The Season of Preparation!

Prayer Focus week 12 (Sunday-Shabbat)

“Season of Tshuvah” begins 40 days prior to Yom Kippur.During this season, we focus on repenting, or “turning [shuv] toward God. This year it began last Wednesday, August 31 (the first day of Elul), and goes thru Oct 9, Yom Kippur.

FOCUS: The Season of Preparation

As we read in last week’s The Call to Prayer, God is strongly admonishing us to intercede – for each other, for our nation, for ourselves. He has warned again and again that heavy times are coming – we must be prepared. He has provided us with all the necessary tools: Himself, His Word, His promises, and the encouragement of each other! Now is the time for us to stand and not to waver. We must act! Together, we WILL see how prayer continues to change things! (We will hold up each other’s arms until the answer has come!)

 Verses upon which to meditate:
o   “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming,” Ephesians 4:11-14, NIV.
 o   “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven,” James 5:13-15, NIV.
o   Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith, I Thess 5:10, NIV.
o   “Father, we thank You for Your Word. Thank You for preparing us for the times ahead! We desire to be strong and mature disciples. Help us to look to You as our source and to not those who would lead us astray. Help us to be steady and consistent in walking in Your ways. We pray for those sick, having surgery, or had surgery – and thank You that You not only hear but that You also ANSWER! We pray for family situations – for Your healing hand. We pray for our nation – that You would heal our land as we, believers, turn from our wicked ways [IIChron 7:14]. In Your awesome and loving Name, we pray.”
o   M is able to return to Israel! She emailed: “Thanks for praying … prayers work and persistence is the key.”
o   Dawn’s doctor and therapists are amazed at how quickly she is healing and at the mobility. She said: “I believe it is because of our Lord and all the prayers – thank you!”
o   Joan (Les’a’s mother): received another good report from the doctor. Neither the glaucoma nor cataracts have progressed in over 10 years!
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)
o  Bonnie: fell and hurt herself last weekend – please pray God will quickly heal her and take away the pain.
o   M (a son in law): God has been gracious and given him many good months. Cancer is again moving aggressively. Barring a miracle he will be in hospice soon.
o   Fred (Bonnie’s brother): God will again turn his medical situation around. (Last week he was ambulanced from Globe back to St. Joseph’s Hospital).
o   Phyllis’, Rhonda’s, Pamela’s, Les’a’s upcoming surgeries. (Les’a is praying for God’s perfect date for the surgery, re short-term disability)
o   Judy (Art’s, Norman’s, and Pamela’s friend): God will intervene in health issues. And God will strengthen Frank.
o   PJ: inflammation in his back will go down, and his back will to return to normal without surgery. That he will not have to undergo back surgery.
o   D: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o   Sherri (Dawn’s daughter): that the migraines would permanently leave.
o   Sherri (Pamela’s friend’s sister in law): critical condition with stomach/esophagus cancer.
o   Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): have a timely and easy return from Okinawa to El Paso. (unlike the 7-day saga they had going!)
o   6 yr old Elijah (Beverly’s friend): severe shaking in one arm. He wants the shaking to stop and the scary people who he sees at night to go away.
o   Anna and IDF (Israeli Defense Force, Israel’s army): safety, protection, and wisdom. Many of the residents and soldiers experience 100 enemy assaults/attacks in just ONE week!
o   M: direction where she is to live.
o   Favor & wisdom in the work force: that those who need jobs will get jobs. That God will have God-chosen jobs.
o   That children will stop running and will turn to God.
o   That marriages will be healed.
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   Cynthia’s sister: recovering from a divorce.
o   Cynthia and her sisters to meet godly men.
o   Jon (Phyllis’ son) and David (Bev & Ruben’s son): they return to the God of their parents/ of their youth; that their families be healed.
o   S (A daughter in law): her heart would be drawn to her husband; that the Lord would place believers in her path.
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   All of Deb’s requirements would be fulfilled and that she will get the part-time job.
o   Ruthie (Bev’s friend): heavy spiritual attack; that she is encouraged and resists.
o   T (Les’a & Don’s friend & a man of God): that the Lord would bring him the perfect helpmate –to share his life and to be a partner in ministry.
o   Families (all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o   CFS (we!): will have wisdom and tenacity to continue on to see victory!
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 – 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!)