Praying to Serve Others Needs

Quote: Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total.

By Alistair Begg

Heavenly Father I so appreciate Your word, especially when it lets us know wisdom like: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:12-16] 

Holy Spirit James tells us in James 5:13-15—Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 

I come before Your throne and lay down the petition for healing for Andrew who I met through the interview on Facebook last Sunday who needs healing in his Kidneys. I pray for healing for Kayla who has multiple autoimmune problems and is seeing some of the best specialists to find out how to treat her, she still testifies to all she meets. I come to You and ask that You heal Gwen who has stage 4 colorectal cancer and is fighting being Septic, she needs to heal from being septic so that they can deal with the cancer. She also had a bad allergic reaction to chemo, so they had to change her medications. Her husband Dave’s prostrate numbers are high. He is also getting tests and will likely be on treatments. So he has had to shut his business down for now. I ask that you would heal my cousin Daryl with his allergies or cold. I pray that You would heal David Mathias and his Wife Dottie’s foot. My Aunt Ruth has had to have gallbladder surgery and will need to heal. I continue to pray for healing for my wife’s eyes now that she has had cataract surgery in both eyes. Help restore her vision and help her to see without pain. I pray for healing and wisdom for Mike who had some of his kidney removed and is now waiting for reports and trying to heal. Josh, who has testicular, lymph node, and lung cancer, Holy Spirit he is the only son and grandson of two women who need You to intervene in his life and give him a complete healing. I bring Annette who is diagnosed with breast cancer and is beginning treatments, Sheila who has stage 3-4 cancer, Hanah who has terminal brain cancer and is only 5 years old, Marie who has Leukemia, Hudson who is terminally ill and is only just one year old. Watch over Robby who has a rare skin cancer, Marvin who has lymphoma and a fifty percent survival rate, Craig who has an immune disorder, Bud who has a colon issue, Amy who has gastrointestinal stomach cancer, and Ellie a seven-year-old with acute lymphoma leukemia. I continue with Penne who has chronic lymphatic leukemia and her blood count is high, Ana with Breast Cancer, Kelly who has non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and Claire who also has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I also pray for Dwayne with stage 4 stomach cancer, Rick with Leukemia, and Nelson, Debbie, Kevin, Tim, and Nicole who all have cancer. Angel who is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer, Cindy who has liver cancer, Esther’s heart condition, Reverend Philip who has an open sore and is diabetic, Janet who is still fighting the pain from shingles, Neoma who continues to heal from a broken hip, my friend Dawn who deals with MS daily, my friend Louise who has defeated cancer and still is fighting to be fully healthy, my friend Jeff who is almost healed from hip surgery but will need surgery on his other hip and fights schizophrenia every day and Karen who is having heart troubles not long after having heart surgery where two splints were put in. Baby Noah who turns 2 months old, seems to have a rare digestive illness that might require chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and up to a year in the hospital. April who lives in Tennessee was in a car accident and fractured her spine at the L1 and is in the hospital I come knowing You can heal anyone; I also seek that Your will not mine be done today. I come as the woman Christ talked about who continued to seek the judge to hear and do something about her complaint. I will continue to bring these before You, seeking healing from You because You said that I would do even more things and that all things come from seeking through prayer with humility and fervency.  

I continue to lift all the people I am writing who are in college in honor of when I wrote to my son Philip: Emma, Amber, Olivia and those I will soon be adding to that list, Margaret and Madeline. I continue to pray for those who need salvation: Jack, Luke, Amanda, Eva, Isabelle, Quinten, Trent, Asa, Wyatt, Joshua, Sophia, Aletha, Josh, Brenna, Caleb, Rueben, and Sam. I come before You and continue to ask for them to be prodded, pushed, scared, or whatever it takes to lead them to salvation. I pray that You will not turn them over to their desires. 

Holy Spirit I lift my students and ask that you will open their eyes to the potential they have to succeed and learn and start towards being productive citizens as well as learning they could be Your servant and find out what freedom is. Help them to realize You made them with a purpose and that they need to turn from sin and start as a new creation and learn what real wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are. Help them to see Your wonder even in the darkness of prison.  

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. (2Corinthians 1:3-7) For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen me with power through His Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. And I pray that I, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within me, to Him be glory, Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21