Let Us Pray (for each other)

by Amy Young on January 16, 2017

I have ideas for posts, but repeatedly I sensed from the Holy Spirit: Amy right now, today, A Life Overseas create a space to pray together. Information and thoughts will hold for another month. Just pray for each other. 

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How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you. (Psalm 31:19)

Maybe you are needing a dose of God’s good things. Maybe you are needing God as your refuge now in ways that you haven’t before. Maybe you are luxuriating in the abundance of good things right now.

How can we pray for you or praise with you in light of this verse?

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God,
and God in them. (1 John 4:16)

Maybe you have been flooded with God’s love for you recently. Maybe you know in your head God loves you, but it’s hard for your heart to rely on God’s love. Maybe you need prayer to “live in love” with teammates or local friends.

How can we pray for you or praise with you in light of this verse?

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Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:5-6)

Do you feel you commit to the Lord, but He doesn’t commit to you? Have you felt rewarded? Any areas you need holy vindication? This verse holds tremendous truth wrapped in God’s mysterious ways. 

How can we pray for you or praise with you in light of this verse?

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Though he slay me,
yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15 )

Are you found with Job, feeling like you are slayed yet holding on to trusting in God? Sometimes we are called to embrace our thorns. Are you being slayed? Maybe a better question is “how are you being slayed” now?

How can we pray for you or praise with you in light of this verse?

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In the comments share requests and areas we can rejoice with you — also know you are invited to share as much or as little as you’d like. Please come back as more prayers are added and pray for each other by either commenting “I prayed” or writing out a prayer. All forms are welcome! No pressure to pray like others, this isn’t about how we pray or words we use. It’s about praying for each other.

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P.S. Can you believe that Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service came out a year ago this week? In honor of the one year anniversary it is now available in audiobook and on sale until Friday for $5 (includes the workbook this week). You can read the back story here

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About Amy Young

Free resource to help you add tools to your tool box. When Amy Young first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at The Messy Middle. She also works extensively with Velvet Ashes as content creator and curator, book club host, and connection group coordinator. She writes books to help you. Amy is the author of Love, Amy: An Accidental Memoir Told in Newsletters from China and Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service. Looming Transitions also has two companion resources: 22 Activities for Families in Transitions and Looming Transitions Workbook. You can listen to it too.
  • Danielle GFM

    “Are you found with Job, feeling like you are slayed yet holding on to trusting in God?” YES!! “Though You Slay Me” by Shane & Shane has been the song on my heart lately. This has been a hard season, and yet I see the Lord’s wisdom and kindness in it. Still…I’m really yearning for a few ‘mountain top’ moments. …Still I will worship. I love the emphasis on prayer. Please pray for me and I would love to pray for any of you.

    • Oh God as we think of Danielle and others who are with her be they family, friends, teammates, local, whomever who may also be experiencing this hard season, we ask for a fresh sense of your presence today. That though what they are facing is hard, you have not forgotten or abandoned them. Father protect and fan the trust they have. And in your mercy, we ask for a mountain top moment this week. Keep her worshipping and reminded of who you are and how the act of worship reoriented and forms her. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen

      • Danielle GFM

        Thank you, Amy!

  • Jack Straw

    Quit my job to respond to a calling to full time gospel ministry. Spent the last 7 months in full-time support raising. Saw God’s goodness and providence first hand through all that. I head to the airport in just a few hours to start the journey to my assignment. Full of praise and excitement, fear and anxiety, but yet peace that this is what the Lord has called me to.

    On the precipice of the rest of my life (which is really every day, but this feels more weighty than most days) I’m looking at a lot of things with regret. Good byes left unsaid, Appreciation left unshown, coulda woulda shouldas of all sorts. While excited for this new chapter, I’m grieving the passing of the last one.

    Above all, I ask for prayers for dependence on the good shepherd and that I’d rejoice in the ways he leads me and the things he supplies me.

    • Danielle GFM

      Congratulations on the start to your journey! May you see the Lord with you in every step. “I’m grieving the passing of the last one.” <–That grieving is normal, and I would argue it is necessary. I pray tonight the Lord will fix your eyes on Him. These verses came to mind for you: Isaiah 43:18-19 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

      • I love hearing how the Spirit brings a scripture to mind as we pray for each other. Thank you for sharing Danielle.

    • Karen

      Praying!!

    • Dear God, Jack wrote this before he boarded a plane and will be reading this in his new home. As he asked, we pray for him to see your hand as his good shepherd the next few weeks of the initial transition phase to the field. As he continues to celebrate and grieve, remind him of how you have made him emotionally and relationally deep and the thoughts and feelings are ways he reflects being made in your image. And as you bring Jack to mind God, may we keep praying for him. And may these early days be filled with joy and excitement as he has “finally!” made it :). Amen!

  • Karen

    My husband and I are applying to a missions agency. Prayers for trust in God as we move forward! Also, I am witnessing to some Mormon friends. Prayers for God’s words in my heart would be much appreciated! ????

    • Dear God, we pray for Karen and her husband as they apply, raise support, and ultimately may be assigned to a location and ministry. Through this process, may you bring them closer to you, each other, and those who will support them throughout the entire process. God, if there are areas in their lives that need to be addressed now before they get to the field, we ask for courage and resources to do that (knowing that we all thought, “hey, this will be better on the field” — and pretty much all of us were wrong :). And for her friends who have been exposed to a shadow version of who you are, we ask that just as in the temple, the veil is torn and they truly see and know and worship you. We also ask for your word to be hidden and alive in Karen’s heart. Amen and amen.

  • Jennifer Shaw

    Thank you God for Amy and how she listens to you and how you have used her to speak to me and many of us I’m sure.
    Thank you for the verses she chose here to encourage us and direct our prayers.
    Thank you for her words about composting for fertile soil that You’ve been bringing to my mind again and again during my season of transition. Thank you for your goodness to me that I’ve seen so clearly in this time.

  • Ivanna

    I promised one of my girlfriends that I would pray for her every Thursday: Her marriage is toxic, and her husband tends to come home drunk on Thursdays and gets angry. I have always hoped she would give in to the love of Christ, but I’m praying for God to make himself real to her and her family ESPECIALLY on Thursdays… so that HE gets the glory.

  • Skye Shae Bonati

    I’m a missionary in Taiwan and I just returned after a 6-month stay in my home in Minnesota. I would appreciate prayer for wisdom in relationships and to be able to put God first this time around. Last time I did a better job of putting my loneliness first and I wasn’t a very good friend.

    Also there’s someone who fell for me pretty hard haha… Please pray for grace and mutual respect. Thank you so much!

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