Prayer Requests 2-16-23

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget Jo and the folks in PNG.

Anyone else have something to share?

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
    he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

10 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-16-23

  1. This is taken off FB from someone named Madison Pierce about what is happening at Asbury University:

    I’m hesitant to post my thoughts on what’s happening in Wilmore. A few of you may have heard about the “Revival” at Asbury University. I attended the gatherings from the first day til now. A chapel service that didn’t stop but continued spontaneously for 8 days now. It was an intimate space for students but it is now the focus of global intrigue, mass pilgrimage, and digital evaluation. I am aware that not everyone has a paradigm for this form of spirituality but I want to be honest to my own understanding.

    I come from a spiritual background that has left me weary of hype in a culture of spectacle. I’ve grown tired of disingenuous representations of divine work, but it is clear God is moving in a surprising and transformative way. However, when you think of “revival”, what comes to mind might not be what’s happening.

    To quote Professor McCall, a theology professor at Asbury Seminary, “what we are experiencing now—this inexpressibly deep sense of peace, wholeness, holiness, belonging, and love—is only the smallest of windows into the life for which we are made.”

    The movements of the spirit in western evangelicalism always exist in the middle of a cultural moment. A generous interpretation of these movements reveals unique traits for each one. For example, fervor for the great commission at the Mt. Hermon Conference, overwhelming joy in Toronto Outpouring, zeal for the lost in Brownsville Revival, acts of healing at the Kansas City awakening, and the manifestation of tongues at the Azusa Street revival. In each move of the spirit, God clearly manifests in a specific way for that generation. I find it interesting that God would mark this outpouring with:

    A tangible sense of peace for a generation with unprecedented anxiety.

    A restorative sense of belonging for a generation amidst an epidemic of loneliness

    An authentic hope for a generation marked by depression.

    A leadership emphasizing protective humility in relationship with power for a generation deeply hurt by the abuse of religious power.

    A focus on participatory adoration in an age of digital distraction.

    It feels as if God is personally meeting young adults in ways meaningful to them. My generation was formed differently than previous generations, so the traits of this revival are different from those of old.

    The new outpouring is not the signs and wonders nor zealous intercession nor spontaneous tongues nor charismatic physicalities nor the visceral travail.

    It is marked by a tangible feeling of holistic peace, a restorative sense of belonging, a non-anxious presence through felt safety, repentance driven by experienced kindness, humble stewardship of power, and holiness through treasuring adoration.

    It is important to reflect on the words of Jesus ”no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out, and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.”

    I don’t want to make the mistake of trying to fit this new work into old paradigms. The new wine cannot be understood with the old expectations of revival.

    As the revival has grown, people attempt to evaluate and participate from their old expectations.

    You cannot keep new wine in the old wineskin, or it may cause disappointment, disillusionment, and divisiveness.

    In humility, we must receive the new wine with an open hand without trying to force this spiritual movement into our well-intended but old expectations of renewal. We must strive to participate humbly, appreciatively celebrate, and intentionally respond to this surprising work of the spirit with openness and hunger.

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  2. Continued prayers for your shoulder, AJ.

    And for the move of the Spirit in Asbury, praying that these young people will receive the empowerment and divine protection to fulfill their God given assignments. We are a spiritually needy people.

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  3. A plane went down at Peachtree Dekalb Airport beside the restauant where we had dinner with Michelle. The news reporter interviewed a waiter who said he had to console a customer whose son was on the plane. Somehow the two people on the plane walked away unharmed. Wow!

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  4. Once again, I am here to report that Nightingale is working a double, so she was up early this morning and will be driving home late tonight. (She often gets out after midnight when she works 2nd shift.) She also worked a double on Sunday, so she already has a sleep deficit. Please pray that she will remain awake and alert as she drives home. Thank you.

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  5. Praying (almost typed prying, which is different).

    Neighbor S is still having a tough time in knee rehab, now the (still) bad knee is really kicking up and is causing a lot of pain which slows the process to get the replaced knee moving. She’s also reticent about taking the prescribed pain meds (some rather random fears of “addiction” which can’t really happen with the doses and amounts they give you now, at least not physically) which probably isn’t helping.

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  6. She’s still under in-patient supervision at a full-time rehab facility; was only able to take 4-5 steps in the last day so she’s still not making too much progress, but some.

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  7. Feeling sad for your neighbor, Dj. Lifting her in prayer.

    Prayers for Nightingale and for Art in their commutes.

    Prayers for AJ for the shoilder and for a good report in about three more weeks or so.

    Prayers for the students at that university in Michigan. The cousin of someone I know had classes in the building where the shooting took place just an hour before it happened.

    Prayers for Nancyjill’s husband

    Prayers for safety in travels for Kathaleena and husband going to gigs.

    More that has not been mentioned . . .

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  8. ❤️ amen
    And for you dear Janice…. How good is our Lord? Oh so good….trusting Him to hear us and attend to the needs of those mentioned and those not 😊

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