Sunday Inspiration. Sunday Prayer.

by Editor on November 25, 2012

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life– your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering.

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

– The Message, Romans 12

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So, today, on this Sunday, how can our community pray for you? Leave a comment with a prayer request, and we’ll intentionally lift you up this week. If you would, read the prayer request from the person who commented right above yours. Either pray for them on your own, or write them a short prayer in the comment that you leave. This is a practical way we can all offer spiritual encouragement to each other, even, literally, separated by the continents.

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  • This is Laura. I’m in Colorado now. I think for this week, I need prayer to ABIDE. I feel scattered, like I am running in a million different directions, and I need to slow down, to seek the Spirit’s guidance on what people/projects to pursue instead of just charging ahead in a panic.

    I also need prayer to figure out our insurance. We have a potential medical need and travel insurance is about to run out so we need PEACE and provision with what to pursue in that this week. The stress of it sent me into near panic yesterday when my eyes were totally NOT fixed UP but around.

    • Lord, I want to lift my friend Laura before Your throne right now. Collect her thoughts, give her direction and a sense of Your purpose instead of scattered feelings and inefficient running every which way. Help her to be intentional, deliberate, spending time in Your presence, seeking Your guidance, waiting until she knows Your direction and then following You. I specifically want to pray for their insurance situation. Calm her heart, bring peace to her mind, help her to trust You in this particular circumstance. Please let Your hand be evident in these circumstances as You point out your provision. Thank You that You hear, You answer, You care about those things that scare, worry, intimidate and frustrate us.

      Will keep you in prayer this week, Laura.

      • Thanks so very much, Richelle.

        Your prayer does mean a lot.

        Praying for you and your team as well. For peace, calm. That you as a mom would have eyes to see the hearts and needs of your kids, despite the crazy schedule and demands. I’ll also pray for direction and for health, for each of your precious family.

        Lots of love from here to there,
        Laura

  • We’d appreciate prayer as our regional coordinators are in W Africa these next few weeks and there’s lots of business to discuss, take care of – and that on top of all our regular responsibilities. Additionally, we’ve had some sort of bug hanging around for over a month. Everyone seems to be getting better and then it comes back with a vengeance. A complete night’s sleep would be really, really nice!

    • Lord, I ask your love and mercy to surround Richelle and her family. Give her peace and clarity of mind in her upcoming meeting and discussions. Bless her time and make it clear what she should be doing in each moment to balance all the ways she is called to serve you this week. Give her, sweet Lord, moments to sit at your feet and her your voice. Lord, restore her family to full health and clear their home of whatever it is that is causing them difficulties. Wrap, oh Lord, these your servants in your healing grace and constant peace and give Richelle all the spiritual, emotional and physical gifts she needs to persevere in your name.

      • Thank you, Colleen. I appreciate those prayers. We did just find out our littlest one has malaria and a significant respiratory infection… so we’d appreciate continued prayers, if you think of it or happen to check back.

        • Richelle, Just checking back in tonight and stepping up my prayers for your family and especially your little one. I will seek some quiet time alone at church in the morning to put your needs before the Lord.

          • Me, too, Richelle– so sorry for your little one battling malaria. Shoot. Just, shoot.

        • Thanks for praying. We really appreciate it. She’s doing much better today, responding well to medications – hopefully this continues. The doctor is also concerned about TB…

    • yikes. prayers said.

  • I feel a little all over the map too. We have a lot going on ministry wise, a lot going on as we reach the end of the school year for our kids, some decisions to make regarding a trip and time at home early next year, and today we have found out that the Church will be making huge changes to the team of priests we work with here by the end of the year, which in some ways is good news, but it is an awful lot to think through all at once. And it has been raining all day every day for twelve days now. It makes our already difficult outreach to remote communities more difficult, and this mama to five boys is starting to feel a little whacko. Not to mention everyone is getting sick. I just need to remember to seek God first and let the rest be what it is.

  • Liz K

    We could use prayer for finding a church that fits our family. We moved back to Costa Rica about 6 weeks ago and our ministry isn’t connected to one particular church. We have tried a few, but are sorta at a loss on what to do. And it’s just draining to work through all the Spanish and helping the kids in a new place each Sunday. We need a “home” and soon! 🙂 Thanks!

    • AnneJisca

      Lord Jesus, you know the importance of a church family. I pray that you bless this family with knowing which church you want them to be part of. Give them wisdom, even through the language barrier, to know where You would have them be. Give resilience to the children as they are in many new places and a new language. Bless them with church friends, a home family, and a smooth transition time. Thank you Jesus, for calling them to minister in Costa Rica. Bless their work, time, and family as they serve You there! Amen.

  • Prayed for each of you, beautiful way to connect with strangers. Would appreciate yours as well: my two oldest kids are home this month from boarding school. Am asking for sweet conversations, honesty and depth, lots of laughter, strengthening of family ties and building memories.

    • Thanks, Rachel!

      I work at a boarding/day school for expat kids – it will be easy to remember to pray for this over the next several weeks.

  • AnneJisca

    My husband and I, and two boys (4 and 1), are moving this week. Leaving our home of many years, our church, our “comfort zone” and beginning the journey towards mission work in Africa. We’re starting language school in January, for a year before heading to Africa. We would appreciate your prayers as we are new to this, and saying a lot of goodbyes!

    • Adele Booysen

      AnneJisca, I pray for God to be your peace as well as your comfort zone through these times of transition. Also praying for patience and understanding as you work toward acquiring a new language.

  • Adele Booysen

    I’m traveling around Indonesia this week, facilitating meetings with students and staff in the program I work with. Praising God for focus in all the meetings so far–being able to connect well with the students. I’d appreciate the same for the rest of the week, as well as for clear cross-cultural communication to happen at a training event on Thursday and Friday.

  • Hi, I am grace. I am getting ready to move to Indonesia in about a month and a half, and the enemy is using anything and everything to discourage me. Also my financial support has been slow and I only have about 6 more weeks. Also keeping faithful in the day to day. And finally for my future ministry with students in Jakarta!

  • I’ve got some kind of tropical fever. Higher fever of 102, soar throat, and joints ache. Prayers for a better day tomorrow.

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