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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

When Prayer Requests Come Through

Our church’s website has a portal where people can go and ask for prayer (go here).  All of the requests eventually come to me, most of which are anonymous, and have sad stories to them. I do make time in the day to pray for each of the requests, and send the prayer back to the originating email address. Here are a few of the prayers I have sent out:

(In a battle with sexual sins): Almighty God, mighty in compassion and mighty in kindness: be with Pxxxxx to give him liberty over the sins he's battling with. Set him free from the evil affections and fill him with longing for you and the satisfaction of knowing you. Place him among other believers who will be able to walk with him, care for him, and encourage him; in Jesus name, Amen.

(Just quit job because employer mistreated a homeless mother of six): Mighty God, who cares about the beat down and beat up; who has your eye and heart open to those in dire need: we pray for this mother of 6 to have a warm, safe place for her and her children to live; we pray for food, clothing, medical care, and protection. And we pray for this one who has quit their job because of the way that their employer treated the homeless mother of six, that you would provide a new and more wholesome job, with a healthier environment. All of this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(One who struggles with depression and feelings of hopelessness): Almighty God, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep our friend both outwardly in the body and inwardly in the soul, that this friend may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(This was in response to a super long, anonymous prayer request that the writer turned into a prayer and wanted me to join in with them): Yes, Lord. Hear these prayer requests, provide for all that our friend needs, fill our friend with peace, and set your shield around our friend; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(For sleep at night and employment): Lord God, who gives your beloved sleep (Psalm 127.2); who provides for the weary and worn out, who supplies us with all our needs (Psalm 145.14-16), be with our friend. Provide our friend with sleep, peace and rest. And open doors for employment, a job that will fit our friend’s abilities, pay well and have helpful benefits. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you can use these prayers, feel free. Mike

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