Don’t become discouraged

Prayer Focus week 21 (Sunday-Shabbat)
As we have said many times, we are in the season of “spiritual boot camp.” During these times of intensity it is easy to allow frustration/discouragement to set in when we do not immediately see His answers. Do not meditate on or be consumed with the circumstances and what “appears” to be happening around you. Yes, we need to wise and aware, but I encourage you to look away from everything those things that overwhelm us, making us feel defeated.  
1. Do not allow circumstances to steal the joy the LORDhas given us.
2.  Force your thoughts to be upon our LORD: He will not forsake or fail us! He promises to strengthen us and help us! In HIM, we will experience His victory!
Versesupon which to meditate:
o    “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished,” 1 Chronicles 28:20 NIV.
o    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” Is 41:10 NIV.
“Precious Heavenly Father, thank You for being the author and finisher of our faith. We bless You, mighty God! Help us to rely on You in difficult situations. Help us to force the meditations of our hearts to be on You and Your Word. We know that in You is all hope and victory!  Thank You for continuing to build our spiritual muscles that we might be Your arms extended to those hurting around us! We praise You! We ask that You intervene in all of the requests below: heal those who are ill, do miracles in the lives of the hurting, bring encouragement to the discouraged, protect those who are in harm’s way. Thank You for the awesome miracles YOU have wrought this week! In Your most holy  Name.”
o    Bonnie came home from the hospital! And she did not have surgery!!! We continue to pray for the Lord to continue to strengthen and heal her and to help her to have good sleep at night.
o    Anna (our IDF soldier; she and her family are American Christians who have lived in Israel for 30 years): awarded Israeli citizenship!!!!! (This is an enormous miracle that she was given Israeli citizenship!)
o    Brother: went to hospital for lung surgery. (For years he has had polyps, scarring, and the lungs of a smoking man twice his age, due to 28 years of his smoking. Plus, the last three months he’s been coughing up blood, shortness of breath, etc.) Surgery was only a third the expected time. Furthermore, the surgeon was amazed that his lungs are as clear as that of a new-born! Deb’s prayer is that both her brother and his wife will quit smoking and walk in the fullness of all God has for them.
o    Phyllis brother: only had to have 3 stents put into his heart!
o    Phyllis daughters: one got a new house (nicer than before and $400 less per month!). The other got a new job.
o    Rhonda’s foot surgery was successful – she was able to come to erev Yom Kippur & all of the festivals!
o    Everyday Phyllis is doing better after her knee replacement – and continues to have an amazing attitude! She was able to attend erev Yom Kippur service. She also was able to come to all of the festivals! She is off of pain medication!
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)… we blessed to be allowed to intercede for these!
o    Gilad Shalit (the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped for over five years): pray for his emotional healing. It is an awesome thing that Israel did in trading 1000 convicted terrorists for ONE soldier – but imagine being the one and how you would feel knowing all of these were released into your country!
o    The hearts of Americanswill turn to God!
o    John: continued health challenges.
o    Rhonda: healing in her foot is going very well — doctor said she can now put weight on her foot.
o    Fred (Bonnie’s brother): has returned to the hospital again (for the 5th time in the last few months). We pray that God fixes him and gives the doctors wisdom.
o    Baby Mackenzie (her mother is Bonnie’s great niece’s friend): born about a month ago and has already had heart surgery and infections from her lines. Normally open-heart is not done until babies are older; in this instance, they couldn’t wait. Her parents knew prior to her birth that she would have these huge life-long medical challenges and were offered abortion as an alternative. They chose life – hallelujah! Please pray for her and her family!
o    As we areenter the Thanksgiving season, pray that family issues will be healed and that they will be able to enjoy one another.
o    Marita: date she is to return to Israel – where she is to live in the meantime.
o    Ray and Sharon (CFI, Jerusalem): fruitful visit to the US and make many quality contacts. Also, that Ray will have no residual effects from his fall.
o    Families(all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o    Kyle: serving in Afghanistan. Pray that he will be protected, and that he will fully yield his heart to the Lord.
o    Yvonne’s mom: taken to hospital while visiting family in Calif.
o    Grandson: pray that his mom and her boyfriend treat him with love.
o    Brother and daughter: recurrence of drug addiction
o    Marriages to be healed.
o    Danielle (Phyllis’ daughter): a safe home for her and her three sons.
o    Jon: That God intervenes and places him where he will be encouraged to make good decisions which will impact his family for good, for Your good. (His court date has been delayed to Jan 4)
o    God’s protection over Israel
o    David: return to the God of his youth — that his family will be encouraged.
o    Ruthie: heavy spiritual attack; that she is encouraged and resists.
o    Debbie: heart surgery + complications: she has been in and out of the hospital several times. She needs our continued prayer.
o    Intercessors for The Call To Prayer: wisdom and tenacity to continue on to see victory!
o    Judy (Georges’ friend): God will intervene in health issues and strengthen Frank.
o    Uncle: radiation procedure
o    Aunt: stabilized and care
o    Lynn’s aunt: leukemia. Prayer for assurance of salvation and understanding His forgiveness.
o    Katerina: congestive heart failure; fluid in one lung and kidney problems. Barring a miracle, she won’t be able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding November 10th.
o    God’spower, anointing, and favor on pastors.
o    Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of her knee.
o    Sherri: migraines would permanently leave.
o    Peace of Jerusalem!
o    PJ: back will to return to normal without surgery. Paperwork issues will be resolved ++ JOB!
o    Kasey: kidney and urinary infections. On antibiotics and still feeling very ill.
o    Pima County Sheriff’s department.
o    Deb and others who need jobs will get jobs — God-chosen jobs.
o    Deb: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o    Bill: favor at work and with doctors. He and his wife have strong desire to quit smoking and the Lord will restore health.
o    Favor & wisdomin the work force: We would be excellent in the work place – even as Joseph, Daniel, etc. were – blessings to the companies because we are there!
o    Matt (Maxine & Joe): prayer for Matt: much pain and in hospice. Pray for Debbie and their children.
o    Bob: special prayer for physical healing.
o    God will healour land
o    Food bank (Cynthia’s parents’ ministry). Two of those injured by the accident at the food bank at her parents’ church are trying to sue the church and Cynthia’s parents to recover their medical costs. We are believing God to see this activity stopped and against fear. We know no weapon formed against them will prosper.
(Insurance has made a payment, but lawyers aren’t satisfied.)
o    Three sisters to meet godly men.
o    God will protectour soldiers – that He will give them wisdom.
o    Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): deployed early Monday morning. He is going back near to where he was injured 17 months ago. His deployment should only be 8 months.
o    Children will stop runningand will turn to God.
o    Corbin (Jim’s acquaintance): God will open his eyes to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior and that he will accept the word of God.
o    God will supplythe needs of those in ministry.
o    A’s daughter in law: her heart would be drawn to her husband; that the Lord would place believers in her path.
o    A’s relationship with his daughter: healing and mending of hearts.    
o    A’s Medicare situation to be straightened out – to his financial benefit. And for doctors to find the right solution to his health issues.
o    T (Les’a & Don’s friend & a man of God): the Lord would bring him the perfect helpmate – to share his life and to be a partner in ministry.
o    Fast: Wed-Thurs(you choose whether liquid/water/juice fast or no pleasant bread fast (giving up a food or drink that you love) for these two days. Several are fasting longer to break the chains that are ensnaring.
1.    Prayer earnestly for the rest of our Watchmen. We lift up each other’s arms as Moses were lifted by Aaron and Hur.
o    Email me: results & challenges,we want to hear – we love you and are here for YOU!
o    Speakthe Word to these situations.
o! (Thank you for your prayers: the website is finishing, NOT finished, but finishing.) Please email me any questions or things that seem to be awry. (The Call To Prayer has 3 pages with nothing on them at this point – my next project!)
Prayer Needs & ANSWERS: NOTE: answers or beginnings of answers to prayer are highlighted in yellow!As new needs arise, send them! And don’t forget to send answers – even baby steps to answers!