through her head that one conversation is enough, and accept that limitation, and agree to see me as a person with goodwill toward her, we could have a relationship. But I cannot and will not continue to go on as we were. (Last time she e-mailed me, I replied concisely “Enough” and that I had already refused to continue this conversation. A week or so later she e-mailed me wanting “clarification” of a few points, and I ignored that e-mail. Her birthday is one week from today, and I don’t plan to contact her. She has rejected all conversation about subjects other than how I have “wronged” her, and that subject is not up for further conversation with me, so we’re at an obvious impasse.)

    Again, I don’t really think that involving my brother will solve this, because she needs a change of heart toward me. But as far as I know she is a believer, and I would appreciate prayer that her heart would soften toward me, and that my brother would have true wisdom in negotiating this. Thank you.

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  4. Thank you for your prayers. I just heard back from my friend and we are going to talk tomorrow. This is a true answer to prayer as she historically lashes out in anger and offense, but not this time…thanking Him through it all… ❤️

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  5. Prayers for these struggles in communication to be clearly directed by God and that all would recognize His ultimate sovereignty and desire for His standards to be met when believers gather to resolve problems.

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  6. Praying about those upcoming conversations, NancyJill and Cheryl, and for peace of mind for both of you as you wait on the Lord’s working of His will.

    Please pray for my husband. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but often lately, when he’s getting ready for work, his breathing sounds labored. Every exhale seems to bring a vocalization — a fairly loud sigh-like sound — with it. It might only be because he’s in a hurry at that time, because his breathing seems normal most of the rest of the time. The weird thing is that he’s always typically been in a rush when transitioning from home to work but his breathing hasn’t sounded like that in the past.

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  7. 6 Arrows, maybe have him do a temperature check? Just as a precaution …

    Prayers for difficult conversations, Cheryl & Nancyjill.

    I’m the classic personality type that avoids confrontation whenever possible, so those are especially hard for me.

    Chas and Michelle, God is doing some remarkable things right now, I believe. It’s not pleasant to watch or live through, but I’m convinced that something significant is unfolding in our particular earthly nation right now. It could be judgement, and the church could be in for some difficult days and years ahead. But these periods are also times of refining, of bringing God’s people back to more faithfulness and of strengthening His church.

    Jesus is the true ruler of nations — still and in all the days yet to come. His will be done as we continue to pray for good and wise leaders (I almost wrote “worthy,” but that may be our problem now, that we’re seeing leaders worthy of us, not of God, rising up?). Lord, have mercy.

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  8. Those of us with unsaved children are well aware of our children’s (and often grandchildren’s) spiritual state, and it is a heartache, but we don’t dwell on that every minute of every day, or we would sink into despair and depression. (Having said that, I don’t know about others, but there are definitely moments or periods of time when I feel despair about the situation, but pray through it.)

    Well, yesterday at dinner with Nightingale, Boy, and Chickadee (for our monthly visit), my nose was rubbed in the fact. Boy had said something rude about believing in God, and after being reprimanded for his rudeness, he asked “Auntie” is she is a Christian (he used that word specifically). There was a pause, and then Chickadee answered “No.” (Boy seemed to almost feel vindicated in his disdain for Christianity by that.)

    After they left to drive Chickadee back to the McK’s, I fell into that despair, but it was not fleeting. It lasted through the evening and into the night, and even into this morning. I had a feeling of everything being “meaningless” if my beloved daughters and grandson are not saved. (I realized that I was echoing Ecclesiastes in many of my thoughts.) I was rhetorically asking “What is the point?” of my life if my children and grandchild do not believe, and I temporarily lost faith that they would eventually be saved. I felt ready to just “go home” to be with Jesus and Hubby (especially if it would take losing me to finally draw them to Christ).

    Sorry if this sounds overly dramatic, but that is indeed how I was feeling. As I said, it continued into this morning – the first thing I did this morning was burst out crying – but I took it all (and them all) to God in prayer as I fasted and prayed this morning. As I prayed, while doing my morning chores, I felt the despair lifting and finally felt normal again, whatever that is. 🙂

    While out sweeping leaves off the back porch and talking to God, I paused for a bit to look up at the trees, with the sunlight filtering through the leaves, and at the horses next door, and realized that all this beauty is not meaningless, nor are the other material blessings with which God has blessed me. And my life has not been, and is not, meaningless nor useless (as I had been feeling).

    My daughters’ and grandson’s unbelief is still a heartache, but God has lifted me up from the despair I was feeling for a while. So my prayer request is for the Holy Spirit to move in each one of their hearts (and in all of our prodigals) in a deep, powerful way, and bring them to Jesus (and may it please be soon, before sin causes more damage and corruption in their hearts and lives), and for me to have more faith for their salvation. Thank you.

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  9. A difficult situation, Kizzie. I don’t know if this is appropriate to say, but I’ll try, anyway: Maybe we can be thankful that at least Chickadee answered Boy truthfully instead of pretending to be what she doesn’t actually see herself as being? Could that be considered a step in the right direction, even while she is still apparently far from the Lord?

    Sorry to come with another request today. I am struggling with patience today and feel like I am woefully inadequate to lovingly homeschool my special needs son. He’s 16 years old and told me just now he doesn’t know what a comma is.

    Oh, Lord God, how did I not get that across to him, or know that he didn’t know it, after all this time?

    Sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel.

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  10. I’m hearing that a huge number of people have been baptized–in NYCity of all places.

    So, as the crazy things keep turning up, I shake my head, turn it over to God and watch.

    I’m sure we’ve got more coming our way–and I don’t mean just here in Sonoma County.

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  11. Hubby says his breathing is like that (what I wrote above) because he’s stressed. He certainly is stressed more than usual, what with his sister’s death a little less than six weeks ago, and his mom’s hospitalization. I pray he doesn’t have a heart attack.

    Update on my MIL, btw, who was in the ICU for a racing heart: she’s supposed to be getting out of the hospital tomorrow, but has to go to a nursing home for 14 days of quarantine before she can go home. This despite her having pneumonia, they say.

    Hubby and I both think it’s stupid to boot an almost 85-year-old with pneumonia out of the hospital. But then that hospital has always had a bad reputation. It used to be called Community Memorial Hospital — it now has a different, more “positive-sounding” name. That doesn’t stop hubby from calling it by the name he’s always called it: Community More-Burial Hospital.

    Some dark humor for you all from this neck of the woods. It would be funny if it weren’t true. :/

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