Prayer Request – School

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Please pray for our two children as they are being homeschooled this semester.  Details below–
Before our change of plans, G & E were scheduled to return to their school for second semester.  Because we are staying in the States longer than expected we have decided to homeschool them this semester so that, we hope, they will be able to enter school at the beginning of the new year.
 
Home school can be a challenge under the best circumstances.  Add to that a healthy dose of instability and change–change of plans, moving to a new home, a pregnant mama and teacher, impending changes to the family, and more — and home school takes on a whole new challenge.  Please pray for all of us as we try to get into a good routine.  Thanks!

Prayer for Psalm 99

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Let them praise your great and awesome name.  Your name is holy!  Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness.  You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.  Exalt the LORD your God!  Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!  Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name.  They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them…O LORD our God, you answered them.  You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong.  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy!   ~Psalm 99:3-6,8-9

Lord, today I praise your great and awesome name.  You are holy!  You love justice and you are the foundation of  fairness.  Teach me, O God, to remember daily to bow before you, low at your feet; not that I might show of my bruised forehead for all to see (as many people here do) but that I might remember who I am in relation to who you are.  

Hear our prayer, O LORD, our call to you to save the people around us, to draw near to them and bless them with the gift of hope, peace, forgiveness and salvation.  Hear our prayer, O LORD, for our families and our friends.  Guard them and keep them in your strong hand.  We ask for your guidance and your assistance in helping us to be wise and loving parents.

Guard our hearts and our minds as we serve you.  Grant your blessing upon us and fill us with your Spirit daily as we follow the one you sent — Jesus, the Messiah for all people.

Prayer

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Do you every struggle with prayer?  I do.

Do you ever reach the end of a day and realize that you have yet to take a moment to pray?  I do, sometimes.

Why is prayer so hard?

Or maybe I’m the one that has become too hard, too busy, too distracted.

I want to pray and I need to pray…but I don’t pray.  Why?

I do pray.  All through the day I whisper quick prayers and I seek the Lord’s guidance and direction all without stopping to take a breath.   But those deep, intimate times of “fellowship in the Spirit” seem few and far between.

Why?

Edmond Sanganyado share on his blog “Grace Musing” that…

My guess is that they saw the link between Jesus’ extraordinary prayer life and His power, His teaching, His character, His whole person.

See the entire post here.  The people who followed Jesus saw that his life of power, his teaching, his character and everything he did was connected to his deep connection with the God that he referred to as “Father.”

What would my life look like if I had such a connection with God?

What might God work in and through me if I would stop and take the time to allow Him to speak to me, strengthen me and fill me with his Spirt?  What if I trusted him enough to trust that His strength was enough?

What would people see in me?

What would God do in me?

What would He do through me?

Prayer…

Hard places

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Ministry is hard no matter where you are.  I get that.

Yet, no one will argue that there are some places and ministry situations that are rightly called “hard.”  There are places where few people want to go.  Nineveh, for example.  There are lots of Nineveh’s in our world.  There are places where people, like Jonah, refuse to go even when they are called.  There are still Jonah’s in our world.  I used to be one.  There are many places where, despite great need, few people and resources are invested.

Hard places have some (or all) of the following characteristics:

  • Further away and more time zones from home
  • Weather challenges such as heat, earthquakes, pollution and more.
  • Safety and security concerns — crime, political instability, sexual abuse and more.
  • Children-related concerns such as a lack of schooling options, safety concerns and more.
  • Difficulty obtaining visas and necessary document for living in a country.
  • Unreached people and non-responsive people — progress is slow and fruit comes only through long-terms commitment and much patience.
  • Low budgets and great financial sacrifice.
  • Overwhelming needs

Hard places are hard.

Many are called but never go.

Many who go give up and come home.

Some work hard for years and see very little fruit.

Our American culture does not understand this — we go to great length and expense to gain increased ease of life.  We put our American citizenship above our heavenly citizenship and often decide that we can go where we want , do what we choose and nobody can tell us differently, even God.  We are a people quick to change plans, try something new, not follow through on plans and find a better, easier way.  Our goals center around “moving up”, financial gain and quick results.  No observable results means failure.

We aren’t all like this….but it’s what our culture tells us we ought to be like.
Unfortunately, this is also what we see in many churches.

Spending years in a hard place working among hard people in hard to endure situations is so anti-cultural…..and even in our churches people tend to think twice about giving to something that is not going to have immediate, observable and delicious fruit.

The end result it that these faithful workers tend to be forgotten.  They never receive Christmas gifts from the people they are serving and people at home are too busy to remember.  Special days throughout the year are spent alone.  Even in the best circumstances it can be lonely.  They wish they could speak and write freely about all that God is doing in their lives and ministry but they cannot, usually for security reasons.  They often feel as through they have fallen off the radar.

It’s hard.

These people and these places need much prayer.

Yet, the question remains — If I’m not willing to go, when why should I expect anyone else to go?

Prayer for Psalm 99

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Let them praise your great and awesome name.  Your name is holy!  Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness.  You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.  Exalt the LORD your God!  Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!  Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name.  They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them…O LORD our God, you answered them.  You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong.  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy!   ~Psalm 99:3-6,8-9

Lord, today I praise your great and awesome name.  You are holy!  You love justice and you are the foundation of  fairness.  Teach me, O God, to remember daily to bow before you, low at your feet; not that I might show of my bruised forehead for all to see (as many people here do) but that I might remember who I am in relation to who you are.  

Hear our prayer, O LORD, our call to you to save the people around us, to draw near to them and bless them with the gift of hope, peace, forgiveness and salvation.  Hear our prayer, O LORD, for our families and our friends.  Guard them and keep them in your strong hand.  We ask for your guidance and your assistance in helping us to be wise and loving parents.

Guard our hearts and our minds as we serve you.  Grant your blessing upon us and fill us with your Spirit daily as we follow the one you sent — Jesus, the Messiah for all people.

Prayer

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Do you every struggle with prayer?  I do.

Do you ever reach the end of a day and realize that you have yet to take a moment to pray?  I do, sometimes.

Why is prayer so hard?

Or maybe I’m the one that has become too hard, too busy, too distracted.

I want to pray and I need to pray…but I don’t pray.  Why?

I do pray.  All through the day I whisper quick prayers and I seek the Lord’s guidance and direction all without stopping to take a breath.   But those deep, intimate times of “fellowship in the Spirit” seem few and far between.

Why?

Edmond Sanganyado share on his blog “Grace Musing” that…

My guess is that they saw the link between Jesus’ extraordinary prayer life and His power, His teaching, His character, His whole person.

See the entire post here.  The people who followed Jesus saw that his life of power, his teaching, his character and everything he did was connected to his deep connection with the God that he referred to as “Father.”

What would my life look like if I had such a connection with God?

What might God work in and through me if I would stop and take the time to allow Him to speak to me, strengthen me and fill me with his Spirt?  What if I trusted him enough to trust that His strength was enough?

What would people see in me?

What would God do in me?

What would He do through me?

Prayer…