Feb 242014
 

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We are fearful folk, and we dwell in the midst of a fearful people,

fearful of our world falling apart, in terror and moral decay,

fearful of too many “dangers, toils, and snares,”

fearful of not doing well,

of being found out,

of being left out,

of being abandoned,

of our own shadow.

And then we hear, astonishingly in the midst of our fearfulness,

your mighty, “DO NOT FEAR”

do not fear, I am with you,

with you in wealth and in poverty,

with you in success and in failure,

with you for better or for worse.

We hear, we trust, we receive your comfort and are made new.

We thank you for the newness of our identity, of our trust, of our calling.

Because of your new utterance of life to us, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.

We, your new people, thank you for your newness and notice that you work newness among us, for we know about being, lame people who walk, blind people who see, dead people who live, poor people who are unburdened.

We rally round your newness that is both our hope and our work.

Your fearless newness into which we are immersed is beyond our expectation;

But we are not offended by it; not scandalized by you; not ashamed of your newness; not embarrassed by your healings.

We ask now for energy and freedom, rooted in your fearlessness, that we may live toward and from and for your newness that bubbles up, even in the midst of us, all around us to the uttermost parts of the earth.

We pray in the name of your fearless gift of newness who scandalizes the world and makes all things new, even Jesus. Amen.

Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 94). Kindle Edition.

  48 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. Pray for my friend Dennis, a fellow veteran who I served 2 tours with.
    I am talking with him on FB right now and he seems suicidal.

  2. Praying, Derek…

  3. Praying, Derek.

  4. A family member was just told he has two years to live. We are confused as to why the doc thinks this, based on the info we were given. We are just stunned.

  5. Praying for your friend and you Derek.

  6. Chile,

    We’ll pray the doctors are wrong…and that God provides all you and your whole family needs.

  7. Chile, Praying your family member will have a positive outcome Chile. Also for any confusion to be cleared up ASAP.

  8. Thanks everyone.
    Right now he is unresponsive to me.
    I contacted some other friends and he isn’t answering them either.
    I know that he went through a nasty divorce, they put him out of the military after he went over 20 yrs and it could be some PTSD too.
    I am going to be up a while. I am hoping that someone that lives closer to him will respond and maybe go check up on him.
    This is all quite distressing.

    Chile, praying for your family member also.

  9. Derek I dont have much but if the man needs a hundred bucks I may be able to come up with it, if that helps. I will pray for him, which is my honor as it is to pray for all vets. Michael has my real email and can contact me. My facebook is not hard to find either. I wish we never thrust such wonderful young people into such a quagmire as those wars. No offense, it is just truly troubling. I wish I had more to give. If your friend wants someone to just talk to, pray with, cuss at, I am up for that as well but I cant relate to what vets went through.

  10. Derek…how did your night go? Praying this morning for you and for Dennis.

  11. Thanks everyone for praying.
    He finally answered me back a twice on FB up until 1 am.
    The first was still not good and the second was garbled either by human error or autocorrect. He could have been drunk knowing him. A lot of times though being drunk reveals what some people are truly thinking

    I know he has been in the dumps and drinking a lot lately, hence the bar pictures lately.
    So, I decided to ask him what was up and then I found out he was thinking about killing himself.
    I stayed up until about 3am and only got two responses, hours between, so I was worried and I still am.
    A lot of guys we served with are networking and trying to figure out where he is.
    Here is hoping he is just sleeping off a drunk this morning.

    You know, I went through a lot of the same things he did in Iraq. I can only speak for myself in that it didn’t affect me like I see it affecting others.
    I know that some of the stuff we had to see was not good and one man we served with got an addiction problem before we left Iraq (huffing) and ended up killing himself alone near Fort Hood about a year later.
    PTSD combined with a nasty divorce after the second deployment and then he gets let out of a full time training position in the military. All of this equals up to bad news.

    Here is hoping the messages I sent him did some good.
    I know military men. They don’t want to admit they have a problem and feel shamed if they show weakness. So I counseled him to use the Veterans benefits and seek counsel that going it alone was not an option.

    I will update y’all if I find out anything today.

  12. Derek…there is no way I can even imagine. Praying that God uses your words, and that the network of friends finds him. Praying for him this morning.

    Our niece’s husband shipped out to Afghanistan last week, so we are learning to pray with more intimacy for our soldiers.

  13. Derek,

    My generation had the Nam terror. A lot my generation came back addicted to drugs and faced rejection from the very people they thought would be grateful for their service to this country. Too many ended up on the streets homeless and emotionally wounded.

    There was not very many sources for help to these vets back then. Today things have changed somewhat. PTSD is understood and treatment is available if those who suffer are willing to acknowledge it.

    Your friend has a chance if he has friends like yourself reaching out.

    My prayer is that somehow Almighty God will open the doors for your friend to get to the place where he will accept help. And that he would come to know our Lord as savior. May the Holy Spirit prompt you with the words that will penetrate deep into the core of your friend to reach him where he lives in his skin.

    I also pray that the other prayer needs mentioned here will be observed by our sovereign Lord and responded to in Jesus name.

    Amen

  14. Derek, From everything I can tell this is a trustworthy organization. You may want to look through it.

    http://www.giveanhour.org/

    Wounded Warrior Project is well known. They also are worth a look.

    http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

    I am sorry about your friend and hope he receives the help he needs.

  15. Thank you, Sarah!

  16. Let us know, Derek.

    Thanks for the prayers.

    We got a better explanation today. The assessment is most likely accurate. Bottom line is that time is limited, but at least measured in a couple years. Now, we have to tell the rest of the family.

  17. Derek, Chile, Sarah, Erunner and Michael…. praying for you all.

  18. Chile…I am so sorry, I thought I had you on the list, and am not sure how that happened! Have been praying for your family member. Praying now as this news has to be told, and for all of you as you walk through this. Praying for healing, still…for generous grace.

  19. BTW, our friend I mentioned last week…the woman who had moved in with another woman, leaving her husband…she went to church today with her husband and family. She was with her Dad as well, whom she hadn’t spoken to since last August when she moved out. Such an amazing thing. They still have a long way to go, but it is rather incredible to see God move int he midst of this.

  20. gg,

    Thank you and all here for your prayers…things are very difficult these days on many fronts.

  21. No issue, Sarah. Thanks for the prayers.

    I hear ya, Michael. It’s the lack of an ending that makes it so difficult.

  22. Michael,

    You can give Derek my email if he would like me to reach out to my connections to help his friend.

    Derek, I served as a Counseling Psychologist for the Army-Dept of Defense at one time treating PTSD and Addiction/mental health issues, as well as, other entiities that would provide housing while addressing the myriad of issues related to what you shared.

  23. Well, we finally heard back from him and he is ok.
    He sent us all a message that he was good and no worries.
    I am not really buying it though.
    Pretty sure it was fueled by alcohol, but is a buildup of a lot of things and the alcohol just let the mask down for a bit.

    Luckily, we have someone nearby that can check up on him.

    Thanks, Uriah, I sent him some resources that Erunner put up and told him to go to the VA which also has resources.

  24. A few things, which seem rather trivial in comparison:

    I am lonely. I wish I had a relationship with God that “fulfilled all desires” as sooooo many Christians indicate is the norm, but I have a hard time believing that. So, while a change in my relationship with Hm is needed, I have also been praying for deep, close friendships with people, specifically brothers.

    I see friendships among the guys here on campus, and my sense of loneliness is amplified in several ways. I am asking God for a best friend. I have someone in mind, and chased that for awhile, and I know I can’t anymore. So I’m asking for God’s timing for that friendship to develop and for Him to be the kind of friend a human being would provide.

    Please keep praying for the Redlands group, that their eyes are opened to the abusive and unhealthy nature of where they are. Please pray the “leaders” are brought to repentance, and my friends who are influenced by them to be freed from that.

    But most of all, pray for friendship. I am hurting by the lack of it.

  25. Ryan,

    God never intended to “fulfill all desires” alone.That’s why He put us in community. I hate that Christianeze nonsense.
    You seek a good thing…and I pray you find it.

  26. I thank God that my biopsy came back negative this week.

  27. Derek…so very glad you heard from him. Praying for wisdom as you all go forward.

    Ryan…praying for you tonight. I’ve spent many lonely seasons, and I pray you find those friendships.

  28. Pstrmike Praise God!!

    I’ll update the list in the morning. Good night all…

  29. Ryan I do hope you find some fellowship. Thanks for what you shared. God bless you and yours.

  30. I could use some prayer. We’re in the process of applying for disability for my husband. I would like that to go well. Also only a few weeks before his back went out yet again and it became clear that he just can’t work, we had talked about trying to have another child. Obviously, that’s not going to happen and I’m extremely unhappy about that.

  31. j2,

    I saw that on Facebook…you’re in our prayers for sure.

  32. Praying for your situation J2

  33. J…praying for you tonight. It’s been a long day here, but I promise I’ll add the requests in the morning (working com my phone right now and it’s a bit if a pain).

    Praying for each tonight.

  34. We very much need prayers for Trey and myself.
    More than prayers we need answers to prayers.

  35. “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
    Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
    Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
    (Isaiah 53:1–10 ESV)

    Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him…
    A bearer of grief and sorrow…
    From His death came life.

    I’m overwhelmed with grief and failure today…yet the promise of this passage is that the God I believe in not only has experienced this pain, He overcame and used it to one day destroy pain and sorrow forever.
    Perhaps I will yet see the goodness of God in the land of the living…perhaps I will have to go from death to new life to see it face to face.
    Whether here or there, He is with me.
    Saturday is the longest day, but Easter Sunday will come.

  36. Praying for you, Michael.

    Every time I sit down to edit prayer requests I get interupted…off to answer the door.

  37. Thank you, Sarah.
    Just do what you can as you’re able…you have a full plate.

  38. There is a trap we fall so easily into when we are desperate and our prayers go unanswered.
    We hope that there will be someone praying for us and with us who we think God may look upon more favorably than us.
    We ask for prayer hoping that one of those favored ones will hear us and pray and God will answer for them.
    In our pain and in the silence we believe ourselves to have been found unworthy on our own.
    Those are lies, terribly powerful lies, but lies nonetheless.
    All God’s children are loved, no child loved more than another.
    His mercy is not reserved for favored ones.
    He uses our prayers for one another, but not over one another.
    May God have mercy today on all who call on Him.

  39. Praying for you and Trey, Michael.

  40. Thank you, Derek.
    I’m having a real hard time functioning right now.

  41. Amen to your #41, Michael.

    When we ask for prayer, it is not that we have the numbers, or the right person praying with us. I think what we need to see this as, more than anything, is yet another opportunity to move in community. I know that word has become somewhat vague and placid, but truly…we are simply expressing that we are in need and that in that need we seek the conversation with God with those who care about us.

    There is vulnerability and humility in prayer, and especially in asking for others to pray. Just like everything else we do, we can be drawn to be manipulative even in this…yet again our flesh can corrupt anything.

    Yet…we meet in this place, in prayer, and we recognize how deeply we are walking together in a wounded world. We recognize the struggle of the others…and we find that we are not alone. We are able to cry out to God in community because we are bonded in our understanding of our need.

    Praying, and will continue to do so, for you and for Trey. Praying for the presence of God in the midst of your turmoil, and for that glimmer of hope to take light and to grow. Please, Lord…

  42. Thank you, Sarah for your words and your friendship.

  43. Just shared a long private message with a FB friend from the OLD days. We were not real close, but did go to the same small school (which meant we were all sort of close). This person reached out to me because of the tough patch in life presently experienced, and remembered how odd it was that my FB posts would show up from time to time and bring me to mind and my way at looking at life.

    Is thinking that going to church may be what is needed….Please pray for this person. God knows the name..and situation. Like I said…I shared a lot.

    Thank you.

  44. j2, I’m sorry your family is going through so much. Praying for you.

    pstrmike, It’s great to hear good news. I pray things just get better for you.

    Michael, I will pray for you and Trey.

  45. Praying for Steve’s friend

  46. PRAYER REQUESTS

    Erunner: Be in prayer for his mother, and for his entire family. His mother is in early set on dementia and is being cared for by a sister who lives with her. This sister is not taking care of the mother properly, and is isolating her and turning her against the other siblings. Pray for wisdom for E and his other siblings as they walk through this very emotional and difficult season, and for safety and care for his mom. For grace for this sister, that she would soften and act with compassion.

    Derek: Be praying for his friend Dennis who served two tours with Derek and is possibly PTSD. Waiting this morning to hear more news as he was possibly suicidal, praying for great grace and mercy for this man.

    Chile: “A family member was just told he has two years to live. We are confused as to why the doc thinks this, based on the info we were given. We are just stunned.” Chile and this family member now have to tell the rest of the family. Please pray for them as they walk through this…

    Michael: Constant prayers for employment and health, for wisdom in what to pursue in this season. Prayers for strength and wisdom as he guides Trey.

    Ryan: Pray for him as he deals with loneliness and the desire for true friendship. Praying for one specific friendship to continue to grow, and also other friendships to begin.

    J2theperson Her husband has a disease which is impacting his back and his health. He is not able to work anymore, and they are dealing with the paperwork and stress of getting on disability. Continue to pray for them, especially as this sickness had another round just as they were hoping to begin trying for a second child. Pray for J2 as she deals with the emotions of that, along with caring for her husband and young daughter…and pray for her husband for strength and healing and comfort.

    Steve Wright Be praying for an anonymous friend of his, from school days, who reached out during a difficult time. This person seems to be open to church and Steve shared much with him…pray that all that was shared takes root and the Spirit continues the work in this man.

    Sarah: Praise!! Our young friend Logan, 11 years old, tested as being in remission from his leukemia after 1 month of chemo. He is home for a week, and although he is testing in remission, he will have to continue his chemo treatments for the next two months. Still, we are so grateful for this…it is wonderful to see the light in his eyes, and the relief in his momma’s face. Still praying for complete healing and for grace as they continue the treatments. Update: Logan went back into the hospital today, after a truly great week, and began his twice daily chemo treatments again. Praying they go smoothly (he had some allergic reactions during the last round)

    Ukraine: The President has been ousted and the opposition leader freed from jail. Now they elect new leaders? I am still naive in all of this…praying for those who understand well to have wisdom, for those in the midst of the turmoil to have grace even in their fervor, and for justice to somehow prevail. Praying for protection for the innocents. Here is an article about the latest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26312008

    I will try to update each morning and add any requests that come in to this list as we used to, so we can see our requests in one spot. If a request comes on another thread and I miss it, please let me know.

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