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Having mastered the University of Montana's IYFD program, I journeyed to Peru with the US Peace Corps. Currently, I'm discovering Peru while living in the gorgeous Andes mountains in beautiful Ancash. Come visit!

Friday, April 07, 2006

My Prayer Life sups!

Busy-ness. I can't believe how much of my spiritual life I let slip away from me because I get too busy. You know what suffers the most in my spiritual walk? My prayer life. So the following is a list of people or things I have realized I have forgotten to pray about, in some cases for months:

My friend who is in overseas ministry, who is about to return overseas and is currently struggling with foot pain and surgery.

My friend also in ministry, but in a Southern state, who recently had her car stolen.

A friend, locally, who is still learning the true meaning of following the Lord.

My friend, and Kenyan national, who is recently married and living in a struggling economy.

The above friend's family, who were like my family when I was in Africa.

My friend a missionary in Africa who was recently married and is now waiting on God to hear of their new ministry assignment.

A student in my youth group who recently came to know the Lord - this is the critical ICU time of walking with God.

The student from my youth group who I disciple once a week. Sometimes it seems like this student is not progressing, and is only learning the ways of the nominal Christian.

My friend who has had several knee surgeries and God is really growing a new life.

My co-workers many of whom do not know Christ.

My Pastor - we should all, always being praying for our Pastors and their families.

The members of my church who do not know Christ. There are more than one would suspect, I bet.

The leaders and teachers of my church that they would continue to grow in Christ and lead and disciple their flocks effectively.

A family of missionaries in Thailand who work on helping young women get out of brothels and bar work.

This is just a few, but I'm amazed at how little I really seem to care about these issues. If I really cared about these things, I would pray more seriously. Where is the disconnect?

"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
John 17:13-26 Jesus' prayer for Believers


Blogger Haidee Rich said...

Hey I just came across you blog, its easy to want to pray for people and then forget, but if you write a list its easier.
I have a list of different people and their needs for everyday mon-fri which I pray through after my quiet time. For so long I just prayed as people came to mind, but this way I am not able to forget them, I recommend a list = )

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