3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Proverbs continues with right and wrong. THE LORD KNOWS! “The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, but the blameless in their walk are His delight” (Proverbs 11:20). (As far as the Lord is concerned, a heart that is false is hateful and disgusting. He likes the person who is straightforward. No view of God is complete unless it is understood that He is capable of knowing all and seeing all.) Some men/women who are stubborn, rebellious, obnoxious, perverse, sinful, are an abomination to God. Others who are humble, honest,, and choose right living, are His delight. What will you do with your heart and life? *****

//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 being an enabler, we rejoice.
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>A little 13 year old boy broke the thumb on his left hand while playing soccer, and we pray. *> A daughter prays for her dear mother who has a suspicious polyp and gallstones. She is scheduled to have gallbladder surgery on the 9th. She may need additional surgeries, the bile duct and pancreas are enlarged and she has a spot on her liver, and we pray. *>A grandmother asks prayer for her daughter-in-law who has been scheduled for the birth of her son on October 9th; she had complications of excessive bleeding during previous childbirth, and we pray. *>A dear lady and her father are awaiting an appointment to have genetic testing in order to see if they have inherited the rare gene, linked to cancer and numerous conditions, which runs rampant in their family, and we pray. *> An aunt prays for her niece who has been having problems with high blood pressure. She fainted while at the store yesterday and has been put on bedrest for the weekend. She will be going back to the doctor on Monday, 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 for that situation, 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:**> Update: >A niece prays for her dear 90+ year old aunt who suffered a recent stroke; she has made a full recovery and was released from the hospital yesterday, so we rejoice, and for continued healing, 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. After coming home from the hospital stay, the couple met with the dear man’s palliative care doctor, and they are still trying to process the information they received. His fatigue is a direct result of his cancer; he has been advised to slow down and not over do, rest when tired. They had a very nice meeting yesterday with their pastor who gave them some very good counsel.. 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 having a book signing today 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 ongoing problems with dementia. Yesterday they began receiving Meals on Wheels at their home, and for this dear couple, we pray. **Grieving: > 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.**> The dear, elderly woman who had been in a coma at a nursing home, passed away Thursday. Remembering the family as they prepare for her memorial service which will be on Wednesday, and 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; saw a cardiologist yesterday and that appointment went well, and we rejoice. As his therapy continues, the cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +: **Update: >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. Awaiting test results on kidney function; his high blood pressure is hindering treatment, but since being admitted it has come down considerably. Hopefully, he will be moved out of ICU today. Once the blood pressure is low enough doctors will be able to operate, and we pray. **<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. **>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities, and is facing more testing. She met with her doctor Thursday 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. **> 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. **<Update:>One among us has been suffering from tendonitis in her left heel, was helped by wearing a brace which is seldom needed now, and we rejoice, 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: **<Update:>The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home; they just installed new countertops in their kitchen and will be completing that area next week. They will be enjoying a little break as they travel this weekend out of state to attend a church gathering . They have been working hard to build up their online business which has really picked up and is expected to further increase in sales over the next two months which will keep them very busy, 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 this last 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 due on the 9th, and the other toward the end of the month, and we pray. <**Pregnancy Crisis: Update:>For the expectant father of an unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, but he’s doing great, now is just anxious for the birthdate on the 9th. Prayers needed for his wife who had complications during a previous delivery. They had a recent scare when an ultrasound detected kidney problems in this 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: **>Update:>For the little 11 year old boy, who was rushed to the hospital on Thursday with excruciating abdominal pains, doctors removed his appendix;  he is doing great,and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. *<There are two who are healing from back surgeries, and we pray. **Update: >Two men had knee surgeries: One man, who had knee replacement on August 29th, just finished physical therapy, is doing great, and we rejoice. The other man continues the 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 Thursday, 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. **>Update: >A wife prays for her husband who has to have a 4th surgery on his eye which is scheduled for October 15; pending on whether he will be well enough, he is on meds right now from allergies; he also suffers from Afib, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED: 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


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