3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Proverbs has much to say about right vs. wrong. LISTEN UP WOMAN or SHAME ON YOUR HUSBAND! “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4). (An excellent wife brings joy and gladness to her husband. The one who disgraces her husband gives him a terrible letdown – as if his bones rotted away.) Another translation reads: “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4). (A virtuous woman is a noble, gracious, diligent, and loving woman. She faithfully honors and pleases her husband. But an odious woman shames her husband and slowly kills him on the inside by selfishness, stubbornness, foolishness, or unfaithfulness.) Christian woman, humble yourself! The character and conduct that make a woman virtuous are as visible to others as her appearance. there is only one way to be such a woman. Fear the Lord above all. Confess your sins to God and your husband; put aside your own ideas and habits, trust the Word of God without question; and cheerfully do everything written in the Bible for women; eliminate all bitterness and self-righteousness. (Want to be excellent? Read Proverbs 31:10-31 and become your husband’s cheerful and loving companion, his most faithful supporter, his most loyal confidant, his most ardent friend, his most tireless helper, the world’s greatest lover, a domestic goddess in household duties, a queen of hospitality and social graces, and the perfect mother of his children.) You and your husband will be far happier for it; your children will be happier; and the Lord of heaven will reward you. And to the man: God created the woman for you, and He has written the perfect marriage manual for you to have a crown of pure gold. She needs to be in a church that preaches the whole counsel of God. And you need to do what you can to lead, encourage, and direct her toward obeying the Bible. If she does not fear and love God, then you are in serious trouble. Virtuous women are rare, very rare and if you are married to one, then you are greatly blessed, for such a woman is a divine blessing from heaven. Give thanks to God for saving you from a slow and painful death. There is hope; the word of God can cure the rottenness in your bones. Help your wife to believe and obey by trusting in the Lord. Have a blessed Sunday! *****
//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 thinks that life is not worth living, we pray.
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> It’s Sunday and we need to remember all the pastors who will be preaching from the good book this day. Lord, keep them safe from harm, we pray. HEADS UP: Please be advised, beginning tomorrow, DEVOTIONS @ 3 WILL BE ON a TEMPORARY HOLD, no new devotions will be posted for one week. This will be effective Monday, October 22, thru Monday, October 29, 2018. During this time, it is requested that you daily pray for the following, previous prayer requests. Until we meet again, Lord bless your homes. Author, Kittye Sharron 🙂
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear man asks us to remember a 20+ year old man who is in a drug treatment program. Hopefully, he will be able to get himself into a church group with people his own age, 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; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who recently sold her house and will be moving to a temporary unit next Saturday, October 27th; she is hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, and we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her daughter-in-law’s aged grandfather who is under Hospice care. Praying, too, for his devoted wife of 60+ years, and we pray. **<Battling Cancer:< **<A dear 32 year old, mother of three, whose colon cancer is in remission, is now recovering from pneumonia. She is still very tired, weak, and has a lingering cough, and for continued healing, we pray. **<A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who has a rare, aggressive cancer (appendiceal adenocarcinoma), who is suffering beyond words. The cancer has now spread to his lungs. He is trying to stay hydrated; and for his peace, comfort, rest, safety, and protection, we pray. **>Continuing to remember a dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. He was to start clinical trials at the end of the month; however he recently received word that, because of heart damage, he is not eligible to have the clinical trials at this time; maybe in another 6 months. Now, he will once again consult with his oncologist to explore other options. The man and his wife left Friday for an out of town trip to visit their son, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis and may need a transplant, and we pray.**Biopsy/Testing Results: Update Needed:>A son-in-law prays for his mother-in-law who is awaiting results from a biopsy which was done on the 9th when her gallbladder was removed, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and has to rearrange her work schedule, including travel plans, in order to help her aged parents, 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. **<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, they have ongoing problems with dementia; efforts are being made to help them handle their finances which is becoming extremely difficult due to the progressive dementia, and we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **Update:<A dear lady asks prayer for her brother’s granddaughter who recently gave birth and had to go back in the hospital and have many tests due to high blood pressure and low pulse rate. She is now out of the hospital, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray.**>An aunt prays for her niece who experiences problems with high blood pressure. It has gone down, but continues to occasionally spike, so now a monitor is being used to determine if anything is going on with her heart. She is also having bad headaches, and we pray. **<A dear lady has an appointment to have genetic testing on October 30th. Her father, too, will be seeing his primary doctor for a referral to the same genetic testing center. They want to find out if they have inherited the rare gene, linked to cancer and numerous conditions, which runs rampant in their family, and we pray. **<In that same extended family, two brothers await the results of their genetic testing to find out whether or not they have inherited the same mutated gene. It’s a lengthy process, and 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 also been having leg cramps and will soon begin physical and aquatic therapy. She is off the strong medication that she was on, and has a much clearer mind. She is now involved in a small group at her church. She has a sleep study on October 29th, and an appointment with a nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon on November 5th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related +: **<A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator. Recent reports show that several times his heart is getting shocked back into rhythm. He is scheduled for a chemical stress test on Tuesday, October 23rd, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband who has only 25% heart function. The dear man is scheduled for a heart catherization on Thursday, October 25th, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED:>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities, and is facing more testing to determine if there are any blockages. Two weeks ago she had more testing and is awaiting results. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. Furthermore, she will be seeing an orthopedic specialist on November 5th about her 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. **<Help Needed**<A dear widow is having trouble with her car and needs to have it repaired at a reasonable cost by a qualified mechanic, and we pray.**<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **<Hurricane:<**Remembering those who are suffering the effects of the recent hurricane, and we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. Hopefully, a weekly, Wednesday, Bible study group will help to bring restoration and togetherness to those in the family who are hurting, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<A young girl received a concussion during a sporting event at school on Wednesday night, and we pray. **<A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who is recovering at home after suffering paralysis in his right leg, and is now having to adjust to some changes, is using a walker, moving very slowly, and for continued healing, 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, suffers from high blood pressure, but is not a candidate for risky surgery. Her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain and adds more worry on this dear lady, and we pray. **Life’s Needs: **<A dear man asks others to pray for his forgiveness and guidance as he strives to transform into a better person, and we pray.**<A dear grandmother prays for strength and wisdom for her grandchildren, and we pray.**>A dear lady who has been caring for her sick husband, now requests prayer for her own rest, peace and strength. She and her husband left Friday on an out of town trip to visit their son. For her to have a relaxing time, we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<A teenage boy is struggling with stress at home because of his father’s anger issues, which are also, adversely, affecting his mother and his girlfriend, and we pray.**<One among us has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and has been put on medication. She manages to hold down a full time job with long hours, has a heavy workload, but it’s really taking a toll on her, she is suffering from fatigue and mental stress, and we pray.**<A dear lady is having difficulties working with an online group, 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 have also been working hard to build up their online business, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis: **<A young, unchurched, married couple, with an infant son, has decided to separate, and we pray.*<A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists some unspoken needs, and we pray.**> There are at least 7 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and, we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **< Even though a dear grandmother hasn’t seen or talked to her granddaughter lately, she is hoping to see her sometime in the next few weeks. The dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and works at a strip club. The grandmother is a believer and is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter, to hopefully influence her, and for continued communication between the two, we pray. >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory: **<Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<Remembering the dear man who had surgery on Tuesday to remove recurring growths from under his tongue He is awaiting results from the biopsy. He will be off work all of next week, and we pray. **>Continuing to remember the elderly lady who battles numerous health problems. On Wednesday she had a Bi-femoral artery bypass, surgery. Healing hurts, it’s a painful recovery. She has had elevated white blood count, low blood pressure, and low platelets. She was given a pint of blood and will be checked again for internal bleeding. Once she is able to be discharged the family is looking into having her recover at a rehab/nursing center which is close to their home, and for continued healing, we pray. **> 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. **<Continuing to remember the dear man who had a 4th surgery on his eye last week on the 15th, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th, remaining hopeful physical therapy will help, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear lady prays for her brother-in-law who has an infection in his leg and will need surgery, 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.**>A truck driver will be covering his route alone this week and next; his co-driver is off work due to a recent surgery, and we pray. **>A dear couple left Friday for an out of town trip to visit their son, and we pray. **>One among us will be traveling out of state for a family reunion and will be gone all week, and we pray. 🙂
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN