Christian Prayer Thread for Winter - all welcome!

(516 Posts)
DontstepontheBaubles Sun 23-Dec-12 07:30:22

Roomforalittleone - That the house sale continues speedily and completes asap and that God would provide for them and help them make ends meet financially. For her sickness to ease in her pregnancy. And for her friend who has sadly lost a baby, who was sleeping.
BabyBeatrice- who has been diagnosed with cancer at only 14 months, Mum is a long term MNer who has name changed. Prayers that God would surround the family at this time and heal her DD.
Blackeyedsusan- for good health, for energy, for her two children as she struggles to get them support at School and for her Mum. For more support at Church and to not feel isolated or lonely.
Jan- For peace, for her DD to sleep better, for her to be able to put firm boundaries in place and that her H would reach acceptance and peace about the situation and learn to respect her, so they can reach a place of good co parenting. That God would help her as she begins to investigate divorce and proceed. And that the meeting goes well with her parents and in laws and that a line would be drawn in the sand.
MHD-for her body and lungs to recover from the pneumonia fully and completely and her lungs to strengthen, so that she doesn't relapse at all but enjoys this festive season with her family.
amberlight-For her family to recover from the norovirus and for peace and reconciliation with an old friend.
MrsRhettButler- for her friends Mum who is very ill in hospital with a 5% chance of survival and young children.
HaveALittleFaith -for her energy as she grows this baby.
Cloutiedumpling- that her DD settles into nursery for her return to work and adjusts to bottles/ cups.
LewisFan- Her Nan has passed away, prayers for her family.
CharlotteCollinsislost-Prayers for her as she makes big decisions about her future as she plans to separate.
Positiveattitude-for her DD over Christmas, as her Mum is so far away. For home sickness to ease with PA and DS. That her children back home get support from PA's old Church and the heating is fixed asap. And that the organisation trace the money and PA then has the funds she needs whilst they serve God out there.
Kaykat- Prayers for her in her difficult marriage, for protection, peace and for God to help her and surround her with people, so she can end things, have a safe home and for her DS.
LiftUpYourGingerHeadsOYeCurls-for her as she does her thesis, for energy, concentration, clarity, ability to see the connections as well as the bigger picture AND be able to express it in writing.
Dontsteponthemomeraths - Prayers especially for her lovely man (LM) as the court case heads to High Court, there have been so many delays but it should get there in January. That God would make a way, where there is no way, help him to afford the court fees and that he will finally have the closure; contact with his children and a maintenance agreement in place that is fair to him, his ex wife and to the children. For justice. It's 6 years since divorce due to her infidelity and it is so hard for him. The children and ex wife live in another Country and the legal system there is very different. Prayers that he has freedom from his past and doesn't live in it anymore but breaks free and moves forward in all God has for him.
And for my brother, that his thumb heals fully and that with the rehabilitation he regains movement and use and that his nerves and feelings across the top of his hand come back. The outlook is not positive currently.

If I've missed anything, please add it.

amberlight Thu 31-Jan-13 19:48:39

I'm very used to hate-stuff, unfortunately. There's a minority in the world who hate us and do everything they can to cause us difficulties. Bullies.

Praying for those struggling with ministry too.

Oh, Amber. Life isn't fair. Fortunately God is and He thinks you're worth dying for grin

MHD, I wish that we were pioneer-bound. We were part of the leadership team who gathered/led a missional community before we came to college. It is unbelievably hard work for so many reasons (including ignorance of some parts of the church) but I believe it is the most effective evangelism tool in our society today.

If anyone is interested, I read the most horrifying and eye-opening article in The Telegraph about the effect porn is having on our children. I had a bit of a God-inspired moment and I feel compelled to do something about it. I may be small but God is bigger than the porn industry. I'm praying about it and have been in contact with Danielle Strickland among others to try and get some advice/get the message spread about how porn is affecting our society. I know that this is a delicate subject but I strongly believe that it is time to normalise 'normal' sex within marriage instead of porn being seen as a normal part of society. I've got a thread in the In the News section about the Telegraph article if you fancy joining in.

cloutiedumpling Thu 31-Jan-13 21:44:11

PA - I'm sorry things are so difficult for you atm. Praying for the whole PA family. I know we are all spread out geographically and I know we are all praying for you and yours but is there anything practical we can do for your DDs here?

Praying for Room and MHD and those involved in ministry. Also for those in difficult relationships.

blackeyedsusan Fri 01-Feb-13 07:38:02

praying fo dd1 pa.

we had the meeting with the community childrens' dvice person yesterday re ds and asd. my hed is reeling. it feels like school is not working with me either.

jaynebxl Fri 01-Feb-13 07:49:22

What a fab thread. I've floated on MN for ages but only just discovered this. Praying now :-)

jann2013 Fri 01-Feb-13 09:23:49

Amber, thank you and the others for your kind words and i was actually thinking of you the other day, thinking i hadn't seen you for awhile and hoped you were ok... unbelievable that people would hate you, its a wonderful thing that God is at your right hand and he is your defender.

praying for mhd and those families in the ministry under attack that the Lord Jesus would cover every door and every person in his precious blood and protect them, give strength and grace and support. and a fresh new annointing of his spirit for each of us in whatever we are going through, to see with new eyes... my perspective just gets lost sometimes.

BES i hope you are ok

welcome jaynebxl its great you have discovered us its such a supportive thread

Flying by to ask for prayers of wisdom WRT house sale. Our solicitor seems to be doing a fab job and realises that we are being bullied in to things by the buyer. I feel confident now that we have the solicitor protecting us. We do need this sale to go ahead though...

blackeyedsusan Fri 01-Feb-13 21:48:10

got a killing tooth ache. again. help!

Dutchoma Fri 01-Feb-13 22:28:47

Clove oil? Camomile tea? Emergency dentits to morrow? Praying for some sleep at least in the night.

blackeyedsusan Fri 01-Feb-13 22:49:17

clove oil tomorrow. dentist on monday if not settled down. I get pain occasionally if something gets stuck deep between the teeth at the back where they are a bit too tight together. using the floss sent me through the roof though.

i am getting mum out of the home this weekend and need to go and sort out the house.

I get that BES. I put sensodyne on a tepe brush and push it between my teeth.

I saw the dentist this week myself. The joy of receding gums means I need another small filing sad

Welcome Jayne smile

Thank you for all your prayers for DD1 and my mum. We do feel this is all a spiritual attack, as you have said. The devil certainly knows my Achilles heel is my children and I always wish the attack was on me personally rather than to use an attack on them to get to me, IYSWIM.
Please continue to pray for DD1 and her future.

Prayers for the toothache to go quickly, BES.
For Jan and for Kaykat and their situations.
And also for everyone else on here - I just tried to name you all, but I know I would miss someone, so it is easier to say that I am praying for you all.

Teahouse Sat 02-Feb-13 14:36:52

Seems wrong to ask for prayers for me but I had a TVT fitted Monday and been on a catheter since. I am hoping to have it out tomorrow; very scared they will need to refit it...actually terrified would be more accurate.

Dutchoma Sat 02-Feb-13 15:11:49

Had to google TVT Teahouse, it sounds terrifying to me, let alone to you when you've had it done. Be assured of my prayers, let us know how it goes.

Kaykat Sun 03-Feb-13 08:47:52

Hi Jayne and Teahouse. Praying that the TVT is successful and everything goes well tomorrow. Praying for PAs DD1 and BESs toothache to go away. Also for Littleones house sale to go through smoothly and for those feeling under attack.

I am definitely going to get to chuch today. DS out with his dad for the day. Trying to choose between three local churches. I may know people at all of them and worried that if anyone asks how I am or even if a stranger asks to pray for me, that I will dissolve into a crumpled heap of crying. Please can you also pray that H doesn't spend the day critising me to DS, or if he does, that DS doesn't believe him.

jann2013 Sun 03-Feb-13 09:39:02

praying, please keep us updated PA on dd1

hope you enjoy church kaykat and you find something that suits.... its ok to cry sometimes and receive help but hope God brings the right help

please pray for my friend she lost her baby at 7 weeks last night sad sad

please also pray for me im just really not coping these days, going back to the docs next week as health going downhill as well need break through

waitingtobeamummy Sun 03-Feb-13 10:30:45

Hi all, i am sorry to jump on your thread, i posted this as a new thread on spirituality but i was told you lovely people might be able to help. i have just cut and pasted somapologies again if i am in thevwrong place.
I have been in the situation I am for the past 6months I think although it did happen gradually.
My mom is a devout catholic and my dad is an athuest. My moms family are very religious but I was allowed to form ny own opinions/didn't go to religious schools etc.
I grew up very spiritual, strong belief in god, not a strict religion as such but I believed in heaven etc.

Over the past 6 months though I feel my spirituality has gone. I'm infertile, having fertility treatment but nothings happening. My friend had twins through ivf and they both just died suddenly. My best friends husband has a terminal brain tumour. My dad is crippled.

I've had wobbles before but I cannot believe that a loving god would let this happy. I have explored the benevolent god theory, free will etc but I cannot believe in it.

I desperately want to have my faith back, I cannot see a life with no belief but I am struggling to be able too. Any ideas what I can do/read etc to help myself?

Tuo Sun 03-Feb-13 12:22:29

Hello all. Sorry for the long silence: have just been buried in work this week. I'd appreciate 'getting things done' prayers, as I'm really struggling with my workload at the moment. Nice to see some new faces while I've been away...

Waiting - I saw your other thread and am glad you have posted here. I am so sorry that you are in such a sad situation, and I wish I had words of wisdom that might help, but can only offer my prayers for your situation... I was going to pray that you find a way back to God, but I truly believe that He's with you even in these dark times, so I think that 'finding the way back' is probably the wrong metaphor - maybe it's more about finding ways of seeing Him even in your pain? I was agnostic for many years, and although I hadn't been through the difficult situations that you have, I do recognise very well that feeling of wanting to believe but feeling that the 'leap of faith' needed is just too great. You will be in my prayers.

Teahouse - praying that you managed to have the catheter removed and that you are doing OK. Come back and fill us in!

Jayne - Welcome.

PA - Praying for your DD1, for you and her to make the right decision about her immediate future, for her sake and for your peace of mind too.

Jan - I'm sorry that you are finding things so tough at the moment, and I pray that they take a turn for the better soon. Also praying for your poor friend - how dreadful. sad

Kay - Praying that you have a good church experience today. As Jan says, it's OK to cry - you've been through some terrible times - and no-one will judge you for that. Praying for your DS, too, that he have the confidence and discernment not to be swayed by anything that his dad may tell him, and to be secure in your love for him.

Room - Praying for your house sale to go through smoothly.

BES - Praying for an end to toothache.

Amber - Praying for you in that difficult situation - I'm so sorry that you have to deal with such nastiness.

Ginger - Thanking God for a potential solution to the thesis crisis and praying that you find the peace (in yourself and in your surroundings) that you need to study and write.

And continued prayers for health for MHD, for Bob, and for baby Beatrice. And prayers for all who need them, posters, lurkers and those known to us personally. (And apologies to anyone I've forgotten.)

Waitingtobeamummy there's a book by Philip Yancey called Where is God When it Hurts.

Also HTB runs a course in London for married couples going through bereavement and also unable to conceive/ have a baby. I'm not sure where you live but perhaps when you're stronger you can look into courses like that?

I certainly found the divorce course I went to helped; to be surrounded by people who understood what I was going through, were going through the same and had the same questions and I formed lasting friendships from it.

I know your situation is different but perhaps that would be helpful, to look into a course like that at a Church, so you can ask those tough questions in a safe environment with people who have been through the same x

Hi,

Waiting - Sometimes life just does not make any sense at all and I can see exactly why you are struggling so much now. I could not think of a single person that would not be struggling, so don't be hard on yourself. Prayers that God will hold you and let Himself been seen by you.

Oh dear, internet not good and keep cutting in and out, so I will not scroll anymore. I have read through and prayed. Thanks to TUO for your lovely posts, I find them very useful while my internet doesnt behave - i seem to get all the basic info I need for everyone, so thank you.

<can I tell you a secret? > I think DD1 is going to come and join us for a while here. <<<squeal>>> Just had a long chat with her and it looks like she will be coming over for 3 months before we head back together in the summer. Please pray with me that this time will refresh her, renew her and revitalise her, but above all I pray that being away from her friends and her life in the UK will give her an opportunity to seek God and find Him.
Lots to plan and sort out yet, but it definitely looks to be heading that way.

Tuo Sun 03-Feb-13 15:50:36

Sounds like an answer to prayer, PA. I'm pleased it looks as if this is going to work out for you and for DD1. smile

I know that once we get close to 500 posts it gets hard for some people to load the thread, so will start a new one in the next week or so when I get a moment. (It won't be today, though... [surveys pile of essays]!)

Don't worry TUO I'm sure one of us can start one, if people are having trouble loading it up. You're busy enough already x

MadHairDay Sun 03-Feb-13 19:54:54

That sounds good PA!

Just a quick hello here as haven't been on much over the weekend. Nice to be busy again.

My DMum and DDad were on Songs of Praise tonight talking about experience with angels (which they wrote a book about, partly) if anyone wants to IPlayer it! smile Bless em, they did do well.

cloutiedumpling Sun 03-Feb-13 20:27:17

Lurking and praying. Praying and lurking.

GingerCurl Sun 03-Feb-13 20:39:31

I've just watched it, MDH. They did really, really well and seem such lovely people. Actually, I found the whole programme really inspiring. The story about the figure in the car gave me goosebumps.

Anyway, came back from a lovely evening service a little while ago. The sermon really surprised me. It seemed to address something that I was not really aware that it had been troubling me and certainly not in the way it was presented in the sermon. I realise I'm not expressing myself very well, but I came away feeling very encouraged.

Giving thanks for answered prayers and praying for all those in need, whether physically, spiritually or mentally. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

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