God’s Provision – the miracle!

Prayer Focus week 27 (Sunday-Shabbat)

Each week, we have seen miracles that the Lord has given! Miracles in our personal lives – miracles with inner family relationships – miracles with His healing – miracles everywhere. How blessed we are to serve a Master who loves us so much that He gave His Son that we might have relationship with Him!
Tuesday evening, we get to light the first candle of Hannukah (the Hebrew word for dedication, referring to the re-dedication of the Temple). Brief story of Hannukah: in 168 BC, Jews were persecuted by the Greeks. The Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. A statue of Zeus was erected in the Temple, and pigs were put on the altar. The Temple was desecrated. Three years later, in 165 AD, a band of 12,000 Jews resisted and reclaimed the Temple. That in itself was a huge miracle as the Greek army was one of the mightiest in the world with over 40,000 trained soldiers. The Greeks were overcome by the Jews (led by Judah, nicknamed Maccabee (meaning the hammer))! When God is on our side, we are a majority, regardless of our number.
Once Temple was regained by the Jews, it was then cleaned and cleansed. However, there was only enough oil for the menorah to stay lit for 1 day. It lasted 8 (until more oil could be made)! So, God performed a miracle with the oil’s lasting the eight days. (Today, we eat food fried in oil during Hannukah to remind us of His miracle with the oil. And for us to remember God’s intervention into our lives.)
As we light the Hannukah menorah candles, let us each remember God’s miracle of overcoming a “more powerful” adversary and of His causing provision to last beyond the norm. What miracles has He done in our lives?!
Verse to memorize:  (We challenge each person to memorize Psalm 91. Continue memorizing Psalm 91. Next week, we will move on to the next 2 verses.)
o    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)
o    Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; (Psalm 91:3-4, NIV)
Prayer:we blessed to be allowed to intercede for the needs. Some answers come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful inintercession!
“Loving Father. You give us miracles, signs of Your love everyday– help us to ‘see’ Your hand working!! We praise You for Your goodness – Your everlasting love! Thank You for being with us every moment. We exalt You. Protect Natan and Kyle: bring them home spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally & stronger than when they left. Be with Chantell and the kidz. We pray for Your continued healing touch on those who have had surgery and on those who are recovering from illnesses. Be close to those whose families who have lost a loved one. Thank You for providing financially and for strengthening us spiritually that we might better represent You in all we do. In Your precious Name.”
o    Matt went to be with the Lord – his service was beautiful, and family closeness was ever present!
o    Natan is well enough (from walking pneumonia) to be able to return to work. Please pray for his protection and total healing.
o    PJ’s back pain is lessening! We pray that it continues from now on!
o    Kyle had a good R&R home from Afghanistan.
o    Lori’s surgery went well and she is getting stronger by the day!
o    Judy’s memorial service and internment were to the glory of the Lord. Please continue to pray for Frank as he transitions into life without the love of his life. Prayers for her sons, daughters, and grandchildren. That God will continue drawing them to him and give them traveling mercies as they return home this week.
o    Yolanda continues healing from the serious accident. She is home! And working very diligently to regain use of her arm. (A car hit her as she was walking across a very busy intersection -– pray she will regain complete use of her right leg and right arm.). Pray God’s continued direction.
o    Paul’s procedures were successful.
o    The baby received a new heart. Transplant was successful!!!
o    Yvonne’s brother has completed over a month of sobriety!
o    Deb’s granddaughter was born.
o    Deb’s brother: the IRS removed the lien from his salary and reduced payments to $6/week! School is still deliberating whether to continue extending financial aid so he can complete his degree.
o    Family relationships are strengthening. Countless reports of wonderful beginnings of healings in interfamily relationships!!!! One testimony after another!! Hallelujah!
o    Soldiers in Afghanistan are on intense missions. God is protecting our soldiers.
o    Everyday Phyllis is doing better after her knee replacement – and continues to have an amazing attitude! She is off of pain medication!
o    Rhonda: healing in her foot is going very well – final follow-up from surgery is this week.
o    Deb’s brother: able to continue with classes until decision is made – and semester is almost over!!
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)… we blessed to be allowed to intercede for these!Some answers to prayer come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful in our intercession!
o    Debbie and family (Maxine’s daughter and grandkids): prayer for their healing as they transition to life without Matt. Also, prayer for Frank and family during their transition without Judy. And for Karen and kids with their loss of Fred.
o    Les’a’s foot surgery: Thursday morning.
o    Rudy (Les’a’s friend): cracked skull resulting in major mental complications
o    Bonnie is able to return to work, part-time.
o    Granddaughter (Deb): newborn, healthy & mom’s desire for her mother
o    Financial needs.
o    God to continue strengthening and building family relationships!
o    Jeannette (Maxine’s & Les’a’s friend): healing from eye surgery and continued complications.
o    Norman G’s: c-pap and for easy transition and that his blood pressure will lower
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    God will protect our soldiers – that He will give them wisdom.
o    Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): Pray for wisdom, accuracy, and knowledge. God will bring Natan home whole: spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. And God will be with Chantell and the boys.
o    The hearts of Americans will turn to God!
o    John: continued health and financial challenges.
o    Norman: job interview this week – with possibility of working at home!
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 are enter the Thanksgiving season, pray that family issues will be healed and that they will be able to enjoy one another.
o    Marita: where she is to live.
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    Grandson: pray that his mom and her boyfriend treat him with love.
o    Brother and daughter: recurrence of drug addiction – he has been sober for 38 days!
o    Friend: heart attack – salvation and healing.
o    Marriages to be healed.
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    Healing of family relationships.
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    Peggy (Pamela’s friend) “I have an urgent prayer request for my mobile home. The short of it is that there was quite a bit of fraud in the sale of my home, and the purchasing of my little mobile home. I have worked on this issue for three years, trying to beat the clock. I have not been able to find the right attorney. Now, the D.A. is deciding if this is a civil case, or bad enough to be a criminal case. Meanwhile, it is the start of the rainy season here. My roof was to have been new, but is 33 years old and leaking. The termite inspection was never done, and there is blackish mold behind my walls, and much wood rot everywhere. The walls fill with water and are spongy… and on, and on….”
o    Aunt(Paul & Lynn’s aunt): leukemia. Prayer for assurance of salvation and understanding His forgiveness.
o    God’s power, anointing, and favor on pastors.
o    Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of her knee.
o    Sheri: migraines would permanently leave.
o    Peace of Jerusalem!
o    PJ: experiencing much pain. Paperwork issues will be resolved ++ JOB!
o    K: kidney and urinary infections. On antibiotics and still feeling very ill.
o    Pima County Sheriff’s department.
o    Those who need jobs will get jobs — God-chosen jobs.
o    Deb: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o   Request healing of marriage/family breach.
o   Health & wholeness of new grandbaby.
o   Grandson: favor, protection & a heart like King David.
o   Granddaughter: newborn, healthy & mom’s desire for her mother
o    Favor & wisdom in 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    Bob: special prayer for physical healing.
o    God will heal our land
o    Three sisters to meet godly men.
o    Children will stop running and will turn to God.
o    Lori: surgery on Monday
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 supply the 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.