Prayer Requests of the Month

Welcome to my monthly prayer request post! Thank you to those who submitted prayer requests for me to pray for and also to those of you who were willing for me to share them in this post. My mom asked that I not have a contact form anymore, so I won’t be able to receive any of your prayer requests any more.

Let’s get started. First let us remember that the God we pray to is holy, holy, holy. He is above everything and anything. He is not only above everything, he created everything. Sin cannot be in the presence of God, but God wants us to be with him so much that he was willing to send his one and only Son to be crucified, so that we could be cleansed of our sin.

So first, confess your sin to God (and/or confess to a brother or sister in Christ) and ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He is faithful to forgive. Do not take the privilege of prayer and communion with the Holy God of all creation for granted. Jesus died a horrible death to grant it to you. Accept this privilege with awe, wonder, and worship.

“Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.” -Psalm 51:1-2

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.” -Psalm 51:10-12

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” -Mark 11:25

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

Here are the two prayer requests I received to be shared here:

  • Skipping Adolescence said: “Would you pray that God would help me be more loving and joyful and that I would be bold for Him?”
  • Hannah Gaudette said “My prayer request is for my mom. For the first time since I was born, she is working outside the home. She is having a really hard time with this, I think partly because she has always felt she would work from home. It’s a temporary job, but I really want her to have peace with it and not worry or feel anxious.”

Here are my two prayer requests:

  • Prayer for Rachel Dye who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer about three months ago. You can learn more her at her blog here.
  • Prayer that God would equip me to share the gospel and to be a light in all that I do.

Please lift up these prayer requests!

Thank you for your prayer!

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:18-20 (NASB)

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

 

 

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Think on These Things: Part 1 and Intro

Our thoughts are the most important thing. I mean thinking…it’s what you’re doing right now. Awake, we do it constantly. Even when we are asleep our thoughts from the day affect our dreams and how we sleep. Luke 6:45 says:

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” -Luke 6:45 (NASB)

That which we think will affect all areas of our lives including what we speak. We find it very hard to control what we say, in fact, the bible says that it is impossible for us to bridle the tongue fully.

“But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison” -James 3:8 (NASB)

“For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.” -James 3:2 (NASB)

There is only one man who did not stumble in what he said and only one man who did not stumble in what he thought. That was Jesus. The perfect Son of Man.

If you struggle to keep your thoughts true, honorable, pure, lovely, and excellent, you are not alone. But that doesn’t let you off the hook. God wants your whole-hearted attention. He wants not only all of your heart and soul, he wants all of your mind and strength. Because you cannot give him all of your soul, without giving him all of your mind, strength, and heart.

“..You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” -Mark 12:30 (NASB)

God has really been laying this on my heart as something all of us struggle with to some extent, particularly teens. Often, thinking no one will understand, we hide our struggles inside and try to fight them alone. You will not win alone. You need God, and you need a brother.

What makes struggling against the sin of impure thinking so hard? Here are a couple of reasons:

  1. Accountability: We tell ourselves that no one sees us. But God does.
  2. Just like with what we eat physically, what we feed our minds on determines the health of our thought lives. And sometimes that is hard to control.
  3. Lines are often hard to determine
  4. No one is really comfortable taking the initiative talking about thoughts. After all, you don’t have to tell anyone those ugly things that you are thinking. In fact, you would rather do a lot of things than to reveal how ugly your mind and heart really is inside.
  5. Satan’s favorite way to poison and ruin our lives is through our minds and thoughts.

Sometimes the hardest thought struggles are those inappropriate thoughts or pictures that keep coming back and you just can’t get rid of them. The first step with these struggles is to plug the input to prevent the output. In other words, cut off the source of these thoughts as much as you can. Stop looking at things you shouldn’t look at. Stop listening to conversations you shouldn’t listen to. Spend more time with people who are godly and less time with those who are prone to gossip. Stop the unhealthy input into your thought life.

Sometimes it is not your choice. Even if you went away to a cave somewhere and lived forever isolated from things and people, your thoughts would still wander and dwell places unhealthy. In your life, sometimes you are exposed to things you wish you had not been exposed to, and although it was not your choice, it is affecting the purity and innocence of your thoughts. Things will flash through your brain that you do not wish to be there and you struggle to find victory. Generally, the best strategy is to distract your mind with something else and draw it away from sinful things. But what do you replace these ugly things with? Here are some ideas:

  1. First things first, cry out to God and ask for deliverance. He is our refuge.
  2. Try memorizing scripture. Not just verses, but try whole chapters. It can provide continued relief from impure thoughts to say scripture to yourself. The added challenge of more lengthy scripture memorization engages more of your mind since it requires more memory work.
  3. Choose someone in your life who is not saved. Every time the impure thought flashes in your mind pray for that person’s salvation. While praying for your struggle with that sin at that moment can help, it will often just bring your mind back to it, resulting in an endless cycle. Praying for someone else brings you to God while taking the focus off of you.

Most of all, be diligent. God has given us wonderful minds and the ability to reason and think. You only have so many thoughts to think in your life. How many of them will be honorable? How many will be commendable? How many will be pure and lovely? Think on these things. God is great and will bring deliverance.

“Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.” -Proverbs 4:23 (NASB)

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” -2 Corinthian 10:4-6 (NASB)


I really hope this post was helpful! As I said God has been laying it on my heart for a while. I plan to continue the series going more in-depth with what scripture says and going step by step through Philippians 4:8. I won’t promise to finish it any time soon, but I will try to keep studying, thinking, and praying about these things. God bless you!

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer for you all making my prayer with joy. (From Philippians 1:3-4 ESV)

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” -Philippians 4:8 (NASB)

Monthly Prayer Request Post- October

Welcome to my monthly prayer request post. (Also know that I was originally planning to post this post on Monday, but was too busy). I would love to share other people’s prayer requests in this post in the future, but since nobody shared any with me, I’m going to share two big prayer requests I ask y’all to pray for.

The first is for a young mother at my church that was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer about two months ago. She and her husband, my church’s worship leader, are the parents of three children 5 and under. Her determination and faith in God is so inspiring. I look up to her more than she could ever know. Some sweet friends made this song for her. It made me crying, knowing her. Her name is Rachel Dye

Please visit her blog here for updates and more information.

Please pray for Rachel Dye!

My second prayer request is for me. I’m struggling to understand God’s will for me regarding his call for me to go out and proclaim the gospel. I long with all my heart to share the gospel with those who are perishing, yet here I am, here. Nothing is happening, and meanwhile I am crying out to God “Oh, Lord, send me!”. Please pray that God would use me to proclaim the Word. Please pray that God would give me wisdom! I do not know what the next steps should be, and I want to honor my parents in everything! I want to share this vision with everyone around me. But when will action come? I just pray that God would prepare the hearts of those whom God is going to use me in bringing to the knowledge of the truth. For more on this subject, please read this post.

So please pray. Pray that God will be glorified. Pray that his name will be lifted high.

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11 (NASB)

Also, once again, I would love to be praying for you, as you lift up the prayer requests that I have shared. I’ve made a prayer request form here. If you simply want to share wisdom, advice, or encouragement with me, please contact me here.

Here are some verses on prayer:

“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” -Acts 6:4 (NASB)

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” -Colossians 4:2 (NASB)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” -Philippians 4:6 (NASB)

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;”-1 Thessalonians 1:2 NASB

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” -1 Timothy 2:1 (NASB)

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” -Psalms 4:1 (NASB)

“In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” -Psalm 5:3 (NASB)

“For the Lord has built up Zion;
He has appeared in His glory.
He has regarded the prayer of the destitute
And has not despised their prayer.” -Psalm 102:16-17 (NASB)

“The Lord has heard my supplication,
The Lord receives my prayer.” -Psalm 6:9 (NASB)

“In my trouble I cried to the Lord,
And He answered me.” -Psalm 120:1 (NASB)

Have wonderful day, and the Lord bless you!

Hello Stats and Facts + Prayer Request

Hello, this is Faith on the Farm. I’m having a wonderful, yet busy week. First, I would like to tell y’all how thankful I am for all of your support. Now, I am going to share some stats and facts, and then I am going to share a big prayer request. Please, if you don’t have time to read through all of this, skip to the prayer request part.

Stats and Facts

So far in the month of August, I have had

  • 107 views
  • Had an average of 3 views per day (wow that went down from last month)
  • Reached 81 followers
  • 52 likes

So far this summer, I have had

  • 890 views (woohoo!!!)
  • 280 likes
  • An average of about 9 views per day

So far this year (as in since I started this blog), I have had

  • 1,013 views
  • 304/296 likes (my computer says two different things)
  • An average of 5.5 views per day
  • An average of 799 words per post
  • Written 32 total posts (you know, plus more on the way)
  • Average 9 likes per post
  • Total of 25, 563 words

Before this summer, I had a total of

  • 123 views (in a total of 3 months, meaning an average of about 41 views per month)
  • 24 likes (in a total of 3 months, meaning average of about 8 likes per month)
  • About 1 view per day
  • I had something around or less than 30 followers. I well remember it being the height of my ambition to reach 25 followers.

Anyway, the point is, my blog has made a lot of growth in this summer, and I’m really thankful for it. And before I move on from Stats and Facts, I would like to tell you all the countries that have been showing up on my Stats screen.

Just this week I found:

  • 5 views from Spain
  • 3 views from the US
  • 2 views from Turkey

So far in the creation of this blog, these are the countries I have reached:

  • The United States of America
  • Turkey
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Bahamas
  • India
  • Italy
  • Paraguay
  • Switzerland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

That is a lot of countries!!! I think it is so cool to know that this blog post is being read across the world, in countries I barely know of (like Paraguay, which is by the way, in South America, to the best of my knowledge)! Thanks for all you guys do to help!

My Prayer Request

My dear friends, the real purpose of this post, other than to thank you for being so wonderful, is to ask you to pray. I really want to ask for you guys to pray for a certain lady at my church. She has 3 children under six, one of which is still a baby. She was just recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasized into her liver and lymph nodes. Our church is really praying for her, and I want to ask you to pray for her to. She is very well-loved, and her husband is also our worship leader at my church. Please ask God to heal her, and to help her and her family, as they go through this hardship. Thank you!

[Update: Rachel has been healed of cancer! We are so thankful! She still has more chemo and other treatments to get any remaining undetected cancer out of her system. She could still really use your prayers! Visit her blog at racheldye.com to hear recent updates.]


God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea” -Psalms 46:1-2 (ESV)

The Purpose of Prayer

I am super excited and humbled to be writing this post. I really enjoyed studying about what the Bible says prayer gives us. This post will be about the immediate benefits of prayer, and what happens when we obey God’s call to pray. I was studying what God’s word says about what prayer does for us, and I came up with many, many things that prayer gives us. We will be going through some of them and the scriptures that back them.

When we pray, we recognize that God is there

“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven……” Mathew 6:9

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6

When we pray, we recognize our need for help

One rather meager definition of prayer is talking to God. Why do we need to talk to God? Because we can’t do this on our own! By praying we are recognizing the very fact that we can’t do this on our own. So in prayer, if we are truly and sincerely praying, we are humbling ourselves before God.

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” –Luke 18:13-14

When we pray, Christ imputes his righteousness and strength to us

He delivers us from our temptations

God gives us the strength and righteousness of Christ himself! This is the same strength that allowed Christ to not give in to the tempter when the devil tempted him in the wilderness. (Mathew 4:1-11) This is the same strength that allowed Christ to endure the cross.

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

In Christ is found our strength, our joy, our righteousness. Oh, what prayer could do to change our lives.

And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.” -Mathew 6:13

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” -Mathew 26:41

When we pray, God shows us all he has done

How many times has this happened to me! I go outside and get on my knees. Nothing has been going right, and I must turn to him. I pour out all my troubles, saying “O Lord! Help me!” And right then and there all he has to do is tell me “Look up”.

I look up into the sky. I look up at the wonderful display of stars that my savior has made in his own hands, and I am so amazed. As I sit in awe and amazement, and think of the power and magnificence of our God, I forget my troubles. Compared to this, my troubles are just to small to be thought about. If the God who created this great universe and holds every star in his hands; if this God is for us, who can be against us!!

And he doesn’t stop there.

“Art thou a sinner, soul?” He said,
“Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weigh’d
With everlasting pain!

“If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine!
Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine.

“Contentment” by William Cowper (read it here)

Oh Lord How Great Thou Art!!

When we pray, our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, as we remember all he gives us already

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts” -Mathew 6:11-12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!” -Psalm 100:4

When we go to be in prayer, we are alone with God himself

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” – Mathew 6:6

When we pray, we draw near to God

The best thing we could ever do when we are in trouble, is to draw near to God. Prayer is just that.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” -James 4:7-8a

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” -Hebrews 10:22

We pray to submit to his will

In order for prayer to be effective, he must pray not only humbly, but submissively. God’s will is the best plan for us. If we do not submit to his perfect plan for our lives, it will be a whole lot harder for us. Don’t try to go against what God wants for you. Submit to his will, even it’s not the way you would naturally want to choose.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Mathew 26:39

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” -Romans 10:3

When we pray, we must recognize we are in the presence of a holy and altogether righteous God

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” -Mark 3:29

“For he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.” – Luke 1:49

“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” -Mathew 6:9

“For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
    for how should my name be profaned?
    My glory I will not give to another.” -Isaiah 48:11

When we pray, we are confronted with the need to ask for forgiveness

If we are submitting to God and the Holy Spirit, then when we pray we will often be convicted about our sinful desires and actions, in the presence of an awesome and holy God. If we continue to submit and listen to God, then we will ask God to forgive us and to purify us.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.” -Mathew 6:11-12

“Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!” -Psalm 51:1-2

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” -James 4:8

When we pray, we should long to be like Christ to others

When we receive the self-less love of Christ, when we pray, we should long to be like him. When he forgives our sins, we must forgive others when they sin against us. When he died on the cross for us even while we were still his enemies, we must also love our enemies.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” -Romans 5:8

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” – Mathew 5:44

“And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.” -Mathew 6:12

Finally, when we pray, we are reminded of the hope of his coming

We know he is coming again! And when we pray, we are reminded of this truth. Our sorrows will not last forever. One day he will wipe away every tear, and sin and sorrow will be no more.

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!” -Revelation 19:6

“Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.” -Psalm 31:24

“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”-1 John 2:28

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” -James 5:7

But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.” -Psalm 71:11

“You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” -James 5:8

“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” -Revelation 1:7

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ANYONE WHO FINISHED READING THIS ENTIRE POST!! I you would like more posts like this, please tell me here, or hit the like button.

BTW: I had written extensive notes for this post from what I had been studying about it. Happily, I lost those notes so now 1) You don’t have to put up with an even longer post and 2) God was able to work through me to tell you what he actually wanted me to say, instead of following my own notes. (It would be nice to find that sheet of paper with my notes on it though……it had some handy things written on it)


For more resources on prayer you could read:


 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24

Three Day Quote Challenge, Day 2

It’s day 2, of the Three Day Quote Challenge. I am still super excited to be doing it. Thank you so much to Linda at Amazing God Stories for nominating me!

For the first day of this challenge, I knew exactly what quote I would do, since I knew what my favorite quote of all time was. But today it has taken a little bit more choosing, because there are a lot of awesome quotes out there.

I am going to go with this one by John Bunyan:

“When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.” –John Bunyan

Sometimes we get super busy. Okay, not sometimes, most of the time we are super busy. And often prayer is just one more thing on our to-do list. I can just become some words we say before eating our food. We can begin to feel like prayer is just us trying to justify ourselves before God so that we make ourselves feel better. Or prayer can be something you just do to impress people in Christian circles to make yourself look more “religious”.

These kinds of prayers, these prayers intended to make us feel better, are empty. I would so much rather that my tongue was empty of words if my heart were simply filled with gratitude.

The contrast between the God-pleasing prayer of gratitude and/or remorse versus the man-pleasing prayer of pride or justification is wonderfully illustrated in Luke 18:10-13:

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’”

All the remorseful tax collector could say was “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”. Jesus goes on to say of these two men:

“I tell you, this man [that is the tax collector] went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 18:14

Oh Lord, I pray, let my heart rather be without words than my words without heart!!

Having nominated one person on day 1, I decided to nominate two people on day 2, and so on.

Now, I would like to nominate these two people:

Erica at Undying Joy

Bethany at Bethany J’s Journal

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

For 3 days, provide a quote each day and why you like or chose that quote.

Nominate one or more bloggers each of the three days for the Challenge and then send them a comment letting them know they have been nominated.

(When you receive a nomination, if you’re too busy, you can do it later if need be.)

Have a wonderful day!
“Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.” -Proverbs 18:12

All Scripture Quotes are from the ESV translation