3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Continuing in Proverbs, comparing right with wrong. FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL! “The wicked earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness gets a true reward” (Proverbs 11:18). (It is true that evil people often seem to grow rich overnight, but their wealth is unsatisfying, unenduring, and unable to help them when they need it most. On the other hand, the rewards of a righteous life are real and permanent.) Many spend their entire lives seeking after money and riches, playing by their own rules, cheating others, thinking they have made their way to the top; only to realize it will disappear the moment they die. The wise, the godly, work hard to earn an honest paycheck in which to provide for their families; they seek out that which will bring them a real return for their labor and efforts. All will stand before God, so each and every day treat life as a distance run, not a sprint. Make choices that would be pleasing to Him; invest in a relationship with God, then comes the full reward. *****
//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.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who has overcome the battle of alcohol addiction, we rejoice.
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear, elderly woman, who is in a nursing home, barely clings to life this morning. Her body appears to be shutting down, she is in a comatose condition; her family and Hospice are by her bedside, and we pray. *> A family is grieving the death of a 26 year old who died this week of a heroin overdose. As the family and friends mourn, we pray. *> A sister-in-law prays for her extended family who came home late Tuesday afternoon from being out of town for the birth of their grandchild, to find that their home had been burglarized, and we pray. *> Two brothers go today for genetic testing to find out whether or not they have inherited the mutated gene which runs rampant in their extended family, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother discovered her mentally impaired, adult son, has been on drugs. He is now in jail for assault and battery, and we pray. **<A dear lady is trying to quit smoking, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and struggling to stay sober, and we pray. **Aging:**<A niece prays for her dear 90+ year old aunt who is very weak after a recent stroke, and we pray. **<A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who recently sold her house and has to be out by November 5th. She is on the waiting list for senior housing, and hopefully her apartment will be ready beforehand, and we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her daughter-in-law’s aged grandfather who is under Hospice care and not expected to live much longer. Praying, too, for his devoted wife of 60+ years, and we pray. **<Battling Cancer: **>A dear lady prays for her 65 year old neighbor; he has progressive lung cancer, and we pray. **<A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who has a rare, aggressive cancer (appendiceal adenocarcinoma), who is suffering beyond words. He was admitted to the hospital several days ago, is still very uncomfortable and not doing well after having several procedures, and we pray. <And we remember this dear man’s wife, who is trying to work, cope with her husband’s despair, and still keep up with household duties. She has spent long hours at the hospital with her husband; hopefully, he will be discharged this week, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED: >Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer. He has been in the hospital for further testing after having elevated blood pressure and difficulty breathing; doctors have prescribed a medication to control his blood pressure, and once stable he can go home. Hopefully, he and his wife will be able to take a trip in the coming weeks to visit their son. He is scheduled for another PET scan in November, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray.**<Divorce is so bitter:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **<A sister continues to worry about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively, and we pray. **<Events**>One among us is preparing for a book signing event which is being held on Saturday at a local bookstore, and we pray. **<Family Affairs: **< A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**>Update: Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy; tomorrow they will begin receiving Meals on Wheels at their home, and we pray.**Grieving: <**Although much time has passed, a dear widow continues to grieve as she is still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, has no ambition, and we pray. **<Health Problems:**<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **< A dear lady who was recently diagnosed with severe degenerative disease has a sleep study on October 29th, and an appointment with a nerve doctor on November 5th, and we pray. **< Among us is a grieving widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **>Update: A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems has been having physical therapy treatments; had a good session yesterday. He has also been experiencing debilitating pain in the chest, left arm and leg; has an appointment to see a cardiologist tomorrow to find out whether any of his symptoms are related to his heart. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +: *>A wife is praying for her dear 80 year old husband who has only 25% heart function. He has had several stents as a result of a heart attack 30+ years ago, and as of recent has been taking nitroglycerin. He is having a nuclear stress test on October 16th, and we pray. **Update:<A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities, and is facing more testing. Today she has an appointment with her doctor to review recent blood tests; she will also have a mammogram and bone density test. On October 9th she will have an echocardiogram, a limited carotid artery ultrasound, and an abdominal aorta aneurysm screening, and we pray.**>A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray. **<A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, they both are currently suffering with colds, 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, which has deeply impacted the rest of the family. Hopefully, a weekly, Wednesday, Bible study group will help to bring restoration and togetherness of these hurting hearts, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<A dear lady tore the plantar fascia in her right heel and will be wearing a boot for the next 4 weeks, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED:> A dear man prays for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who fell last week and remains hospitalized. He has fallen twice since he’s been in the hospital; has no feeling in his right leg and cannot tell when he’s standing on it. The dear man continues going through medical testing to determine the cause; wearing a heart monitor, is having physical therapy, and on Monday was to have a spinal tap, and we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **< One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Her only relief is through medications, physical therapy, and laser treatments twice a week. Hopefully, she can be relieved so as to avoid risky surgery. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain and worry 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: **< One in our group has been working with a recruiter to gain suitable employment with benefits; her husband’s insurance runs out in February, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working hard to build up their online business, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**> There are at least 5 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages; one couple is seeking Christian counseling, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health: **< Continuing to remember a 23 year old man who is at home after being treated for mental disturbances; he has social anxiety, and for continued healing, we pray.**>UPDATE NEEDED:> A 20 year old woman who was in treatment at a mental hospital is out on her own but, is still not making good choices, working at a strip club. However, the lines of communication seem to be opening; the young lady was to have lunch with her grandmother on Tuesday. The grandmother is a believer and asked prayer for their lunch meeting and wisdom for the conversation. Also she asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Pregnancy &: **<Two grandmothers are awaiting the births of grandchildren who are due in October, one around the first week and the other toward the end of the month, and we pray. <**Pregnancy Crisis: For the expectant father of an unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child; he had a recent scare when an ultrasound detected kidney problems in his unborn son, but all continues to look normal, still we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<There are two who are healing from back surgeries, and two had knee surgeries. One is having 4 weeks of physical therapy on his knee, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **>A dear 49 year old woman is scheduled for a total hysterectomy on October 31st. Three procedures will be done during that time (both ovaries will be removed, uterosacral ligament suspension and a cystoscopy). She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and we pray. **> A sister prays for her sister who is scheduled for hip surgery today, and we pray.**>A wife prays for her husband who has to have a 4th surgery on his eye; he also suffers from Afib, and we pray. **>A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery this month, and we pray. **>Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, an open wound on her heel, and still doctoring a spider bite on her leg. Healing is slow due to diabetes and blocked arteries. 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. **< Praises: A group of veterans are safe at home after a trip out west, and we rejoice.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN