3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Out of Proverbs, right vs. wrong. SOUL FOOD – ONE or the OTHER: LIFE or DEATH! “He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, and he who pursues evil will bring about his own death” (Proverbs 11:19). Everlasting, eternal life, is the subject here. (All conduct leads in one of two directions – either life or to death.) To be steadfast in righteousness one must have a right relationship with God. Righteousness leads to eternal life. Pursuing evil will take every sinner to eternal torment in the lake of fire. Scripture from the New Testament reads: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). (Vivid contrasts: Two masters: sin and God. Two methods: wages and free gift. Two aftermaths: death and eternal life.) Eternal life is found in a Person, and that Person is Christ Jesus. All who are in Christ have eternal life. It’s as simple as that! *****
//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 drug dependency, we rejoice.
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> The dear, elderly woman who had been in a coma at a nursing home, passed away yesterday. Remembering the family as they prepare for her memorial service which will be on Wednesday, and we pray. *> A young girl ended up in urgent care last night with some sort of a nasty bite on her head, and we pray. *> Another child, a little 11 year old boy, was rushed to the hospital yesterday with excruciating abdominal pains, and last night had to have an appendectomy, and we pray. *> A brother-in-law prays for his 79 year old brother-in-law who has been hospitalized with a heart aneurysm and has growths on his kidney. More testing is being done; his high blood pressure is hindering treatment at this time, and we pray. *>A family is facing some tough medical decisions when it comes to the next steps in a daughter’s medical treatment plan. The teen was injured a couple of years ago in a cycling accident and has had to have numerous surgeries and treatments, and we pray. **>Update: A dear lady grieves the death of her 65 year old neighbor who had been battling lung cancer. Remembering the family and friends this week as they mourn his passing, and we pray. *>A dear woman is saddened to hear about the death of a senior church friend. The husband is also in failing health, and their son has a progressive disease and can barely walk, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother is having to clean up a mess after discovering her mentally impaired, adult son, had been on drugs. He is presently 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 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 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 soon, and we pray. **>Update: >Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday after having elevated blood pressure and difficulty breathing; much testing was done. After coming home, the couple met with the dear man’s palliative care doctor, and they are still trying to process the information they received. They will be meeting this morning with their pastor.. Hopefully, the man 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 tomorrow 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 +:**> Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and they have problems with dementia. Today they will begin receiving Meals on Wheels at their home, and we pray.**Grieving: **< A family is grieving the death of a 26 year old who died this week of a heroin overdose. As loved ones mourn and make end of life arrangements, we pray. <**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 Issues/Problems: **< Two brothers went yesterday for genetic testing to find out whether or not they have inherited the mutated gene which runs rampant in their extended family. As they await results, which will take a few weeks, we pray.**<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. He has also been experiencing debilitating pain in the chest, left arm and leg; has an appointment to see a cardiologist today 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 continues to pray 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 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. She met with her doctor yesterday who reviewed recent blood tests. Her cholesterol is high but she is unable to take medication for that. Tests next week will determine treatment and will show if there are any blockages. On October 9th she will have an echocardiogram, a limited carotid artery ultrasound, and an abdominal aorta aneurysm screening. Her red blood cell count is also high which may be from lack of oxygen and the reason she is so fatigued. A sleep apnea test has been ordered and will be done in the next two weeks. Furthermore, she is being referred to an orthopedic specialist because of shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm, 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, 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> A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who fell last week and remains hospitalized because of paralysis in his right leg. The dear man continues going through testing and, is having physical therapy. He has been moved to assisted living for a couple of weeks, 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 from knee surgeries. One is having 4 weeks of physical therapy on his knee, and for continued healing, we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED: **> A sister prays for her sister who had hip surgery yesterday, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **>A dear 49 year old woman is scheduled for a total hysterectomy on October 31st. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, 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.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN