Prayer Changes Things

As we build this community prayer platform, we ask the Lord to listen to our petitions with full confidence they not only are heard but acted upon by God according to His holy will. These requests are on my prayer list and I hope you consider putting them on yours as you place your petitions before the Lord Sunday.

Let’s remember to approach the throne room and respond with faith and not fear, knowing the promises of God and His mighty hand will hold us through any situation! Sometimes, all it takes is just one prayer to change everything. Something extraordinary happens when two or more agree together in prayer.

What is one of the most important things we should do as Christians? Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).

I will lead this week’s charge. Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight as I take the pulpit tomorrow at West Fayette (NY) Presbyterian Church. Marie is also looking the right inspired words as she has three messages for youth group to prepare and write.

Baby Finley is facing a stint replacement in her artery from the heart to lungs to open it for better flow of oxygen. She is hooked up to a lung and heart machine to oxidize her blood so she is at 100% when she was normally was at 75 or 80%.  She is still sedated and on a breathing tube and will be for the weekend. They said they will try to wean her off both machines and will talk with the chief surgeon Monday, so her surgery may be as early as next week. Finley is a triplet. Her brother passed away a few weeks after birth but her sister Freya is doing very well. Please lift her, mom Amber, and the family in prayer.

Chris’ three year old son Mason is also experiencing life threatening breathing issues.

Scott is recovering from a liver transplant. He is in his own room and hungry, but will be in Cleveland for four to six weeks to make sure his body does not reject his new liver.

Dave and Ken are awaiting word from their respective cardiologists regarding heart problems. Lift them up as they make potential life-altering decisions regarding treatment options.

Catherine and Rebecca are looking for prayers as they move into new apartments. Meanwhile Craig asks for prayers his lease is extended so he will not have to move.

Sisters Marianne and Barb remain a concern for Cindy and her family. Little sister just had surgery. Middle sister is preparing for her heart surgery. Please lift them up.

Lumps in Andrew’s neck make swallowing almost impossible, he is not really digesting food, and has fever and the chills, but he keeps plugging along with a deep faith, song in his heart, and positive words. Wife/caregiver Barb continues to hurt. Her dad’s funeral was last week and her husband lingers on and there is nothing she can do. Please keep her in your prayers.

Mandy is dealing with aging parents who are showing a completely different side of themselves. Prayers welcomed.

Nicolle is awaiting MRI results for an ACL tear.

Bea is suffering from dementia. Please pray she is comfortable and remembers her family. They miss “her” and are having a hard time dealing with it.

Two year old Surjith accidentally fell into an abandoned borewell and was stuck for almost 15 hours.

Ryan now has pneumonia after being diagnosed with bone cancer. His immune system isn’t strong enough. Lift this brother in arms up in prayer. He is 35 years old and facing insurmountable odds.

Kristi had a terrible outburst today in jail that may have messed up her chances of getting out on bond.

Donald needs prayer for himself and wife. He had an arthritis attack today in his feet and legs.

Jennifer asks for prayer over a legal battle that has been over my family for two years. We know this is a spiritual battle and the enemy is trying to destroy us. This is based on false allegations and could potentially ruin the lives in our family.

Vicki and Tracie are also asking for prayers regarding legal matters.

Joyce is asking for prayers for financial issues.

Jerry has been suffering extreme and unbelievable brain and whole body inside and out pain and symptoms for a year. It began with weird health issues and symptoms last summer

Joe needs prayer for back pain, and for his heart and kidneys to function properly, free of sickness, disease, tumors or growths. Praying his overall health is restored whole.

Dorothy is also experiencing severe back pain and needs prayer.

Nicola asks for healing prayers as she battles high blood pressure, high cholesterol, severe depression anxiety fear panic attacks, and excruciating pain and discomfort in both arms, shoulders, neck, and back.

Marvin’s cancer is back, in the lining around the outside of his liver. He is diagnosed Stage 4 and will start chemo again Dec. 9. Hopefully they can get it in remission.

There were a host of unspoken prayer requests and we heard of a number of deaths this week. Prayers for their families as they go through this earthly trial. We grieve … heaven rejoices.

We come to You, Lord, because prayer is the least yet the greatest thing we can do for each other. When two or more are gathered in Your name, we confidently know You are with us. What better company can we have? You reign and we trust You! We may be broken and battered but know You heal and quiet the soul. You are the source for all that happens in our lives. We thank You for the progress being made. We thank You for the many blessings we have received this week — some we unfortunately didn’t notice. Nonetheless, those blessings are ever-present in our lives. We thank You for healing. We thank You for slowing us down. We thank You for providing us our daily needs — no more and no less. We thank You for being with us, listening to us, walking with us on this journey. We thank You for the support of our family and friends … for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary — sunrises, sunsets, flowers, kids laughing, adventures, good news amid the bad news. We know we can come to You with our concerns and they will be heard. Through Christ all things are possible. We lift up those family members and friends who are battling various physical, emotional, financial, career or spiritual issues and ask not for Your guidance and healing (although that would be welcomed) but to keep reminding us we are not alone in our battles. Specifically we lift up Joe, Marie, Finley, Mason, Scott, Dave, Ken, Catherine, Rebecca, Craig, Marianne, Barb, Cindy, Andrew, Barb, Mandy, Nicolle, Bea, Surjith, Ryan, Kristi, Donald, Jennifer, Vicki, Tracie, Joyce, Jerry, Joe, Dorothy, Nicola, Marvin, and all those needing Your healing touch. We pray for the families of all those You have called home. We grieve … You celebrate. We pray for obedience to Your Will so Your “Son” Light shines through us through the power of the Spirit. And we come to You through the confidence of the words taught by Your Son Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Keep your joys and concerns coming. They have been and will be included during my prayer time and I trust they will be on your lips as well as you approach the altar. All it takes is a couple of keystrokes under the “Contact Me” button on the top bar {or to the right if you’re not a follower yet}. I hope it becomes your best friend as you navigate around the site so we can all be viable prayer warriors. You can also comment or reach me at

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Pray BIG, then stand back and see what God will do!




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2 Responses to Prayer Changes Things

  1. I’m going to God, face to face,
    and I have some real demands,
    that He give His healing grace,
    and He’d better understand.
    Not for me, I’m for the chop,
    but for others who may go on
    to see the harvest of their crop,
    that they behold another dawn.
    Give them favour, Lord on high,
    give them hope, and a tomorrow
    that sustains when despair is nigh
    and cancels every ounce of sorrow.
    Lord, let this come to pass,
    or when I’m there, I’ll kick your…donkey.


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