Thanksgiving 2012 Share a Prayer

Some of you might recall how last Easter we did The Burning of the Resentments. As we enter this year’s holiday season I thought that together we might try something similar.

I would like us to pray for one another.

If there’s something you would like someone to say a prayer about, leave your prayer request in the comments section below. Share as little or as much as you’d like. (And remember that you can always do so anonymously, by simply logging in with a fake name and/or email address.)

There’s one condition for your leaving your prayer request: You must leave a reply to someone else who has done the same, telling them that you will pray for them.

You can leave a message that you will pray for as many others as you’re moved to, but you must pick at least one other person to pray for. (Ideally, you would first pick someone whom no one else has yet chosen: I don’t want anyone left without anyone to pray for them. :( ) You are of course welcome to choose to pray for as many as you might.

Prayer is a serious thing, so if you say you’re going to pray for someone you can’t not do it.

Of course it’s up to you what constitutes a prayer. It doesn’t have to be a God-centered, Christian, religion-specific style prayer. Whatever your version is of sending love to someone totally works.

So at least one person will say a prayer for you, and you will say a prayer for at least one person.

Then at 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Nov. 22—the morning of the day before Thanksgiving Day—I’ll write and publish my group prayer for us all. If you’re free to come to this site at that time and pray with me for all of us, that’d be awesome. It’d be great to know that out there, as I’m being with that prayer as I write it and after I publish it, you are joining me in that experience. (In fact, I’ll start praying over the requests and the writing of my public prayer starting around 8 a.m. that morning; I would especially appreciate your prayers during that time.)

And then each of us, knowing that we have prayed for someone, and that someone has prayed for us, will go thusly fortified into the holiday season.

Thanks ahead of time for those of you who participate in this.

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  • Alicia Osmera

    Please pray for me because I desperately need to get away from this verbally abusive, alcoholic man. We have been married for 30 years and he constantly is spiritually and verbally abusive.

    I am claiming for provision and I’m tired of wait

    I can’t get him to leave, so I will have too.

    I need a full time job and a place to live or I need the money to get my first book published.

    Thank You

    • Julie

      Alicia, I would be honored to pray for you. Wrapping prayerful and loving arms around you!

      • Alicia Osmera

        Julie thank you. What I really need is my back pay from unemployment and or $3000. Now.

        Sigh.

        Thanks,

        Alicia

    • http://allegro63.wordpress.com sdparris

      Alicia. I pray for courage for you, for direction, and mostly for peace.

      I’ve been there. Let me assure you, being on the other side is not near as terrifying as it seems now.

    • JanvierNoir

      Alicia–

      I will pray for you as well. I will pray for courage, wisdom, soundness of mind, peace, provision, and healthy community partnerships for you. And most of all, freedom. Blessings.

      • Chris

        Have you contacted a women’s shelter they often can help while one is waiting on provisions? I will pray for you my abusive alcoholic significant other killed himself 2 weeks ago behind our home.. you need to be safe ASAP! I pray that God will guide you to love, safety and assistance.

  • Julie

    Not for me, for my friend N whose struggles just to get through daily life weigh heavily.

    • Elizabeth

      I’ll be praying.

    • Jill H

      As someone who can understand this, I can pray with you as well. Peace be with you and your friend N.

  • Jill H

    Well John, you’ve got me crying again. Damn the power your words have over me! But seriously now, I’ve got a prayer request that is selfish even though it’s also inclusive.

    I ask for someone to pray that you, me, and we all heal one deep, dark, painful, nagging thing in our lives that invades our peace and interferes with our lives by the arrival of the new year, never to see the light of day again and becomes a distant memory.

    I’m worn out by the harm we collectively cause each other because of our junk, and I want that thing to be THE thing that stands in the way of each of us shining brightly. I want it gone. From me, from everyone—for everyone. I want that gone so that being loving and kind becomes habit and struggles become manageable. So may it be.

    • http://allegro63.wordpress.com sdparris

      The negative mindsets so prevalent in our society is exhausting to me as well Jill. I agree totally that kindness becomes then norm, respect is expected, and compassion rules the day. Please God help us make it so.

    • David Sinclair

      I pray for you, me, and all of us. May God show us a way forward and free us from our addiction to bitterness and conflict.

      • Jill H

        Beautiful, thank you sweetheart.

    • Martha J

      Dear Jill, I am holding in prayer that all this struggle, pain, or darkness is humanity transforming into the radiant, loving beings that we are. These humble requests and ardent prayers are beautiful reminders of the Christ/Love/Spirit in us. Thank you for including us all.

  • http://allegro63.wordpress.com sdparris

    My prayer is for my granddaughter, and for every infant born with a health condition. My hope is that all children found thus get the best possible care and that their families get the most support available. And mostly that cures, surgeries, and recovery is available for all.

    • Elizabeth

      I’ll pray for this also.

    • Jill H

      Sylvie, I will be praying for your lovely grandchild’s health and all children that need our help. Peace be with you.

    • Paul in Canada

      adparris – my prayers will be with you, your family and all children with health issues. We just buried my 26 year old son who was born severely disabled and not expected to live even 1 year. His life of struggles was a difficult lesson for all of us and yet his life touched so many people. The spirit is stronger than we realize, and our son was an example of that as he shared so much love with so many, despite his daily challenges. Love conquers all.

      • Trina

        Paul–

        I am sorry for the loss of your son, for the loss of a love such as that. I pray that as you grieve that you would be comforted, embraced and loved profoundly.

  • Elizabeth

    I need healing from a past cultish relationship. My mom controlled me for 25 years and I finally broke free last year, but I’m still dealing with all the emotions, and I want to be emotionally whole for my daughters.

    • Peggy

      Elizabeth, I will pray for you to let go of the past and revel in the second chance you now have at a mother/daughter relationship. This time…as the Mom! Sometimes the best education we get is learning what NOT to do!

    • Matt

      I’ll pray for you, Elizabeth. For peace, for healing, and for your journey as a mother.

  • Peggy

    I pray to release my fears so that my family and I can start living a life where we want to and doing something we are passionate about.

    • Matt

      I’ll pray for you, Peggy. Releasing fears is something I can definitely get on board with.

      • JanvierNoir

        Matt,

        Hey, it’s Trina. How can I pray for you?

  • R

    I have severe insomnia with only three hours of sleep per night for a year due to PTSD. Every alternative treatment and medication has failed. I struggle with simple basic care of my family. I also now struggle with hope that I will get well. I have pleaded with God for healing so I can be a blessing not a burden to my family. Please pray that I can somehow have faith in this darkness and that I will be able to heal and give to others the way I was once able to do. So grateful for your prayers in Jesus,….R

    • DW

      I will pray that you finally know some peace and healing. I’m not very good at prayer, but I will try my best for you. Kyrie eleison. Peace

    • Meg

      I have insomnia and I know how depleting it is. I will pray for you, especially in the late hours when you may be awake and struggling.

    • Chris

      I have complex PTSD as well. I will pray for God to heal your heart and I understand the struggle of not wanting to be a burden.. Please, please while I’m praying for your healing know that you did not choose this so try not to be so hard on yourself. The nightmares and the insomnia is a cyclical monster but inside you are still the you that is you even though dealing with things that most people will never understand. I pray for your family to have healing as well to provide you with the comfort of unconditional love and support.

    • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

      I pray for healing for your heart and mind. For peace and sleep and rest. You are loved and precious. Blessings to you.

  • DW

    I have a lot of depression, anger, loneliness and a lack of control over my life. I don’t want to go into specifics online I would very much like those things to change.

    • R

      I will pray that God will give you the comfort and the resources that you need. I know that the journey to healing can be an excruciatingly long one, but God is somehow present in our darkness… closer to us than we feel or can possibly imagine. May Christ’s peace be with you.

    • A

      I am praying for you, DW, and will continue to do so. Even without the specifics, I feel I can understand what you may be going through, as I went through (and sometimes still wrestle with) these very strong emotional states. Depression can be debilitating, and feeling a lack of control is one of the most stressful things I have ever experienced. You are loved, and I pray that you can move through this very dark period of your life and find peace and joy again.

    • JanvierNoir

      DW–

      My prayer for you is that you would have holistic healing and care for your mind, body and soul. That you would receive the knowledge, tools and care to address each aspect of yourself–health and body, emotional, spiritual, community/family/companionship. May your needs be met in abundance and may you receive the courage, motivation and support to affect the changes needed in your life.

  • JanvierNoir

    I struggle with prayer because I’m not sure that it affects change. But I will muscle up the faith to ask for prayer and that is this: I deal with severe lonliness often. I live away from family and where I am, in the DC Metro, proves difficult to build a solid community of healthy friends. I emphasize the word “healthy”. It’s a different culture here than the southern family-friends focused one that I used to be a part of. So please pray for me that I would meet a healthy significant other, in addition, that I would meet some solid friends who are loving, dependable and others-focused (such as myself ;) .

    • JanvierNoir

      If I may be permitted to add: I am also asking prayer for comfort and peace, as well as wisdom as I consider exploring the fact that I believe I am bisexual. I have a lot of fear.

      Thank you again.

      • Carol VanderNat

        I will be sending love and light your way at 9 am EST every day from now until November 22….take a minute at that time and try to be very quiet to catch it…from someone who has recently come out herself and is trying to deal with all that that implies in my life…..

        • JanvierNoir

          Carol–

          Thank you so much! I really appreciate it~!

          • Carol VanderNat

            Have you felt it? -=)

          • JanvierNoir

            Carol–

            Thank you for praying for me! I have had incredible peace and solitude these past days about this very thing. I feel content. In addition, I have had the courage to step out and go to a social group for women that are Bi who are there to provide support and answer questions. It’s an established safe place, no picking up people or dating allowed. We shall see what happens. Thank you again for your prayers. I desire them like standing under a tree with beautiful falling leaves and catching as many in my basket as I can.

          • Carol VanderNat

            Namaste, my sister….

      • EsAyBe

        My prayer for you: That the many ways that you are blessed and loved continue to be revealed to you. That God’s love for you continues to be apparent through everyone and everything around you. May you be blessed with the opportunity to have a loving and supporting community, and that you, in turn, radiate in your love for them. That you continue to grow and that you are confident and courageous in the face of any challenge. I pray you have peace in the face of uncertainty. And that you know this community – which includes a multitude of people you may never meet or know – will be praying for you and supporting you however we can. God blessings always, friend.

        • JanvierNoir

          EsAyBe–

          Thank you for your prayer. That God’s love would radiate through me is what I am learning more than ever by participating in this community and exchanging love and authentic community with ones like you. Thank you again.

      • John Shellhorn

        JanvierNoir, my prayer for you is that you will know the peaceful, loving embrace of our all-loving God. Please remember that, no matter who, what, where, when, why, and how, GOD LOVES YOU!

        • JanvierNoir

          Thank you, John. That very thought helps keep me grounded in Love.

  • HMS

    Unquestionably called to be a physician 6 years ago, the following medical school, internship and now work as a deployed military doc has been a huge struggle. The military will send me to a full residency next year, yet my spirit feels like it is being crushed as I follow the path before me. There have been too many gifts and blessings along the way to doubt my call…too many lives touched, and gentle affirmations. Yet this journey has been so painful. Pray that I might be healed from some of the fear, grief and anger that I fight on a daily basis and that my journey into pediatric residency will begin to bring personal healing and true peace even with the insane challenges and difficulties it will entail.

    • Jill H

      HMS, I pray that you find the courage and strength within to follow whatever path is set before you and the support to help you along your entire journey. Peace be with you.

      • Chris

        I’m a pediatric nurse who suffers from complex PTSD I saw where you were going to pray for those of us with PTSD, and am thankful! As a nurse who works with children I will pray for you healing and your path through pediatrics to be a healing one as well. A child’s laughter is a gift from God and I hope that you get to experience those radiant smiles from the little ones placed into your charge.

  • HMS

    R – as a military doc, I see PTSD, I try to help folks with it, yet I don’t have any answers… I pray for my guys who are struggling. I will pray for you. For peace, sleep and faith – that you may feel God’s presence, begin to heal and to have hope.

  • Meg

    I am a compulsive liar. I have struggled with this at least since age 12, when it first got really bad. When I am stressed it is much worse. Two of my adult children have seriously given up on me because of this. I am in my sixties and friendless, married to a man with serious mental health issues of his own. I am terribly lonely.

    • Eric The Red

      Meg… I will certainly be happy to pray for you.

    • Josie

      Meg, never forget that God knows you and loves you completely, no matter what. Loneliness is so painful, it can make it hard to feel loved at all. May love, peace, and healing be yours.

    • http://www.raanedrop.blogspot.com Lynne

      My prayers are with you for peace. Be gentle with yourself.

    • DR

      Meg, I know a little about this. I’ll pray for you. It’s complicated, try to be gentle with yourself.

  • Eric The Red

    I’ve never asked anyone to pray for this before… because I don’t know how.

    Something is wrong with my head. I get these wierd pressure feelings, or like my brain is “rattling around loose” in my skull. I’ve spoken to my doctor about it several times. But the fact is, I don’t have vocabulary to address the issue… I don’t know how to describe the problem to the doctor or anyone else. I just know that the way my head feels is not how it’s supposed to feel. Having recently lost two parents to Alzheimer’s I wonder if this is what they were feeling… at least in the early stages. I wish I could describe it better to you; if I could then I could describe it to my doctor. Then maybe we could get somewhere.

    Oh, can I ask for two prayers? My heart is giving me fits again. At least my cardiologist and I are able to communicate, and I AM getting somewhere there!

    Thanks!

    • John Shellhorn

      May God grant you the patience and peace you need while you work through these health issues.

    • Kerry

      Dear God,

      Please help Eric find the answers he is looking for. May he feel your peace and love with each breath in and may he release his fears with each breath out.

      Amen

  • John Shellhorn

    I ask for prayers for patience and contentment. I have an unhealthy relationship with money which needs to be addressed. I have enough, yet I always want more. Pray that I can truly “let go” of my attachments to things and remember to trust that God provides.

    • Chelsea

      John, you are not alone in this battle, remember that. I will pray for you, and hope you find the peace you desire. God DOES provide, but as humans we tend to forget and challenge that. Praying for you..for strength, clarity and the ability to “let go.”

    • Chris

      John, I pray for your healing that you find contentment with the wealth of love and beauty that God has provided for you instead of the want for material wealth which can be cold and unfulfilling. May you find happiness in the beauty of the world around you and within your own soul.

  • Chelsea

    I am in big need of healing. At 24, I have the world at my feet. I am smart, successful, dating an amazing man with two amazing children, and I am getting my Master’s in Social Work. My parents and friends are extremely supportive, and life is good. Yet with all of this good in my life, I am constantly battling Generalized Anxiety Disorder and depression. It is not because of anything in my life, it is a true chemical imbalance. When I am extremely anxious, it causes me to try to control things, such as my boyfriend. I am seeing a therapist and am working my hardest to learn to harness the anxiety and work through it, but I still struggle. I now carry around a lot of guilt for how I have treated him and tried to control him, because he does not deserve it. He has stood by me and supports me, and deserves all the best. I pray not only for healing in my mind, to ease the anxiety, fear and guilt, but also healing in our relationship, so we can continue to move forward and live the life we want to have together. Thank you all.

    • Chris

      Chelsea, I pray for your healing from the crippling disorders you are facing. I too had been 24 at one time in a similar situation as you. God will lead you through it and knowing that you can’t control it know that you need to let go of the guilt and give those guilt feelings to God. This challenge was presented to you perhaps so that you will be able to help a client more effectively in the future. I will pray for your family to be happy and heal as well.

    • shebear

      Chelsea, I have been in a very similar position. And as Chris said, it will help you in your career. While I was in graduate school getting a degree in Counseling Psychology, one of my teachers insisted that I get some help for my depression. That experience helped me to better understand the wonderful people that came my way. My prayer for you is one of peace and balance. God bless you for your willingness to study so hard to help others.

  • Chris

    I am requesting prayers to heal my children and myself from the suicide of my significant other 2 weeks ago. His family members have been very mean to us throughout this ordeal so I pray also that they will have healing in their hearts from the hatred that they give out, and lastly I pray for healing peace for Marc’s soul that he finds peace that he obviously could find here.. thank you and blessings.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you, Chris.

      • Chris

        Thanks John, I attend an Evangelical University and often find myself quoting you when I am having debates about theology and encouraging others to look deeper. Your love of God gives me hope often because that is how I see God as all loving. These healing prayers are wonderful, welcomed, and perfectly timed. Thank you again for writing so eloquently and spreading God’s love to so many who need it!

    • keith

      Praying right now Chris. I can only imagine what it’s like to lose the person you combined your soul with to make a single flesh (to use the biblical metaphor. See Jesus embracing you and your family, and Marc. May God’s love mix with your pain and bring you healing.

    • shebear

      You and your children are in my prayers, Chris.

  • Jill H

    Also for a new friend L and all people who do not know that they are deeply and truly loved, I pray that they discover that Truth is locked inside them for their whole lives.

    • HJ

      It can be really difficult to come to view ones self as loved and lovable. But the truth is your friend is loved by God, and by so many others they just haven’t met yet. I will pray that she comes to understand God’s love for her, and her own worth, and many others who struggle to find their own inner God light that as you said has been there all along.

  • Chelsea Lynn via Facebook

    John, thank you for this. Thank you so much.

  • A

    Please pray for my husband and me, as we work through his multiple health problems. He’s in severe, debilitating pain from arthritis in most of his joints, but he also has extreme lymphedema and non-healing wounds on both his legs. There is much seepage from both legs, so that his pantlegs are soaked each day. I change his bandages each morning at 5:30 so he can go to work, and try to help him with his numerous doctors appointments, and we are seeking more help with addressing the problems, but it is extraordinarily painful for him and exhausting for me. Please pray for his healing and pray for strength for me as a caregiver. It’s something that is unlikely to kill him, but he struggles with wanting it (the pain, the mobility problems) to be “over.” This frightens me as I do not know what he is thinking. We both can use prayers.

    • Josie

      I will be glad to pray for both of you. May peace, love and healing be with you.

    • Lissy

      I will be praying for you both, A. I have been ill for many years and know how he is feeling in wanting it to all be “over.” Know that he loves you very much but sometimes the pain is so bad. My mother has taken care of me, my father, my grandmother and grandfather, so I will ask her to also pray for you, as she knows how exhausting caregiving is!

    • Karin

      I will pray for you both.

      I just finished watching this video and it may offer some help. Coconut Oil seem to help with so much.

      I hope it’s okay to post some practical tips too. That may just be the answer to the prayer ;-)

  • C

    I am praying for you. God CAN move your mountain.

  • Alicia Osmera

    To Chris, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I’m never sure what to say when there is a suicide. I do know that your not the reason, nor your children.

    I did find one place that’s Bible based. It’s called Arising Hope and you have to attended there classes before getting put on the wait list.

    I will pray for you and others.

  • Josie

    I have had severe depression all of my life, but this summer was horrible. Within one week of each other, my 21 year old daughter had cancer surgery, my beloved mom passed away, and I had to euthanize my dog. I’ve been feeling extra-pummeled by life lately, and most days even getting out of bed is an ordeal. I’m trying to re-process some old trauma, deal with the new, and keep my head above water all at once. I’m trying to maintain my faith, but I’m feeling pretty apart from God right now. Prayers appreciated.

    • meg

      I am so sorry, Josie. So much pain in such a short amount of time makes it hard to see God’s light and feel his love. My prayer for you is to just feel His presence, for Him to wrap you in his loving arms and give you some semblance of peace. Peace and love to you.

    • Susan

      Josie, I’ll be praying for you.

  • HJ

    I’ve struggled with abdominal pain and other issues for years. A few years ago I went through a plethora of tests. Found out a few interesting tidbits, but nothing definitive that could be treated. I have had a hard time trusting docs since, because ultimately, I felt that they gave up on me. I now have a new doc and am trying to work up the courage to ask for some more tests. The only thing I feel more distanced by than uncaring doctors is the worry that I will go through more stressful tests and still come back with no answers at all. The whole thing is anxiety inducing also.

    • Martha Jean

      Dear HJ, I am holding your perfect health in vision and prayer. I see the best healing professionals surrounding you. I see your body open to bright light infusing every cell with joyful life. Know that you are being held in love always. Yours. MJ

      • HJ

        Thank you so much. I am planning to call my doc tomorrow.

    • Allie

      HJ, will definitely pray for you. My heart goes out to you as I struggled for 10 years without a diagnosis before finally being diagnosed with lupus. All it takes is one good doctor, someone who will listen and really hear you, with the insight to do the right tests. I pray for you to find that person who can help you, and for you to have strength and courage as you navigate the medical establishment, that you find answers, and that the answers are something that can be treated.

      • HJ

        Thank you so much Allie. That means a lot.

    • shebear

      You are in my prayers, HJ. I understand how you feel about doctors. I was misdiagnosed for over 5 years. May God give you peace and your doctors wisdom.

  • meg

    My friend’s teenaged daughter has severe migraines. She has missed many days of school because of them and has been in the hospital for the last week because this one is so bad. Please pray for her healing and for the doctors to find a cure for her.

    Also, I have been struggling for months with a deep, spiritual sadness. I’m tired of hate, bigotry, greed, and divisiveness. I feel a constant heaviness in my heart. Everywhere I look lately, something horrible is happening, not necessarily to me, but there are days I just want to go Home to God and not deal with this world anymore. I’m not suicidal, I have much to live for, but I’m tired and want to see happy things for once. I know this sounds kind of lame, but my heart hurts for all people hurt by others, and I don’t understand why hatred has such a significant place in our society.

    • Rebecca

      Meg – I will pray for your friend’s daughter for healing and resolution of her migraines. And I will also pray for you (and me!) to feel the wonderful love and hope of the life we live and not the negativity and hopelessness that our modern life tends to emphasize. I will try to seek the positive, to intentionally turn of the bad and search out the good…and will think of you when I am doing it. There is Good News in our world and God wants us to feel and see it. Please stop and feel the peace and love being sent your way Wednesday morning!

    • Allie

      Praying for your friend’s daughter, and for God to lighten your heart. Joy, peace, ease, and freedom from pain for both of you in your needs.

  • http://www.raanedrop-conversations.blogspot.com/ Raanedrop

    Please pray for me. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for what feels like my entire life. I have dealt with flashbacks for years from abuse and it never seems to get better – sometimes it feels like it just gets worse. I am not suicidal, but I do wish I were dead. I really have so many blessings but cannot feel love. I get so tired sometimes.

    • Stef

      I will pray for you. That you may feel love and blessings by others.

      Anxiety and depression is not easy to overcome but I trust that with all the love and support you have received, you will recover and be able to move on. God will give you courage and will to seek happiness in your life.

    • K.

      I’ll pray for you too–not sure if we’re allowed to double up but I know exactly what you’re going through because I feel like depression and anxiety have always been a part of me. I’ll pray for your mental well-being and balance, and that God will send people into your life to support you and ease your pain.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

        I encourage you to pray for as many people here as you’re moved to.

    • shebear

      You will be in my prayers, Raanedrop. I pray for you to have peace within and healing. I, too, have depression for the majority of my life and know of what you speak. When I started praying for peace, I was given peace. May you have that same blessing.

      • Raanedrop

        I will pray that the peace continues for you shebear. God be with you during this holiday.

  • Stef

    Please pray for me that I have the confidence to come out to friends and family, that God will take my self-hatred away after years of being conditioned to think that homosexuality is a sin so that I may be able to love myself and others. Please pray that I can have the courage to speak out against church practices which spread hateful messages against homosexuality, abortion and other issues.

    • David S

      Stef – I am praying for you. Know that you are a child of God, created in His image, worthy of giving and receiving love. I believe that to enjoy the fullness of the life He intends for us, we must live authentically. For me, I sometimes grieve the years I wasted in the closet, and my religious upbringing had a lot to do with my isolation and loneliness.

      I pray God gives you strength and courage as you face the uncertainty of the reactions of family and friends. I pray God gives you patience and grace as they each come to understand and accept you (wheather immediately or over time). I pray God gives you joy in the freedom to be yourself. And I pray God gives you peace in the sure knowledge that you are loved just as you are.

      Love to you.

    • Tom Backus

      Stef:

      I not only lift you up today, but as a fellow human who has been on the journey you are about to embark on, I offer you a hand, a loving, caring, hand. I have survived, with my Christian Faith intact. I ask that God help you to come to love yourself as much as God loves you. I pray that you know that many are here with you, willing to help, willing to be with you. If you desire a listening, non-condemning, shoulder to cry on, someone to listen to you, or a hand through this, please feel free to reach out to me. I have been there, I have been through this fire, and you can make it to.

      Tom – tom@backusfamily.net

      • Tom Backus

        Stef:

        I lift you up again today, asking God to offer you the peace and comfort you need. To remove self doubt, and remind you just how loved you are.

  • Allie

    I have two.

    Since my father’s stroke he has been really wacky. Before the stroke he was very intelligent and competent, so it’s a sudden blow for everyone, but most of all for him. He can’t read because he has lost part of his visual field, he sees constant hallucinations of people in the house, and my mom who is caring for him is kind of the opposite of a caregiver and impatient with his neediness. Plus the neurologist says that the type of damage he had doesn’t cause hallucinations and basically seems not to want to address the problem because it doesn’t fit his expectations. I know my father is lonely and miserable and it makes me sad, because there’s nothing for him to do that’s fun anymore, and the lady who comes in to sit with him is very nice, but of a completely different background with nothing in common with him. Please pray for him and my mom.

    So, the second one. I have lupus, and some other problems, and no health insurance. Lately my lungs have been really bad because my heart, which is scarred from inflammation, is not functioning all that well, and my lungs are filling up. It is terrible to sit up at night trying to breathe and knowing that no one will help me unless I get bad enough to need the ER. And knowing that there’s no security for us if my husband or I have anything serious happen to us is exhausting mentally. It seems like my body isn’t even trying to heal itself anymore, and I just really need a break from not feeling good.

    • Deborah

      I will pray for your father’s condition, and that your Mother receives the grace and compassion needed for daily life with him. I will also pray that you do get a “break” and start to feel healthy again.

    • squirt

      Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it!” (John 14:12-14) – If Jesus healed by believing, not only can those who believe do it, but “greater things”. That just sounds crazy, but He cannot lie. So: In Jesus’ name, I ask and pray for your complete healing and for sickness leave your body immediately. I pray for peace for your mom and healing for your dad. I pray much Light, Love and Faith for your today! I ask these things for Allie, in Jesus name. We thank you, Lord, for all you have done for each of us. Amen.

  • David S

    Please pray for my husband’s family and our friends in Israel – especially those who are likely to be recalled by the army. And please pray for peace.

    • David S

      Sorry, Mr. Shore, if that’s outside the intended scope. I’m just very, very concerned.

      • DR

        I’ll pray for that!

        • David S

          Thank you, DR.

    • Allie

      Oh gosh, I don’t think that’s outside our scope at all! Prayers for all those in harm’s way, and that peace comes soon.

      • David S

        Yes, Allie, a healing of the world. ANC thank you!

  • DR

    I’d like to ask for prayers for healing of the fear of being alone and the grace, will and courage to change whatever keeps me there. Thank you.

    • HG

      DR- I will hold you in my prayers each day for this healing. You are not alone.

    • lily

      DR, i will pray for your healing and comfort. and for courage and guidance.

      lily

  • HG

    I ask for healing from the fear of financial insecurity. I make bad decisions out of this fear and ask that it be removed so that I can live free and correct the mistakes of the past around this.

    • Allie

      I pray for you to find relief from fear for the future, and wisdom to act in the now to do what you need to do, and for all that has been done in the past to be healed and removed. And also, I never know if God answers prayers like this, but I figure it can’t hurt to ask for just a little more money and for things to be easier for you!

    • squirt

      HG, I, too, have that fear and up to now, had never worried about it. I pray: Father, we know you have amazing things in our future. Help HG get through that same fear I share. We know you are a God of increase. Help our unbelief and to know that we have “who would have thought” gracious moments and blessings that are your limitless grace and favor for us. Heal our minds. Flood our hearts with faith and get us ready for our increase that can only be explained by your love for us. God, bless HG with your greatness and goodness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • pepe

    My son and his spouse are splitting up, after years together, after having had a beautiful baby together, a baby they both wanted and love. Please pray that God bring them all comfort and peace. Please pray the Lord me and my wife be a source of strength for all of them. I am sad right now.

    • Matt

      I’ll pray for you and your family, Pepe. I will pray that all find peace, comfort, and healing, however that comes for them.

    • lily

      pepe, I will pray for your son, his wife, their baby, and you and your wife. I will pray for strength, guidance, wisdom, and comfort. I pray God bring you comfort in your sadness.

      • pepe

        Thank you.

  • K.

    For about a year now I’ve been struggling with obsessive thoughts, the most compelling of which are telling me that I am going to hell for being in a lesbian relationship. It is distressing, terrifying, frustrating and depressing to not be able to go through a day without being plagued by relentless anxiety-inducing thoughts. Because of these thoughts my relationship with God is suffering severely, because I can’t have a moment of peace with Him (/Her) without being seized by fear. I have been going to a lovely psychologist since this summer and it’s been helping, but my progress is a lot slower than I’d hoped. So if anyone wants to pray for me, I’d really appreciate a prayer for mental clarity, peace, self-acceptance, and renewed faith.

    • Maria

      Oh Lord, please help K attain mental clarity, peace, and self-acceptance. Please renew her faith. Please, Lord God, allow K, each and everyday, to feel the love you have for her and her partner as your lesbian daughters. Jesus, Lord, please hold K in the palm of your hand and in your heart. Please let her know at all times that her being a lesbian is a gift from you, that you have nothing but love for her, and that you take pleasure in her ability to share that love with her partner. Finally, please help her get rid of all negative feelings that are getting in the way of that which you wish from her: Love, love of God, love of neighbor, committed love of her partner, love for her enemies, love, love, love.

      • K.

        That really made my day, thank you so much for your kindness!

    • Trina

      K–

      My prayer for you is that you would come to the knowledge and peace that is of knowing Christ. And in that, what I mean is that with the many things that I’ve learned here about Scripturual interpretations, ancient culture, and so many things that are debatable, that the Spirit would speak to you and give you the peace and knowledge you need to know that (1) God created you the way you are and said that you were a good gift. (2) That only a cruel god would create someone who is attracted to the same sex and then deny them love and acceptance. You and I know deep in our hearts that this is no disease, no birth defect, no mental illness; cannot be compared to things that hurt others. The truths you will find from many posts here, as well as contributors to this community, can provide you with overwhelming peace. Stick around and read as much as you can.

      p.s. Just a few months ago, I was very “traditional” in my views. See what education and learning can do to an open heart and mind in just a short amount of time. ; ) I see nothing but hope and a bright future for you. Hang in here. I’m confident you will get there.

      • K.

        Thank you very very much, and I’ll keep your words in mind as I continue questioning and learning!

  • Carol VanderNat

    I will pray for all of you. These are hard times for you all, and I will be sending light your way…..

    • EsAyBe

      Agreed, Carol – I pray for all of those listed here as well as our friends that have not yet shared here. Please know you are loved by this community.

  • Carol VanderNat

    I’d like to ask for prayers for myself and my next few months…I came out as a lesbian in July, had to leave my home (in fear) in August, and my husband filed for divorce in October…right after he moved all of “our” money to a new account in his name. He has changed the locks on “our” house, and stopped paying any medical bill with my name on it.

    I am staying with gracious friends, and trying to live on a part time wage…

    All of that to say that I’d like someone to pray – with me – that I not get bitter and vindictive and retaliate. Even though that is a temptation, I do NOT want to be like he is right now…and I think I might need divine intervention for that….

    • Matt

      Carol, I will absolutely pray for you. I pray that you will find peace and not relaliate. That when everything is not so raw, searing and painful, you will be able to look back and be satisfied with and proud of yourself.

      • Carol VanderNat

        Thank you Matt….you give me hope for the future…..and I will pray for you as well…..

  • Matt

    I hope it’s okay to ask, but I ask for prayers as I slowly come out to my family and friends over the next few years as a transgender man. I struggle hugely with feelings that I am stealing my parents’ little girl, the one they so looked forward to and gave such a beautiful name to. I struggle with feeling like I have betrayed my fellow women, like I have been an intruder in their midst all this time without realizing it. I struggle with my “womanly” feelings, my wanting to have a biological child, and knowing that having a ordinary male body is not physically possible for me. I struggle with fears that I will be ugly and no longer desired for anything.

    But I every day, I become more sure that if I don’t do this, I will get to the end of my life and nothing else will have mattered without it. I know that my family will always love me, but I also know that this will be a huge change and they may not mean to wound, but I have no doubt they will on accident (I have seen it played out with my partner). I just would like some prayers for strength. I feel like I’ll need enough to move the Earth itself sometimes.

    • Allie

      Oh Matt. I will pray for strength for you. Also for you to be to overcome any bad feelings about yourself and your decisions, and for your family to have strength and wisdom too. I pray that the things you worry about turn out to be not nearly as bad as you fear, and that the things you hope for turn out to be more wonderful than you ever dreamed. And if you don’t mind my saying so, I think you’re a great guy and you don’t have a thing in the world to apologize for.

    • David S

      Matt, you don’t really know me from Adam, but I want you to know thst I so enjoy the contributions you make to the discussions in this community. I haved learned from you. Your presence is gentle and honest. So thank you.

      I will pray for you as you continue to become the person God intends you to be. I thank God for the sensitivity and emotional generosity you show your family, and I pray it is returned as you reveal even more of yourself to them. And I pray God gives you the strength and grace to forgive the slights that may occur as the people in your life come to understand you more fully than before. You are loved.

      • Jill H

        Hear, hear! I will continue to pray for you to feel strong, Matt, but you are the one that reminds me here how strong I still could be if I keep working at like you do. Rest assured, you are not betraying ‘the woman code’ by becoming more of who you really are. Your honesty honors ‘the human code’, so I think you’re doing just fine. Love to you, Jill

        • Matt

          Thank you enormously for your responses. It really means more to me than I can say.

    • Trina

      Matt–

      I am praying for you and will continue to do so. He who dwells in a High and Holy place dwells also with you who is contrite and lowly in heart to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Peace to those far and near.

    • Richard

      I will pray for you, Matt. I have similar issues hidden in my own closet, so I know how poignant this kind of thing can be.

    • ~jenny

      Oh Matt, I know, believe me I know. And yet, for each of us the journey is unique. May God help you find your way along this difficult path. May you come to know and love God even more now, as your true self. May God help you feel how very much it pleases God when any of God’s creatures shines forth as the being God meant them to be. And may God grant you peace, with others and with yourself. Much love, ~jenny

    • http://www.buzzdixon.com buzz

      Matt, I can only begin to guess at what you must have experienced in your life, and I have come to realize that in the past I was much too quick to judge and far too slow to listen. I’m trying to change that now, and would like to offer prayers to God for you, your partner, and your family as you move ahead. May God bless you and protect you all.

  • lily

    I ask for prayer for my 21 year old daughter. She was arrested for drunk driving twice and she attacked me once when I tried to help her. She no longer speaks to me because I called an ambulance when she was very, very drunk. Please pray for her healing and return to me.

    • Mike

      Lily, I pray that your daughter finds the strength to confront and defeat alcohol. I also pray for perseverance, strength and peace for you. Courage.

    • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

      I pray for your daughter’s return and for deep peace for you until that time.

  • Andy

    Please pray for both my own and my families struggle with depression/mental illness. This past fall has been very difficult and it often seems like there isn’t any light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Andrew

      I’ll pray for you and your family, Andy. My family has a history of depression and, though I don’t suffer from it personally, I understand the darkness that so many people face because of it. I’ll pray for healing and strength for you and yours. All things are possible through Christ. Wishing you blessings, peace, strength, and love. You’re not alone.

      • Andy

        Thank you Andrew

    • Wendy

      Andy, I pray that the Lord visits your family this season. I ask that He give you all His peace that passes understanding. I pray that you will rest under the shelter of his wings. I ask that each problem confronting you and your family will be illuminated and resolved by the Holy Spirit. I ask the Lord to give you and yours a hope that resides deep in your hearts that provides a light in whatever darkness may come.

    • Ric Booth

      I am praying for you, Andy.

    • Ed

      Andy, may peace, patience, compassion and strength surround you and your family. You are not alone. You are never alone. I will keep you in my prayers.

    • harrisco

      God: I pray for Andy and for Andy’s family. May they find support, compassion, and helpful treatment. May they feel the embrace of a loving community to walk with them down a difficult road. May you hold them close even in their suffering, for you are close to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. Hold them in your tender hands, O God, now and always. Amen.

  • Julie

    You do all realize, don’t you, that we are living out who we are intended to be, the body of Christ, in all of this. I’m so very moved by reading through each person’s struggles and, even more, how others, strangers and yet brothers and sisters in the Healer join in upholding and praying for each person. Thanks, John Shore, for creating the space for this to happen.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      To say it’s an honor would be an understatement.

    • HJ

      Here, here. I pray that I and others will remember what this feels like, how moving and right it is, and continue to hold one another in prayer. It is also the first time I have felt it’s honestly okay, to reach out and simply say “I’m praying for you”.

  • Mike

    Please pray for strength to answer the call God has placed in my heart.

    • Brenner

      I’ll be praying for you, Mike.

    • ~jenny

      Oh God, please help Mike find the strength to follow your call. And please help him be aware of your constant loving presence with him, even and especially on those days when the strength eludes him. Remind him often of your call, please God, and help him keep in mind that doing your work in the world brings joy to him, to you, and to all of us. Amen.

    • Brenner

      Praying for you this morning, Mike — asking for strength, for integrity, for courage, for joy.

    • harrisco

      Dear God: I hold Mike in your holy light. May Mike know the whisper of your Holy Spirit, strengthening, guiding, upholding him, as he seeks to answer your call. Give him the strength he requires in this hour. Amen.

  • Maria

    I’ve been diagnosed with inoperable stage IV pancreatic cancer metastized to the liver. I am undergoing chemo and hoping that there might yet be a way for me to be healed. Please pray for me.

    • Jill H

      Maria, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I have not forgotten you. Peace be with you. xoxo Jill

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you, Maria.

    • Translator

      Stay strong Maria! I will be praying for you and your health. May you recover completely and quickly, and may you feel peace at all times.

      Much love!!!

    • Trina

      Maria–

      I will pray for you also. My love to you, Dearest.

      –JN

    • HJ

      I am praying for you Maria. I was praying for you before I even knew you.

      Peace.

    • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

      Praying for you, Maria. For hope, courage, healing, vision. Sending love.

    • http://innervoiceblog.blogspot.com/ Diane

      Maria, I will pray for you. Peace, God’s Love, Light and Healing to you.

      • Adele

        I’m praying for you Maria.

    • Kerry

      Adding my prayers too Maria.

      Breathe in love, breathe out fear.

    • JanvierNoir

      Maria–

      I pray that God be with you, Immanuel, that his presence would felt through the many ways he can be present in our lives. That he would be your Jehovah-Shammah, a God who is there in your present distress. That he would be your Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord, your Provider. That Jehovah-Shalom would be your peace. I ask for healing for your body and that you would be restored to good health.

      Peace and love to you, Maria

    • Maria

      Thank you everyone for all your wonderful prayers. They really touch my heart and help in making it day to day. You all make me feel truly blessed.

      Love.

      Maria.

  • Brenner

    I would appreciate prayer for this season of my life. Recently I have become aware of how very much I react against instead of responding to, due to an unwillingness to trust God or other people. There are reasons for that, of course, but I would love to be able to move beyond those reasons and to step into a positive way of living. I am longing for hope, for direction, really for a reason to get up in the morning.

    • Translator

      I will pray for you and Maria.

      I believe this can be a first step to steer you into an energetic, positive, purposeful journey. I will ask God to help you see your intended direction and give you enough hope. The reason to get up in the morning will come when you realize your untapped potential.

      Much love and peace.

      • Brenner

        Thank you, Translator!

  • Translator

    Thank you John for providing this opportunity and thanks for everyone for participating in it.

    I am starting a new part of my journey and I am very scared. Please pray for us to remain in good health and employed , for me to have the courage, wisdom and integrity to do what is right, to be able to let go of my unreasonable fears and control my reasonable ones and for my family to accept the changes that are coming and be able to deal with my coming out (again!) without much trauma.

    I would also be thankful if you could pray for a certain someone and me to take the best possible decission and be kind and honest to each other.

    Thank you so much to all of you.

    • Trina

      Translator–

      I will pray for you.

      -JN

      • Translator

        Thank you!

    • HJ

      Hi Translator,

      I will pray for you too. Especially for your family to accept your coming out and entering on a new journey. Being who you are and sharing that with those you love is scary. God understands all of us who struggle with issues with coming out. I will pray for your bravery and confidence too.

      • Translator

        Thank you HJ!

    • JanvierNoir

      Translator–

      Praying for you. I pray that you would not focus so much on getting it right, but that you would experience abundant grace, peace and authentic being. That others who encounter you would be overwhelmed with compassion and wisdom in how they speak to you and treat you. May the bonds you have with your Love grow stronger as you both face your world together, shoulder-to-shoulder, with soundness of mind and purity in heart. When things are difficult, I pray that there will be provision for you for comfort and solace; for wisdom and understanding and love. And lastly, I pray for courage and tenacity–that when you are afraid, do whatever it is that you must do, do it afraid, but do it. Blessings and joy to you.

  • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

    I would appreciate prayer to not be so awfully hard on myself. I want to know how to love myself as I am rather than being the harshest voice in my head.

    • squirt

      Nicole, God loves you so much. Many of us have been programmed throughout our lives that we aren’t worth very much, that we are terrible sinners and we are fortunate that He does love us. I pray that you quickly discover how much you are loved by others and Him; makes it much easier to love yourself (He’s IN you btw). He made you and gave you gifts to reach your destiny, so you are talented, creative, loving and loved. May that drop into your heart and being this very second in the name of Jesus. Now go look in the mirror at that beautiful person God created and tell them that you love them because God loves them… and smile. That person will smile back at you. God bless you!

      • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

        Thanks you, Squirt. What a blessing your response to me is this afternoon. Thank you. *hug*

        Also praying for you!

    • Ric Booth

      I am praying for you, Nicole.

      • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

        Thank you, Ric :)

  • squirt

    Wow…Didn’t realize it was so hard to ask for help/prayer until I decided to actually ask on here. And thank you all in advance for your Light and kindness and Love. The past 2-3 years have been rough for many small (& large) businesses. I know there is no recession in God’s kingdom, but apparently don’t have enough faith…or too much unbelief to live it out. Finances at our nearly 40 year old family business have spiraled downward. We are “overcomers” and “more than conquerors” I keep saying to myself and our employees, hopefully and prayerfully waiting on God’s promises of life abundant for giving to others with much peace and joy. I have allowed this to suck the joy out of me, dreading… yet hoping… every day. I would greatly appreciate any and all prayers! God save our small business, our employees’ livelihoods and me. Much love, healing and thanks to each and everyone of you. And I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Our God is a very big and loving Father.

    • Alicia Osmera

      Squirt,

      I don’t know your family business, however I will pray as well as ask what kind it is?

      I want to help keep your doors open. Maybe we can discuss options?

      • squirt

        Oh, Alicia, thank you so much! Please private email me at s.squirt@aol.com so I can reply to you. I do not want to create fear for those who may see this post and are depending on me. Thank you for your continued prayers!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you and your business, Squirt.

      • squirt

        John, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Overwhelmed by your kindness. God bless you and all you do for the down-trodden of all walks of life. We love and appreciate you.

    • http://www.enesvy.com Nicole

      It’s not about a level of faith, Squirt. God doesn’t keep a tally sheet on how much faith you have and keep you cut off from blessing until you reach it. Be gentle with yourself.

      I pray the Lord’s blessing on your business. I pray for new vision, new opportunities and new voices. Peace and comfort to you and yours as you walk through this time of difficulty.

  • Allie

    Just checking in to pray for everybody. It’s really amazing to see this place fill up with so many prayers and so much good will. Thank you everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Jones/50402231 Chris Jones via Facebook

    I have quite a few. One is that my wife and I would be able to bring in more money, as the bills are starting to accumulate. Another is that my sister-in-law and her boyfriend have both started new jobs and that they do well. Another is for our country, that it takes the direction it needs to take in order to finally get out of the deficit and that Obama is able to make the best choices he can. Lastly, I’m struggling in my long-held faith; with all the anti-theist sentiment floating around the net, it can be a bit discouraging. I agree with the Humanists on a great many things, but I am not willing to give up on my belief in God. It gave me hope in something beyond our consciousness and that after our life had ended, there would be something beyond it, that each life had meaning and that there was a loving greater Consciousness that wants the best for us.

    A lot of complexity goes into prayer and private thought, and there’s a lot more I could write here, but being this early in the morning, I’m not very articulate. Those are my immediate thoughts; if everyone could please pray for me, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    • http://rindle.blogspot.com Lyn

      Just prayed for you, Chris.

    • http://www.progressivechristianalliance.org Roger

      Chris Jones,

      I shall certainly add my prayers to those already being lifted on your behalf. I pray that you and your family achieve the financial stability that will bring a level of peace to your lives. I add my prayers also for this nation. May we truly become a Christian nation; one that is known by the love we ave for one another in this worldwide community. Most of all your post spoke to me because of your shaken faith. I know how it is to see the world around, the suffering and intolerance and question whether or not there is anyone “up there” watching and caring. And this doubt is coming from a pastor…

      I pray that in your searching you both find and are found by holy father God and embraced by holy Mother Spirit.

      Peace be with you.

      Roger

    • Kristin

      Chris, I will pray for you and your wife, and your sister-in-law and her boyfriend. I will join you in praying for the future of our country. And I will pray for you and your faith. I understand where you are coming from having so many doubts and questions (though now I guess technically I’m coming from the opposite side – I am really doubting my lack of faith). I hope you feel God’s love now.

  • http://innervoiceblog.blogspot.com/ Diane

    Thank you, John, for this wonderful idea for us all to help one another!

    I have been struggling with an inability to completely forgive the betrayal of someone whom I trusted with my whole heart. This has affected my physical and emotional health and my relationships with others. I need to put the past behind me and find gratitude in all my blessings. Please pray for God to soften my heart and help me find peace so that I can be a blessing to others. I pray for love and healing to everyone who is posting and reading this site. Peace to all!

    • Andy

      Peace to you Diane, praying for you.

    • ~jenny

      Diane, I have been there. It is so, so hard to forgive betrayal. May God help you feel the love of God more strongly than the anger and pain of being betrayed. May that love fill your heart so full that it radiates out to touch all people, even and especially the one who hurt you. And may you feel that love of God wrapping itself around you like an old familiar blanket, a comfort in your hardest times. Much love, ~jenny

  • http://www.facebook.com/hari.d.khalsa Hari Dev Singh Khalsa via Facebook

    Chris I will pray for you. I don’t understand shaken faith, so I will start there.

  • Susan

    My husband is starting radiation treatment for prostate cancer. He already had surgery, but there’s dust in the dungeon, as one of my friends so eloquently put it.

    • Adele

      I’m praying for you and your husband Susan. Stay strong.

      • Susan

        Thank you, Adele:0)

    • francis

      Susan, praying for you and your husband that you will be aware of God’s loving presence as you take this journey one day at a time. Also praying that the treatments are effective and tolerated well by your husband. Prayers for peace and a restful night.

  • Richard

    My marriage ended a couple years ago when my partner decided she is a lesbian after all, and not bi as she had thought for a number of years.

    I’m recovering, slowly, to a point where I can think about longer term and deeper questions without being swamped in the ocean of sadness. Grief has its own season, and will not be rushed.

    Please pray that I can come to accept this.

    • Tom Backus

      Richard:

      I lift you up. I ask for healing in your life. I ask that you be wrapped in love from all around you. I ask that you be granted peace, understanding, and a healed heart. May God wrap in you God’s loving and caring arms, and help you heal. May God grant you comfort as you deal with the stresses this has brought you, and offer acceptance in you heart so that you may find joy in your life once again.

      • Tom Backus

        Richard:

        Again today, I lift you up, asking God to heal your heart and give you the strength you need.

        • Richard

          Thank you, so much, Tom.

    • JanvierNoir

      Richard–

      I pray that your grief and loss will not fall to the ground without bringing forth beautiful fruit in your life–beauty for ashes. May you be blessed with the support of others who are gracious, merciful and kind, and most of all patient. I pray that God would bring about the necessary people in your life that would be steadfast and honorable towards you as you heal and pursue wholeness and a mended heart. Peace, love, comfort and joy to you.

  • Lissy

    Thank you, John, for doing this. I am 33 and have been disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/CFIDS) since I was 18. I was always a very active person and a dancer. I’ve struggled for a very long time, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve learned so much but I can’t lie- I long to be able to work, to go to church, to see friends, to go back to school. There is much grief in my heart that must be healed also. Thank you in advance and I pray God will bless all of you.

    • Tom Backus

      Lissy:

      I lift you up. I ask for peace of mind, for healing of your heart, and a clear vision of how important you are in this world, and how you still can and do contribute to the betterment of our world by just your being here.

      • Lissy

        Thank you so much, Tom. That is the perfect prayer needed! What a blessing!

        • Tom Backus

          Lissy:

          I lift you up again today. Praying for you. Praying for continued peace for you.

    • francis

      Lissy, I am praying for you – for healing, comfort and hope. You have such a caring heart that you have shared with others in this group. God bless you,

  • Adele

    I’m 41 and widowed… lost my husband of 18 years to a rare and acute form of cancer after a full-time, whirlwind, 13-month battle. I have two teenaged children who need and miss their dad terribly. My son is turning 16 tomorrow and is very depressed (and yes, I have him in therapy). It’s been 2-1/2 years since he died, and we are still struggling with the loss. We’ve lost many (christian) friends over this time period. Many people who were supportive during his battle, backed away after he died, including my best friend. Even the kids’ friends have backed away. We do not associate with a church anymore. I have not heard from the pastor of our old church since the day of the funeral. And since it’s been a few years now, people seem to think we should be over it. I humbly ask for prayer for the healing of my children and me; that we would let go of bitterness and anger (I am VERY angry), and that God would bring some good friends into our lives. Thank you so much.

    • http://oygbo.posterous.com/ Oygbo

      Hi Adele,

      May the Lord’s Shekinah Glory shine on you and your family and may He bring healing to your spirits, souls and bodies and may He provide loving friends for you all that will be there for you through thick and thin; May God bring restoration to your life and give you garments of joy instead of robes of sadness and bitterness! May He let you know life in abundance! In Jesus name, I pray!

    • shebear

      You and your children will be in my prayers, Adele.

    • Ric Booth

      I am very familiar with the long-term recovery from great loss, Adele. I am praying for healing and better days ahead for you and your two teenagers.

      • Adele

        Thank you all for your prayers…. it means the world to me.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

          Tonight I’m praying for you and your kids, Adele.

          • Adele

            Thank you, John

    • JanvierNoir

      Adele–

      Sometimes I wish we did wear veils to symbolize our grief in this culture that would remind people to respect and understand better that grief is very different and a process for each one of us individually. I know your situation very well. Grief tends to be one of those things as Americans that we’re not too comfortable with. It often feels like people are rushing you along, judging you, putting your emotions, life and progress on their own timetables. And then they alienate you and sometimes in turn, we alienate ourselves from their alienation.

      I pray for that Strongtower of community and relationships for you where it will be safe for you to continue to grieve. Where others aren’t judging your grief, but celebrating your progress. Where there are circles of relationships and friends who can all partner in the love and care of you and your family. Also a community in which through your grieving and participation, you can give to others to help you in your healing as well as theirs. Today, may the Lord be your Fortress and Strong tower in your time of need. May God grant you and place before you and your family a bright future full of hope, love, joy and goodness. Most of all, may the Lord be your peace and safe place as he brings along others who are strong enough to bear you and your children up. Be courageous and continue to reach out, even when it is hard.

  • Maria

    Lord God, please help your son Matt [Maria is referring to Matt's prayer request here] as he struggles to follow the road you have set for him. Please give Matt all the strength and all the courage he needs. Also, Lord Jesus, please give Matt’s parents the solace, strength and understanding that will allow them to accept the path you have set for our brother Matt. Lord, please help Matt understand that in following that which you have set for him, he is neither betraying us women nor his fellow men, but doing your will. Please let Matt come to accept the limitations he will have with his body (and make this, his cross, light to bear), let him understand that there are cis-gendered born men who also struggle with limitations in their own bodies and that these limitations are not what makes them “men”. Please, Lord, help Matt with understanding and acceptance of his “womanly” feelings, which are just a facet of the man you designed him to be, and please guide him maneuver through this aspect of his being in a manner that will provide him with fulfillment while remaining true to your path for him. Finally, Lord, please let him come to know in his heart that it is his courage, perseverance, and, especially, his love that makes him into the beautiful, desirable man he is (rather than any outward appearances).

  • http://oygbo.posterous.com/ Oygbo

    I love your blog John and the idea of prayer for one another is very much Holy Spirit inspired as the world shall know we belong to Him if we love one another…. :-)

    This year has been extremely challenging for me and my family and I have made it so far thanks to God and His grace. I need His deliverance and blessing badly. After years of trying to save my marriage (despite of being gay) in vain, I decided to separate from my husband as he was becoming more and more aggressive towards me and the kids. Just when I was about to move out with our two young kids in June this year, I got diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. So, plans of moving out had to be suspended because of the treatment. So, I have been living with the estranged husband with no support from him whatsoever and two boys to look after. In August we learnt our oldest son had been molested by one of our neighbours, so a criminal case is ongoing in this matter. So, prayer is needed for Jasper, my son, that he recovers from this experience and it leaves no trace in his soul…. My youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in September, so I also need lots of wisdom and patience to help him achieve his potential despite the difficulties connected with the syndrome….

    I have finished the chemo treatment, the tumour has shrunk, fortunately and will soon have to be removed, with some lymph nodes for examination…. I have to be honest and say that I am very tired with all the challenges thrown at me this year. I am totally optimistic and full of faith in God, just need so badly to have practical help, especially after the surgery and I need a new house to move into soon, as living where where we are no longer wanted or welcome is not helpful, especially for the boys – I need a miracle for all this mess to turn into something beautiful and glorifying Jesus! All prayer will be more than appreciated. Bless you all and thank you John for your beautiful compassion!

    • Adele

      Oygbo, I have just prayed for you and will continue to do so.

      • http://oygbo.posterous.com/ Oygbo

        thank you :-) bless you!

  • shebear

    I have a very rare cancer that was diagnosed at Stage IV. Because it is rare, there is little to no funding for research. It does not respond to chemo or radiation. At best, they can try to cut it out. I had surgery last January and it was a total failure. I’m at peace about this. Please, pray for my husband. He is working and taking care of me and I know this is very hard on him. Thank you.

    • Robin

      Have prayed for you today shebear and will do so every day. Also for your husband. All of my co workers are Christians and they are praying for you as well. Sending you much Love and light from Connecticut.

      • shebear

        Thank you, Robin.

    • Adele

      I am praying for you… my husband had a very rare cancer as well that did not respond to chemo or other treatments. It was an honor to take care of him. I’m sure your husband feels the same. I will be praying for both of you.

      • shebear

        Thank you, Adele.

  • http://www.transparently.ca Lisa Salazar

    I feel like an interloper since I live in Canada and we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. But I have a prayer request. October and November are difficult months for me; there are just too many dates that mark significant life events. In happier days, these were causes for celebration, but now they produce a deep sadness in me. Though I am grateful for the many memories, no longer having the most important person in my life to share them with turns them into bitter drops, and to top it off, when our divorce was finalized by the court in 2011, it was on November 24. The funk I find myself in is compounded by the ongoing lack of work and being severely underemployed—a reality that is part due to having transitioned. Clients may tell me they admire my courage, but that does not mean they are completely comfortable with a transgender person coming into their office to discuss a project. So I need prayer, both for my emotional strength and for doors to open for work. I have a job interview with an ad agency on the 29th, and I admit, I’m getting desperate. Thanks for this chance to share.

    • Jill H

      Hi Lisa, I’m sorry to hear this time marks a painful remembrance for you. I am praying for you to experience inner peace, financial prosperity, and career fulfillment. Thank you for sharing your story and your blog.

      • http://www.transparently.ca Lisa Salazar

        Thank you Jill

    • Ed

      Lisa, I am praying for you, today, and on Tuesday, the 20th, the Transgender Day of Remembrance. God is among us, and within us, and I pray that your work, your transition, and the communities you are in, will pour into your life all the love, support, and peace that you deserve. Bless you for following your spirit to live the life you were meant to live.

      http://www.psr.edu/public-events/tuesday-chapel-november-20

      • Lisa Salazar

        Thank you, Ed.

    • JanvierNoir

      Hi Lisa,

      I went to your site yesterday and checked out your story and posts. You are beautiful! I woke this morning thinking about you and praying for you as well. Thank you for sharing your story and the opportunity it has given me to learn about your journey, as well as the opportunity it gives me to exercise grace, compassion and understanding. I shed some tears this morning at the thought of who I used to be and the unkind things I would have thought or said to you thinking that it would have been “in love.” I also shed some tears for you as your journey has been difficult. I am altogether thankful as I am so glad for all of my teachers here, especially you and Matt and many others who have made your transition or will make them. I cannot imagine.

      May you be blessed beyond compare and may your life be filled with hope, joy, steadfast determination and above all, LOVE.

  • Ginny Browne

    I would like prayers for a wounded congregation. My husband is serving this congregation who have been seriously abused by a format minister. They are good people who have been seriously injured. They are beginning to see that there is a better way to be together than allow people in who only want to hurt one another, but it is going to be a long trek for us all.

    • AJ

      I am praying for the congregation you and your husband are serving. May God renew their hearts and minds, provide them with peace, and bring to them kindness and mercy toward each other. And may God bring to the two of you energy, continued compassion, and continued hope (among many other things).

  • AJ

    Please pray for my children that they may continue growing in wisdom, skills, spirituality…Please pray for my husband and all the pain he carries. May he find joy. Please pray for those with whom I tend to and work with.

    • Ed

      AJ, I pray for your kids and your husband. Loving God fill AJs family and those she serves with the certainty that they are loved, as they are. Grant them the courage and trust to let your love in, to live in it and be transformed by it. Fill AJ with peace and assurance that she is an instrument of your compassion and grace. Thank you God for AJ and those around her and for the world they can create in your image.

  • Ed

    I’m asking for prayers for my friend, Kevin, who has suffered through his entire family passing away within the past three years. He enters the holidays shaken, sad, remarkably strong, tired and mostly alone. Kevin is an atheist and I ask that his heart be open to the love and grace that surround him, however he needs to experience it.

    I also ask for prayers for my mom, Susan, starting down the scary, lonely road of dementia. Her faith in God is strong but she is filled with fear of losing her independence and herself. I pray that as she surrenders the things she can no longer do, that she feels God drawing closer and closer by her side. And I pray that my family and I find the grace and patience to walk with her in compassion.

    Bless you all for holding each of these people in your prayers. I pray with you. How awesome and creative and endlessly compassionate is God, through loving people like you.

    • James

      Father God, I lift up Kevin to you in this moment. Use the people around him this holiday season to show him just how much he’s loved, not just by them, but especially by you. Warm his heart and allow him to be more able to receive that love of yours, and use him to help others around him.

      I also lift up Susan to you. I pray that she overflows with your strength, from the depths of her bones to the core of her being. I pray that the spirit of fear flee from her as she takes shelter beneath your wings, which you will also use to raise her up into the highest of places imaginable.

    • Jill H

      Ed, I would also like to send prayers for you as well, as a caregiver and protector of those you love. It is all too easy to lose ourselves in the understandable needs of others whose needs may be more acute than ours. I pray that are empowered to continue supporting your mother and your friend and that you are supported by others who can help you remain strong and grounded. Peace to you.

  • Kerry

    This is a very specific prayer request and seems small compared to other situations posted here but I’m feeling scared about this situation right now so here I am.

    It seems like my blood isn’t clotting properly. I cut a vein in my mouth tonight while eating and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. Earlier today I had a nose bleed out of the blue that wouldn’t stop for a long time. I’ve never experienced this before.

    I’m worried it could be something serious. I’m scared.

    Please pray for healing – help me get through this trip (flying tomorrow) without this happening again.

    Thanks for listening.

    • Kerry

      Still bleeding but slowing down – no sleep – please pray for strength and healing.

      I’m still scared.

    • Allie

      Honey, I am definitely praying for you, but please go to the ER if you get truly frightened or feel bad in other ways, and make sure you see a doctor if it keeps happening, because there are things it could be (and many of them are easily fixed and not scary such as diet or medication problems.) In the short term, try green tea, it’s full of vit K.

      Praying for your wellness in mind and body.

      • Kerry

        Thank you sweet Allie! Doing better tonight. Got some Vitamin K before my flight. Planning to get some blood tests for sure when I get home.

        And Rev. John,

        Thank YOU – I have never asked anyone to pray for me before. After doing this I reached out to others too and I really think all the prayers helped me – I felt strength I didn’t think I had today.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

          Thank you for this, Kerry.

    • Lissy

      I don’t believe ANY situation is smaller than another… I will be praying for you. My first long time boyfriend has something like you have described. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what helped him and do not know how to get in touch with him to ask! Bleeding that doesn’t seem to stop is so scary! Please let us know what you find out if you feel comfortable with that.

    • Lee

      Came back here to update a year later and say, “All is well”.
      After my trip, I had a full physical – blood tests, etc. OK. Had some more nose bleeds though so finally had it cauterized by an ENT and that finally fixed it. The mouth cut was just a fluke but since it happened at the same time I jumped to the worst case scenario in my mind. All the prayers gave me strength and helped me travel when I wasn’t sure I could make it.

      Thank You again.

      • http://johnshore.com/ John Shore

        Love it. Thank you, Kerry.

  • Wendy

    I am moved to tears by the love evidenced here.

    I’d like prayer for myself to overcome my life-long addiction to food. It has been my life-long struggle. I have managed to control my type 2 diabetes with drugs, but have lost my health insurance, so I don’t see how I can continue to afford it. If my eating and therefore my weight were normal, my blood sugar would stabilize.

    I really need a miracle…

    • Kerry

      Dear God,

      Please show Wendy the way – I know there is a way for her – waiting.

      Let her feel your Love and feel it filling her more than any food can.

      Please let her see how strong she is. Please let her feel your presence and guidance every day.

      Amen

      Hugs Wendy – you can do it!

    • Brenner

      Praying for you, Wendy! I just recently found out that I am borderline pre-diabetic, and am facing getting off some weight, too. I’ll be praying that God gives you a new sense of love for your body, that caring for yourself will be sourced in Love.

      • Allie

        Praying for you, Wendy. For your weight and also for your health situation in general, and your insurance situation.

        And if anyone here needs a diet buddy, I would be interested. I have trouble with my weight since becoming ill and need to get back on the wagon.

    • KellyK

      Wendy, I’ll pray for you.

  • James

    I’d like to ask for prayer for my vision. I have had detached retinas in both eyes. My right eye has lost the ability to see and while my right eye still sees, my eyesight is very poor, and it’s growing worse and will soon become a problem. I would like to ask prayer for the revival and restoration of my eyesight.

    I would also like to pray for more discipline in maintaining my health and taking proper care of myself. My body is a temple so I would like to come to a place where I treat it as such.

    • ray

      I will pray for your eyes

    • Lissy

      I am praying for your eyes, James. They are such little things with a big job. “I would also like to pray for more discipline in maintaining my health and taking proper care of myself. My body is a temple so I would like to come to a place where I treat it as such.” I will pray for this also, as I am having problems treating my body with the kindness it needs!

  • ray

    I have a genital abnormality, which I believe I have passed on to my sons.

    • shebear

      Ray, I will pray for you and your sons.

    • JanvierNoir

      Ray–

      I also will pray for you. I pray that any heartache, guilt or fear that you experience would be overcome through a felt love, grace and compassion for you as well as your sons. I pray for courage for all of you to be able to talk about this issue in your family, seek wise and good counsel, and that you would find a shared bonding and acceptance with one another. In addition, I pray that any shame you or they may have would pale in comparison to the truth that you are wonderfully and fearfully made; that when you were created, God said that you were good and a good gift, indeed.

  • Tom Backus

    The prayers I ask for are not for me. In the last month, the company I work for has had to downsize, and many friends have found themselves entering this holiday season without employment. I would ask God to offer them peace and comfort, and help them through, leading them to better times ahead.

    Thanks to all!

    • Joe

      I will pray for you, Tom.

      • Tom Backus

        Thank you Joe. It helps lift the heavy burden on my heart!

        • Francis

          Tom, I will be praying for you intention. I can really relate from the heart as this happened to me earlier in the year. God bless you and yours!

  • William

    The past four years have been a blur. Four years ago my daughter revealed to me that she was sexually abused by my brother. We have been struggling with depression, rejection, anger, lingering sadness, and even illnesses (brought on by stress and depression, no doubt). I’d ask for prayers for my wife, my daughter, other family members, and me as we continue to recover emotionally and mentally.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you and your family, William.

    • http://www.progressivechristianalliance.org Roger

      My prayers are with you, William. May you all find peace and healing.

  • Rev. Dave

    What a beautiful community is developing here. It is awesome to see the love that is spreading and turning strangers into friends! In humility I offer a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer and a scripture that everyone can use during this wonderful & holy experience:

    “O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever, Amen.”

    and this…

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    Philippians 4:6,7

    Rev. Dave

  • francis

    Please pray for my older sister and me. Several years ago, as power of attorney for our mother who has alzheimer’s, my sister began making decisions concerning our mother’ estate. The decisions and actions she has taken benefit her family and have little regard for mine. I disagreed with her decisions and reminded her that our mother always said she wanted equal treatment and consideration for everyone in the family. My sister and I are now estranged and it is heartbreaking.

    • Amy

      I will pray for you Francis. I know how difficult it is to be in the situation that you are as I am the power of attorney for my father. However, I would never even think of taking any of his money for my benefit, so I can absolutely understand your problem from a personal level. I will pray that God gives your sister the guidance she needs to make better decisions for your Mother and her finances. I will also pray for you as you deal with the devastating disease that your Mom has and I’ll also pray for some clarity for your Mom for your next visit with her. Seeing that spark in her eye will warm your soul. Sincerely…God’s blessings to you and your family.

      • francis

        Thank you for your prayers, Amy.

        Praying that you have a peaceful night.

    • Lissy

      I am praying for you and your sister, as well as your mother, Francis. Estranged family is particularly painful, I think.

      • francis

        Lissy, thank you for you prayers and empathy.

  • Amy

    My son and daughter in law just lost their baby girl a week ago today, our first grand daughter. The baby was born alive, but lived just a few precious moments. My daughter-in- law really struggles to get pregnant due to multiple female issues, so this pregnancy was such a blessing to us, only to have lost her to God way too soon. They have one fantastic little boy and they are both such great parents. I personally could have accepted the fact that we have one healthy sweet little boy, and we love him so much, but my daughter-in-law is so distraught that she can’t get pregnant and carry children. But now that we were so close to having another child in our midst, we are all so sad by this loss and the unknown that we now face if she will be able to conceive again. I ask for prayers for another pregnancy soon that she will carry to full term. Any child born into this family is surrounded by people who will love him or her unconditionally. Please God. We need a miracle. I can’t stop crying for this lost little girl that we buried just a few days ago.

    • francis

      Amy, I am praying for you, your son, and your daughter-in-law.

      • Amy

        Awww…thank you! I can feel your love from here.

    • http://www.barnmaven.com Barnmaven

      Amy, I will pray for your precious family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.barnmaven.com Barnmaven

    This will be the first Thanksgiving since my brother Ken died. With my husband out of town and my kids spending it with their father this year, I am struggling with terrible loneliness and depression. I will share dinner with my parents and I have invited two friends who have no family to join us, so I won’t be alone the whole time, but I am dreading getting through the nights. I miss my brother so much, we were best friends and he was an amazing uncle to my kids. I guess I’m just feeling sorry for myself, but I could sure use some prayer and so could my parents.

    • Jill H

      Oh I am sending it to you, Barnmaven. The fact that you are sharing your rather lonely-feeling holiday with people who are too experiencing their own aloneness is such a deep kindness. It doesn’t necessarily fill the voids, but it says you can share even when you feel lack. So generous. You remind me of dear friends that have invited me over the years, not wanting me to be alone either. It means so much.

      I pray that your quiet evenings are filled with peace, and your parents are comforted in their grief.

      And thank you for your blog. Comfort, thy name is Cat. I get it. :)

  • charles

    I would like to ask for prayers for a charity project I am embarking on- if you can lift that up, I would be appreciative….

    Francis, I will pray for your situation- I know thats a really tough thing to go through.

    C

    • Allie

      Praying that your charity flourishes.

    • Lissy

      I am praying for your project and for you!

  • anon

    older family members are physically falling apart

    my wife will retire soon but health problems loom over her golden years

    we are blessed with a loving daughter & son-in-law

    but another daughter is estranged from us & refuses to let us see her child

    i fear the future not for what it will do to me

    but what it will do to those i love and care about

    • Allie

      God bless and keep you and your family, and bring peace, health, and reconciliation. Praying for you.

  • Francis

    I guess you can say I have a broken heart. I was very much in love with someone and I believe he was with me as well; however, due to certain blocks and wounds, he hauled out of the relationship. I would ask of course for there to be another chance, but more importantly, the grace to let go and experience healing so that I can move on.

    • Ann

      It is so hard to open our hearts sometimes, yet we know that is the only way we can experience a connection and deep love with another. I pray that no matter the outcome you will find peace and healing. God bless.

    • Lissy

      I am praying for healing for your broken heart. I am praying that God will do the healing only He can do.


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