Prayer & Praise/Praying Through The Pandemic

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  1. Em says:

    What a collection of Scripture! The continuity of the Book should not be overlooked. What a plan of Redemption! What a Redeemer! What a redemption! How sad to deny it.

  2. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Em…I love your rejoicing and your glorying in His redemptive plan..indeed, known by many as “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Who would’ve conceived of this tale? What human author could’ve ever envisaged such an astonishing plan? What human storyteller would’ve ever dreamt up such a fantastic narrative? Yet, as you say, Em, so sad to deny. 🙁 So sad because of the clear and obvious divine mind behind it all! Praise be to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, the humble King, the martyred servant, the wonderful GOD-MAN! My heart exults with you, dear sister!

  3. Em says:

    Thank you Mike… Happy we’re both rejoicing – God keep

  4. Sarah Wolfe says:

    Praying this morning for a renewed focus toward Easter. I have to be honest…Lent was a wash for me. I vacillated between just completely distracted, or completely overwhelmed. Not panicked…but burdened by the fear I heard in many friends and my imagination of those who are in terribly difficult situations at home.

    I know it has been ages since I have come in here to pray, so I hope I don’t offend any with just jumping in.

    So…

    Lord, help us. Help us not be overwhelmed by the flood of news coming to us each day this week. Help us instead to hear with wisdom and discernment, and with selectivity, that we can be informed but not distracted from the the significance of this week.

    Stir us, Lord, by your Holy Spirit. Stir our hearts in this time that we have pause, in this time that we have time…stir us to turn our faces toward You. Stir us to read and to listen and to be before You. Remind us of the reality of God with us, and of the deep world-changing reality of Easter.

    Stir us, Lord, by Your Holy Spirit…stir our faith and our hope. In a time of fear, of anxiety, of distraction, of real struggle and need…stir our faith. Remind us of the testimony of Your faithfulness in our past. Remind us of the moments when You have been present and we knew it. Remind us of Your promises…not that we will be immune to struggle, but that You will be present and You are working in this.

    Lord, have mercy. Have mercy on those who are locked in homes with those who wish evil upon them. Lord, protect them. Calm hearts that are angry and lash out. Do a work in their midst…draw those to You who do not know how to control themselves. Speak peace into households where there is chaos. Listen, Lord, to those who cry out to You in fear and in desperation. Move in our country. In our physical isolation…speak loudly. May this time not be wasted, and may there be genuine transformation.

    And, Lord, as we draw near to Easter, stir that desire for joy and worship. Stir that longing to shout with joy that our God has come, and that he has conquered death and the grave. Stir our longing to be among your people, and prepare us for that day when we can meet as congregations once again. May our worship come from our need and our hope.

    Be present, Lord. What a week this could be. Speak wisdom to the leaders all over our country and our world. Slow this virus, and give wisdom to those seeking cures. Speak wisdom to our spiritual leaders, especially as they prepare to lead us through this very unique Easter week. Draw their hearts to You in renewal. Give them clear words for their congregations. Give them the words of hope and of courage and of faith. Give them wisdom in how to minister and care for their people in this moment.

    Take this day, Lord, and be present with us. Thank You that we can come before You at any time. Thank You that You promise to hear us, that You bend Your ear toward us. Thank You that You give peace in time of trouble. Thank You that You are the Resurrected One. Hold this broken world in Your care today. Strengthen those in our health care, strengthen those who are trying to keep their employees employed in incredibly uncertain times. Be with us.

    In

  5. Sarah Wolfe says:

    I was going to say….

    In Your Holy Name! Amen!

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, thank you, Sarah…and amen and amen…

  7. Em says:

    Anf amen…. Again. 🙏

  8. dusty says:

    please remember in prayer

    Kelly -I have a real need to continue to see my counselor. In addition to the other reasons I see him for I have been having day long panic attacks that I hide behind a smile since my kids are schooling from home. I don’t know if video counseling is going to work out and that adds to the panic on top of the depression and PTSD-C symptoms. (Add to that not know if my husband will continue to have a job and health insurance to pay for counseling.) 2 – 4 months feels like forever to not have that support. Please pray for those of us that have mental illnesses that need that support to function in this insane world. I pray my kids never detect this anxiety and have the care free childhoods they deserve.

    Alissa-We just experienced this as well. My sweet husband has Autism and was let go from his job yesterday. For Autistic folks change is doubly difficult. Routines are altered and anxiety increases leading to meltdowns and stress. Finding a good job that understands and can adapt with folks on the spectrum is essential. It is heartbreaking that this is happening….but….GOD IS IN CONTROL. Lord please calm your children’s minds. You know how each and every BEAUTIFUL autistic mind functions. Please pour out your peace which surpasses all understanding. Please give support, understanding and routine back into lives. Thank you for providing those jobs for that season. Guide us and direct us, in Jesus name. Amen

    filbertz -my wife and I are fine. I went to immediate care a couple days ago for symptoms and I’m simply sick, not with the virus-that-must-not-be-named. That’s good. We closed our café after trying to keep the doors open and a couple staff employed, but had too little business to justify staying open. Catering–DOA for now–all dates have been cancelled. I’m out of school and the building is shuttered until the end of April. I’m concerned for our students. I’m concerned for my kids whose jobs are teetering on the brink. But we will get through it. I’m keeping busy, being available to anyone who needs a hand. I’m not fussing over my retirement funds–maybe I’ll have to work longer, who knows. I’m peaceful for now and praying for wisdom for myself and those who have difficult decisions to make. I’m praying for peace and comfort for those who have deep stress and anxiety. I’m praying that the Spirit of God will move in his people to mobilize them for good and service in their communities and with their neighbors in the name of Jesus. I’m in a good space, but have been in bad ones before so I understand how transient and unpredictable these things are.

    Patrik -Pray for me, an ER nurse in Indianapolis. You are right in what you’ve said about the public generally not knowing what they are dealing with. I am concerned about contracting this stuff in time.

    Dan form Georgia-Pray for me too. I work in aviation/transportation. We are getting hit HARD as many of you know. I am not even confident when I go into work everyday that it will be my last day (layoff or termination). Also struggling alot with anxiety.

    Cathy Andrews -I am not one who panics easily, but I can tell you, this has me all twisted up…not for me, but for my coworkers, my church family and my neighbors…I have been furloughed as of tomorrow, two of my coworkers have no other income other than what we make at work…I am scared for them…my stepson just moved in with us recovering from a horrific auto accident in november…I am scared for him…I am scared for my brother & sisters in my church family who have compromised lungs…I am scare for my pastor who is not physically well at all…I am scared for myself because I am helpless to help them…but I am repeating and repeating “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27…perhaps we should all keep repeating this…

    Bride of Christ-My daughter works for the city of Honolulu coordinating data storage for the new rail project there. She and her employees are planning on working from home for the next two weeks. She has two employees who don’t have computers at home and she is conflicted about what to do. The two employees both are borderline poverty level and she doesn’t know how to proceed. Public libraries are still open in Oahu but I told her they will probably be closing soon. The cost of living in Oahu is the highest in the country, so this might explain why x me don’t have computers or internet connection at home. She also will be working with a 3 month old baby at home with her since her private daycare center isn’t sure how long they will remain open. Her husband is in the Army and they had to cancel their planned trip to Monterey where she was to be the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding next month because the military has forbidden military and their families from traveling anywhere more than 50 miles from where they are stationed. This alone is a hardship for many military families because so many are stationed far from home. My daughter called me this morning asking for prayer. I just came home 10 days ago from Hawaii after staying with them for a month after the birth of their son . I am so grateful I went when I did and was able to meet my new grandson. My husband and I were planning to go to the wedding in Monterey and my husband was so excited about meeting him then, but now that the wedding has been cancelled he’s wondering when he ever will be able to hold his new grandson. Our military families are facing even stricter travel prohibitions than the general population and facing higher anxiety than normal.

    Chris -My wife started her second career as a nurse this week on the hospital floor that they treat the Covid patients. She is courageous with her own health but scared of bringing it home and killing one of our family. Pry for peace and courage and health

    Em – For those who have prayed for my daughter’s BIL with Corona V: he is not out of the woods, but today’s report IS a miracle….March 8, 2020
    “The breathing tube was removed this morning. They put him on what’s called “Bipap” and he absolutely hated it. We were able to change to a “high flow oxygen” system and he’s more content with that. That being said, he’s lost 8+ days of his life and is really surprised when we tell him what has transpired during the last week.” today is his first conscious day….
    his wife knows many are praying and always expresses her gratitude

    Em – A lovely man died last night – a neighbor who suffers from PTSD went into his garage and turned on his car – he leaves a 2 1/2 year old child and a wife who is 4 months pregnant – hopefully the VFW here will help
    as would prayers from the pray-ers here
    thank you and God keep

    Linneia – gall bladder, which is another issue!) and joint and muscle aches

    Nancy – uested prayer for her discernment of an unexpected opportunity to become a more public advocate for the homeless, especially the challenges that homeless women face. Sandra participates in her church’s ministry of providing meals, clothing and occasional housing opportunities. She understands the serious responsibilities of being an effective and sensitive communicator of those needs and also the benefits and temptations that a more public presence might bring into her life. Her passion is great to be obedient to God and truly serve others. I am blessed to be one of her beneficiaries!!

    Em – daughter is healing from fracture spine

    Babylon’s Dread – My ministry partner got ill manifesting mental instability. He is a stroke survivor so we returned early. He is now in hospital being tested for stroke. He is my friend of 25 years and was my co-pastor starting our church. Because of the coronavirus he’s in quarantine protocols – he has no symptoms of infection but all international returnees with illness go into these protocols. He is very confused and unstable.

    Michael – I would appreciate prayer as well…life is pretty overwhelming right now.

    Em- my nurse daughter took a nasty fall, cracked a vertebrae and there is no one else on staff at the hospital that can do her job, so she’s been working through it, sometimes wearing a brace… we need prayer that with so little respite her vertebrae will heal correctly…

    BrianD – I lost my sister, and now a friend of the family (my mom)Sherrie has died of cancer. Please pray

    Captain Kevin – Appreciate prayer. I’ve been in a Fibro/fatigue/depressed funk all week.
    Also, I’m teaching piano and voice at a local studio, and need many more students to make things work.

    Linnea – Would you pray for Greg? He and my husband play tennis. He was treated for an aggressive brain cancer and thought he was clear, but it has roared back. Please pray for healing and that he and his wife come to know the Lord. Thank you!

    Xenia-+Pray for the churches of Sri Lanka

    Paige – Asking for prayer for a family issue… God knows…. and the silencing of a lying gossip who is spreading slander about me to family members and others. It’s an on going issue that is quite perplexing, and apparently demonic. Twisted, delusional and strange.

    I spoke to a trusted friend about the issue and was told “Satan has given XYZ power to turn people against you” and “XYZ has been used by Satan to destroy your former marriage and harm the church and now to divide your family”.

    This XYZ happens to also be cyber stalking me here on the Phoenix preacher.
    May God enlighten all souls to see and know Truth and walk in it by His Spirit.

    cash – depression , PTSD

    David H – I could use a prayer. I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy . Right side of my face is paralyzed. Prednisone and an antiviral.

    Michael – heart aneurysm and a bad valve, bad back and neck issues.

    Captain Kevin – Please pray for my oldest daughter. She is separated from her husband. This is probably the 3rd time in the 3 years they’ve been married. I’m not sure who is more at fault or if there is any abuse, so I just pray for God’s will. They are believers, I think.

    JD – Marshal whose mother told him that she doesn’t love him

    Linnea – Jon and Sarah. Please pray that they would know God’s love and would follow Him out of horrible lifestyles to freedom.

    Michael, Rick, Joel, Dan, capt. Kevin, Owen – wand to hear from God in their prayer life

    JTK- ongoing back issue.

    David H – Aunt Ramona has Adenocarcinoma primary lung cancer.

    Victor- chronic back pain

    Linnea- sister salvation

    Paige- 4 boys to be pleasing to God

  9. Michael says:

    Thank you , Dusty!

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