3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Continuing in Proverbs to compare righteous vs. wicked lives. “YO, BRO, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME! and I’LL TAKE THAT!” “The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit” (Proverbs 12:12). (The catch of evil men implies what is taken unjustly from others; in other words, the wicked covet what belongs to others. The opposite is true for the righteous; they are satisfied to provide quietly for their own needs.) The wicked do not care what affect their greed, selfish, envious, malicious ambitions and actions have on others. Their goal is to get what they want with no regard for their victims. Wickedness is driven by continually thinking up ways in which to snare and harm others, and take away what they have, but the wicked are never satisfied and are intent on using other people for selfish goals. The righteous are different. The fruit they bear offers peace to others by the way in which they live their lives. They understand the purpose of a bible believing church and the importance of helping one another. If they use nets it’s to become fishers of men for Christ’s sake, as explained in the gospel of Matthew. (See Matthew 4:19). Yo, what are you fishing for, my brother, my sister? What fruit do you bear? Are you a tree of life to others? Do others benefit by your loving help? OR, Is your hand reaching out to take what belongs to another, as in “gimme, gimme, gimme”? For Christ’s sake, don’t be a gimme, be a giver! The greatest evidence and measure of a child of God is love of others, which proves your love of God. Only faith that works by love is worth anything (Galatians 5:6; James 2:14-26). Love others; give them what you have in your heart so that they, too, may have eternal 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 a burden and doesn’t know how to pray, we pray. (Note: Just whisper, “Jesus!”)
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up and care for an infant daughter during the day, and we pray. *> A daughter-in-law prays for her mother-in-law whose good friend recently passed away, and we pray. *Praises: *> A wife’s prayers for the healing of her husband’s back pain have resulted in blessings, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED:A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>Update: A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled in a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders: **<A dear lady and her 3 sisters, are praying and keeping vigil at the bedside of their precious mother who has PML Syndrome; a very serious condition which attacks the brain and destroys the myelin sheath. Too, they are trying to help their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife; he is distraught. Presently, the dear mother has trouble swallowing, is unable to move her right side, blind in her right eye, and has cognitive decline. Sometimes she knows her loved ones and at other times not. Care is also being provided by Hospice, and we pray. >Thankfully, the suffering mother and her husband recently received salvation, and we rejoice, and for this dear family’s needs, we pray.**>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray.**>Update:>Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. The treatments which are available are known to adversely affect blood pressure and would make his current medication ineffective; so it is difficult to know how to proceed. A nurse visited with the man and his wife yesterday, the 5th; at which time those concerns and others were addressed. There were conflicting notes between the cardiologist and the man’s doctor and it has been decided that he will be changing doctors. The dear man’s energy level is very low, and we pray; and his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She has been receiving chemotherapy, but her tumor markers are back up, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**UPDATE NEEDED:>A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis and may need a transplant. She had a biopsy done on Friday, and has an upcoming doctor’s appointment to find out the treatment plan, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and often 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.**<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, hasn’t drank for a couple of weeks, and for continued abstinence, 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, and we pray. **Fur Babies**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby. While chasing butterflies the sweet doggie fell off the deck and broke its leg in two places requiring emergency orthopedic surgery, and for continued healing, 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, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray.**<A dear widow is having trouble with her knee and has an appointment with the specialist next month, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She has an appointment to see her doctor today, November 6th. She also has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady had genetic testing on October 30th, to find out if she has inherited the rare gene, linked to cancer and numerous conditions, which runs rampant in her family. Nervously she waits, but it takes about 3 weeks for the results, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **Update:<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but she continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study and will be picking up equipment for that tomorrow, November 7th. She had an appointment with a nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon yesterday, November 5th and is being scheduled for an MRI, 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 who holds down a full time job prays for her aged father whose implanted defibrillator had been showing his heart getting shocked back into rhythm; however, no evidence of that at present. He cancelled all of his appointments, but has now been rescheduled, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **>UPDATE NEEDED:>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities, and has had more testing to determine if there are any blockages. Tests have shown that there is moderate plaque and very high cholesterol levels which puts her in danger of a stroke. She has been put on medication, is to maintain a strict diet, and return for more testing on December 15th. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. She saw an orthopedic specialist yesterday, November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm, and we pray.**>UPDATE NEEDED:>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 lady, whose husband has recently passed away, desperately needs to find a job with insurance benefits, and we pray.**<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is improving with less blistering; however, she continues to have inflammation and swelling, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle which has affected the entire immediate and extended family; some have begun, attending Wednesday morning Bible study. The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother has now gone to church twice with the grandmother and even though she missed last Sunday, says she will go to church this coming Sunday; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **Update:>A dear wife has been praying for her husband who is still in the hospital after a bad fall which resulted in bleeding on the brain. A CT scan showed a mass behind the pharynx; a biopsy was done and they are awaiting results which could take up to 2 weeks. Tests have shown he has some staph in the nasal passages and doctors are conferring with Infectious Disease specialists as to a treatment plan for that. He has stopped vomiting but has no appetite. This dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife stays in the hospital with him which, obviously, puts a strain on her , and we pray. **<A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, 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, and 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 is worrisome because it puts a financial strain on this dear lady, and we pray. **Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he humbly strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems:**<A dear man is still in need of a job, and we pray.**< The parents of a precious 2 1/2 year old girl are concerned that she is not yet talking. They are consulting a specialist, and we pray. **UPDATE NEEDED: 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. The father has also been having memory problems along with other issues, and he had an appointment yesterday to see the doctor, and we pray.**<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD and holds down a full time job working long hours. She has a heavy workload, suffers from fatigue and mental stress, and is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, 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 are pleased to announce that they have seen an increase in their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis: **<A young, unchurched, married couple, with an infant son, is now divorced, and for that situation, 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.**>Update: There are at least 7 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **One of the couples enjoys attending a small church group and is scheduled to go to counseling this coming Thursday, November 8th, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter, to hopefully, set up a time to meet with 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:**<A dear man prays for his friend who is in ICU after a quadruple bypass on Thursday, November 1st, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Update:>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; had a post op appointment yesterday at which time the bladder catheter was removed. She is on antibiotics and has an appointment to go back in two weeks to re-check her bladder. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had a 4th surgery on his eye on the 15th. He may have to undergo a 5th surgery since he is still having double vision from that eye; will see a specialist on November 12th. Too, the dear man has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **>Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th, he remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help; but now has a bursa sac on the outside of his knee and is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery, and has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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 dear couple is traveling out of state today to visit family members and will be gone for two days, and we pray. **<Another dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year; last year they had a terrible accident on their way home (we certainly don’t want a repeat!), and for that upcoming trip, we pray. *>Praises: Update: Yesterday a dear lady travelled out of state on a work-related trip; she arrived safely at her destination, and we rejoice. She will be gone almost 2 weeks and will be on the road some of the time, and for her continued safety, we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN