Oct 2, 2007

Prayers for Fasting

Specific Prayers for Fasting on Wednesday:
That Ian would be encouraged and motivated to keep working hard. We know that he can do the majority of the things that we ask him to do, he just needs to want to do it. Pray that God would continue to give him the desire to work to come back to us. God has obviously given Him much grace and much encouragement, or else Ian would've given up a long time ago. Pray that Ian continues to receive that grace and encouragement.

Thank you, as always....



Sara said...

Thanks for being faithful to post prayer requests.

It is God's grace that has kept Ian alive and healthy as he and everyone are waiting for full healing from the Great Physician.

On Paul Tripp's blog, two recent items he wrote come to mind and I hope they will encourage you and point you to God.

Item #1
When your hope is in the Lord, when you're getting your inner sense of well-being and security from him, when he's the reason you continue even when things are hard, then you're building your life on something that's reliable and sure. When you're waiting on the Lord, you've placed your hope in One who's the ultimate source of everything that's wise, good and true. When you wait for the Lord, you're placing your safety in the hands of One whose power is unmeasurable. When you wait for the Lord, you're getting your comfort from One whose love is boundless. When you wait for the Lord, you can be secure in the reality that he rules over all things. When you wait for the Lord, you can live with confidence because you know that every one of his promises is true. When you wait for the Lord, you can be hopeful even in weakness because you know that his grace is sufficient.

Item #2
Waiting on God isn't about the suspension of meaning and purpose. It's part of the meaning and purpose that God has brought into my life. Waiting on God isn't to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan. Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn't simply about what I'll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I'll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what he's promised. Through the wait he's changing me. By means of the wait he's altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait he's causing me to see and experience new things about him and his kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in his redemptive hands.

Waiting on God is restorative. It's one of the tools God uses to remake us into what we were designed to be in the beginning. Yet, I don't like to wait and I still struggle to wait well. How about you? The next time God calls you wait, don't let your mind go to the dentist's office. Picture in your mind the nimble and skilled fingers of a potter, who's putting pressure on the clay right where it's needed, so that it will take on the beauty that is it's potential. And with this picture in mind, give thanks for the very moment that would have once have driven you crazy.

Sara Rankin
Crossway Church of Lancaster

Lorelei Danielle said...

Continually Praying...

Anonymous said...

"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." John 14:13-14
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23-24
I Thought these scriptures will encourage you prayer warriors to continue to put your faith in He who will answer our prayers as He promised.
Chad Tumino
Covenant of Grace Church, Akron, Ohio

Sage said...

"The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever." (Psalm 23)
...God is Sovereign, He will never leave us nor forsake, put on the full armor of God and put on the garmet of Praise-In Jesus Christ name. -BK, NY

Anonymous said...

Dear Ian and his sweet friends and family:

I was reading the entries from the past month, and the Lord brought an old familiar hymn to mind. It was one of my favorites when I was a young girl - I'm not sure why, but I hope it encourages you all.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

I know that at times you are truly in "a weary land". I just want you to know I am praying for you.

God is using you all to bless so many of us, and He is good. Don't give up and don't despair. I am praying for Ian's full return to you.

Carrie Kasiguran (Kai's mom)

Anonymous said...

mj and jb are fasting,praying and believing.