3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Proverbs continues. ENHANCE YOUR LOVE LIFE WITH THIS CHEAP and EASY GIFT! “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). (Anxiety causes depression. A good, encouraging, or sympathetic word works wonders in perking someone up again.) A heavy heart carries weighty burdens that make it stoop, it is a soul pressed down by cares, circumstances, and troubles. It’s cruel to dance around those hurting individuals; weep with them instead (Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 12:26). An unexpressed nice thought about another person is worthless, but a cheap and easy gift is to give away a kind word. Our speech is often used to cut and hurt, but considerate words in love can be very helpful. Kind, complimentary, encouraging words of truth can cheer a heavy heart or sad spirit. It will cost you nothing and can make a sad heart glad. Our goal should be to edify and build up one another. To gladden a sad heart by a good word is to lay another brick for eternal life. Parent’s lives can be enriched by hearing good words from their children, and children’s obedience will improve if parents use kind words. A tender word to one’s spouse can enhance a love life! Encourage a policeman by a kind word, be a friendly neighbor, uplift a pastor with a word of appreciation to him, thank your boss with a good word, encourage me by clicking below on “Like” 🙂 or leave a good word in the “reply” section here on this page of today’s devotion. What a cheap way to be rich to others! *****
//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.
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And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is engaged in fighting health battles, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wildfires have killed so many people, and we pray. *>A dear lady asks prayer for a job-related situation, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking, and we pray. **< Another dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into 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, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and 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. **<Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer, and going through a new treatment plan with a new doctor, and we pray;+> his sons are having a very difficult time, 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. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not she may need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very frightened, 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, 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, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg. The cast was taken off and staples were removed on Thursday which left the area raw; making it necessary for the pet to wear a cone for another week, 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. **>A dear lady and her 3 sisters need our prayers as they continue to grieve over the death of their dear 75 year old mother who passed away into glory on Wednesday after a long battle with PML Syndrome. There will be a memorial service November 24th. Remembering, too, their dear father during this difficult time, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems:**UPDATE:><A dear lady prays for her 90+ year old aunt who is still in the hospital with internal bleeding. She has already received 3 units of blood and attempts are now being made to raise the level of her hemoglobin. The bleeding has lessened and for it to stop, we pray.**<One among us is a dear 70 year old man who has pneumonia. He is presently on 2 different antibiotics and is still very weak, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done. She will return for results on December 10th, 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: **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray.**>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator; he has some tests this week, 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, and we pray. **>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She was put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet which she is working very hard on, and is to return for more testing on December 15th. She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She is having physical therapy, but pain in her shoulder is still waking her up during the night. She is to see her doctor again in 4 more weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. For this situation, we pray. **<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **>UPDATE:>A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. The recent pathology report showed that the fungal infection is back and he was put on medication for that. The doctors ruled out infection in the bones; but he has 3 new ulcers on his right foot so he will be seen at the wound clinic this Wednesday. He sees the neurosurgeon on November 30th. The physical therapist comes into the home 3 days a week. The dear man remains extremely weak and has a poor appetite. Too, he has long suffered from vascular dementia, which is worsening, and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be gone until May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>UPDATE:>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication and he is now in counseling, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, 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 strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress, 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 very hard to build up 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 dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several 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+: **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.
**:>Two sisters prayed for their 79 year old brother who had open heart/bypass surgery on Friday, November 16th. He had 5 bypasses, and for continued healing, we pray. **<A dear wife prayed for her husband who had a successful left knee replacement surgery on, Wednesday, November 14th; now is receiving physical therapy, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<A dear wife prays for her husband who returned to work last week after knee surgery which was done on August 29th. He continues to have problems with his knee, much stiffness, and we pray. *>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; not having to use any pain medication, but is still experiencing some bladder issues and will be returning to the doctor today for follow up, 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; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot, and for continued healing, we pray. **>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful”, numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also 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 because of swelling he 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 endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She 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 next week, November 28th, and we pray**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, 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 lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN