3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Proverbs continues: The contrasts between right and wrong! EVERY DAY BUSINESS and HOW WE STAND BEFORE HIM! “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight” (Proverbs 11:1). (Crooked merchants sometimes had two sets of weights, one for buying and one for selling. The buying weights were heavier than they should have been, so that the buyer got more merchandise than he paid for. The selling weights were lighter than the standard, so that the customer got less than he paid for.) There are dishonest practices in business today that come under this ban of dishonest scales, as well as applications in school life, social life, home life, and church life. God is interested in the business world and the practices within it. When He calls something an abomination – our best wisdom is to steer clear of such things – because these things will get you judged quickly, and the discipline will come hard. If we want God’s blessing we must choose to act according to what would please Him. Honesty is the best policy.*****
//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> Tomorrow, @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the group’s Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For all who are weary this day, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear lady has just been diagnosed with severe degenerative disease which, if left untreated, can affect her arms, legs, and organs, and we pray. *> A dear wife prays for her husband who has a rare appendix cancer, now has fluid around the lungs. The procedure to drain the fluid is very painful; this dear man is suffering beyond words, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **Addiction:**<A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and struggling to stay sober. Presently, he has gone for 65 days without a drink, but feels it’s getting harder every day, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer: **<Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Biblical Issues:**<After a family crisis, a dear grandmother is encouraging her son-in-law to get himself and his family back in church, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **<A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **< Financial +:**<A wife prays for an upcoming benefit to raise money for her dying husband, and we pray. **< Another wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and we pray. **Grieving:<A dear daughter who watched her 95 year old father die peacefully at home, continues to mourn with her family this week as they say their final goodbyes, and we pray. **<A dear widow is going through a rough time, is still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, not wanting to do anything, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **>One among us suffers from chronic bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; also has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Last week he had an MRI of the brain; still awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment tomorrow, which is none too soon, physically the dear man is having a rough time. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray.**<Heart Related +:** Update:<A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign; won’t get a second opinion until he changes insurance at year end, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken. As the grandmother reaches out and shares her faith, even to her other relatives who are unchurched, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure; is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time. She is on medications which offer little or no relief. Today she is to begin having laser treatments which will continue twice a week; and on the 25th is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain on this elderly lady, and we pray. **<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel which is being helped by wearing a brace, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **<Update: One in our group has been working with a recruiter to gain suitable employment; the job for which she was hoping has apparently been filled; she desperately needs a job with benefits; her husband’s benefits run out in February, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working very hard at building their online business, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**<There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marital Plans: **>A dear couple has set a wedding date which is planned for a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who continues in treatment at a mental hospital, undergoing serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Pregnancy Crisis: **Update:<A dear grandmother prays for her unborn grandson, not due to be born until October 9th, but doctors may have to induce sooner. Recent ultrasounds show abnormalities in the baby’s kidneys. Another ultrasound is scheduled today, and we pray. And for the father of this unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray. **<Storm Disaster: * *<Dangerous times: While the storm rages on, the death toll climbs; flooding is still a major issue in many areas along the Eastern shoreline. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands are without power. So many are trying to escape, others have evacuated and are in shelters, and rescue attempts are still underway for victims, but much of the roadways are closed. Major damage has been done which will continue over the next several days while high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady healing from cataract surgery, and we pray. **<Another had successful back surgery and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the two men who recently had successful knee surgeries, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI on Friday; still waiting as results unfold, we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel; she is experiencing much pain and having difficulty sleeping. She goes weekly to the wound clinic one day, and to the pain clinic the next day. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN