Early to work today, with nothing much accomplished–sorry, but when I scanned the nooze this morning, I just couldn’t bear to write it down. Hundreds of people killed by terrorists in Sri Lanka. Teens swallowing Climate Change, hook, line, and sinker. And look at that, I’ve started to write it anyway–! Mille tonnere, as Hercule Poirot would say. I have no idea what that means.
I just want things to be normal again, without assorted monsters and boogiemen peering over my shoulder.
Lord, are you hearing my prayers? At least, O God, relieve my wife’s afflictions. The doctor and all his tests, they were no help. I need to be able to say, as the Psalmist says, “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:2).
I’m going to keep on shooting prayers at you, Lord, until you heal her. In Jesus’ name, please heal her now!
The rest of it, I’ll face. Just do this for me, Father. Please. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This is Christ Pantokrator, “Christ the Ruler of All,” as portrayed in an ancient church in Sicily. Today on Easter Sunday we celebrate His resurrection from the dead.
Or Lord our God, and Father of All: grant this Easter day of 2019 power to work all throughout the year, every day, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ–by whose blood we are saved, by whose wounds we are healed; Jesus Christ, our rightful King and only Savior.
Do as thou has said, O Lord! Make His enemies His footstool, put all things under Him, make all things new and wash away all tears: we pray for the restitution of all things, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ the King of kings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I’m looking at a whopping great car repair bill, and my heel spur is on the warpath lately, which hurts. But Patty needs your prayers more than I do.
My doctor subjected her to a bunch of tests but never offered a diagnosis. And now, in addition to her other afflictions, her ankles are painfully swollen and this morning a delivery person, opening the door to our foyer, hit Patty in the head with it as she bent over the recycling box. So things are not going at all well for us here.
Please join in prayer for my wife: we need those prayers. O Lord our God, have mercy on us, let it be that we’ve bottomed out and now you’ll start to make things better for us. Please, Father, heal my wife! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
My dear friend Lisa was rushed to the emergency room last night with high blood pressure and dizzy spells–not good to hear! But she’s back home now, and will be on medications for a few days. They believe her symptoms were due to an undetected infection.
Lisa manages “Lee’s Twitter” and has done so for years, out of the goodness of her heart. Please join me in prayer for her.
O Lord our God, from whom all healing comes, please be swift to heal our sister, Lisa, and restore her to full health. Thank you for making prompt medical attention available to her. Please, Father, see her safely through this illness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanks to all of you who joined in prayer for my sister, Alice, who has been working a job that featured 20-hour days several times a week and was, in my opinion, killing her. She has submitted her resignation. Thank you, Father!
She finally heard the alarm bells go off when she fell asleep behind the wheel of her car and was warned by a police officer. No harm done, but it wasn’t the sort of thing one can ignore.
She has four weeks to go before her resignation takes effect. Please ask the Lord to keep her safe. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Phoebe tells us her friend Susan has Parkinson’s Disease, which has taken a turn for the worse, and has requested our prayers. Please join in.
O Lord our God, have mercy on Phoebe’s friend, Susan, and restore her health, as you have all power to do. Please, Lord: you know it’s hard for us to bear, when our friends and family members fall ill. In Jesus’ name, Father, please help your servant, Susan. Amen.
My sister, Alice, is still doing her workaholic thing, which involves her driving home from work at midnight and nodding off behind the wheel. This is not good; but it’s a compulsion with her, and has been for most of her life, and no one can say anything to get her to stop. So please pray for her.
O Lord our God, in Jesus’ name, please intervene in my sister’s life, and save her. She doesn’t know how to stop what she’s doing, and it’s dangerous. Have mercy on her, O Lord, and save her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We’ve received news from our friend and brother, Elijah Holsten, that his mother’s cancer can only be addressed now with a high-risk operation. Please join in prayer for her.
O Lord our God! Please, deliver our brother Elijah’s mother out of danger, out of trouble: we know that you can do all things. For her family’s sake, and for Jesus’ sake, in whose name we ask this blessing, save her and heal her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today our Christmas tree comes down. It’s a big job and I’m still trying to pump myself up to do it. Has to be done, it’s getting too dry. But we always love our Christmas tree, and once it’s gone, we’ll miss it for a while.
The thing we want, though, is to make this Christmas work all year, by God’s sovereign grace, in answer to our prayers–to make it carry on all the way to Christmas 2019, drawing people’s hearts to Jesus Christ Our Lord, amen.