Prayer Requests 8-18-21

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
   who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

   Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-18-21

  1. Ah the end of that passage…whoever does these things will never be shaken….
    We hold to these truths….standing firm in our trust and faith in the Most High…..glory!
    Praying for Debra and Cyrus this morning…
    Those in hiding in Afghanistan…. 🙏🏻

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  2. We have to leave the house at 4 am tomorrow to make sure we’re at the airport in time for a 7 am flight.

    Because my husband is going on after CT, we have to drive two cars. The airport shuttle doesn’t travel when I need it on my return. 😦

    I haven’t slept well since the 13 hours five days ago; so, prayers, please, for a safe drive and trip.

    We already see God’s hands at work in several things. 🙂

    And, of course, we still have the lodger to watch the house and cat.

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  3. Eye exam went fine, but I will be looking at cataract surgery down the line at some point. And I have to go back in 2 weeks so he can dilate my eyes for a more thorough exam. Everything gets so complicated.

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  4. That is what son is finding. Mom says, if tired, pull over and take a nap. Towing fees, doctor fees, ambulance fees, tickets, court date….Maybe should have held back on that ammo and bought some insurance. Pray for son, that God will get his attention with this. The road is getting steeper and more deadly.

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  5. Very sad to hear that Jay Sekulow’s younger brother, a Messianic pastor near where we live, died of Covid. He was unvaccinated. I also heard from my friend, K, that the father of one of our children’s kindergarten classmates has died. Such an atrocity was set loose in the world from the lab in Wuhan.

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  6. I received notice via text that a precious young friend of our family is close to drawing her last breath. Her parents adopted her at birth and she and our third child were great chums. My heart is breaking… 😢

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  7. The losses are so hard on top of this pandemic season — which has caused its own emotional and mental distress in (I’d say) just about everyone. Praying, Nancyjill.

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  8. Interesting piece from The Gospel Coalition:

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-pray-for-the-taliban/

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    How to Pray for Afghanistan—and the Taliban
    AUGUST 16, 2021 | JOE CARTER

    … “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’” Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:43).

    When Jesus gave the command to love and pray for our enemies he knew it would one day require praying for Islamic extremist groups, like the Taliban, who murder his bride. Praying for the Taliban is not something we would choose. But it is what Jesus has commanded of us.

    Here are three specific ways we can pray for those who would murder our Afghan brothers and sisters:

    1/ Pray for the conversion of the Taliban.

    There are two primary reasons we don’t pray for the conversion of Islamic extremists like the Taliban. The first reason is that we believe it’s absurd to think they’ll become followers of Christ. The second reason is that we fear they might actually convert. …

    … No doubt such conversions are unlikely and rare. Yet we should pray for their conversion anyway. If we truly love our enemy, how could we not at least petition God to change their hearts? …

    Another, less frequent, reason we don’t pray for their conversion is that we fear they may actually repent. Like Jonah in the land of Nineveh, we want our enemies to receive their just desserts, not mercy and forgiveness.

    For instance, during the Second World War, there were likely numerous Christians who dutifully followed Jesus’s command and prayed for the Nazis. Yet how would those prayer warriors have felt if they discovered that Hitler, in the moments before his death, had truly repented of his sins and was forgiven by God? Many would have felt cheated, as if it was unfair of God to forgive such horrific crimes. They would likely want to complain, as Jonah did when God spared the Ninevites, “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (Jonah 4:2)?

    … But it is precisely because he is a gracious and compassionate God that we ought to pray for the conversion of our enemies. How could we do anything less than ask God to show our enemies the same grace he showed us, when we were his enemies?

    2/ Pray the Taliban will be restrained from doing evil. …

    3/ Pay the Taliban will receive divine justice.

    Just as we petition duly established governmental authorities to deliver earthly justice, we can petition our holy God to deliver divine justice. As John N. Day says, “[W]hereas love and blessing are the characteristic ethic of believers of both testaments, cursing and calling for divine vengeance are their extreme ethic and may be voiced in extreme circumstances, against hardened, deceitful, violent, immoral, unjust sinners.”

    In asking that divine justice be done, we should be careful to guard our motives. Praying for divine justice can be a way to circumvent our duty to love our enemy. While we must leave vengeance to God, we must not forget what is commanded of us. As Paul writes in Romans 12:19–21:

    Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    In the order of our prayers, asking for divine justice should be included as the “last resort” option, a plea for doing what is necessary for those who will neither turn to God nor turn away from doing evil.

    As former enemies of God, we should be gracious and grateful that we are allowed to pray for our enemies, secure in the knowledge that Jesus will hear our pleas. We should be thankful enough for the grace of God that we want even the Taliban to receive his mercy. But if they refuse and harden their hearts against the one who would spare them, then we must ask they receive the divine retribution due everyone apart from the righteousness of Christ. …
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  9. Emergency prayer for 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏missionaries in Afghanistan slated to be slaughtered tomorrow!!

    From Calvary Chino Hills and pastor Jack Hibbs:
    Please pray for the 229 Christian missionaries, who have been sentenced to death tomorrow afternoon by the Afghan Islamists. Please pass this message on as soon as possible so that many people will be able to pray. This message was sent by JUDITH CARMONA The missionary from Chihuahua who is in Africa. The whole planet united in prayer. If you can forward it please join us in urgent prayer, also because the radical Islamic group has just taken Quaragosh, the largest Christian city in Iraq. Where there are hundreds Christian men, women and children who are being beheaded. Prayer cover is being requested. Please take a minute and pray for them. Pass the message to whoever you can. Quaragosh has already been taken several times. They have asked us for prayer, please pass it onto others🙏✝️

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