Thursday, November 10, 2011

I will pray for you

Dear Lord Jesus,
You know him so much better than I do. You know his sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend and his family now as you work in his life. Lord, let your will be done in my friend's life. Lord God, I pray for my friend just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you, Lord, to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life. Lord, I don't always understand your ways. I don't know why my friend has to suffer, but I trust You. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him and his family with your presence. Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may you, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine. Amen. 

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up....The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:15 and 16


Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly ask you to hold, visit and relieve your sick servant, for whom our prayers are desired.  Look upon him with the eyes of your mercy; comfort him with a sense of your goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under this affliction.   In your good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in your presence, and to thy glory; and grant that finally he may dwell with you in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen  you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  - Isaiah 41:10

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

truth

I heard these truths on the radio the other day.

"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority ... Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor (1Peter 2:13,14,16). This has nothing to do with your freedom in Christ. There is no such thing as absolute freedom. What you're free to do, is free to obey. Fish are free, but they are not free to fly. They are free within the parameters of God's design to swim any where they want but you know if you take a fish and throw it on the bank, it's not very free. Your freedom is a platform to serve and love other people and take your rights and lay them aside the way Christ did so other people get loved. Is there a price? You bet." -Chip Ingram

"Stop grumbling over the weather! What a waste of time! Did it ever change anything? Actually, it changes you. And you're even harder to live with because you're grumbling and you're complaining. And that's life. "Do all things without grumbling or disputing (Phil 2:14)... So life isn't what you expected? Welcome aboard. Nor is it for the person sitting right next to you, or living across the street from you, or going to school with you, or standing there beside you as you wait in line. We are all filled with circumstances that are outside our control, so why focus on them? You will never celebrate God if you're focus is on your circumstances. Read Nehemiah 8:10,  The joy of the Lord is your strength! The joy of the Lord is your strength, not your income, not your occupation, not you circumstances, not your marriage.The joy of the Lord is the source of your strength!" -Chuck Swindoll