For You in Your 20’s and You Who Will Pray For Them

**UPDATE: We are just so happy to have all of you 20-somethings flock to requesting prayer! Our faithful God surely hears, and cares to His core! If you do not see a specific partner reply to your request, know that the LPM Staff have adopted you. We will pray for each of you, joyfully!

One of my favorite things about Twitter is that we can come to really love someone we wouldn’t have even known to like. Someone from an entirely different part of the country or the planet. Someone from a totally different tradition of our faith. Someone in another generation who serves God in a way that is fresh and exhilarating to us. I have a whole mental list of those and just this morning prayed for a number of young women that I’ve gotten to “know” there on that ridiculous stream of social media that I love. It is a young man that I’ve come to appreciate so much, however, that prompted this post. His name is Jefferson Bethke. I didn’t know anything about him until 6 months ago when Melissa, my youngest daughter, told me she enjoyed following him on Twitter. He is a great communicator God clearly has His hand upon and a poet who creates fantastic thought-provoking videos. I’m glad to have the privilege to tell you about him but that’s not why I’m bringing him up today. A week or so ago on Twitter he mentioned sitting on the airplane, moved with emotion over various testimonies he’d been reading of lives dramatically changed by Jesus Christ. It hit me right then that one of the things I loved best about him is that the young man simply has a pure heart. He just flat-out loves Jesus and loves people. It’s consistent in everything he says and writes. I felt an urgency right that moment to ask God to protect that holy passion and sustain it the length of his days.

And that’s when I thought of all of you in his same generation who really do want to honor God and fulfill the purpose for which He planted your feet on this earth.

Here’s what I want to say to you: you really can maintain a pure and fiery heart toward Christ and His mission on earth but make no mistake: you will not do it by accident.

If you want a pure heart, you better be willing to fight for it. You will not keep it any other way.

The first big relief is that we can’t conjure one up on our own. God alone can create in us a pure heart and renew a right spirit within us. (Psalm 51:10) He alone can set it ablaze with holy passion. But out of God’s sovereign wisdom, He determined that guarding the heart He formed and lit within us would, in many ways, fall to us. We’re to own part of that job.

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Our second huge relief is that we can have a pure heart whether or not we have a pure past. Thank You, Jesus. If not, I and many others would be stuck for a lifetime with dark distorted hearts and deformed desires.

There are many other things more effective voices could tell you about guarding your heart toward Christ, toward people He’s sent you to serve and toward His mission on this planet. Ask them and learn from them. My purpose today is to pitch into the mix a couple of things that I’ve learned – and keep learning – in case any of it resonates with you. I also want to pray for you and call others to do the same. Here goes:

*Your heart will cool off if you do nothing to guard it. Jesus warned us in the 24th chapter of Matthew that “because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (V.12) We’re exposed to so much suffering and violence, pain, pretense, and wrongdoing in the world that, even as a defense against feeling so much, we’ll naturally thicken up. I’m certainly not suggesting we be less informed. Uninformed Christians can be a waste of light in the darkness. What I’m suggesting is that, if you want to keep a warm, feeling heart, you better be prepared to fight like mad for it.

*Over time, you can get really cynical. For one thing, cynicism can be really funny so we get drawn to it. It also tends to be cooler. You have to be willing to be one of those that the cynics could make fun of.

*You have to realize that guarding your heart means guarding its willingness to love and be exposed out there where it can get wronged or wounded. A couple of years ago I was researching God’s self-disclosure in Exodus 34:5-7 and stumbled onto something that totally changed the way I looked at guarding my heart. Here’s the segment so you can see it for yourself:

5ย Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6ย And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, โ€œThe LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7ย maintaining love…

See that word “maintaining”? It is a form of the same Hebrew term used in Proverbs 4:23ย  for “guarding” our hearts. In other words, a huge part of guarding my heart is maintaining love. It was a total game changer for me because somehow I had associated guarding my heart with keeping it sheltered. Try to fathom that God actively maintains His love toward us. He guards it. Using that same concept, He calls us to maintain our love toward other people. If I want to stay in love with my husband, for instance, I better actively practice maintaining it because, left to its nature, it will grow cold.

One of the things that God keeps teaching me to do is pray with everything in me and on an ongoing basis to love Jesus more than anything I can see or touch in this human realm. He promises in Scripture to grant us everything we pray in His will and in His name. (1 John 5:14-15)ย  Since His greatest command was that we love (Mark 12:30-31), you can pray for it with absolute confidence that He’s going to do it. In fact, every time you ask God for it, go ahead and thank Him in advance that He’s going to accomplish it. He will. Then when He starts doing it, you start guarding it with all your might.

Ask Him continually to stir fire in your bones for His Word and for His mission. Ask Him to sustain it in you and teach you how to guard it through every inch of your lifespan. Only put up with a sense of spiritual flatness for a matter of days. That’s completely normal. But when it begins to turn into weeks, go face-down on that floor and ask God to give you insight into what seems off and to revive your heart. Don’t just accept coldness. Fight for love.

What is it you want from God? Pray for it feverishly! “Pursue love and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts.” That’s what 1 Corinthians 14:1 says.

Also ask others to pray these things over you. That’s what I am hoping this blog post will be about today.

Here’s what I’m asking all of you to do if you’re willing:

*Those of you in your 20’s, tell us at least your first name, where you’re from, and a little bit about you in a comment so that we can personalize our intercessions for you.

*The rest of you choose one of them to pray for (or two, if you have the time), let them know in a reply under their comment that you are adopting them for intercession for the next 14 days. Tell them where you’re from as well. I think they’ll like knowing that, too. As long as every 20-something gets signed-up for, it doesn’t matter if a number of you are praying for the same individual. If they’re like us, they’d be ecstatic to have the extra prayer covering. Pray as you feel led by God but, within that intercession, pray particularly for God to stir up and sustain a holy passion in them for Himself, His mission, and for people on this planet, and that they will be alert and proactive in guarding their hearts to last a lifetime. Ask God forthrightly to deliver them from any area of bondage, strengthen them in temptation, and deliver them from evil. Love them with all your might through prayer.

Let’s partner with this generation and intercede powerfully for them. They are the rising future of the church of Jesus Christ at this tumultuous time on the Kingdom calendar. Let’s pray them out there.

 

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.ย  1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 ESV

 

 

 

PS. To our regular blog community: I put this in a comment but I’m afraid many of you may not see it.

I am grateful beyond expression for your participation on this post. Please move at the same pace that you see our 20-somethings sign up. In other words, if at our first moderation there are 15 of them, see that all 15 are spoken for then, instead of doubling and tripling up on the same small group, watch for others to be posted and claim those. Assume in about 48 hours that weโ€™ll probably have around 80% of the 20-somethings that will end up participating. Still, check every couple of days for about a week to make sure everybody gets covered if you donโ€™t mind. Sisters, this woman right here KNOWS how powerfully you pray. Iโ€™ve seen it. Iโ€™ve felt it. You are solid gold in the Kingdom of God! Pray for these young people like youโ€™d want somebody to pray for your own children, whether or not you have any. Take them on as blood. Pray with faith and holy fire. Pray like the near future of the church depends on Jesus revealing Himself through them. They are so worth it. JESUS is so worth it.

I love you guys madly.

Beth

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  1. 1

    I’m Kayla and I’m from Minneapolis. This summer I am going to be travelling to India, which is a dream the Lord began birthing in my heart when I was 8 years-old. I know I’m in for some struggles and challenges, but more than anything I’m ready to grow, be shaped, and have the Lord’s fire increasingly poured into my life for His people.

    • 1.1
      April says:

      Hi, my name is April and I will pray for you. I live in idaho now but I used to live in MN. Seeing where God is leading you to go is the reason I picked you.

    • 1.2
      Samantha Ann says:

      I will be praying for you Kayla!! Excited about your trip to India! Praying God gives you strength and wisdom and you will grow a new sense of compassion!

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      Sue says:

      Kayla ~
      I am Sue. I live in Central California. I will be praying for you.

    • 1.4
      Lauren Carter says:

      Hi, my name is Lauren. I’m 22 and I’m from Texas. I’m currently leading a young adult Bible Study at my church and am considering attending a Bible college in the fall. I have a strong desire to be led by Christ into other nations and be a light and let His love shine through me in dark places, but I’m struggling with fear and doubt and am in need of a renewed passion and longing for Him and His Word.

  2. 2
    Heather Watson says:

    Hi, My name is Heather. I am a senior in college. I am about to turn 21. My passion in life is to rescue victims of human trafficking. I love reaching out to those who have lost hope and being a light in the darkness for them.

    • 2.1
      Samantha Ann says:

      Heather, So glad God has put that on your heart Heather! I will be praying that He will guide you in the right steps and you will listen to Him! He will bless you for caring for the ones who do not have a voice!! When you are weak He is strong!

    • 2.2
      Kara says:

      Heather, my name’s Kara. I’m from OH. I’ll be praying for you. God Bless

  3. 3
    Mindy says:

    Hi! I’m Mindy, I’ll be 26 on Friday, I’m finishing up my fourth year of teaching high school math, and so excited to be transitioning to stay-at-home mommy this summer as my husband and I expect our first beautiful child (a daughter) at the end of June. I know that early motherhood can be an overwhelming time, so I would love prayers that I would maintain my love first and foremost for Jesus, but also for my husband so that our marriage does not get lost in this transition. Prayers for some restored love for my students in this last month or so would be great, too, because I have developed a hard heart throughout my four years, which is part of why I’m choosing to stay home and leave the classroom. Thanks for maintaining YOUR love by praying for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 3.1
      Kay says:

      Mindy:

      I’m Kay, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. What a joy it is to be a mommy to a little girl! I can tell you from experience that staying home with her is a decision you will never regret! It is my honor to adopt you for you over the next 14 days and intercede on your behalf. I love you in the name of Jesus!

    • 3.2
      Natashajk says:

      Hi. My name is Natasha and I’m turning 41 in a little over a week. I’m from Kitchener, ON, Canada and I am currently a SAHM to a four year old and an almost two year old. I know how precious and amazing and tough it is to be at home with your children. I will be praying for peace and grace and sleep (!) for you so that you have the energy and wisdom to be a good follower of Jesus, a good wife and a good mommy.

    • 3.3
      Mary Lou says:

      Hi Mindy. I would be honored to pray for you and your husband as you transition into this new family time. I was a high school math teacher myself about 12 years ago. I know how hearts can harden with the demands of the classroom so I will definitely pray that you can be a cleansed vessel of God’s love for the remainder of your time. So excited for you!

  4. 4
    Anna Stepp says:

    Anna Stepp
    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    I am 20, a senior in college, and the Lord has called me into some form of ministry. And to be a wife! I am getting married this June. I have NO IDEA what the future holds…I do not even know where I will be living in three weeks. But I want to maintain my love for Christ and His people and my FAITH in His mighty works. Thank you in advance for praying!

    • 4.1
      Erin says:

      Hi Anna,

      My name is Erin. I’m from NW Arkansas, am 33 and a stay-at-home mom to two boys (ages 4 and 1). I am praying for you as you start this new journey! I am praying for direction in your ministry and for your upcoming marriage. Praying God will help you guard and maintain your heart and love for him.

    • 4.2
      Arielle says:

      I turned 30 years old yesterday so I no longer fit into the 20-something category…. So, it is my absolute pleasure, Anna, to pray for you. I live in Honolulu, HI and for the next 14 days I will lift you up to our Father. If you get a chance, let me know how things are going. With Love & Aloha…

      • Anna Stepp says:

        I wanted to thank you both for your prayers! In the past few weeks the Lord has provided both a job and a place to live. I am so thankful for the prayers and the God that answers them. I pray God blesses you for the time you took on me! Thanks!

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    Sara says:

    My name is Sara and I’m a 29 year old living in Atlanta. Though I currently work as a writer, I am also working towards finishing my master’s degree in education and praying daily for a new job that fills my heart with passion and purpose. I’ve recently gone through a very difficult year in regards to my health and am learning how to manage a totally new lifestyle as a person living with disease. It’s been the most trying year of my life but I have seen God’s faithfulness in a totally new way. Thank you for your prayers- I want to have a peaceful heart and a joyful spirit in all circumstances so that my life, my future, and my heart might glorify God.

    • 5.1
      boomama says:

      Sara – I’m Sophie in Birmingham (just right down the road from you). I’m going to be praying for you!

    • 5.2
      Jenny Gay says:

      Some of my family live in Georgia and I felt pulled toward your story. My name is Jenny, I am 33, married, with 2 boys. I am a 7-12th grade teacher. I also have struggled with my health over the past couple of years. I will be praying for God’s healing, peace to come over you; and for his plans to be visible to you as you go through the doors he has opened for you.

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    Rebekah says:

    I’m from Houston, now attending college in Missouri. I’m 21 and struggling. I have type 1 diabetes, and I’m struggling with depression. I’m struggling to go to class and just do what I need to do. Please pray that God can empower me to overcome my struggles. I sometimes feel hopeless, but I know that is a lie. Please just pray I can get my life together.

    • 6.1
      boomama says:

      Rebekah – I’m Sophie in Birmingham, AL. I’m going to be praying for you!

    • 6.2
      Elaine says:

      Rebekah, My name is Elaine and I feel led to pray for you. I have Bipolar disorder and I too struggled with it while in college. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I’ll be praying for you. Thank you for being brave enough to share a little of your struggle. It is always a comfort for people to know they’re not alone.

    • 6.3
      Jane says:

      My name is Jane. I’m from Illinois. I will pray for you, Rebekah.

    • 6.4
      Brittany says:

      Rebekah,
      My name is Brittany and I’m 26 and in Houston. I can’t relate to your struggle with diabetes in particular but I too had some major medical issues in college which, among other things, caused me to walk through a season of serious depression. First of all, and you know this, lean hard into God. Keep time in the word a priority even when (especially when) you don’t feel like it. He really really is near. Believe that. Here are some things that I had to constantly remind myself of in that season that may help you. Think back on the times when you experienced God’s nearness and were confident in His love and cling to that. Hebrews 13:8 tells you that He is the same today as He was then. Be diligent in the things you’re committed to. Go to class. You really can get up and even when everything in you is screaming that you can’t. Don’t isolate yourself as much as you may want to/think that it’s easier that way. Find a friend that you trust that you can send an SOS text to if you’re really struggling…then send that text. Go on lots of walks. Spend time outside. And last, for me, counseling changed everything so I would strongly consider seeking out a Christian counselor to help you process what’s going on.
      I’m praying for you, Rebekah, and will continue to. Know that you are loved and that you are seen.

    • 6.5
      Elizabeth says:

      Rebekah, my name is Elizabeth. I live in Missouri too. I am praying that God reveals himself to you in a very real way. Angels are going before you and after you. You have warriors on your side fighting for you. I am praying for peace for you. You can REST in God. He’s got this. He’s got you.

    • 6.6

      Rebekah, I am praying very specifically for you that you will realize and glory in the truth that He is our victory! (I Cor. 15:57)

    • 6.7
      Jenny Gay says:

      My name is Jenny and I am from Iowa. I am 33 years old, married, and have 2 boys. I will place you on my prayer list. Most of my family deals with depression, so I will be lifting you up with them and speaking against the evil spirits that are affecting your life. Stay strong and know that you have a friend in Christ praying for you.

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    Rebecca says:

    MY name is Rebecca, I’m 23 and currently living in Dallas with my parents. I’m in this rut between graduating from college and getting a full-time job. I feel blessed to have parents that are still willing to provide me room and board, but in some ways, It’s driving me nuts.

    I’m a full year out of a broken engagement and only just a recently started dating a man I met in my church months ago when I moved back home. I’m excited and Terrified at the same time about letting another person get to know me. And with my past failed relationship haunting me, it is hard to stay optimistic in thinking that this time will be different. That I’ll be different.

    If you pray, Pray that I will be given peace in my current state of limbo. That whatever Job opportunity arises, it be a good fit and that God will use it to grow me. Pray that my brand new relationship will stay firmly founded in Christ and for our hearts and our minds to be guarded in Christ Jesus.

    Thank you.

    • 7.1

      Hi, Rebecca! I am Lyli from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I have printed out your request, and I will be praying for God to give you peace and clear direction. Hugs

    • 7.2
      becky jo says:

      Rebecca – I am Becky Jo (Rebecca Jo **smile**) and I am from Chesterfield MI. Your name stopped me first, but as I read your post I found myself nodding along … yep, been there … yep, done that … yep, wore THAT T-shirt!! I will be praying for you, sweet girl. God is SO preciously faithful to use every last thing to grow us. I will be praying that He makes Himself so large and visible to you, that you cannot help but be lost in Him. And I will pray that He brings you peace, purpose and a sweet testimony that shapes and grows not only YOU, but all who see you walk gloriously through it all.
      You are loved sweet girl – so loved!!
      Becky Jo

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    Jessica says:

    My name is Jessica and I live in Atlanta, GA. This has been a whirlwind of a year – Feb. 2012, engaged; May 2013, graduate from college; move to Georgia four days later; get married Aug. 2012 and start new job; March 2013, start different new job. My husband and I are enjoying married life, but we’ve struggled with both of us trying to get new jobs over the last 8 months (and thankfully, we finally do now). My prayer life and devotion life are zero to slim. My self-esteem is shot. In college, I was on fire for God. The fire is gone and I want it back…

    • 8.1
      Samantha Rodriquez says:

      Hi Jessica, I just want you to know, I’m 22 and in the same spot. I am praying for us. We want it so badly. I am praying for us and am desperate for others to pray for us. I just wanted you to know that, and know I am with you.

    • 8.2
      Jenny Gay says:

      I am Jenny and I am from Iowa. I have been married for 4 1/2 years and have 2 boys. I will be praying for your marriage. My husband is also not working currently and it is an emotional struggle for him some days. I have lost a lot of my fire in the past too, but God has shown me that it is never lost, it just needs more kindling put on it to make it flame higher. “More fuel for the fire”! We get that by reading his word, spending time with him, and spending time with other Christians who can feed us and lift us up. I am here for you if you need to talk.

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    Courtney Farabee says:

    I am a 21 year old junior in college from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania who is studying psychology. I someday hope to become a counselor for struggling teenage girls. I am engaged to be married next June (EEK!) to an incredible man of God who is studying to be a youth pastor. This post struck me to my core. It is my prayer and passion that I would not only protect my love and passion, but that it would increase. There are so many changes and unknowns ahead of me, knowing that God WILL’s for that passion to burn inside of me was of immense comfort. Thank you for this. And thank you for praying for my peers.

    • 9.1
      Tyra says:

      Hi Courtney,

      My name is Tyra, I’m 34 years old and live in Houston. I will be praying for you, that you will always be led by Gid and His Holy Spirit and be filled with the peace Jesus died to give us through all life’s unknowns. I completely understand about those unknowns! I like to joke to my friends that I tend to feel like a giant question mark! But then my faith in Chrst reminds me that I may not always know where or what or HOW, but I always know WHO!

      God Bless you and congratulations on your upcoming marriage and graduation!

      • Courtney says:

        Tyra,

        It’s comforting to know that someone else has faced those unknowns and continues to press on with such beautiful faith! Thank you so much for your prayers. I am overwhelmed to know that there are women all over the country praying for ME! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • 9.2
      Chris says:

      Courtney, My name is Chris & I live in West Virginia.
      It is an honor to pray for you.

      • Courtney says:

        Chris,

        Thank you. Seriously, I thank you with all that I am. It means the world to be lifted up even by those whom I have never met!

      • Courtney says:

        Chris,

        What an honor it is to be on the receiving end of your prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to pray for me. I am both humbled and blessed.

    • 9.3
      Melissa says:

      I am Melissa, a 31 year old stay at home mom to a two year old boy and doula (but not the “hippie-granola” kind ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I’ve been married to my husband for 6 1/2 years. I would be blessed to pray for you for the next few weeks (and beyond!). Your sweet heart shined through in your words and I know you will be amazing working with teenage girls. I will pray that your passion for everything God places on your heart will grow. I will also pray for your upcoming marriage and future position as a pastor’s wife. Next June will be here before you know it, but some days it will feel like a long time. I will pray for your relationship to be pure, edifying, happy and healthy. You have an exciting future and I am honored to bring your requests to the Father! I you want to e-mail me any other requests, my e-mail is mesilla @aol.com

      • Courtney says:

        Melissa,

        Wow, your words were just what I needed! Thank you for taking time out of your day to pray for me. I am humbled beyond words. And if you don’t mind, I just might take you up on that e-mail offer! Again, thank you.

      • Courtney says:

        Melissa,

        I feel as though you “saw” me through a simple comment! Thank you for praying for me. I am humbled to know that so many around the country are praying for ME! If you don’t mind, I may just take you up on that e-mail offer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 9.4
      Joyce Bailey says:

      Hello, Courtney. It is my privilege to commit to pray for you for the next two weeks. I remember that “EEK!” feeling when I was engaged 40 years ago. Your love and passion for the Lord will increase if you stay in His Word daily and stay surrendered to Him and His plan for your life. I live in Grand Junction, Colorado.

      • Courtney says:

        Joyce,

        Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers. I’ve NEVER felt so supported in prayer, and by those i’ve never met! You are such a blessing.

    • 9.5
      Melody says:

      Hey, precious Courtney!

      I’m Melody, I live in Myrtle Beach, SC, and I’m 33. I’m honored to pray for you for the next 2 weeks. I’m excited to see how God answers our prayers!

      I really admire your desire to keep your passion for the Lord and to serve young women. So great to [virtually] meet you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Courtney says:

        Melody,

        It’s fantastic to meet you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers. I am one humbled and blessed girl!

    • 9.6
      Tracey Knight says:

      Hi Courtney, I’m a 49-yr-old from Arkadelphia, AR with 2 grown children – one that has a degree in Psych & wants to help troubled kids and the other is going into ministry. I remember at your age thinking I never ever ever wanted my heart to grow cold. Beth’s right – in our world it’s a FIGHT. I’m praying for you, sweet girl. Know that God’s led you so far & He has no plans to drop you now – regardless of what life brings. You keep following. Whatever it is that tenders your heart toward Him, do that. love~

      • Courtney says:

        Tracey,

        Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your words were a comfort that moved me to tears today! Thank you for praying for someone so far away that you’ve never even met! It is an overwhelming blessing.

    • 9.7
      Carolyn says:

      Hi Courtney, I’m Carolyn from Austin, TX. What a privilege to pray for you for the next two weeks as you prepare to start a new chapter in your life! Just as you desire to help a younger generation, I’m praying that God brings you into relationship with older women whose wisdom and understanding obtained through their walk with Him can be used by Him to help guide you in spiritual growth. May God bless the desires of your heart!

      • Courtney says:

        Carolyn,

        I can’t thank you enough for “adopting” me over these next two weeks! Your prayers for older women in my life match those I have been praying for months! Your prayers are surely a gift and I am beyond thankful and humbled to be on the receiving end of them!

    • 9.8
      Judy says:

      Courtney,
      Hi, I am Judy from Virginia and I will be praying for you! Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I pray that God continues to increase your passion for Him! I pray for your chosen profession. I teach middle school….you are so needed!
      Prayers!
      Judy
      Jeremiah 29:11

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    Ibukun says:

    My name is Ibukun and I’m from Nigeria. I’m turning 20 in July. And I’ve been a believer for a year and 7 months. I’m currently writing (it’s one of my favorite things) my first book based on Col 3:5-17. I’m currently battling feelings of inadequacy and not being “Christian” enough. Some days are easier than others. I also have a hard time controlling my spending habits and more often than I would like I’m out of cash and in debt. Please pray that the message Christ wants me to pass through the book is effectively taught to me then through me and that I not give in to feelings of inadequacy and that He teach me that what I have is always enough

    • 10.1
      Bryan Strickland says:

      Ibukun,

      Wow! I’m currently writing a book too using the foundation, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I will be praying for you that God will continue to shower you with ideas, and cultivate the gift of words and communication within you so that what you’re writing will affect and change someone’s life. God bless you!

    • 10.2

      Ibukun, I am praying for you! I have a new believer that I am discipling right now and her passion as a new believer drives me straight to the throne every time we meet. So don’t be discouraged if you feel like you don’t know enough. Study the Word of God and share what you are learning with others. You’ll be surprised what God does!

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    Sara says:

    I’m from eastern NC and im 28. I want to be still and Know God. Not just petition Him for things but sit quietly and revel in HIM, let HIM show me Himself. I guess I just want prayer that He will show me Him and in the process will make me desire Him that much more. Thanks!!

    • 11.1
      April Jones says:

      Sara: I’m April – from Springfield, Illinois. I will pray for you for the next 2 weeks taht God will show himself to you in a mighty way! I’m praying that for myself too!!! So, might as well ask Him for the both of us! Stay strong in Him, little sister!

      April

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    Jackie Harper says:

    I want Christ to be my true, number 1 love. Beth, I love him so much. I truly do. But I want to be in love so bad with my future husband. I desire that so much. It’s a constant battle. I’m living out my life for Him but then get caught up in seeking selfish desires, mainly a future spouse. I yearn and crave for that companionship so much. How do I find it in Him? How do I get that love, that romantic love from my Heavenly Father?

    • 12.1
      Tyra says:

      Hi Jackie,

      My name is Tyra; I’m 34, single and live in Houston. I feel your heart on this one. Allow me to encourage you in your desire to love The Lord first and in your desire for a husband. I’ve asked the same questions you’re asking. Your desire to love the Lord first is also His perfect will for you, therefore, it will be done. He promises this in His Word. Desiring companionship is not selfish, I don’t believe. God designed us to be in relationship, in the image of Him. And He knows the desires of your heart. Surrender those desires to Him, trusting that He knows you and that He knows what He has in store for you, all of the blessings that are specifically for you!
      Something that brings me comfort is that no matter how rough a season may be or how much I may desire my marital status to change, when it does, the time it took for it to happen will be of no consequence. Trusting in His sovereignty can be a challenge when we don’t understand the whys or whens or hows. But, always remember you know WHO! The Creator of the universe knows the number of hairs in your head, He completely and totally loves you, and as your Heavenly Father wants to give you the desires of your heart.
      Continue to seek Him, for He says in His Word in Matthew 6:33 that when we seek first His kingdom and righteousness, all these things will be added to us. (Suggest Reading Matthew 6:25-34)
      Keep talking to Him, He will answer and give you peace! I am a witness!

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    Trevor Harmon says:

    I feel the growing cold, for weeks. I need new love for Jesus and the Bible. Please pray!

    • 13.1
      Bryan Strickland says:

      Trevor,

      I know exactly what you mean. I’m going to share something to you that the Lord gave me just yesterday. He informed me that two reasons why the gospel either loses its effectiveness or is not effective in a persons life is 1) the individual is ignorant (simply put, unaware) of the true meanings and application of grace, the gift of righteousness, and the Holy Spirit or 2) the individual knows what those three things previously listed are, but they need a refresher or a double dosage of them and how they are applied to their life. In Matt Chandler’s book, Creature of the Word, he hits this point as well. He states, “…People [need to be] constantly refreshed with the gospel (Jesus, grace, the gift of righteousness, and the Holy Spirit) and reminded of their part in the greater story (of Redemption)” (my insertions). Bro, I challenge you to really start searching the Scriptures pertaining to grace, the gift of righteousness, and the Holy Spirit, and I guarantee you that it will begin to kindle a fire so strong in you that you will be just like Jeremiah when he stated, “your message is like a fire burning deep within me. I try my best to hold it in, but can no longer keep it back” (Jeremiah 20:9 GNT)

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    Beatrice Brackin says:

    My name is Beatrice, and I am a college student in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I eagerly desire a pure heart, and to love everyone the same way God loves me.

    • 14.1
      Lisa DeCarlo says:

      Hi Beatrice,

      My name is Lisa and I live in Alpharetta, GA. It is my honor and privilege to pray with you for your pure heart and to love everyone with God’s love! Love you sister!

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    Paulette says:

    I’m 21 yrs of age , work at sea as a navigator onboard fuel oil carriers . I’m from South Africa Pretoria and call Hillsong church HOME ๐Ÿ™‚ my spirit is stirred to be a part of this …

    • 15.1
      becky jo says:

      Paulette – I am Becky jo

      I would be honored to pray for you. Is there anything specific I can be lifting up to Him on your behalf? What a Blessing to call Hillsong home (a little jealous over that one!!!). Oh how He loves you!!!!!

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    Amy Beth says:

    This post kind of read my email AND postal mail, if you know what I mean.

    My name is Amy Beth, I’m 28 and a little bit of a newlywed (just married in September). I am currently obsessed with wearing big sunglasses and watching the show Call the Midwife (PBS). I work at a large, private Christian university where I do events and teach two classes a semester in the School of Religion.

    Specifically, I need prayer for the following:

    1. I need a maternal-type figure for a mentor

    2. I need freedom from habits that have, along with medical problems, caused me to be overweight

    3. I am praying for God to show me whether we should try to have biological children or adopt

    • 16.1
      Sandra Oden says:

      Hi Amy. I am a 61 year old grandmother who would love to pray for you. I have two adopted grand daughters, so praying The Lord will give you special direction as you decide about adoption. Also, will pray for your other requests. My name is Sandra..

    • 16.2
      Debbie says:

      Hi Amy Beth, my name is Debbie and I live in Portland,OR. I would love to pray for you. I have been praying for freedom and a mentor for my 35 year old son, and your note speaks right to my heart.
      He is faithful! Love you,sweet sister.

    • 16.3
      Mary Beth says:

      Amy Beth – I would be honored to pray for you over the next couple of weeks. Your name jumped out at me (can’t imagine why!) and your post was the one that made me stop. Congratulations on your marriage, and thanks for all you are doing to teach the next generation of leaders for our faith.

      No one will ever call me maternal, but I do lead a ladies’ Bible study class on Tuesday nights here in Atlanta, and our ages range from younger than you to older than my mama. I am so thrilled to have been called to lead them.

      I have hit an age where weight is an issue for me, too, and have recently been feeling the need to really DO something about it. Let’s work on it together, OK? I think my biggest issue is exercise – everything I love to do is sedentary, so I need to get up and get moving.

      As for children, while you wait for God’s response to you (and I know he will respond), keep something in mind, which I learned from our very own Beth Moore: There is more than one kind of “child” — those of us who teach have more children than we know. We have spiritual children, who will one day meet us before God and tell us things we might never have guessed about something we said having an impact on their lives. Don’t dismiss your influence on those folks you are teaching every day, regardless of their age. You are preparing them for the world, and isn’t that what parents do?

      I am honored to pray for you, young friend. I hope you feel it, and are encouraged.

      Mary Beth Marion
      Atlanta, GA

    • 16.4
      becky jo says:

      My SWEET, Darling, Beautiful Amy Beth.

      You know that you are ALWAYS in my prayers and in my heart. I adore you … even though you married some other boy and I don’t get to be you MIL!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am always here, lifting you to the Throne of Grace and loving you so! You know how I feel about adoption. However God chooses to make you a mommy, I know that will be one fantabulously Blessed little one. I am praying that He shows you which path to take and that He heals all wounds that have been left along the way.
      I love you sweet girl … so much!
      Becky Jo

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    Rachel says:

    My name is Rachel from Eugene, OR. I grew up in a Christian home, going to church every Sunday, and I was on the music team at an early age. However, it has only been in the last few years through a series of really difficult family situations that I have started to grow closer to God and truly desire to do His will. I am in grad school in a teacher education program because I really feel that God is calling me in to the profession. That being said, sometimes it is really hard, but I have no doubt He will get me through and put me where He wants me. It is a slow process, but I am learning.

    • 17.1

      Rachel, I am praying for you! Ask Him to give you a desire for His Word. He’ll be like, “Well, duh! I want to answer that request!” =) He delights in our future of intimacy with Him!
      Also, I just want you to know that I’m obsessed with your state! I’m moving to Portland to be a campus minister in the fall. Be a light in the darkness!

    • 17.2
      Rachel says:

      I’m 23 (realized most were putting age:)

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    Mary says:

    This is exactly what my heart needed to hear! The body of Christ in motion is just extremely beautiful.

    Right now I’m living in Utah finishing my MS in Sociology, and I’m almost 24. Thanks for the prayer and intercession!

    • 18.1
      Dawn Russell says:

      Hi Mary! I am adopting you. I chose your post because I lived in Roy, Utah from 1991-1999. I live in Wisconsin now. Praying!

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    Ashley says:

    I am 24 years old, and I have felt God all my life drawing me closer to himself. There are points in my life where I have tried to run, but he always seems to catch up to me. Please pray for me, because I am going through a time of transition at the moment, and I am not sure which direction I should be going. I can feel that he has great things in store, and I am learning to trust. I would appreciate someone interceding for me and agreeing with me in prayer. Thanks!!

    • 19.1
      Kim Cook says:

      Hi Ashley – My name is Kim, and I am honored and humbled to join your prayer team.

      It’s been a long time since I was 24, but I do remember it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will turn 50 in June, but wouldn’t trade a moment of it!

      I, too, feel God’s pull toward Him in everything I do. It’s taken me a very long time to be able to truly understand that this life of ours is not about us, but it is all about Him, and it’s all about His glory & kingdom.

      One of my very favorite verses is Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.

      I will pray diligently for you to see His light on your path, so that you will know that the direction you choose is the direction He has already chosen for you. I will also ask for peace, wisdom & discernment so that you will KNOW!

      He will never fail you. It’s often hard to keep the focus on Him and expanding His kingdom, but you won’t be disappointed.

      • Ashley says:

        Kim- thanks so much for partnering with me in prayer. It means more to me than you will ever know to have someone in my corner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you see this and know how much I appreciate you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah Moore says:

    Hello,
    I’m a twenty year old college student at the university of Arkansas. I’m originally from Kansas city. I love this post and am so excited about the way God will use this as people read and pray. God has changed my life in big ways in this last year. I actually learned a lot by reading and praying through your book, Breaking Free. Thanks so much!
    God bless,
    Sarah Moore

    • 20.1
      Stacy Featherston says:

      Sarah,
      My name is Stacy Featherston and I live in Searcy, Arkansas and would be honored to pray for you. I have 3 children and two of them are graduating from college this year…One from Ouachita Baptist University and one from Auburn University and I LOVE college girls! I will be praying for you to LOVE Jesus more than anything in life and for wisdom and direction from Him.

      Much love to you,
      Stacy

    • 20.2
      Kerry says:

      Hi Sarah!

      I will adopt you and pray for you the next 14 days! I am married and live in Memphis with my two children and I just turned 40 in 2012. I love to know you are a sweet Kansas City Razorback ๐Ÿ™‚

      My prayer will be for you to stir up and sustain a holy passion for God, His mission and for you to be alert and proactive in guarding your heart to last a lifetime. I will pray that He deliver you from any bondage, strengthen you in temptation and deliver you from evil. I will love you with all my might thru prayer.

    • 20.3
      Julie says:

      Hi Sarah,
      I have some things in common with you – I live in KC and graduated from Arkansas in the 70’s. But most important, God is continuing to change my life in wonderful ways. It will be an honor to pray for you every day. Bless you.

    • 20.4
      Dianne Donaldson says:

      Sarah, you are now in my prayers. I live in NM and have a grown daughter also named Sarah. It always blesses me so when people are willing to let God change their lives!

    • 20.5
      Paula says:

      Sarah,
      My name is Paula and I live in Springdale Arkansas, just down the road. It will be my honor to pray for you during these next 14 days.

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    carla says:

    Just turned 27 today. Reading this is one of the best gifts I’ve gotten. Thank you, Beth.

    I’m from TN, have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and one on the way in July. I need grace and love to be a mother to them. My husband just became an elder at a new church plant and is in seminary studying to become a missionary to the Japanese. I need patience and love as his wife. We are about to move in with my mother to help her out while she is sick. I desperately need the Holy Spirit to fill me for that to be accomplished to His glory. I don’t know what the rest of my 20s hold, but I really don’t want to steal them from God by being as selfish as I was during the first few.

    • 21.1
      Natashajk says:

      Hi. My name is Natasha and I’m turning 41 in a little over a week. I’m from Kitchener, ON, Canada and I am currently a SAHM to a four year old and an almost two year old. Being a SAHM is a good, worthwhile and tough job. I am praying for you to have patience with your children while you also care for your mom with love and support your husband. You have a lot on your plate and I pray you have the wisdom and grace to carry all of it.

    • 21.2
      Natashajk says:

      And Happy Birthday today!

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    Nicole Smith says:

    Hi there! I’m Nicole from Portland, OR. I’m 25 years old and have recently began pursuing a career as a doctor. I was right in the middle of my first post-college job when I felt the call of the Lord for me to pursue medicine. I knew that I knew deep down inside the Holy Spirit was stirring something up in me. I quit my job, moved home and began the necessary steps I had to take to apply to medical school. It has been the most difficult yet rewarding thing I’ve ever done. So here I am 2 years later, picking up my cross daily and less than 2 months away from submitting my application to med school. The day I told the Lord I was all His was the day this exhilarating journey began!

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    Amanda Porter says:

    Amanda Porter. Lubbock, Texas. I am currently on staff at my local church working with children and preparing to move to Central Texas for graduate school at Texas State, San Marcos. I am a single women and I love Jesus with all I have.

    • 23.1
      Amanda Porter says:

      As I transition from one part of the state to another and away from comfort zones, my prayer is that I’ll cling to Christ rather than past sin that can be so tempting when we need a sense of relief or comfort.

      I currently have been more on fire for God than ever before and being in the word has been a top priority when before that was never the case! Passion 2013 wrecked me in a way I never imagined it would.

      Thankful for God’s redemption!!

    • 23.2
      Alicia says:

      Hi, Amanda. My name is Alicia, I’ll be 40 this summer (scary!!) and I live in North Alabama. I’m going to be praying for you, especially for the transistion you have ahead of you. Keep going after God!

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    Samantha Ann says:

    My name is Samantha Ann and I am from Charlotte, NC! May 25th, 2013 God rocked my world. I was already a Christian but in bondage to a couple of sins-and he broke me free that day. Ever since, my heart’s desire has been to glorify Him in everything! I am transferring to App State next semester in elementary education. I am with lots of kids all the time but I wouldnt have it any other way!

    • 24.1
      Samantha Ann says:

      *2012

      • Amy Patton says:

        Hi Samantha Ann, I’m 41 living in the Chicago area. So honored to pray for you. So grateful for a God who sets us free! Feel free to introduce yourself more to me through my blog- leave a comment or use the contact form to send an email- so that I know how to pray. Amy

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    Amy Warr says:

    Amy Warr
    29
    Single in the family driven south.
    Serving full time at a year round christian camp, teaching, cleaning, grading lessons, and being the audiovisual and IT person, making highlights dvds.
    Aunt to two awesome nephews and one awesome niece.

    • 25.1
      Jenna Aman says:

      Even though I’m not an older generation, I’m praying for you Amy Warr! Love and miss you tons ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Amy Warr says:

        Thanks girl! I just now caught up with this so I hope you see this reply. Love you! Come see us sometime!

    • 25.2
      Natashajk says:

      Hi. My name is Natasha and I’m turning 41 in a little over a week. I’m from Kitchener, ON, Canada and I am currently a SAHM to a four year old and an almost two year old.

      I was single until I was 35 and so I know the struggle of being alone when it seems everyone else is paired up and starting families. I am praying that you will be encouraged in your work and that you will find peace in your singleness until God changes that situation. I pray that when He does, it will be so clear to you that God was writing an AMAZING story for you all along. And being an aunt myself, I pray that your nephews and niece feel all the love and time you are pouring into them.

      • Amy Warr says:

        Hi Natasha, thank you so much for the encouragement and for praying. It helps to hear stories like yours and be reminded of what I already know – that He really is in control of the timing. I just mow found these replies, but I appreciate your prayers. I live in a very rural area and with our particular ministry, people dash in and out of our lives so pray for consistent community as well. Thanks again!

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    Jennifer says:

    Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am 22 and about to graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. I played soccer there and am getting a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations as well as a degree in Business Marketing.

    I am part of a bible study OLGA that a group of us girls hold every week and are currently going through your Revelation series! I just want to say you do an awesome job speaking to us and we all feel as if we know you and that you are a part of our little group =)

    It is so crazy that this was posted today because not only have I been listening to Jefferson Bethke’s poems recently, I have been having multiple conversations about loving how God loves and guarding your heart the right way.

    My boyfriend and I have also been asking for prayers of direction, because we aren’t sure where we should move to after we graduate so any and all prayers for us would be greatly greatly appreciated =) Thanks so much!!

    • 26.1
      Pam says:

      Jennifer,
      Once a Bear, always a Bear. I graduated many years ago from UNC with a BS in Business/Marketing. I am honored to spend the next 14 days praying for you!

    • 26.2
      Heidi says:

      Hi Jennifer —
      Your post caught my eye because I live in Colorado too and because my education is similar to yours, and I currently work in nonprofit as a marketing communications and grant writing professional. I am blessed to work in international missions. I have a daughter who is in the first year of getting her masters and a son who is a junior in college.

      I will be lifting you up in prayer as you near your graduation. I will pray God provides clear direction for you both, that you remain IN HIM through all the transitions and changes ahead, that you make Him a center of all you do, and that your heart is guarded!

      God’s Peace, Jennifer!
      Heidi

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    Madison says:

    I’m from Tennessee. Three friends and I will be heading to SE Asia soon so I would like to ask that you pray fervently for Jesus to pour His Spirit on us, our trip, and the people we will come in contact with.

    • 27.1
      Amy Patton says:

      Madison! I am Amy, 41 living in the Chicago area. I am so excited I found you to pray for. I am headed to Bangkok in a month; so our hearts are headed to the same place. Feel free to introduce yourself further to me through my blog- leave a comment or use the contact form to send an email- so that I know how to pray specifically. Blessings on your journey, Amy

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    Emily says:

    my name is Emily, I’m from Houston and appreciate the prayers- it feels like a fight to maintain a pure heart and not become jaded from all aspects of culture- both in the world and in the church.
    My struggle has been honoring who God created me to be, and His plan for my life. It’s kind of been a leap of faith to let go of who I should be, and just be who He made me to be.. There is a lot of pressure to be a certain way or fit a certain mold & He keeps leading me to places that don’t fit. Thank you for this post and for praying for us. May it produce a work that blesses all of you in the future & may we also pour out the same for those younger than us.

    • 28.1
      Patti says:

      Hi Emily,
      “and in the church,” really resonated with me as I have had a prayer burden for the hearts of my family of faith for many years, so I have added your name to my prayer journal and covenant to pray for you daily.
      With Much Love,
      Patti Hayes

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    Sam says:

    Hey, my name is Sam (Samantha, but I prefer Sam). I’m 23 and I live in Wabash, Indiana. I have been a Christian since I was 16, though not always a very good one, and have weathered a number of challenges in my life. I’m a recovering cutter, having been clean for three and a half years now. I am also living with clinical depression and am currently battling back from an eating disorder. I’m not telling you this for pity, but instead to praise the glory and love of God, because He is the one who has seen me through it all. Now, because of what I’ve gone through, I’m closer to Him than ever before.

    I appreciate your blog post. I believe that these young adult years are crucial in our lives and can shape who we will be for the rest of them. Sometimes it seems like we can be forgotten in the background. Bless you!

    • 29.1
      Donna says:

      Sam,

      I will be praying for you! Our God is so good and can help us overcome anything that holds us back from the life He has ordained for us. I pray that He will be the “lifter of your head” Ps 3:3 and will give you the strength, wisdom, and grace to be an overcomer in every area of your life. May He bless you and lead you into paths of righteousness (Ps 23).

      Donna

    • 29.2
      Amy Patton says:

      Sam, my heart goes out to you. I will be praying. I have had my share of struggles to. Freedom does come. Healing does come. Hold on to the giver. Feel free to introduce yourself further to me through my blog- leave a comment or use the contact form to send me an email- so that I can pray specifically. Amy

    • 29.3
      Dedra Vick says:

      Hi Sam
      I live in Texas, married with 1 son who is 25. I am 45 and I am an “eater” I used to fill my void with food instead of God. until 2002, and the study of Braking Free” Let me tell you first hand that you can be delivered from your addictions. We can’t forget where we came from so that we give all the glory to Jesus. I have lost 135 lbs. since 2002. It has been all GOD. I will be praying for you for the next 2 weeks my friend.

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    Sunshine says:

    I have a prayer request ladies. My son is in a crisis of his faith. He has some friends who walked away from him b/c of his relationship with the Lord and it has sent him into a down hill spiral. It has caused him to question everything that he was doing for the Lord. He has only been a Christian for a year. During that brief time, the Lord called him to preach. In his innocence, he thought everyone would accept such a great thing. He has some influences in his life that have tried to differ him from his calling. Some influences that mean the world to him. I need some momma’s to pray. I love him too much for him to go down this path, I won’t let him go down w/o a fight. I know the power of prayer and I know the power of numbers. Please pray for my son. Thank you!

    • 30.1
      Patti says:

      Sunshine – this Mama of two grown and married sons is praying with you and for you for your son and for my two; that all three of them will desire to love Jesus more than anyone or anything and that their Mamas will too.
      Much love to you, dear sister,
      Patti Hayes

      • Sunshine says:

        Thank you Pattie, I appreciate your prayer. Yes, ma’am I do. Jesus is the love of my life. It has brought me profound freedom. I come into agreement with your prayer.Gods word tells us in Matthew 18:19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. I’m thankful for that promise, aren’t you? He’s so good, he loves us so much. So, let me pray with you also and for you also momma. Father, I thank you that we can pray to you and you hear us. You always hear your children. Father, I thank you for these boys/men that you gave us to point to you and raise up in your ways. Although, I haven’t served you with a whole heart his entire life. I believe your grace is sufficient. Father, we lift up these boys/men to you. We lift up their future’s to you and we lay them at your feet Lord. For truly you have given them to us and we return them to you. Father, I bind the enemy’s hold in all the area’s that keep them form serving you with their whole heart in Jesus name. I bind the plans, attacks, and set-ups of the enemy. I lose a surrendered life, I lose men after Gods own heart. I lose your plan and will for their lives. IN JESUS NAME I PRAY! Amen

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    Lauren says:

    I’m Lauren. I am 23 and live in Aiken, South Carolina, where I am blessed to teach a wonderful bunch of 8th-12th grades students. I teach everything from 8th grade English to 12th grade AP Calculus. This fall, I am seriously looking at pursuing my master’s degree in Professional Writing at the University of Oklahoma – which is a pretty big leap for a small town, Southern girl.

    • 31.1
      Kathy S says:

      Hi Lauren! My name is Kathy and I live in New Albany, Ohio. I’m a 58-year-old wife and mother of a soon-to-be 18 year-old daughter who is about to graduate from high school. We vacation every year in South Carolina; we LOVE your state and its beaches.

      I so admire your teaching profession choice, but even more your bravery in pursuing a master’s degree in Professional Writing. I have a business undergraduate degree and I went back to school for my masters in journalism when I found my career had moved toward communications – newsletters, web writing, etc. So…I feel like we have a similar background.

      It is a big leap, especially moving so far from home, but our God is a BIG God. Obviously he planted that seed in your heart – and he will grow your dream. Rest assured that I will be praying for you and all the changes that will be coming your way.

      • Lauren says:

        Kathy,

        I am so glad you have had been able to make such wonderful memories here in South Carolina. It’s surely a special place – the beaches are my favorite as well. And how exciting for your daughter! I know you and your husband must be so proud of her!

        I love that we have so much in common, and I am so thankful for your prayers. Thank you for your encouragement in all that life is bringing – if our God is for us, who can be against us!? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hannah says:

    Hi! My name is Hannah and I am from Oklahoma. I’ll be graduating from college next week! I do not have any plans for life after school. I am conducting a job search in a field I am unsure about. It is what I majored in, but I am trusting that God will place me where I should be and that he will provide in himself the joy and purpose for each day.

    • 32.1
      Kathy S says:

      Hi Hannah! My name is Kathy and I live in New Albany, Ohio. Iโ€™m a 58-year-old wife and mother of a soon-to-be 18 year-old daughter who is about to graduate from high school.

      Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I, too, upon my undergraduate graduation had no real idea which direction to go toward my chosen field of business. Job searches are so different these days from years ago, but trust me when I say that the Lord will get you exactly where He wants you to be – and that is how I will be praying for you.

      It’s funny and amazing how the Lord works. When I was sending out resumes in quite a haphazard way years ago, one company HR person let me know that she had nothing for me but asked if she could pass my resume on to someone looking for someone like me. I have now been with that company 36+ years in a number of different positions. I just want to encourage you that if you are faithful in your search – God will intervene for YOUR good for HIS glory!

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    Bryan Strickland says:

    Hey! I’m Bryan, from Corinth, Mississippi. I am 24 years old and vehemently want to be used of God for my generation. I really believe that God has given me a Joshua-like Spirit. We know that once Moses died, Joshua carried the Children of Israel on into the Promised Land. The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines “Joshua” as “Jehovah-saved.” I know that YAHWEH will save this generation if more young adults with a Joshua spirit would rise to the occasion. I believe this is why it is completely necessary that we understand the ministry of reconciliation as that ministry has been entrusted to us. The Lord has really been dealing with me in that area. I desire for people, both young and old, to know and be friends with God. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (The Amplified Bible), it says, “But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration of favor).” Praise God! I have to get about this ministry! It’s urgent and needed more than ever nowadays! Please pray that the Lord will have his hand upon the birthing of a project He’s placed in me to respond to this mandate. After all, in 2 Corinthians 3:3 it says, “You show and make obvious that you are a [living] letter from Christ delivered” (AMP) and known (perceived, recognized) and read by everybody.

    • 33.1
      Patti says:

      Bryan – Every time I pray for my two sons, their wives, and my grandchildren, I’m going to pray for you too.
      With Much Love,
      Patti Hayes

      • Bryan Strickland says:

        Thank you soooo much, Mrs. Hayes! I will keep you in my prayers as well! The Lord be with your entire family! May God’s grace rain down on you!!

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    Leslie says:

    I’m from Sulphur, Louisiana. Ministry is on my heart, but I’m unsure where exactly. I love people and want everyone I encounter to experience the love of Christ I’ve experienced!

    • 34.1
      Cassidy says:

      Hi Leslie! My name is Cassidy, and I live in Indiana. I am going through the same questioning right now, although I am leaning toward getting involved with youth ministry. I will pray for you, that God shows you His perfect will, and that He will give you the clarity and discernment to understand it, and the courage to follow it!

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    Kenslea Ray says:

    Hi! My name is Kenslea Ray! I am 22 years old. I am from Birmingham, AL. I will graduate college in December with a degree in Secondary Education and English. I really am just looking at the future and life with complete trust in the Lord because I have no idea where he is going to take me or what the future looks like. I’m just so excited to follow wherever the Lord stirs my heart to. Also, this summer I am going on my first overseas mission trip to Honduras! So this is just a little bit about me. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank you so very much for your prayers! I just love this sweet siesta community!

    • 35.1
      Mandie says:

      Hi Kenslea! My name Mandie, I’m 26, and I live about an hr and half northeast of Bham. So glad to hear you’re going on a foreign mission trip. I’m still waiting for The Lord to open that door for me. I’ll be praying for you and for your trip!

      • Kenslea Ray says:

        Hi Mandie! Thank you so much for praying for me and my trip! It really means a lot! I will be praying for you too and that in the Lord’s perfect timing he will open up a door for you to go on a foreign mission trip! Thanks again!

    • 35.2
      Kaitlyn says:

      Hi Kenslea,

      I’m Kaitlyn and go to Samford in Birmingham. ๐Ÿ™‚ Small world! Will be thinking of you.

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    Sarah Beth says:

    My name is Sarah Beth. I’m 22 years old and one month away from graduating nursing school as an RN. I’ve been married for two years to a worship leader. We live in Northeast Arkansas and we go to a very large church (over 5,000 members). I have a very hard time at church learning to be a wife in the ministry. I don’t have a Godly woman that I can look up to and learn from who is pouring into my life because I’ve been so consumed by nursing school for the last two years. It’s also a struggle because my husband is constantly encouraged and lifted up for his gifts so he and I don’t share the same experiences in church. I would love for someone to pray for my husband and I.

    • 36.1
      Lindsee says:

      Sweet Sarah, I am praying you would find, know and feel encouraged in your appropriate place next to your husband in ministry. I can imagine how tough that would be, and although I’m not a wife in ministry in the least, being in ministry regardless can be like that. Also asking the Lord to bring you a friend, mentor, or whomever He sees fit to do life with you. Specifically another pastors wife that is a few years ahead of you. I know I won’t be the only one praying for you, but your name caught my attention. You are loved!

      • Sarah Beth says:

        Thank you, so much Lindsee. I can’t tell you how that has touched my heart! I feel your love and I’ve been encouraged by your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Lindsee says:

          I just put your name in my phone as a reminder to pray for you for the next 14 days. Can’t wait to hear how the Lord has shown Himself faithful to you!

    • 36.2
      Michelle Schroeder says:

      Sarah Beth- my husband is in ministry too!! I know it can be difficult. Praying The Lord brings a godly woman along to mentor you and encourage you in your walk with Jesus!! Michelle

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    Sarah says:

    Hi! I’m Sarah, a 24 year old in Indiana. I’m currently a grad student through the University of Kentucky (online classes). I’m studying Library Science. I was baptized when I was 7, and I have been a Christ-follower ever since.

    I’m really happy to see someone recognizing the need for prayers and support for the 20-somethings. Because I live in a small town, there are very few opportunities to gather with other 20-somethings and learn / grow in Christ. There is a need out there, and while many feel that these are the “lost” years for young adults, where church attendance slows, if we actually had programs in action, we may find that young adults would attend.

    Thank you for your prayers!

    • 37.1
      Cassidy says:

      Hi Sarah! My name is Cassidy. I live in Indiana too, and am one of those twenty-somethings who is looking for a community of believers to get involved with!

      I am praying for you, that you will find the community that YOU need in order to grow more in Christ’s love, and that God will continue to daily sustain you with His grace and mercies.

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    Victoria says:

    Hi. I’m from Trussville,Alabama, I’m 26 and my desire
    is to rekindle that passionate love for Jesus. I’ve been lukewarm
    for too long. My husband and I just our first child, and we know
    the importance of raising him in a family of parents who
    Jesus Christ first. We need a fire to blaze through this home ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 38.1
      GJ says:

      Victoria – Hello to you! I live in middle Georgia and I am going to be praying for you. I’ve been a pastor’s wife for 35 years (married a pastor), have two sons (28 and 31 years old) and 4 grandchildren…4 years old and under. I’ve been where you are sweet girl!

      I will be praying as you asked, that God will “blaze a fire in your home.” I love the way you said that! And let me tell you girl, the way He will do so is to light a fire first of all in your heart.

      So please know that I am asking God to do just that. I will be praying that you will feel the warmth of His love and see evidence that He is drawing you out of that lukewarm state you mentioned – and back to the closeness of relationship with Him.

      Okay? You click on my name above and it will take you to my blog where you can email me if you’d like! I’m just so excited to see what God will do!!!

      Blessings to you today,
      Mrs. Jan

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    Amanda B says:

    I am from southern Indiana and am 25 years old. I work for a non profit organization that teaches low income families about child development, nutrition, safety, ect. My husband and I are expecting our first child in September.
    I could use prayer for compassion towards the families I see and to see them the way Jesus sees them. Also, that my fire for the Lord would be stirred up. It means so much to know that sisters out there are praying for my generation to have a heart for the Lord! Thank you!!

    • 39.1
      Jyll says:

      Hi Amanda. I’m Jyll and I’m from southern Indiana as well. I will certainly be praying for your heart to be stirred for The Lord and that you will be able to show compassion to your clients. I will also pray for a safe and uneventful pregnancy!

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    Molly says:

    My name is Molly, I am 23 in Lexington, Ky. I grew up in the church but only recently committed my whole heart to Jesus. I am in a purifying process with him and he’s using me mightily in that process for his kingdom. Pray that I would be brokenhearted for the people I work with and that Jesus would be my focus, and obsession, and emotional security, always.

    Love you Beth and ladies!

    • 40.1
      Cynthia Clark says:

      Hi Molly,
      My name is Cyndi. I am from California. I will set an alarm on my phone to remind me to pray for you every day at noon (CA time). You can trust that I will pray that God puts a fire in your heart for Him and a new heart of compassion for the people you work with. I think that the Lord will use you in their lives. God Bless you!

    • 40.2
      Amanda B says:

      Molly, it’s exciting to hear that you have made that next step with the Lord. I will be praying for you and that the Lord would give you compassion and love for the people you work with. I know it’s sometimes hard to share Jesus in the workplace, so I will be praying that your coworkers would be able to see a change in you and begin to ask you questions about your faith! Also praying that you would continue to fall more in love with Jesus every day!

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    Katie Hartshorn says:

    I’m Katie, I’m 29 and I love Jesus with every part of me! I’m a labor and delivery nurse and am greatful for the opportunity to care for women in their most wonderful and at times most devistating moments in their lives. I’m not married and don’t have any babies of my own yet, and while I am very content in this season of my life, I’m very excited to meet the man that God has for me! Mrs. Beth, I so love and appreciate this, there is nothing better than knowing someone is praying for you! <3

    • 41.1

      Katie! I used to want to be a labor and delivery nurse and then a midwife! But then the Lord changed those plans. =) I am praying for you that the Lord will show you Himself in an incredible way in these days of waiting and serving. He is able to do immeasurably more no matter what season of life we are in! (Eph. 3:20-21)

      • Katie Hartshorn says:

        Thank you Miriam! I so appreciate your prayers and your post came straight from the Holy Spirit…Ephesians 3:20-21 is my theme verse for this year! God is so gracious to remind us that He knows right where we are! <3

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    Jenna says:

    Hi! My name is Jenna and I’m from Tampa, FL. I LOVE that Beth posted this because it’s beautiful to see the body of Christ support each other at any age ๐Ÿ™‚ The greatest thing I would appreciate prayer for right now is my upcoming marriage.. I’m engaged and getting married August 30th! It’s hard to look around and see so much distortion of marriage and how sin has devastated this beautiful covenant that God created to reflect Christ and the church. I want to DAILY renew my mind according to His word, in TRUTH, so I can view marriage and my future husband the way God sees it/him, and not be deceived by what the world says. It’s a daily battle to filter out the lies and I desperately want to be a wife who sacrificially serves my husband and encourages him in his walk with the Lord. Please pray for me in this… thank you SO much!!

    • 42.1
      Jenna says:

      PS – I’m 24 ๐Ÿ™‚ Knew I was forgetting something!

    • 42.2
      Jennifer says:

      Hi Jenna – Congratulations & I will be praying for you daily up to your wedding day! My name is Jennifer (although most call me Jen). I’m a 33 year old youth pastor’s wife & nurse. I grew up seeing nothing but broken marriages around me and am living proof that marriage CAN be what God intends it to be. I pray that both you and your soon to be groom will seek the Lord first in all you do and never get weary in your faith. Its amazing what a Godly christian couple can do for the kingdom. I am both blessed & thrilled to get to pray you through this time!

      Jen from Danville, IL

    • 42.3
      Stephanie says:

      Hello Jenna!
      It is my honor to pray for you. I was drawn to your post for two reasons – I am also from Tampa (live now in TN), and on August 29th, my husband and I have been married for 27 years! We have a passion for married couples and marriages to be what God intented. You are already on the right track – renewing your mind daily in His word and truth – not being conformed to what this generation says is true. I will be talking to the Father about you!
      Blessings, Stephanie

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    Brittany says:

    Brittany. 26. Columbia, SC (soon to be charleston, SC) This move will be good but I am terrified of moving away from community. And with that fear, I have been having a lot of spiritual warfare especially around my sleep and nightmares. I want to grow in my relationship with Christ and find total healing from my abortion and this warfare is really getting me down as I have been too scared to sleep.

    • 43.1
      Terry Detrick says:

      Hi, Brittany! My name is Terry and I live in central Virginia. It is my honor and privilege to commit to praying for you for the next 14 days. When I was a few years older than you are now, I moved across country and away from family and friends, so I can relate to how you are feeling. Remember God’s promises: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” and “the Lord your God will be with you WHEREVER you go.” Hebrews 13:5; Joshua 1:9
      I will be praying as you have specifically requested. Remember, you are a child of the King, and you are dearly loved!!!

    • 43.2
      Rachel Weidenaar says:

      hi, brittany! my name is rachel, and i live in frankfort, IL. i’m 39 and a stay at home mom with 3 kids. i’m drawn to your testamony and prayer requests because i struggle with most of my spiritual warfare at night also!! i will be praying you to sleep every night! ๐Ÿ™‚
      “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3

    • 43.3
      Jenn says:

      Brittany,
      I am 36 years old and moved from Columbia to Charleston about 8 years ago. I will be praying for you to find the community that you need in your new home. I will also pray that the Lord will protect your mind as you are awake and as you sleep. Ps. 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

      • Brittany says:

        I don’t know if you will get this but do you mind me asking where you go to church in charleston? I’m moving to mt. Pleasant and will be looking to find community. (Brittisgood AT gmail)

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    Jenna Meny says:

    Hi, I’m Jenna. I’m 29 years old, a Navy veteran going to school full time and working full time. Currently in the midst of the study breaking free. It is helping me realize the freedom the comes from breaking free from my past and the strongholds in my life. A major thing I am struggling with is loneliness as I am the last single woman standing in my circle of friends. I know God has a hope and future for me. Thank you.

    • 44.1
      Jenn Polson says:

      Hi, Jenna! I’m just a few years older than you, but God caused your name to pop out at me. I’ve also struggled with loneliness, time after time, even in my marriage. I also know what it is like to be the lone, single woman, even though The Lord has since provided me with a husband. You will be in my prayers. In my experience, being lonely can make you a prime target for the enemy, but it can also be an amazingly sweet time of growth in your walk if you lean into God through it. As I look back, some of my loneliest times were the times that I was the closest to God and He revealed himself in mighty ways, but it doesn’t make the path any easier.

      Ecc. 3:11a

      • Jenna Meny says:

        Thank you so much, Jenn for taking time to pray for me. After having a rough day I saw your reply to my post and it turned my whole day around. I know that God has a perfect plan for my life – I just have to learn to trust him completely.

        Be blessed! Jenna

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    Jamie says:

    Hello, I’m Jamie! I truly desire to find my satisfaction in Christ. I have been in a very dry spiritual place in recent months and have even begun to doubt my salvation. And quite honestly, I’m sick of Satan’s lies. I want peace, not anxiety. I would really appreciate some prayer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 45.1
      Jane says:

      Hi, Jamie. My name is Jane. I live in Roanoke, VA. I know how hard it is sometimes to drown out the voice of Satan. So, my prayer for you is that the voice of the Lord will louder and that you will experience His peace. I will be praying for you.

  46. 46
    Emily DeJarnett says:

    My name is Emily. I’m from Madison, GA but currently a junior at the University of Georgia in Athens. Constantly asking God to reveal His will for my future- career, relationships, etc.

    • 46.1
      Emily says:

      Hi Emily – I am Emily too. I live in Richmond, VA and I will be praying that you are able to see God’s love and vision for you.
      Blessings on your journey!

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    Jessica K. says:

    My name is Jessica, and I am currently living in Tallahassee, FL. I am married, with a 2 year old boy and another due in just about a month. I am 26, and the rest of my family lives roughly 2,000 miles away from me and my husband and kids. I wrestle with my purpose, and how the Lord can use me in our current circumstances.

    • 47.1
      Suzanne says:

      Hi sweet Jessica! I am so honored to pray for you and your sweet family. I was in a similar situation 7 years ago. Praying that God will raise up a support system for you in your new hometown, and that He will direct your steps. I know He has a wonderful purpose for you in Tallahassee. I pray away discouragement and loneliness at being apart from your family. I am so happy that I can lift you up for the next 14 days, Jessica. Love in Christ, Suzanne

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    Alyssa says:

    Alyssa, 20 from Dallas, TX.

    I am finishing up my junior year of college and will be spending the summer in East Asia sharing the gospel. Prayer for my trip and for my future as i decipher where the Lord is calling me would be greatly appreciated!

    • 48.1
      Amy Cady says:

      Hi Alyssa! My name is Amy, I am *cough* 42, a preacher’s wife with two kiddos, and live in Waipahu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. (I am a Texas girl at heart, though!) My family and I have spent time on the island of Nias in Indonesia the last three summers doing mission work. I will be praying for you in all the areas you have requested! The whole summer in East Asia?? HOW COOL! (And a little scary?) What dates will you be traveling & where? If you don’t feel comfortable giving those, no worries. God knows and will hear my voice anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He holds your future in His strong, loving hand! Prayers for discernment as you decipher, sweet one.

      • Alyssa says:

        Amy, your prayers are so treasured and i thank you so much! I will be gone May 19-July 7th. Unfortunately I cannot share the country due to security reasons. Thank you so so much!

        • Amy Cady says:

          Hey Alyssa! Checking in with you (in case you happen to read this at some point). How was your trip??? I’m sure you’re jet-lagged & several other things BIG TIME. Just wanted you to know I have been praying for you & will continue to do so. I’m incredibly thankful for the example of young women like you. God bless you, go with God!

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    Amanda says:

    I am from Oklahoma. This is my fourth year in college. I’m still not sure of God’s propose for my life. Please pray for me to continually seek God and his will.

    • 49.1
      Amy Cady says:

      Hi Amanda! My hubs is an Okie. We both attended Oklahoma Christian University in OKC. Our family of four has lived in Hawaii for the last 4 years working in full-time ministry. I remember making it to my Senior Year in college, then actually graduating…and feeling kinda lost. What I KNOW you’ll find is that God is continually faithful as you continually seek Him (like you are now, even in putting yourself out there with your post) with your whole heart, no matter what you’re doing, or who you’re with. We all want to BE somebody significant; to DO what HE thinks is worthy. Sometimes that comes with humbling bumps. Or ‘mistakes.’ Other times in victories. He uses them all. You are His. He knows YOU. He knows you BY NAME. You are honored and precious to Him. I will be praying for you . . . Aloha <3

    • 49.2
      Sandy Bowers says:

      Amanda,
      It would be my privilege to pray for you. I’ve been out of college for 30 years, and have struggled with God’s purpose for me! I’m adding you to my prayer list that you will seek God continually and that He will make his will known to you. I know it’s hard when you’re just not sure where you’re “supposed” to be or what you’re “supposed” to be doing. God Bless you sweet thing!

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    Lindsey Buchanan says:

    Lindsey Buchanan from Saint Augusine, FL –
    I am 27 years old, and enjoying married life. I got married to my sweet husband Eric a year and a half ago. I currently do Business Marketing as my profession, but I am contemplating a career change to pursue a different dream of mine, in Medicine. My favorite hobbies are reading, running and spending time with friends and family. I would appreciate any prayer for me to guard my heart and keep it pure, in love with Jesus more than anything on this earth, and doing his will for my life.

    • 50.1
      donna huneycutt says:

      Hello, Lindsey! It will be my privilege to pray for you. My name is Donna and I live in Mt. Pleasant, NC. I have been to your beautiful city several times.

      • Lindsey Buchanan says:

        Hello Donna,

        Thank you so much for praying for me. I am so blessed to know that! I believe in the power of prayer, and it means so much to me to know that you are praying for me. I am trying to make some life decisions with my potential career change, so prayer at this time really, really helps! Thank you!

        • donna says:

          Lindsey:

          I have been praying for you. I will especially pray the following scripture over you for the next 2 weeks (and beyond).
          Proverbs 2:10 For wisdom will enter your mind, and knowledge will delight your heart. HCSB
          I pray this will help in your decision making process.

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