I was thinking: what I'm missing in the Church of the Blogosphere is an old-fashioned prayer meeting. Maybe they're out there and I don't know it, but--even if that's the case--there can never be too many prayer meetings, so I'm starting one here and now, and you're invited.
Every Friday, I'm going to share one of my personal prayer requests in this space, and then I'm going to write out a prayer that may or may not be related to my request. You're invited to participate in any way you see fit.
- You can pray about my prayer request.
- You can share a prayer request by means of a comment.
- You can share a prayer request on your personal blog and direct me to your post by means of a comment.
- You can pray about a participant's prayer request.
- You can write a prayer about my, your, or someone else's prayer request (in comments hither or yon, on your blog, etc.). If your prayer is somewhere other than this place, please direct me as you can and will.
- You can join in praying my or someone else's prayer.
I can't promise much, but I can promise this: if you share a prayer request, I'll lift it up. I don't need this to be big; I need this to be authentic. Where two or more are joined together, right? And even if--even if!--no one joins me, I'll have a record of my own prayer requests and prayers, and the Lord is so faithful.
So here goes.
Please pray for my brother's complete recovery. He had a second, permanent nerve stimulator inserted a week ago. His staples were removed, today, and he's riding home to East Tennessee for the first time since June 22nd.
Father, thank You that my brother's surgery went well. Thank you that the staples have been removed and that he's able to go home. Please give him and Dad safe travels. Please continue to heal my brother's body so he will be able to live life more fully and with less medication.
I lift up to You anyone reading this, right now, with a loved one who's unwell. I ask You to draw this reader to Yourself. It's so hard, Father, to watch a loved one suffer; I pray Your peace that passeth all understanding, no matter the situation. Help this reader to release his or her loved one into Your care. Help this reader to extend practical sorts of help as appropriate but not internalize the problem and allow it to take him or her hostage, emotionally. In Your Son's name I pray, Amen.
Now it's your turn! Would you like to participate in an old-fashioned prayer meeting of the blogosphere? (See the bulleted list above for some ideas!)