Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How Can I Pray For You Today?



It's the last question I ask a client at the end of a counseling session.

It's today's post for those who gather at this online community.

It's the text to my loved ones this morning.

How can I pray for you today? 








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offering the question @ Holley's & Brenda's

38 comments:

  1. Please pray for my husband. He had a hemorrhagic stroke the day after Christmas. God has answered prayers in amazing ways for us during this time.
    Kathryn

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    1. Dear Lord, please bless Kathryn's husband with Your healing touch ... and give her peace, grace, and strength in the process.

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  2. What a gift you offer so many, Linda! How can you pray for me? I've asked my prayer partners--one of which is Gary--to pray that I would not focus on the things I don't have, and to also pray that my heart would constantly well up with gratefulness to God for the things and people I do have. Hugs to you!

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    1. Oh Lord, You hear the cry of Your precious daughter. May Your Spirit cause her to reflect on all the blessings You've lavished on her ... and may her heart continually well up in praise for Your provision and grace.

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  3. Thank you for this gift, Linda! If you would, pray that I can be the strength others need to see.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/01/your-dying-spouse-260-family-matters.html

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    1. God, I pray Joshua 1:9 over my brother from afar - 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.'

      And please grant him peace in the process.

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  4. What a beautiful way to end any conversation, whether with a client and/or a friend. Thanks for asking this and sending these requests upward to our Father. My request would be to let go of worrying about situations out of my control, and just accept whatever the Father wishes to do (or not do).

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    1. Oh God, it's so hard for us to relinquish control of the wheel. Please help Lisa as she releases worry and reaches for acceptance of Your will. And as Your plans unfurl, may she praise You with great joy and relief.

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  5. Linda, it's such a blessing to others when someone cares to pray for them. Thanks for being that blessing! After a year of mostly inner work, I am stepping out in action again. To do this I've really had to control my thinking, taking thoughts captive to Christ. I pray to stay focused on God's truth, beating away any games the enemy may try to play to stop my work for Him.

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    1. Lord, how exciting that Lynn is stepping out in faith! Continue to keep her laser focused on Your voice, Your lead. We bid the enemy of her soul far far away. May she be delighted and fulfilled in her work for You.

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  6. How sweet of you, Linda, to offer to pray! Please pray for my church as we will be seeking a new bi-vocational Pastor. We are an independent church so we have few resources for a pastor search, EXCEPT we have a great big God!

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    1. Dear Father, what a relief to know that You hold every good and perfect gift in Your hands and You long to share these graces with Your children. We ask that even right now You'd be preparing the pastor You've chosen for Jerralea's church and that in Your perfect will and timing, You'd bring them together in a way that would surprise and delight.

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    2. Thank you, sweet friend! I believe He is going to do just that!

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    3. Amen! Please keep me posted, OK?! He is able ...

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  7. Thank you, Linda! My prayer request would be that I would learn to recognise God's voice better and focus on what he is saying instead of being distracted by other things.
    And how can I pray for you? I would love to return the favour!

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    1. Oh God, so much clamors and grabs for our attention. But we really yearn to hear from You. Help us to say 'no' to all that clouds our vision of who You are or blocks our hearing to Your sometimes still, small voice. Bless Lesley with Your sacred presence, in Jesus' name.

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  8. How kind you are, always. Please know that I pray for you as well!

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    1. I lift my friend to You this evening, Lord. May she experience Your love in fresh ways, even as we speak. Thank You ...

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  9. My son lost his job last summer - through no fault of his own, apparently - a downsizing etc. He found another job but it has no benefits and pay is way less than what he needs for his growing family of four boys. He has been interviewing and has some hopeful possibilities. He wants to stay in "religious" non-profits, but they are notoriously low in their compensation. He is at a place where we think something has to happen soon. (i know, God knows) I have had to entrust him to Jesus each day to work on his behalf. He is a good man, a hard worker and I love his heart. Please trust Jesus with me today. thank you.

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    1. Oh Lord, you know the need Carol's son has to support his family and his desire to serve in a non-profit. We ask that You would intervene in this situation, that You would open doors that traditionally would be locked, and that Carol would be at peace as she watches and intercedes from the sidelines. For Jesus' sake.

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  10. Hi Linda! I think counseling relationships can only be stronger when prayer is involved.
    Please pray for my continued healing for my back and shoulder. I'm winding down PT now, but still not healed. It's frustrating and uncomfortable too. I'd love you to pray for me.
    Thank you for your generosity!
    Ceil

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    1. Oh Great Physician, would You in Your great compassion touch Your dear daughter's back and shoulder. In her discomfort and frustration, I ask that You would minister grace and calmness to her soul as well. May she look back on this season and find that she experienced Your presence in a unique way. Thank You, oh Healer of our souls ...

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  11. What a gift, Linda. My request is for my mothering, that I would not lose heart, that I would stay focused during these wonderful but tumultuous teen years.

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    1. Dear Lord, mothering is not for the faint of heart. Our culture preys on our children, attempting to woo them to the ways of the world. Give Michele huge helpings of discernment, energy, and humor as she walks through these years of challenge and opportunity. May she look back and find that the rewards were many. In Jesus' name.

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  12. What a privilege to pray for one another! I love the idea of your community online prayer. I have read through the comments, and will be praying for these needs! The Lord knows just what we need.

    If you could pray that the Lord will not remove the difficulties from my life, but instead use them to purify my heart, and make me more like Him. 1 Pet. 1:7

    Blessings and hugs to you dear friend, appreciate your love and concern for all these precious people who make up this amazing online community!

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    1. Lord, I lift up my Idahoian friend this afternoon, so very blessed that she's seeking purity and Christlikeness and not simply freedom from difficulties. Please bless her in extraordinary ways because she yearns to be like Jesus, in whose name we pray.

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  13. <3 Love this. And, love your heart. Thanks for mentoring such grace. I'd love prayer for my children. B, T and G. Thank you, Linda. Please let me know how I can pray for you. ((hug))

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    1. For B, T, and G I pray, Father. Their lovin' mama lifts them up to You, the One who loves them best of all. Would You meet their needs, would You please pull them closer to Yourself even today, for Jesus sake.

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  14. Linda, you are a treasure. Would you pray for my dad. He needs Jesus. Thanks xo :)

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    1. Oh Holy Spirit, please do a powerful work in Lyli's dad's heart. Please unleash your strong yet loving conviction so that he will choose to give himself to You. And as You do so, please minister peace and grace to Lyli's heart as she waits, hopes, and prays.

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  15. Linda,
    What a gracious gift. Please pray for my dad, who is in hospice, and for my mom as she cares for him. She has some help, thankfully, but it is hard for both of them. For God's comfort and peace. Thanks! I pray God blesses you in the ways you need to be blessed, my friend :-)

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    1. Dear Lord, please come down and offer comfort, solace, and the peace that passes all understanding to Dolly and her parents during this most difficult season of life. Even in her dad's final days, may there be sweet words spoken and uplifting memories made that will linger long. For Jesus' sake.

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  16. What a blessing to open this up today. Pray for me as I continue to walk this road of grief and understand a new normal. I am trying to give myself grace and sit in the middle of the grief when I need to. Sending you hugs Linda!

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    1. I am grateful, Lord, that You continue to walk with Mary during this season of grief. May she find Your grace and mercy to be hers at every corner, may she allow herself to be where she is, knowing that You, the Divine Comforter, are very much present and will continue to carry her forward.

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  17. I pray for more inspiration so I can keep doing what I love. And an abundant year as I'm buying my own house this year. :D

    Thanks, Linda. You're an amazing woman.

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    1. God, how exciting that You're providing Lux her very own home! Thank You for this delightful gift. And in those 4 walls, may she find rest and warmth so that she may continue to create and inspire those You send onto her path.

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  18. Thank you Linda for your wonderful gift of prayer. I have very limited financial resources but in obedience to pray for others, I see the power of that walk with God. It is His heart we seek when in prayer we stand in for those we are called to pray for. King David prayed as we see in the Psalms for he was blessed to seek the heart of God. What a treasure!

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    1. I can't help but think that some of our best prayer warriors do so out of very limited resources in one way or another.

      But when they knock on heaven's door on behalf of others? God is mighty pleased to answer.

      I'm glad you're here, Corena.

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda