Tuesday, November 12, 2013

So Much Suffering

I have had so many confide in me lately about big issues in their lives. I can't share these things because family and friends who read this blog know these people personally and even a small detail would reveal identity. At the same time, I also know the power of the God who answers prayer, and I don't want to pass an opportunity to elicit prayer for them. So, I am asking you to pray for my friends who are struggling with terminal diseases or their parents/children are struggling with terminal diseases, special needs children with critical health issues, relationship struggles, big financial issues, sexual struggles, infidelity in their marriages, children going astray, etc. I am going to share without any revealing details just a few of them.

One friend is fed up with her husband's porn and gambling additions. She has asked him to remove the computer from the home and has been to counseling with him. She is a very popular and well liked person, but won't tell her church family because she feels like no one will understand. (She said she shared with me because I am open about my hardship and pain. God will use all of your life for His glory if you "don't bury it.") She wants to get her children out from his influence, but also wants to try to save her marriage. Please pray for this entire family.

Especially pray for a dear friend who told me recently their doctor told them they only have a few years to live and that they "will die a slow, painful death." Those are the doctors words, not God's. They have not told their family or friends yet. Please pray God will give them the words to share the news and also to give strength and encouragement to their family. They also need prayer that the gene did not pass on to their descendants who will need to be tested. Please join Clint and I in praying for healing and longevity. We both love this person very much. I am going to fight in prayer for a better outcome than what doctors have predicted. I know what God can do, so I am going to ask for big things. I know He loves them far more than I will ever be capable of, so I am entrusting them to His care. Please join me in fervent prayer for my friend and their family. 

Another friend of mine has a child with a flesh eating type disorder which is secondary to a big health issue the child has. The parents have been so deeply wounded by proclaiming Christians, they are not sharing details with others because they can't take dealing with their child's pain and more verbal accusations. They know there is no known earthly cure for their child's main condition, but they are asking for prayers for comfort and no more pain. Please pray for the young child and the family.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.