How can Lightening McQueen and I pray for you?
Seriously though. This community seems to be going through some junk right now.
Let’s spill it…
Pray for us peeps in Louisiana dealing with Isaac.
Yes please do.
The southern part of the state is getting pummeled.
It’s just hit my town i pastor in, Natchitoches.
So be praying for us as well.
praying for you all, perk!
Quality people + Quality musicians = our need. Thanks Carlos.
I lost my husband suddenly in Dec ’11. I am about to loose my home. My mom has been in and out of the hospital for the past month. It’s been a rough year to say the least.
But I have a Savior who loves me and a little boy who calls me ‘Mommy’ so life isn’t too bad.
I’ll be praying for you too.
Praying for you, Beth. Writing your name down into my planner and praying every time I see it.
Your God is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. May you feel His covering.
I’m praying you up Beth!!!
Praying for you!
You are on my prayer list Beth. Remember that when we are weak He is strong. Lean on Him. I don’t mean it as platitudes. He want’s you to lean on Him. He’s ready and waiting. Blessings.
Makes my stuff look so small! Praying for you and your family!
Beth, I will also be praying for you, too. May our Father wrap His loving arms of love & comfort around you & your sweet little boy.
I have to say, I love your attitude in the last sentence.
Will be praying for you.
Discernment about what’s next i.e. missions work, ministry, grad school
Wisdom and patience for the class I am teaching at my church for teens that are currently or have been affected by divorce.
Thank you for this, I’ll be checking this post in the morning, and praying with you for everyone that comments.
Me as a man and husband in Christ Jesus and my marriage that is falling apart right now.
Standing with you and praying for your marriage.
pray for our family as we enter the worship ministry full time.
I was out of work for 2.5 months. We used up all the money we had to get from the start of June to now. I did get a new position but since it is contract, the payment terms are 30 days. I won’t see a payment until the 15th of September. Last week I told a bunch of friends I needed $1800 to get my through these 3 weeks. It’s enough to cover my rent, cell phone bill, electric bill and food/gas until I get first payment.
The generosity of some has given me $900. But I still need the rest. God has always provided for us so I am hopeful. But can still use all the prayers I can.
My car died and I have a rental I can afford for two days because I don’t have enough for gas. I also can’t afford repairs. My job is an hour away and I have no savings after being out of work for a year until this past April and my 12 hour a day job only covers half my current bills. I’ve been looking but every door slams in my face. I need God to do something epic because the pain is starting to be too much for be to bear.
Praying for you Jason…adding you to my prayer journal and can’t wait to see how He comes through for you!
A family friend is currently staying with us. She has cancer, not sure how many tumors, in her brain, on her spine & her thyroid, and has been treated for the past couple weeks. We are asking God for complete healing. Thank you.
Finances. We are a family of five living on one full time income and one part-time income. We want to buy a house at some point sooner than later.
If you don’t mind living outside of city limits, check into a Rural Development Home Loan from the USDA. We were blessed to find a realtor who told us about that program and we were able to buy a house.
I feel like I have just been handed a big bunch of lemons. And, I don’t have the will to make lemonade again.
Hoping you find that same drive and motivation you had before. Sounds like you might feel like you’ve been walked on. Just hang in there. the lemonade will come again.
I’m entering Youth Ministry at the advanced and decrepit age of 44. Pray that I hear the Lord more than my own agenda, and that I am able to speak to these kids in a language they can understand.
I was blessed enough to get to hear the guys from Casting Crowns talk about their youth programs at their church. They have some terrific resources on their site. Check it out. God has blessed them with amazing talents, and they are spreading those talents as far as possible. God bless you–this may be some of the most important work the church can do within its own walls!
Tom, my husband is almost 41, and only in his second paid youth min job. He was at this current position a whole almost two months before he turned 40.
Advanced and decrepit? Not hardly.
Hang in there, man. You CAN be relevant to kids less than half your age. I’ve seen it happen.
My best advice to you? BE YOURSELF. Kids will appreciate your authenticity more than you trying to be like them. And they’ll hear you better.
And, if you marry a concept to an unforgettable image in their minds (my husband’s favorite is doing a lesson on the three things going to the waterpark taught him about God, and he talks about wearing his Speedo while he’s there–he’s not a small man), well, all you have to do is say the key words to evoke those images, and they remember.
My best to you in your new adventure (for that’s what it is and will be), and I’m praying for you!
Growth in the student ministry.
Spiritually and numberly (totally made up word.)
Pray for my family. My Mom just started a new job, my dad hates his job, he is thankful for it and everything but his boss makes him absolutely miserable. Right now my life seems the most stable of all of us and I’m in college, not having a clue what I want to do.
Seriously? That’s awesome!
Mmmm…I’ve got a complicated situation with a good friend (and possibly potential love interest?) right now…and we’re trying to figure things out. Wisdom and peace and courage for both of us would be super awesome.
That I am willing and humble enough on Friday to be honest about my struggling and sin to a friend that will help me walk through it
I’ve just had a hysterectomy and I’m 30. I’d come to terms with the surgery, but still riding the roller coaster of emotion that comes with major surgery. Prayers that I’d be open and willing to ride the roller coaster and not stuff things down in an effort to seem “ok”.
Right now the main prayer request I have is for my church to find a worship leader. We desperately need one for our church plant to grow not only numerically but for folks to understand worship.
Patience. Maybe pray for me to engross myself more in God and what he has cut out for me in life.
I live a pretty blessed life. I’m healthy, baby boy is healthy and happy, have a job. I have enough, way more than I feel I deserve most days. so you can give some of my prayer time for others.
Coworkers father is suffering from Stage 4 cancer.
My son’s fathers girlfriend (who doesn’t like me) is having some sort of procedure done Tuesday. Hope she recovers/heals quickly (maybe they find her happy while she’s there??)
Family in the hurricanes path.
Thanks! Praying for you!
Im 3 months pregnant. 2 months ago my husband was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Now we have to pay a lawyer $25k to fight it. I’m terrified of what the future holds for me and my baby, will my husband be exonerated? Will we be able to afford out bills etc especially when baby arrives. Trying to rely on God but still scared. Thank you for praying!!!
I feel guilty asking for prayer about my job because so many peeps are worse of them me. (Praying for you guys)
Basically I am in a temporary job but it is my dream job (internal communications) and I love it. So id love it if it extended or went On to something more.
I am also starting first year theology school at night so need strength and focus for that.
Thanks for listening!
How about a praise for a job for my 4yr-self-employed-and-busting-his-hump husband?!
And for our family as we change and learn this new routine.
For our 5yr old that just started kindergarten.
For our 2yr old that is hopefully coming upon the end of a long, difficult medical battle that began at birth
Infertility. Trying for 15 months and feeling empty at the end of each failed month.
My wife and I walked that road… Our heart breaks for you. We will join you in your prayers! It was an incrediably hard experience, but in the end we were blessed with a miracle of boy/girl twins!!
For our house in Nashville to sell – we moved to California 3 months ago and still haven’t sold our house back there. It’s been pretty financially crippling. Thanks Los.
My son joined a cult religion a couple of years ago. I believe God’s promises that he will be redeemed and restored to the Truth. My prayer is simply that God would encounter him soon and we would have the rest of our lives to serve in ministry together.
Fulltime work + part time ministry + full/part time school + girl friend + striving to be creative + growing closer to God = tired, broke, broken and left leaving someone feeling neglected. Usually my girlfriend. I need strength and resolve to tackle everything that’s going on in life.
Also, a 25 hour would be great.
Praying for the other requests I had a chance to read.
I’m right now struggling with finding purpose after being able to live out some of the things of my dreams in my 20′s….most days I feel like I have wasted years following what God wanted me to do by giving up my job and going into mission. Now I’m 30 and the reality of spending most of my 20′s in missions is hitting home and I feel lost and like I’m playing catch up some days.
Well I’m working and going to uni so most days are hard because they are super long after being at work all day and then at uni practically all night. Pray for strength as uni starts back next week and that i’d find purpose in what I’m doing presently.
Thanks for listening and i’d be joining you in praying for others as well.
My fertility. Hubby and I have been trying to concieve a child for 7 yrs.
healing, hope, help
My friend who has been having issues with hallucinations.. they cant’ find cause, just want to pump him full of drugs that don’t work and turn him into a zombie..
For me, I need to get back on track.. back on the right road.. Reading the Bible is nothing short of frustrating and confusing.. prayer is difficult too..feels like it’s just bouncing off the ceiling.. need to feel His arms around me again and feel some connection and understanding of what His plans are for me..I feel stuck with no way out.. But I trust in Him anyways.. I know there is a reason for all of this even if I don’t get it..
Prayers for my brother’s friend Darwin’s family.. he died of a aneurysm/stroke combo a few days ago.. they are having services the beginning of next week.. he left behind a wife and two children..
Sorry.. got a lot going on in my world and that is only the surface stuff..
We are moving on Friday. If you can pray that we have a safe move and are able to find the money we need for the rest of the moving expenses. Also if you can pray for my husband that he stays safe in his new job, working in a State Prison. Thank you & God Bless. @mom2girlsnboy
My marriage. My wife no longer seems interested in being married or being together. Some days are better, some are very much NOT better. Pray for us both. For her, that she would change her mind. Pray for myself that I would seek GOD for vast amounts of love and patience so I can share it with my wife. I have so very little on my own… and I can’t share what I don’t have! Pray also that I would be a Godly husband, willing to serve my wife instead of treating her out of a wounded spirit. I’ll be honest… I’m not a great husband, but I don’t want this marriage to fail. I don’t want to give up on my vows, or on my wife — and I don’t want to see her give up and walk away.
Standing and praying with you for your marriage.
to truly forgive my wife and let go of all the bitterness
My hubs has been out of work for over 2.5 years now. He’s looking everyday but has not found anything. We had to sell our house and are now living with my parents for the time being with our 3 kids. Please pray that God would bring a job soon so we can get into our own place again. Thanks. How can we pray for you and your family?
Praying for you. My husband & I just came out of the worst season of our lives: unemployment for him. We sold nearly everything we owned & some days I did not think we would make it. Somehow looking back at the long, hard months of it – I see God’s faithfulness. Praying that over you right now.
Thanks Kristin, I appreciate it! God has been faithful but I am just weary.
Brutal honesty: for me to get over myself. I run a ministry, and frankly, it is currently too safe. I need to stop worrying about what people think & start acting on what God is asking of me.
I’m living in England right now, interning with a church, and I feel like this is where God wants me. I’ve just recently got my visa, but now I need a steady job so I can actually afford to stay.
What I want is prayer for the job, but what I need is prayer to remain faithful to Jesus’ plan, no matter what the job&money situation is.
Health – I’m fighting an infection in a skin fold. i’ve had them before, but this one has been knocking me flat out. Pray that the healing will come quickly.
Could always use prayers for our children… Caleb (will be 16 this Saturday) will be driving on his own soon and Sarah Beth (will be 11 in a few weeks) is in 5th grade, with that comes the beginning of mean girls, hormone changes, etc
What about you? Would love to pray specifically for you too!!
Please pray for my job, if I should stay or go. Also clearer discernment. Thanks Carlos
Please pray for a respite from insomnia; it is messing up my life!
Los.. My fam is going through some craziness.. I’ve got 7 herniated disks in my back and am waiting for surgery.. Before I back went really bad again, I resigned from my job, thinking I’d find another one.. Then my back took a turn for the worse.. So I can’t expect someone to hire me, because one I have surgery, I will new minimum 3 months off to recover.. Because my wife is working, and we will need someone to watch my kids, we are moving across the country to move in with my parents.. All this is happening in the next 2 weeks.Lots of changes.. And we don’t want to go before God
I am at University and they are going to discontinue my course if I do not pay a percentage of my fees before friday. My parents are working round the clock to get the money but it is proving to be difficult. Please pray that we manage to pay on time and that we trust in God and not our own abbilities to do so.
A bettter job (I’m currently applying) and a great husband. Thanks so much!
I’m praying for everyone on here that God rains down his miracles on all of us.
I’m re-taking the Step 1s in about three weeks time, and I would love to be able to pass it this time— and I’d failed my finals and have to repeat my final year in med school a week after those exams. I’d love to be able to pass and become a doctor next year too!
I haven’t replied to a post here on ages, but I read you every day on my feed, and I’ll be praying for everyone else here!
We really need to sell our home…
You were right Los, folks are going through some stuff right now. Pray for my family, that I can work through this resentment, anger, and sense of betrayal everytime my alcoholic husband cracks open another beer. I know God is working in His life and has been for quite some time, but it isn’t easy sticking around through all this. He spews hate and anger on a regular basis and I know our children are being affected. My hope and faith is that someday he will finally give up his fight against God, become the man he was created to be, and these struggles will be a testimony to God’s faithfulness and fulfillment of promises. Right now though it is painful and lonely.
On a lighter note, pray for my sanity as my daughter begins her first year of competitive gymnastics. She turned 7 two months ago and it is nerve wracking watching her twist around those bars and fling herself into backhand springs on the floor, not to mention doing handstands on the beam and flipping through the air over a vault with not a net to catch her if she messes up! She may have no fear, but I look a lot like Ally Reisman’s (sp?) dad at the Olympics! (I believe you post that video in a previous blog, yes?)
God Bless you, Los. And may I ask if there is something you would like us to pray about? I will come back in the morning (if my power isn’t out from Isaac) and join you in praying over the rest of the Ragamuffins.
Praying for you and your family!
husband and i are being sued by a man that at one time was a dear friend.
Honestly… I’ve been struggling with a consuming desire for acclaim/fame/admiration lately, and I need strength to resist it and do what God has chosen for me to do. I also have a really hard time remaining in the present instead of daydreaming about or planning for the future. It’s a constant struggle for me (I mean, really, a second-by-second battle). I’d love prayer for these…
Thank you so much for offering to pray.
Satan is prowling. It breaks my heart to read of all the pain and suffering in the comments. Praise God that Jesus has already overcome this world!
If you could please pray for my family friend Kathy, she took care of me and my sister when we were babies. Kathy was recently convicted of violent crime she did not commit and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Kathy, her family and friends are devastated, as am I. Her husband has renounced his faith because of this situation. None of us understand the whys and the hows of what has happened. The chance of an appeal is slim and there aren’t many options out there to help her. We are begging God to redeem this situation, for the truth to be revealed and for strength in the mean time.
After searching for the last 8 months…I have a job interview next Tuesday morning that has the potential to change my life. I am terrified yet so excited about what the future could hold. It has been really, really hard to hold on to hope and trust in Him the last few months and frankly I am scared to hope and scared to trust. Scared that this could be another disappointment.
Thanks Los. I too will be scrolling through these prayer requests tomorrow and praying for them.
College students are returning soon. I work at local College with students who have disabilities. Pray I take advantage of the opportunities to share Christ’s love with them. I am praying for an amazing year ahead. Also planning on starting my version of your #sexyback2012 challenge on September 1. (I know I’m behind, but it’s better to start late than never).
Husband in hospital and not sure what is causing the problem with his kidney bleeding. Please pray for answers that are not life threatening. Thank you!!!
For my dear friend and her family. She just lost her brother very recently.
I have been praying to God to remind me how to laugh. I’m not going through depression or anything, but I realize that I haven’t really been laughing a whole lot lately. I want that belly-hurting, tearing up laugh that is uncontrollable. I want to laugh in the spirit.
Seoul, South Korea!
I need prayer for Job opportunities and open doors to go where God wants me. Clear direction and an open heart and mind to receive whatever God is asking me to do.
I’m a young wife and mother who live with pain after four back surgeries. I’m concerned now that my back is getting weaker in a new area. Please pray the Lord would fortify my upper spine with strenght and healing. Thanks so much for this, Los.
Just lost my job of 5 years – pray for a new job to come quickly so my health coverage will not be interrupted. I am in kidney failure and on dialysis. Pray also that the tests on my brother-in-law as a potential donor turn out well so I can get a kidney soon.
He hears our prayers and rejoices over our soulful longings.
I would be grateful if many join in prayer for the revival of the nation. That God would be glorified and reveal His power and majesty to our communities and homes.
On a personal level, prayers to break through the barrier of unemployment would be appreciated. My husband has been without a job for quite a while. we are newly married and I know the stress of him wanting to provide for us is hard.
Our God is greater! May the nations proclaim the victory through His Son, Jesus Christ!
Pray for courage, ministry, truth, opportunity, openness, love, willingness, discipline…and the new job that God has lined up for me (I have NO clue what it is yet).
I am praying for wisdom/ direction as I feel God leading me out of my current pastoral role at my church and into something like Compassion or World Vision (I have applied to both).
Thanks for the prayers! How can I return the favor? How can I be praying for you?
As most 20 year olds, I’m absolutely lost as to the future. Some guidance would be great! haha. And I promise, to the folks in LA, I’m being framed!
Please pray 4 my kids and I we need to move out by sept 30. I’m on disability and don’t get a lot, I did find a great house , please pray if its the Lords will we be accepted. Also havin hard time comin up w deposit and 1st months rent at one time. A lot goin on w our family, its just the 5 of us. Thank U so very much. Also an unspoken as well. <3 to Whitakers and all who have posted before and after.
Depressed alone in a funk
I feel really bad saying this with so many people who need more than I do.. But it would be great if you could pray with me that I can manage five jobs without dying or having a mental crash.. Also, if you could pray that I can get into the Bible school I applied to, that’d be amazing. Thank you..
Thank you, Carlos, and how can we pray for you?
Pray for the enemy to fail in attacking Godly church leaders.
For my prodigal daughter Alice.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Three really quick prayer requests for me:
1) I lost my job almost 14 months ago and still have not been able to find work.
2) The transmission on my SUV just went out and it’s going to cost more than it’s worth to replace. I can’t afford a new vehicle without a job and I can’t get a job without a vehicle.
3) I leave early Friday morning for a mission trip to Brazil with my church.
Thank you in advance for your prayers Carlos and friends!
Praying for a job. Just lost 3rd job in 3 years due to economic conditions. I have a interview next week for which I am thankful but it will likely be a 25% payout. Believing God is still in control.
I will praying along with you tomorrow for all the needs represented here.
Family reconciliation. Desperate situation involving several generations.
Strength, peace, and increasing faith. We’re taking a huge leap here, and it’s scary.
Los, thank you for always being so real. It’s always refreshing to come and sit on your blog for a while…
Please pray for my husband. He’s not a believer but goes to church with me once in a while just to be supportive of my beliefs. I would love for him to find the Lord.
He’s in the air force and is getting deployed in December to a “safer” middle-eastern country for a year. I can’t go with him, which is breaking both of our hearts. We haven’t even been married a year.
Prayers for safety and for God to reveal himself to my husband would be awesome.
On a less selfish note, one of my coworkers gave birth to her baby boy last week. He was at least 4 weeks early and is in NICU fighting for his life. If you could pray for strength for the family, and that the baby’s lungs will strengthen enough for him to breathe on his own I would be very grateful.
My husband is in the Army. Two combat missions and one unaccompanied tour for our nearly ten year marriage. The first deployment (which was actually his second) happend 4 months into our marriage (and three weeks after the birth of our first child). It isn’t easy, and I know every situation is different, but I am here if you want/need an ear. Will pray for you darling.
For my parents who were laid off from their jobs in February and still have not found work. They are both in their early 60′s and so it is tough for them to find a job. Their unemployment has run out and now from all the stress, my dad has shingles. They have worked in storage for the past 26 years together and before that were in the Ministry together for 20 years. They are trusting in the Lord – but the prayers of many are always welcome.
My marriage. I don’t want a divorce.
You are not alone. Standing and praying with you for your marriage!
Pray for my family to be saved and restoration in my heart
Los, thanks for opening up your blog to prayer requests. I just got back from a Wild At Heart bootcamp. All kinds of junk happened leading up to that. My wife was just accepted to the Captivating retreat in October. Junk is already starting to happen. It’s clear Jesus is wanting to do a deep work in both of us. Just please keep me, Lisa, and our family in prayer that none of what God’s doing, or wanting to do, gets stolen. Blessings, man!
For our mutual friend Nathan Brown as he moves forward to plant a new Church in Chicago!
Yes, please! The fall semester of PhoenixONE launches next Tuesday. Please pray for Phoenix young professionals altogether, and every individual – believers and non – who enter the doors of Phoenix First plus the sea of incredible volunteers making it so. We’re asking for God to moooooove.
Appreciate you, Carlos!
For peace. In early stages of pregnancy, and due to health concerns, I am very anxious. Pray for a healthy pregnancy and that I will continue to trust in him.
I’ve been dealing with a pair of teens struggling with suicide. I’m not sure if I’m equipped to really help by myself. I could use some help.
My wife and I haven’t been able to pay our bills–she lost her job during her maternity leave last October and hasn’t been able to find a good job to cover our expenses. We’ve cut everything we can and still aren’t coming out. Pray for God’s plan to come to fruition and for comfort and peace for us until it arrives. We have been praying a long time, but we need prayer warriors to help us. Thanks Los.
I pray my clients will restore my faith and pay their invoices.
We are 2 weeks away from the arrival of our first child. We are believing for a quick and complication-free delivery. And i’m believing that Ken will remain on his feet the whole time! We also need wisdom in the area of money – that we make the wisest decisions when it comes to our money and where we need to purpose it (hospital bills, getting a new car, keeping the new antiques business rolling)
Thank you Los! Please pray that my husband uses his talent to rap. Not to conform to the music we hear everyday, secular and non secular. But to believe that being himself is enough.
I’ll try to keep this short: In 2008 the school bus I was driving was rear-ended. I resigned from bus driving at the end of that school year and had to have my neck fused in 2009 because of that accident. I have work restrictions so I can’t do what I originally studied to do so I went back to school. I graduated in 2011 and couldn’t find a job because employers wanted someone with a B.A. Now I’m back in school and finally found one very part-time job. I need another job soon or I won’t be able to start the next quarter of school in October.
My husband and I are both out of work. We just got approved for a government program that will pay your house payment for up to 9 months, but only if you’re on unemployment, which just ran out. A job was just posted at the Norco Air Force Base where my husband’s mom works. It would be a great fit for Jay (My husband). He’s applied, and several people are trying to get his resume on the top of the pile and are really pushing for the hiring people to really consider him. This would be so great if he could get this job. God has been amazing in this time, we’ve been able to pay all our bills since March, when we lost our jobs. He has been providing us with what we need just when we need it, which, while great and wonderful of the Lord to take care of us, giving us *just* our daily bread can be a little stressful. The Lord has taught us so much during this time, we’ve still been giving faithfully with what we have, and helping others as much as we can, we would so love to give more and help more.
The best part of our whole ordeal is that the Lord brought my husband back to Him!! Jay hadn’t been going to church for several years, and the day he came home and told me he quit his job (they were asking him to do illegal and immoral things), he said he wanted to start going to church again!! He’s been volunteering every week since Easter, and even got baptized 2 weeks ago!
We just really need some financial help. We have been living on the edge for so long, with just the essentials. We haven’t had any kind of medical checkups, and we both have minor things we should take care of, and we would like to start trying for children soon, but it would be irresponsible at the moment.
Correction: We just found out the job Jay applied for isn’t one where insiders can help him get it, but it is within his field of knowledge, so that’s good.
Also, his cousin’s stepmother is a head honcho at some big company, and Jay’s been invited to talk with her to see if they can fit him anywhere.
Basically just prayer for job opportunities and financial help.
Pray for an healing to occur so that I may exercise without getting migraines. Also for a surgical procedure I am going to have in the next few weeks.
Please pray for us and our son Eli. He is 3 months old and born with severe hydrocephalus and holoprosencephaly. His outlook is not good. Follow our blog at littlegibson.ibesmart.com
I am in the middle of another enrollment process for the 4th college I’ll be attending. Praying this is the end of the long college road I’ve traveled.
I also begin a 3 month Biggest Loser Competition in my town tomorrow- praying for strength,endurance, and success during this time. I’m 22 and need to reclaim my health now before it’s to late.
For my marriage and my friend Alana’s marriage. I also have struggled with anxiety for the past year and really need a breakthrough in that area of my life!!
Standing and praying with you for your marriages.
I just hit the 6 month mark of losing my dad to cancer…This month has been especially difficult, and anxiety/depression are pounding at my brain to get in.
Am a worship team member, artistic/choral director for YNS (young naperville singers) and involved in teaching junior high ministry at my awesome church… just found out I have a cyst inside my vocal cord. Need God to heal it or I will be facing surgery and serious recovery time—meaning silence (not easy!) Thanks much!
Please pray that I would trust God in any circumstance and any location. I’m currently a junior in college and I’ve never felt so alone. I need to trust that there is a reason I am here, even if I can’t see it right now.
I’ve been there. I get you. I am praying for you. Answers will come, they always do.
nearly two years ago the husband of a prominent committee chair at my church sexually assaulted me.
the pastor and the committee chair have known about it from nearly the day it happened.
last thursday i was asked to leave the church because it makes them “uncomfortable”.
when i came to that church i had a living and ebullient faith. now i don’t know anymore. i think i’m done with churches.
i wish i still believed. i miss how that felt.
i am bereft.
Well this last week or so has been hell!
My husband’s grandfather died a week and a half ago, and then our child got sick while we were in another state for the funeral and was rushed to the hospital the day of the funeral due to having a seizure from a high fever. Then my dad who I am estranged from b/c he is verbally and emotionally abusive was kicked out by my step mom for being verbally and emotionally abusive to her. He has still not returned. I then found out that my dad came to the hospital looking for us that day my child was admitted b/c he was told my Jesus that we had hurt her and that was why she had a seizure.
I need prayer for compassion for my dad b/c right now I am just pissed at him and don’t really even care to see him.
My baby is fine though. The virus is gone after 5 days of dealing with it and my husband and I are still grieving the loss of a great man, but are doing ok.
oh and I’m 6 months pregnant and poor baby has been feeling all of this stress that her momma is under.
For my husband’s healing and complete and swift restoration of our marriage, and restoration of all of the relationships that have suffered in the midst of this. I’ve been holding onto hope and faith in believing that God wants me to stand by His side, and by my husband’s side for a year now, and it’s been one hell of a year. Pray for me to be able to forgive all involved, and to truly run this race (feels like a warrior marathon) set before me with faith and hope, putting God first and continuing to love and stand for my husband. And for direction in the coming months as I have to whether God wants me to move near him or back to my family and for employment, etc. OR – that God would provide a job for him here, and that he would miraculously come home in time for this big event at church that I desperately want him to be here for. Basically just miracles for me and my beloved.
A friend, ex-boss even told me all about how I didn’t deserve what I had because I don’t have a college degree yet after I finished an internship and got a job. I saw him tonight, at an event with a bunch of friends, for the first time since he said everything about not having college degree and he wouldn’t come close enough to talk to me. I love this person like a brother and look up to him sort of like a mentor, but that felt like a semi hitting me head on. Still can’t believe he said it.
Thank you, Carlos.
Liz, I’ve had similar experiences and things said to me because I don’t have a college degree and I’m in the job I’m in. Praying that Jesus would heal your hurt and give you the strength do push forward. You are obviously an intelligent woman with a strong work ethic! Keep your head high. You’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.
I will also pray that God would open the door for you to tell this person how you feel and for reconciliation to happen.
Carlos, that’s rad…thank you!
Meeting tomorrow with a 70-something older fella who wants to get a handle on his porn habit.
Your prayers are appreciated!
Pray that I receive clarification on my God given purpose & that I actually do it. Fear & doubt has paralyzed me far too long! Also, that allow God to bring my family to me. Thank u Carlos & all praise to the Son, Jesus Christ!
Please pray for my son’s broken mind. He is 20 & was diagnosed with schizoaffective this past year. I am having to make impossibly hard decisions right now for the benefit of the rest of my family. I know these decisions are right, but as a mom, my heart is screaming. I pray that he will somehow come to give his heart to God & also that God will perform a miracle & heal his mind.
I will be praying for all the people who have posted here & for the Whittakers.
I just started a new job – tomorrow is day 2 – and I’m so scared I’m going to fail at it and be awful – if I keep this mindset up I WILL do just that. I need victory over the fear of fail.
finances. $20 has to last us over a week…and I haven’t bought school shoes for the kids yet! oh, and I suck at trusting God.
Traveling 3k miles in 5 days starting tomorrow to take a friend home to Oregon from Virginia as he is getting out of the Navy and headed back home to go to school.
I feel lost, and I can sense my heart hardening even more than what it already is. There’s no hope left, and it’s a terrible feeling. No question about it, I am an awful excuse for a human. Every church I’ve even stepped foot in has me fleeing before the service ends. I’m being tortured by demons of the past, and I can’t fake my way into Christianity. Every time I’ve tried connecting with a “Christian”, it ends badly because I can’t seem to pull my act together. And every time I’ve talked with God, I get complete silence. I’m at the end of my rope.
A prayer would be nice.
praying for you right now! may God grant you peace and comfort now. while i can’t say i’ve been in your exact situation because i’m not you, i’ve been in a similar one. praying that God will put people in your life that will show you his love and grace so intensely that you cannot possibly ignore Him. shoot me an email if you need to talk.
Dad has stage 4 cancer in his throat and lymph nodes…God is greater than cancer and he is healed please pray in agreement with me, and thanks for offering to do it
I’ve never really felt comfortable asking for prayer, but 3 separate times today I’ve thought about this blog post. So, here it goes. My husband is going to school FT (worship arts) while also working 45-55 hours a week which means he sleeps 4-5 hours a night at most. He is an amazing man, husband and father but he’s starting to get overwhelmed. I have been praying that God strengthens him through this time and that Micah (my hubby) is able to see the light at the end of the tunnel…..come on May 2013!!!! I’d be grateful it if you’d pray for him, too! We actually met you a few years ago after a concert. You spoke before the concert with Jeremy Camp and John Mark McMillan. My husband and I both commented on how authentic and inspiring you were. We’ve been following your blog ever since! And Micah made a music video for one of his classes to ‘We Will Dance’! Sorry ’bout being so long-winded.
Thanx bro. I’m in the middle of searching for a new assistant at work while trying to prep for our middle school retreat and youth pastor retreat and looking at my fall and being a bit overwhelmed. Thanx for praying!!
Pray for my family, my girl and my friends
Thanks for asking, Los. I feel lost. Life is swirling around me and I have lots of confusion about what is really TRUTH. I would really like some clarification from God as to what HIS Truth really is, even if it surprises me and people around me. I daily have an overwhelming, deep, unexplainable sadness and heaviness….I think it’s my longing to KNOW Him….He just seems to be just out of my reach….
I would also like wisdom to know how to answer my children’s questions about God, faith, etc…..
Good friends of mine are burying their daughter tomorrow morning. They took her to Children’t to have brain surgery to relieve her seizures, but instead, she ended up on Life Support and after prayer and fasting, the family had to make a hard decision. This has been really hard for our community.
Also, wisdom in how to support and encourage my husband as he seeks counsel on overcoming his addiction. I would like to walk this journey at his side, but it’s a struggle for him to let me in. Pray that our marriage would be protected.
Prayers for healing for my son! He is 8 and is a true gift from God! Since his conception, he’s been battling for a better life. We adopted him at 6 months and he has some pretty significant developmental and behavior challenges.
I pray for God to heal him (remove these road blocks) so he can enjoy life and be the best that God wants him to be. Prayers for me too to hear God’s whisper so I know his wishes for my son and how I can best help him.
Not for me, but for Mason, a kid I know who was injured in an ATV accident last week..
I’m bout to go for some Job interviews & my finish my final semester of college. I’d love some prayers for guidance and clarity if possible cheers
I’m angry at Christians who don’t seem to care. I want to NOT be judgmental. I want to be a Christian who loves everyone…but sometimes it’s hard. Please pray for me to be more like Jesus and love on those who don’t seem care.
What an exciting thing to be a part of! God is truly moving in miraculous ways and according to scripture in Daniel 9:21-23 “while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed…” Hang tight folks, the answer from the Lord is already on the WAY! I am trusting, believing and asking for prayer for my husband. He is an addict in need of salvation. Our God is ABLE!
Hey guys i just torn some muscles in my back :/ would appreciate some prayers for a fast healing
Need some clarity for personal relationships.
Been separated from my husband of over 25 yrs for over a year. He’s very angry at God. I was in full time ministry for 8 yrs stepped away 5 yrs ago but it took a grand toll on my family. Thank you so much, I’mbelieving for complete restoration in every area
I am in the process of moving, and I’m struggling to find the energy to push through today and finish. I had amazing family to help me the last two days, but today I’m on my own for most of the day. I am emotionally and physically exhausted, but it has to get done. I would love prayer for energy and focus. I am so thankful to be getting out of my mouse and roach infested apartment, but the moving process is so overwhelming.
I’m currently in student ministry but feel God pushing me towards young adult ministry or even church planting. Need prayer for just clarity and direction. I have been doing student ministry for almost 10 years and it’s crazy to think of changing. I am just trying to be faithful what God is leading me to do.
Could you lift up the Blands? They lost their 3 yo son to a rare brain ca yesterday. Heart breaking. TY!
We have a woman in our congregation who has been so faithful to our local body and serving. She is a wife, mother of 4 amazing kids, and an incredible friend. She was recently diagnosed with Grade 3 Brain Cancer, Anaplastic Astrocytoma, pretty crazy stuff. I believe in our God of Miracles, and I desire to be obedient to His will. Please join us in our prayer for my friend Jenn Rodeniser
Messy, messy stuff at church that has caused me a lot of pain and grief. Soul crushing stuff. Hubby wants to pull us out, I think God wants us to stay, because it’s not really about us, we’re the diversion from the real problem.
I’d like to sing again, and not feel like crying whenever I walk into church.
I pray that my life would be a life that glorifies God.
Discovery Church in Greenville, NC is moving to two services in a couple of weeks. We’d appreciate your prayers Ragamuffins!
I have a serious dislike for asking for anything for me. I know that no matter my situation, someone has it worse than I do. I have always been the strong one, the one there for everyone, the one who puts me aside and makes sure the people I love and care about know they are loved and are getting what they need. Since my grandmother passed in 2002, I’ve been blessed with taking over the role of being the rock in my family and while I’m so proud to be able to do that, sometimes I don’t know that I have the strength to face today. I’ve lost myself, I’m having trouble just smiling, my relationships seem to be falling apart, particularly those where I’m not able to continue to just give right now. I’m losing hope. I hate to be selfish and ask for anything for me, but “rock bottom hurts when you hit it” and I need to feel like someone cares about and appreciates me.
Thank you for the opportunity to vent and for taking the time to care about others Los. We’ve talked before and some days, reading this blog and listening to music are the only things that give me the strength to even face that day. Thank you for praying for me. As always, your family is in my thoughts and prayers as well and I always look forward to potentially running into you at Buckhead again. All the best.
I feel so selfish for asking for anything after reading the prayer requests. I will be praying for all of you…
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
My husband and I need direction. We have been in such a dry season and we need God to show up in our lives, in our business, in our finances. This has been my prayer for a year now. We don’t have many people we can turn to anymore and it’s hard to share our hearts with anyone. We have been hurt, back stabbed, the topic of conversation, former worship leaders who have been so hurt. We’re sinners, we’re hurting, we don’t know which way is up anymore. Please pray for us.
I could certainly use some prayers… I have been in a very bad work environment for the past 17 months. I am not respected as an employee or as an individual and it’s very difficult to come to work and WANT to work. I have had several interviews and most have been disappointments and fallen through. I did have an interview on Tuesday that I feel went very well. So here’s my request: pray that God’s will be done in my life and in my work situation. If the last job opportunity falls through as well, pray that I will be content with where I am and what I am currently doing, that I would work for God and not for a boss that is hard to work with/for. Pray that I can be a light in a dark place.
Part two of my requests is that I would be the husband my wife needs to lead our family. That my time spent with my family is the best part of my day, not another “job” that I have to do. That I can support them as the spiritual leader and as a father/husband. That I can get into the Word daily and find strength in the Lord.
I appreciate all the prayers we get! Thanks guys!
Been debating since this post went up whether to do this or not, I don’t normally ask for prayer but here goes…
I am currently following God into situations I know he has brought me into. They are all much bigger than me but I know He will be faithful and bring me through them and do what I can’t do for myself.
I am having to rely heavily on his strength and promises and would like prayer that I would see him act as I step out in faith and that he would intervene in a situation I cannot control
Thanks, I love your blog too!
i went back and forth as whether or not to post any of this… but i couldn’t stop thinking about it. so here i am.
personally… i’m a mess.
please pray for my family. i live with my parents (embarrassing as a 28 year old, i know. i can’t afford anything else though.) who are both nearly 60. my dad was unjustly fired 11 months ago and has still been unable to find work. my mom is a retired teacher. she had to retire due to some medical issues and such. dad’s been able to get unemployment, but that’s going to end soon. i’ve been the only guaranteed income this entire time and it’s been pretty stressful. i work two jobs and i’m getting close to the end of my rope. we’re making a lot of changes at the church i work at, so that’s bringing some more stress into things. i feel like there is SO MUCH resting on my shoulders. i feel like i can make one wrong choice and everything is going to fall apart. i KNOW God is taking care of us, but i’m still having issues trusting and resting in Him. i don’t know how much longer i can work six (sometimes seven) days a week. i don’t know how much longer i can do all of this. i feel stuck and completely trapped with nowhere to go and no end in sight. i’m scared of failing even more than i already have. i’m scared of letting my parents down. i’m scared that i can’t do anything more to help them.
sorry for the lengthy. God’s working… i’m just having a really hard time with a lot right now.
Pray for struggles with online porn.
Please pray for safe traveling, I am moving to Texas from Florida next week. Also, please pray for my mom that she will be able to find a job while I am gone. Thank you so much!
Life is just overwhelming. Satan’s lies are winning. Sometimes I just want to give up. I work in ministry, btw.
I can truly empathize…I am in ministry, too and his lies are overwhelming to me also…but don’t give up. God is with us and He has promised He will never leave. He will guide and walk you through each step. God has already won! satan has no power here. Blessings to you~
Like John i feel silly asking for prayer when so many people are struggling so much worse than i am. But as I will pray for all of these maybe someone can lift my requests up as well. That i can be the man,husband, father etc. That God is calling me to be. Our church plant that launched last April is doing great, but we are praying to reach our community in a big way. We have a very high teen pregnancy rating and the same for drug use as well. We just want to be a light in the darkness that ravages our area, and show people what Christ’s love is all about.
Pray for giving music ministry and recording another shot. My first demo didn’t come out as great as I hoped it can be and I want to try again. Also to enjoy the process the .
Also pray for songs and creative juices to come as I write for the church and my own journey. Hard work.
I don’t know if you are going to check back on here, but thought I’d pass some info along just in case. My brother-in-law does some music production in his home just outside of Memphis, TN. He used to be in a heavy metal Christian group called Few Left Standing and does the production thing on the side, because well music is like air for him! Anyway, check him out at Burnt Unit Recording Studio. He may be able to clean up your demo or give you some pointers. Good luck and prayers for you man!
OK so I know I’m late, but still in need of prayer. Lost my job last week because of some political BS in the office (through no fault of my own – for serious). Also, yesterday my landlord told me that “Oh, by the way, we’re listing the house for sale in the next two months or so. You can move in with your boyfriend, right?”
Ack, prayer required.
I am a missionary in China and have been here for 3 years. The place where our group has been meeting on Sundays is no longer going to let us gather there after this Sunday, so please pray that God will open a door to the best place for us to be, and our group can stay together.
Also, I will be leaving China at the end of this year…as God is opening the doors for me into SE Asia, but I am not completely sure where yet…though I already have plans in Cambodia and Thailand next year, but am not sure where I will end up full time, and am trying to become more of a self-supported missionary. I want to continue to be open to His will and plan…not my own. However, some of that is being attacked through a previous relationship, and satan is doing all he can to deter me from what God is calling me to…in fact he has really been on the attack over the last year. I have had a hard time fighting this, but I know our God is greater and trust in His leading. I just need an extra measure of His peace, strength, and wisdom to know what to do and where to go next…
Thanks so much for this opportunity and for allowing us to gather together before His throne to lift up all of these requests. May our Father bless you all!
I decided to follow suit with you Los, I even wrote a blog about this idea– and took a picture of my current prayer list, I did my best to include and update every name from this post… praying for each and everyone of you. http://musicalmindset-realnoimitation.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-power-of-prayer.html
I dont know if anyone will even see this but I need major prayer. I have been having an affair for the past few months and I want out but its so addicting, I love the rush of it. My husband knows now and has forgiven me but I still have this huge desire to continue it. I feel such guilt too. Any words of wisdom?
Wanted you to know people HAVE seen this.
I am praying for you.
My husband did the same thing you are doing.
We actually are currently separated. I forgave him but his will to fight for our marriage was not there.
I encourage you to completely yield to Christ. I encourage you to get into counseling with your husband. Christ CAN restore this if you desire it. I believe in you!!! Lifting you up!!
On vacation last week, Hubby and I had the chance to visit with a couple we knew in college, whom we consider to be very dear friends, even though miles and years have separated us.
We saw them a year and a half ago for the first time since college…at the funeral of their infant son, who had lived a scant 21 days after being born at not quite 24 weeks.
They are hurting still.
Their marriage, frankly, took a hell of a hit with their son’s death. They’re in counseling, but I also know…it’s hard to rebuild when things come crashing down so hard. They have a seven-year-old son, as well.
They’ve turned the hardest corners, I think, but I know they miss their youngest son terribly still. I don’t know that that will ever go away.
My heart breaks for them.
I want them to feel, really feel, the love of God again, the way they felt it when their son was in the NICU, fighting for his life, and people around the world gathered to lift him and his family in prayer.
I’ve been unemployed for six months… God shows me leads and opportunities and then takes them away. I feel (key word: feel) like He is playing nasty jokes on me and I’m loosing my trust and faith in Him. My mental health is suffering so. Being single I don’t have anyone to share this with. Family and friends are nice but they do not have a vested interest because their lives are not affected.
I ask for prayers for continued patience and some sign of hope.
I’m late to the game and my prayer request seems petty in comparison to most others here but here goes anyway.
My husband has been working nights for over 5 yrs, right after our oldest was born, and he needs to get out of that environment because it’s just tearing him down. It’s a combination of the amount of time he’s been doing it and the people he works with. Anyway. He’s also in college full-time and we have three small children. He heard word from a classmate that her place of employment is hiring and it’s a job within his field that would be good for his resume (relevant work experience) so he went and dropped off his resume. It would be 20 hrs a week, which is 4 less than he works now, and only a couple dollars less. Plus he is doing a paid note-taking thing for one of his classes because they needed someone to take notes for some reason. So, long story short, if he got the new job, he’d be home at night AND he’s be doing something that would be beneficial to him after he gets out of school.
If you could pray with us that he gets it, as trivial as it seems, that’d be great.
Thus, man is such an antique work of art of Almighty God. He is a most subtle and graceful miracle of His power whom He created to manifest all his Names and their inscriptions, in the form of a miniature specimen of the universe. If the light of belief enters his being, all the meaningful inscriptions on him may be read. As one who believes, he reads them consciously, and through that relation, causes others to read them. That is to say, the dominical art in man becomes apparent through meanings like, “I am the creature and artefact of the All-Glorious Maker. I manifest His mercy and munificence.” That is, belief, which consists of being connected to the Maker, makes apparent all the works of art in man. Man’s value is in accordance with that dominical art and by virtue of being a mirror to the Eternally Besought One. In this respect insignificant man becomes God’s addressee and a guest of the Sustainer worthy of Paradise superior to all other creatures.
However, should unbelief, which consists of the severance of the relation, enter man’s being, then all those meaningful inscriptions of the Divine Names are plunged into darkness and become illegible. For if the Maker is forgotten, the spiritual aspects which look to Him will not be comprehended, they will be as though reversed. The majority of those meaningful sublime arts and elevated inscriptions will be hidden. The remainder, those that may be seen with the eye, will be attributed to lowly causes, nature, and chance, and will become utterly devoid of value. While they are all brilliant diamonds, they become dull pieces of glass. His importance looks only to his animal, physical being. And as we said, the aim and fruit of his physical being is only to pass a brief and partial life as the most impotent, needy, and grieving of animals. Then it decays and departs. See how unbelief destroys human nature, and transforms it from diamonds into coal.
It has been one year, one month, and twenty eight days since I last cut myself. Recently the feeling of emptiness has consumed me once again. After graduating high-school, all of my friends have left the state for college and I feel isolated. Depression is threatening to take over and the temptation to cut is stronger than it has been in months. Please pray that the Lord will fill me.
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