28 Aug
2012
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Current Prayer List; My Heart’s Desires

God is glorified when prayer is answered and then proclaimed, so it is well worth the time to write down what has not yet been answered.  I write it here in case you feel led to pray for me and so that I can proclaim it later, when God answers, so that God can get even more glory.

– That this blog would be a tool used of God to point the redeemed toward a deeper dependence on Jesus by means of Scripture, prayer, and praise.  That God’s faithfulness would be clearly communicated to the redeemed that struggle with doubt. “Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8b  And that the ‘Begin‘ page would become a powerful force in the spreading of the gospel.  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19 & 20

– Daily praying for wisdom and strength for my husband (and I have been daily witnessing God’s hand upholding my dear man).  Praying that I would be a good wife: loving, kind, compassionate, submissive, and diligent.  “…admonish the young women to love their husbands…” Titus 2:4  Praying that I would know him enough to please him in ways he didn’t even realize he needed.  “But she who is married cares about the things of the world–how she may please [her] husband.” 1 Cr 7:34

– Praying that praise and prayer would be hallmarks of our home environment.  That strife and complaining would be swiftly confessed to the Lord.  That a stranger walking in for 20 minutes would leave refreshed because of the Spirit’s undeniable presence and our uncontainable joy for the Lord.  That my children and all who enter would feel the warmth of a loving and secure home, grounded in righteousness.  “The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.  My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places…” Isaiah 32:17&18

– Praying for faithfulness and wisdom in my calling to homeschool my youngest two, that homeschooling would be accomplished in reverence to God with chaste conversation, a quiet spirit, with great joy, patience, love and diligence.  I am praying for wisdom in prioritizing my to-do’s in submission to the Holy Spirit so that His to-do’s are my to-do’s, then peacefully letting go of what does not get done.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”  James 1:5&6

– Praying for faithfulness and wisdom in my calling to my older children who are currently in high school at a local private Christian school.  My son is a senior so I want to be faithful to ‘finish strong’.  I am praying that my daughter would feel my love for her, that I would encourage her with my words, especially encourage her love for the Lord.  Again, Titus 2:4 says: “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children”.  That’s a friendship ‘love’, a love they can feel.

– The salvation of beloved family members.  I am praying specifically that the Lord would put beautiful believers in their paths, people they can not deny liking because they shine with grace and genuine kindness.  Many of my loved ones have had bad experiences with ‘Christianity’ which left a sour witness for Jesus. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:16

– That the Lord would use me in the lives of the less fortunate, especially the oppressed in the Nuba Mountains of Northern Sudan.  Also that I would be more faithful in visiting my friend in the nursing home, for the glory of God. “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.” Psalms 10:18

– That the Lord would use me in the lives of the less fortunate here, especially those who have never heard the gospel.  Praying specifically that the Lord would provide a regular activity for my children that would involve unbelievers, such as a local library club, or a YMCA class, etc, so that we can invite kids we have met to our Wednesday night children’s church program.  Also that the Lord would give me courage and power to share the gospel with other moms at park playgrounds, on a regular basis.  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16a

– That our family would bless our church by the giving of our lives and our service.  That we would be on the look out for strangers and unbelievers to welcome into the fold, that we would serve faithfully and wholeheartedly, for the glory of God.  Also that the Lord would use my kitchen to spread love and good will to believers that are sick or burdened.  That my children would someday teach their children to do likewise.  “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Corin 12:14

– That I would be faithful in learning Egyptian Arabic while running on the treadmill, something the Lord called me to years ago.  And that I would be faithful in memorizing Scripture.  That the Lord would work something of a miracle to sink this knowledge into my head (something’s definitely not quite right with my memory, so I really depend on the Lord to cement what I learn into my leaky brain).  “It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.” Isa 19:20

 

So, what do you think?