“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Anonymous: That God would take my son’s father off his throne and squash his pride so that his Dad could have a chance to see God. That God would soften his heart and deminish some of his hatred. That the goggles would be removed and that he would be able to see the evil of his ways and the darkness around him and that he would hopefully surrender to Christ.
Jennifer: Greg and I (and of course our kids) are in the process of signing on with a mission organization for one year. World Venture has a position that we are interested in. Praise: We passed the psych evals. (guess we are not TOO crazy). Prayer on Wed Sept. 9 we have an in person interview and it will be the final round of the application. After that we will find out if we are a go for Africa or not. Pray that God will just put a peace in our hearts and that we are at ease and able to be our selves, not what we think they want.
Update Praise from Holly: I started on this email asking for prayers for my boyfriend because he lost his job with a major oil company on Tuesday. A few seconds before I hit send, he called to let me know that he was offered a job with a raise.
Holly: Please add our family for prayer–that God will guide us financially in the days and months ahead. After filing for bankruptcy last March, we are recovering and making it, but it seems that we cannot save at all. And we need to! We just need wisdom and God’s continual guidance. BTW, I don’t know if you saw the post, but we think as Christians that when our three years are up, we need to repay what we owe to our creditors–if it takes years, we want to be faithful that way.
Anonymous: Please pray for my friend J. Her husband has turned his back on God, and on the promises he made to keep God in their marriage and home. She is having a difficult time, and struggling to know God’s will for her.
Anonymous: Please pray for my husband. We are dealing with a health issue we cannot fix or do much to control, and it is testing his faith. He is starting to turn away from God, and it is breaking my heart. Please pray that the Spirit of God will work on him so he will have a desire to find the answers to his questions, and come back to the truth.
Update Praise from Annike: I don’t know how you want to do updates & praises, but I wanted to tell you about my drive up to Wales, and how prayer helped. I actually had a pleasant drive! Normally I’m so afraid of driving on motorways, and being in unfamiliar places by myself, so I tend to dread these drives. But Sunday I left Bristol, I listened to my iPod all the way up there, and it was really nice, actually. I enjoyed the drive, made it there in good time and only stopping twice, and I really felt a lot of inner peace and strength. I know it was the power of my prayer, your prayer, my mom’s prayer – everyone who knows how stressful these drives are for me – all their prayers and good wishes that made the difference. Prayer works!!
Amber: just that the Lord provides a way for me to make some extra income and allow me to just be PATIENT and listen to his words.
Damon: please ask God to release his stress, allow him to feel joy and happiness and to not worry so much about his family’s circumstances that are beyond control.
For one of my blog friends: her son had to undergo a biopsy earlier this week. pray for his health, their sanity and a hopefull heart for all involved.
Lizette: I’m a 26 yr old preschool teacher who has always felt as if i was born to raise a family. last year i was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had a radical hysterectomy last month. All hopes of me having my own children were crushed. Two weeks after the surgery, my fiance ended our engagement. Just this morning I found out I have stage 3 lung cancer and i’m considered untreatable. I’ll be learning my prognosis within the next few days. I’m not really sure what my prayer request is at this point. I’m having a very hard time seeing what God’s plan is through all this. I guess i’m asking for peace and not to lose faith through this as this all unfolds. I thought I always knew what my purpose was and now i’m just not sure. Please keep my request anonymous if at all possible, i would appreciate it very much.
Carrie: I have a prayer request for 2 of my girlfriends who are having issues with their marriages and are separating. One just had twins over a month ago and a week after she delivered, her husband declared he was no longer in love. The other has a 2.5 year old and the husband has decided he needed a break as well.
Noelle: 1. My brother, Scott, has cancer for the 2nd time. He is 41 years old and has (3) kids. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors, strength / healing for Scott as well as peace of mind for his family.
2. Our family – we have a daughter entering 6th grade and a son entering 4th grade. Please pray for my husband andI – for wisdom and the patience necessary when raising kids ; for the protection of our kids – both spiritually and physically.
Anonymous: I struggle with loneliness. I would like to make more friends or just people that understand where I am in life and don’t always judge me and try to “fix” me.
Rachael: Mom of two toddlers, working from home full-time, 25 weeks pregnant is feeling overwhelmed, has a “summer cold” and a bad sciatic nerve. Needs prayer: Looking to find ways to rest and balance, perspective, and an answer as to how she is going to “do it all” when baby #3 comes into the world.
Melissa: For myself, my biggest request is continued healing for my back, especially with school starting next week. It’s the first time I’ll be stepping back into the real world in quite some time so I’m hoping it all goes well.
Also, I’m searching for understanding as to why my favorite cousin, who I’m really close to, would even consider going to Hawaii instead of attending my wedding next year…let alone making the actual plans to do just that. I’m devastated. I’m not that close to much of my family, but I am close to her and I just can’t believe she won’t be there. It’s just not ok. She goes to Maui every year…sometimes twice! I’m only getting married once. Not cool. So I’m hoping it will all work out somehow and she can come after all.
Jenn: I would love to ask for prayer for my little chemo-angel patient. His name is Thomas and he is 8, he is undergoing treatment for Leukemia that has relapsed (he was first diagnosed and went through treatment when he was 5. Pray for his healing and his spirit, his doctors, his mom and dad Lisa and Ed and his 9 year old twin brothers Matthew and Andrew. They are out of state and away from their home as he is in treatment. I can’t imagine how hard that is on top of the treatment process. They are an extraordinary family with incredible faith and strength — it is truly remarkable. Their blog site is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/thomasmusser if anyone interested it following his progress. Thanks for the prayers, I know that they will appreciate it!!
Anonymous: For my brother and sis-in-law as they are experiencing delays with the adoption of their new son.
For me & my husband as we are hoping to become pregnant, hopefully someday soon!
Anonymous: It’s time once and for all for me to get this weight off! ( I’ve been praying about it myself that the Lord takes my mind off of it and just lets the pound release themselves. LOL But really, though I think my brain is hindering the weightloss because I focus/dwell so much on it. ( I just joined 24 hour and have been doing good so far! And my eating has been better too. ) But pray that I’m not tempted by food too. Thanks so much!
Anonymous: I read your post about prayer and I am asking you to pray for me. I’m battle depression and anxiety and I am going through a real dark time right now and need prayer. Thanks Rachel.
Kait: If you could shoot up a prayer for my best friend (since we were 6) and her husband. They dated for 6 years, were crazy in love and now, not even 10 mo. into their marriage, she’s wanting an anullment. Both are believers but something is majorly blinding her right now. She’s “over it,” which just isn’t how marriage works. Its breaking my heart and in a week I’m flying down to be with her and my parents are flying in from Oklahoma to counsel them. I think the only thing that can save her is carpet-sucking prayer.
Anonymous: I have a really bad relationship with my parents and struggle with communicating with them. They are angry and frustrated people. I don’t know how to tackle the issue of communicating with them and it makes so many things difficult.
Kat: My prayer request would be extra time in my day to work on curriculum, I really feel like I need a few more hours every week than I actually have.
Anonymous: I am struggling with insecurity and jealousy. Please pray I have contentment.
Anonymous: Please pray for our city officials as they decide how to handle the budget.
Erin: My hubby is back at med school now, commuting an hour each way every day (not a lot for most, but here in NE, that’s a long way!). Please pray for his safety as he drives each day and for a great second year of school!
Anonymous: Prayers for our country.
Amber: my prayer request is just for my family. pray that we are able to see where God is guiding us and allow ourselves to be molded to his will.
Rosa: I do have a prayer request and it’s not for me, but someone I know. I play in a flute ensemble here in Texas and the lady who leads it needs to be lifted up in prayer. Her daughter, Becky (who is old enough to be my mom), was diagnosed with uterine cancer recently. Yesterday Becky talked with her doctor and found out that her cancer is a Stage III-C, which means that this is a very strong cancer that has spread. Her uterus has been removed, but the cancer has already spread to other areas in her body. She will be undergoing aggressive chemo and radiation to try and rid her body of the cancer. The doctor’s told her there is a 50% chance she’ll live for at least 5 more years. Becky is an amazing women. She is not scared to die, but is sad about how hard this is on her family (husband, children, siblings, parents, etc.). Even as she faces this uncertain time, she continues to find ways to praise God and I love that! So, when you think of Becky please lift her up as well as her family.
Anonymous: Please pray for my parents salvation. They are not Christians.
Mary: Please pray that Jason would be able to receive more hours from his job.
Anonymous: I feel like I have hit a roadblock with what I am doing. I need prayer for clarity and vision on how to proceed.
Cheri: Please pray for Michael’s pain. It is so real and old. Pray for a wise doctor and for the pain to lessen. Pray for the Lord’s wisdom.
Anonymous: Please pray as I have been trying to get pregnant and do not have understanding of God’s timing.