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Prayer Request: Our Cat

My wife fears that one of our cats, Robbie, has a serious medical problem which must be addressed, so off to the vet we go on Tuesday. I’m not altogether convinced, but I am convinced we need your prayers.

This poor cat! She’s had one health crisis after another. For years and years she was coughing violently, and we had to squirt medicine up her nose every day. Finally the neighbors from Hell left, and stopped doing whatever they were doing in the cellar that was coming up through the floorboards into our apartment–and Robbie stopped coughing. And started romping and playing.

But she has lost weight lately, Patty is sure it’s a thyroid disorder, so it’s back to the vet.

Those of you who have cats or dogs know how dear our pets are to us. And God knows how we love them: that’s why He gave them to us. Please send up a prayer for Robbie.

O Lord my God, whatever is wrong with my poor cat–and I pray it’s nothing much!–please, Father, put it right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Answered Prayer! Jaxx the Kitten

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Jaxx says thank you!

Jaxx the kitten needed help in a hurry, a lot of you prayed for him, and God has provided the help. Bottom line: he’s going to be all right.

Georgia and Ridgie were on their way from Charleston, SC, to Gainesville, FL, to get Jaxx his transfusion when a tech at their local vet’s office came in to work, heard about the situation, and remembered that a donor cat was to be found right there in Charleston. So they turned back, everybody met at the vet’s office, and Jaxx got his transfusion. And he has already begun to get better. One more treatment is expected to finish the job, and then he can come home.

Are we crazy for going to so much trouble for our pets? Well, if we are, then love is crazy, too.

We thank you, Our Father in Heaven, for answering our prayers for this little kitten’s life; and we thank you for creating us in Your image, with such a capacity for love. Amen!


Prayer Request: Jaxx the Kitten

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Jaxx with Boo

Coming home from a Memorial Day weekend trip, my stepdaughter, Georgia, spotted a tiny stray kitten lost in the rain. She took it home and adopted it, and very quickly the kitten, now named Jaxx, bonded with their dog, Boo.

But this morning Georgia discovered that Jaxx has a critical blood disorder and needs a transfusion. He also has a very rare blood type, difficult to obtain. Georgia and her husband, Ridgie, will do everything they can possibly do to provide this care; but they’re going to need help.

Please join with me in prayer.

O Lord Our God, not a sparrow falls without the Father. This little kitten life that you’ve created, bless it and preserve it, and bring him out of danger: in Jesus’ name, amen.


Prayer Request: Ray

My brother-in-law, Ray, is in the hospital. He’s got serious medical problems, I’m quite worried for him, and he needs prayer support. I would rather not go into the details, because he’s unable to give me permission to discuss them. Let me add that I’m fond of the silly beggar and wouldn’t like to lose him. And he is my wife’s only living relative  within their generation. So please join me in prayer.

O Lord Our God, we are all dependent on your power and your love. As a God who delights in mercy, we pray you to deliver our brother, Ray, out of his danger, and to grant him recovery of his health. We know that you can do all things, and we ask this of you in Jesus’ name, Amen.


An Answered Prayer

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It’s been a week since Patty’s monarda plant was crushed by a lazy lout of a delivery man who laid a 30-pound box on top of it.

And yet the plant still lives! They grow ’em tough, here in New Jersey. It’s even standing up kind of straight again.

For those of you who prayed for us to receive this small blessing, I thought you’d like to know that God has heard us and given us what we asked for. It’s a truly great and loving God who makes time for little things!


Prayer Request: Our Country

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Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.  –Jeremiah 5:25

I can hardly bear to read the news anymore, let alone report it. My only comfort lies in the realization that it would all be infinitely worse, had Hillary Clinton won the presidency.

You don’t need me to tell you things are going south, big-time. Just yesterday there was some kind of world-wide computer hack that shut down hospitals and other vital services in dozens of countries. For those who insist that the words of the Old Testament prophets apply only to the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, I can only answer, “Read the news again.”

God has not yet commanded us to refrain from praying for our country, as He commanded Jeremiah not to pray for Judah. So I think we should pray, and pray hard. Because our sins are indeed withholding good things from us. I mean, we shower honors and praise on lost souls who have themselves surgically mutilated and demand we now acknowledge them as women, who were born–and still are–men.

O Lord Our God, exert your strength on us and turn us away from our follies and our sins! Lead us, O Lord, back to sanity. Heal our madness, and bless us with the spirit of repentance. Because we have become addled beyond our own power to recover from it. As a God who delights in mercy, have mercy on our nation, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Prayer Request: Cindy

Please join me in prayer for Harlem’s wife, Cindy. This good woman has had her hands full, coping with her husband’s illness while working two jobs to keep food on the table; and now that he’s getting better–but still can’t return to work–she is just about worn out, and her blood pressure has risen dangerously high. She has been put on the same medication that has worked so well for me, so I’m hopeful that she’ll soon be feeling better. But let’s seal it with prayer.

O Lord our God, be merciful to your servant, Cindy, and speedily deliver her out of trouble. Her strength is almost used up: she needs you now. Heal her, O Lord, and restore her strength, because she has put her trust in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.


A Prayer for Courage

I do try to maintain my postmillenial morale–but the Lord knows it ain’t easy! Not when you’re covering the news, it ain’t.

O Lord our God, there are wicked persons everywhere trying to tear down everything that’s good, and estrange your people from their God. You don’t need me to tell you who they are and what they’re doing. It makes my head spin, just trying to keep up with it.

Father, we are your people, we belong to Jesus Christ our King. In His name we pray you to give us courage and to fortify our faith. Make us strong and enduring, resourceful, steadfast, and true, so that we might serve you as we should: and go before us, Lord, and tread down your enemies. Amen.


Harlem Climbs the Hill

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We’re back–and Harlem made it all the way to the top of the hill.

He wants you all to know he’s grateful for your prayers. I wasn’t able to ensure that any of the deer would present themselves, but at least we made the climb. He brought his cane with him, just in case. The plan was for me to run back and fetch the car if it turned out that he couldn’t make it. “I think some of my old military training might come back to me, if I need it,” he said.

So he has survived and is recovering from pancreatic cancer, he has stood up against some other, unrelated, medical issues–and he made it all the way up the hill. I did my best to impress upon him the need not to overdo it, we could always try again. “Your wife will kill me dead, if I let anything happen to you.” It was the longest, and very much the steepest, walk he’d made in quite a while; and the weather was perfect, and nothing untoward happened. He also enjoyed seeing the ritzy houses in that part of our town.

Again, everybody, God has answered our prayers for this good man. For which we give thanks!

His legs are going to feel it tonight, but I don’t think he’ll mind that at all.


An Easter Prayer

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Father in Heaven, on this day, the day between Good Friday and Easter, we proclaim that Jesus Christ Our Lord was dead and laid in a tomb, prior to His Resurrection. We proclaim these things as truth, now and forever.

Lord, this is an evil age. We have important people, even religious leaders, even leaders in the Church, making Christ equal with other gods who are no gods, and making unbelief equal with faithfulness to Jesus Christ. And because we see as men see, the things we see make even many of your saints downhearted.

We are your people, the sheep of your hand. Make us also, O Lord, your oxen, strong to labor.

Grant power to this Easter holiday, power to enthrone Christ, whose right it is to rule Creation: power to enthrone Him on the earth, and power to enthrone Him in our hearts. We cannot know when You, Father, will send your Son back to earth: that day, be it tomorrow or a thousand years from now, is known only to you. But Jesus’ throne can be set up in our hearts now.

O Lord Our God, whatever your timetable may be (for a thousand years in your sight is as a watch in the night), exalt Our Savior among the heathen, exalt Him in the earth: and let Him be exalted now, even now, in our hearts.

In Jesus’ name, amen.


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