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:

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

See that word “maintaining”? It is a form of the same Hebrew term used in Proverbs 4:23  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)  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.  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 we’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 don’t mind. Sisters, this woman right here KNOWS how powerfully you pray. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. You are solid gold in the Kingdom of God! Pray for these young people like you’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. 1001
    Carrie Bolt says:

    My soul finds rest in God alone: My salvation comes from him. Ps 62:1 Amen

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    Carrie Bolt says:

    He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Ps 62:2 niv

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    Carrie Bolt says:

    Last one…God is so Good and Faith to me and my family. The world would say no, but I say YES!

    Be on guard, stand firm in the faith; be men of courage, be strong.

    Do everything in love. I Cor 16:13 NIV

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    Jenna says:

    My name is Jenna and I am 28, I am from Oregon. I am just finishing up getting my Masters in Counseling from a Christian University. I am uncertain of what the future holds. I am applying for different jobs in Christian organizations but am unsure if I want to leave beautiful Oregon. I struggle with anxiety when I graduated from my undergrad program and have fear that it will come back when I finish my masters program.
    I desire to be married one day, but fear the idea of being trapped if I get married. I might have this fear because I have not met the right Godly man. I desire a man that love Jesus, would want to do ministry together and would want to raise a family together.

    • 1004.1
      Karen T says:

      Jenna, I will pray for you! I pray that God will cause the light in you to become as a lighthouse for those in darkness. As a social worker in Oregon for 25 years, I have seen God use Christian counselors in all sorts of jobs, including secular and government positions,in mental health agencies and in hospitals. So be discerning but be bold, HE will use you. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday, being in the same position you are..facing some unknowns in your future. Trust God, he sees around the corners of your life. Trust Him that he will finish what He has begun. Trust that He will give you friends, co-workers and bosses that Love Him also and will help guide you, mentor you, and encourage you. My advise, every day pray the armor of God on yourself before your get out of bed, and Pray that God would give you the Spirit of Wisdom, Discernment and Counsel. The Verses I have been meditating on lately are from Psalm 46. Be Still and Know that I am God.(and vs 1) God is your Refuge a very present help in times of need…Therefore Do Not fear! Blessings my sister KT

    • 1004.2
      Karen T, Bend Oregon says:

      Jenna, Just popped back here to let you know I was thinking about you, and wanted you to know I am praying for you again! Praying open doors and favor as you pursue your career. Blessings my sister! KT

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    Catherine C says:

    Hi sisters !! My name is Catherine and I’m from Florence, SC. I’m 23 years old, and I teach dance and choreograph from 3 year old baby ballerinas, to college show choir students who are close to my age, and instruct Zumba on the weekends for an older crowd of women. I could really use some extra prayer as I’m not completely sure which direction to go next with my career. Since graduating a few years ago I’ve been blessed with opportunities to teach theatre and dance in my community, and am so grateful for all of the doors God has opened for me. Just not sure what’s next !!! Please pray for direction in my life, and for me to love Jesus more than ANYTHING else! To maintain love for others, as it can be challenging with the little ones sometimes 🙂 , for courage and boldness in living out my faith, to be a better role model and ambassador for Christ in teaching, to guard my heart, and for a pure heart! If you would also pray that I will seek Jesus first in my new relationship, I’ve been heart broken and scarred in the past and am so grateful for God’s grace! THANK Y’ALL for your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big hugs from SC 😀

    • 1005.1
      Mickey says:

      Yes, Catherine, I will pray for you! I am Mickey from Missouri, and my oldest daughter grew up in ballet, and has danced and choreographed through college. What a neat gift you have received! I will definitely pray for direction in all areas of your life. I believe you are heading on the right track when you speak of loving Jesus more than anything, and seeking Christ in new ventures. It has been my experience that usually our (my) paths are illuminated one stepping stone at a time…..

    • 1005.2
      Evangeline says:

      Hi Catherine, It will be my honor to pray for your petitions.

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    Katie says:

    Hi siestas! I’m Katie and live in Sharpsburg, GA. I moved here from East Tennessee about a year and a half ago to take a job with camp ministry. I live on my own and while I have great community with my coworkers, I often find myself missing family and friends from Tennessee and praying for my future that has not yet been revealed. What’s so bizarre about this post is that our camp’s summer theme is HEART and we’re using Proverbs 4.23 as our theme verse. I’ve been praying over this verse during our planning season for my own life and this post has shed a new light in how I should guard my heart from everything that is not part of the purpose God has planted my feet on this earth for. Thank you, Beth, for leading me to this new prayer.

    To whoever may read this comment, I thank you for the prayers you’ll be lifting up on my behalf. What a blessing you are to me, and we’ve not even met =)

    • 1006.1
      Cynthia Evans says:

      Hey Katie,

      I’m Cynthia in Virginia. It sounds like you have a real HEART for serving our Lord. I will be praying for your contentment in the now 🙂 How wonderful that you are committed to only wanting HIS best. Keep drawing near to God!!!

      Peace,
      Cynthia

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    Loren says:

    Hi! I’m Loren I live in Spring, TX and I’m 29 (phew I barely qualify!)

    I have a desperate love for the hurting women– which through prayer, revelation and personal interaction I’ve realized is ALL of us! I want to serve God with my gift of exhortation but I’m still dealing with the pain of my sins in the past and trying deeply to honor my husband and be sensitive to his fears of me changing careers to counseling, taking on debt or not caring for our family adequately while in school.

    I can’t thank you (Beth and prayer warriors) enough for this opportunity to be covered in prayer and Gods grace! Wow!!

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      Delanie says:

      Loren, I have been praying for you for a couple days even though I didn’t have time to post a comment the other morning. I am sending you love and lifting you up. Continue to seek His face sweet sister. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom. I am sure the Lord will answer your prayers for wisdom. I will be on my knees with that same request.

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      Kathy says:

      Hi Loren. I am Kathy and I live in Birmingham AL. But I grew up in Houston and know where Spring is. I will be in prayer for you and your husband. May God’s grace cover you and lead you in your desire to minister to hurting women. I am part of an organization here that does that as well so my heart was drawn to yours when I read your post. He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart but it will be in His time and in His way. So be still and know that He is God and wait patiently for Him!

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    Kerstin says:

    Hi 🙂 My name is Kerstin and I’m a 24 year old from the Midwest. I would love your prayers. I’m so grateful for Mrs. Beth and all that she has brought to my life. I saw her speak for the first time last January, and because of her I stopped fighting my relationship with Jesus and fully gave my life to the Lord. No turning back 🙂

    There are a few main areas of my life that I would love to receive your prayers:

    I was in a bad car accident over a month ago, rolling my car multiple times, and by the grace of God was able to walk away. I’m still struggling with a slow recovery from muscle strain throughout my entire upper body. Being an active person, I’m having a hard time not being able to return to my running and work out routines. I was supposed to start training for a Half Ironman Triathlon the week of my accident, and may not be able to complete the race in July if I don’t heal soon and start training. This has been a dream of mine for many years, so please pray for my recovery, but above all, for trust in God’s timing.

    God has given me a great first “big kid job” in Human Resources, a solid foundation upon which to build my career, but I don’t feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. My heart and my passion is not fulfilled. I know He is preparing me for what’s to come, but after 3 years of “good for now”, I feel like I’m ready to burst at the seems. I’m so eager to begin my passion, but I have a 3,000 ft view of what that really means. I love people, and especially have a passion for young adults and children. I love psychology. I love the Lord. I’m creative. I don’t have the heart to dive into just one of those worlds, so how do I blend all of them together? I have not had that “aha” moment, and so many tell me that it will just come. But after 3 years I feel like I need to stop waiting around, wasting time, and start moving! Please pray for direction and clarity – courage to move just one foot, and faith that God will provide the next step.

    The man I love and have been dating for over 3 years is struggling with pornography. I found this out in the beginning of our relationship but I thought that he had overcome it. Just this month God told me that it was still haunting him. Praise God that just this week he confessed this struggle again to me, but also to his family, our bible study, and sought out a Christian psychologist. It has been his cross to bear for many years, but I pray that God will work through this newfound support and accountability to relieve him of this temptation, burden, and guilt. I pray that he can be cleansed and that our relationship can be strengthened, that trust can be restored. I too need healing from this, and a good reminding that I am beautifully, fearfully, and wonderfully made in Christ.

    My older sister is struggling with questions of her sexuality. She is 27 but has never had these feelings until recently. She is insecure, confused, and incredibly closed off. Her “friends” are claiming to be bisexual and we fear they’re leading her down the wrong path. I pray that God will fill her with His love and confidence, and help her to live in the way that He designed her.

    I thank you for your love and your leadership. God is so faithful!

    • 1008.1
      Kathy says:

      Hi Kerstin, I am Kathy from Arkansas. I am a 60 yr old mother and grandmother who is honored to pray for you. I will lift up all areas that you have mentioned and together we will petition God to move in your life and in the lives of the ones you love. Plug yourself into a local body of believers and KEEP THE FAITH! I love you IN CHRIST, my little sister. I will pray for you!

    • 1008.2
      Patti says:

      Kerstin – From Tampa Florida, I’m praying for you, your man, and your sister with much love.
      Patti Hayes

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    Rebecca says:

    My name is Rebecca. I am twenty years old –from Nashville. I am finishing up my sophomore year at UT Knox studying Graphic Design. I seriously need prayer over a Godly man that has recently come into my life. I need the Lord to guard my heart and teach me what it means to guard my own heart. Please pray that I would fully trust in the Lord and be receptive to what he is trying to show me in this season.

    • 1009.1
      Robin says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      My name is Robin, I’m a mom & old enough to be your mom:) I will be honored to pray for you! I know that our God cares for you in this season of life that may seem a bit over whelming to you. I have been where you are at many times, I have found that God is soooo faithful to show us what His desires are. Keep looking for Him in all that you do & I will lay your life before Him.

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    Lindsay says:

    My name is Lindsay and I live in West Lafayette, IN. I am graduating in a few weeks and starting my career. I would very much appreciate any prayers 🙂

    It is so great to be part of a community of women who pray for one another!

    • 1010.1
      Beth says:

      Hi Lindsay! I live in Southern IN, and my husband is a grad of Purdue. I would love to pray for you as you start this new, exciting time in your life!

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    Megan says:

    Hi 🙂 My name is Megan, and I am so thankful for the way God lead me to this post tonight. I live in Georgia, I have a beautiful 8-month old daughter named Avery, and I have been married to a wonderful, godly man for almost 3 years. I am trying to gracefully adapt to my role as a mother and want so badly to provide my daughter with an example of a woman that is completely consumed by Jesus, living each day with my heart firmly fixed upon His grace. Of course, most of the time I feel like I’m providing her with the “what not to do” version. I am also striving to be the helpmate my husband needs as we try to move forward with his career. We are hoping for an advancement in his job at the end of this year, but everything is still very much up in the air. I’m struggling with remembering that God’s timing and plan are perfect and would love prayer for stronger faith in His promises. Thank you so much for your prayers 🙂

    • 1011.1
      Jamie says:

      Hi Megan,
      My name is Jamie and I live in Northern Maine. I feel the Lord leading me to pray for you! Know that He loves you and He cares about what you care about. Scripture says (I’m paraphrasing because I don’t know the exact wording, bare with me ;)) raise them in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Know that you are setting a better example for your daughter than you may think. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I can say this because I too have two children that I am trying to teach and know that oftentimes I am to critical of my self as well. Know that I am praying for you!

      • Jamie says:

        Sorry, just had to add that second to last sentence should be *too critical, just a little obsessed with spelling and a little OCD besides. 😉

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    Sallie Jackson says:

    My name is Sallie and I’m twenty years old. I live in Georgia. I never read blogs, but God definitely led me here today. He is so faithful!

    I go to a military college, but I am just a traditional student. In the past year God has really given me a heart for the cadets at my school and just recently I decided to start a bible study for the girls who live in the barracks on campus. I’m so excited to get to know them, but I feel so ill-equipped. The girls are in all different places. Most have little to no spiritual background, but they are willing to learn which is awesome. I would really appreciate some prayer for direction with this bible study. Thank you so so so much!

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      Ellen Hollenshead says:

      Hi Sallie,
      My name is Ellen and I’m 44 and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico! I will definitely pray for you! I know God led me to your post among all the thousands – I started leading a Bible study in my home almost a year ago. I, too, felt ill-equipped at first, but the Lord has blessed me and the ladies in my group! My prayer will be for you to lead with confidence, that the Holy Spirit will speak through you, and you will “keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28.) I will pray for wisdom and perseverance for you: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Bless you, Sallie!

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      Betty McB says:

      Hello Sallie!
      I’m so touched that you have a heart for the girls in the barracks. The Holy Spirit may be tapping their shoulders “listen, girl, listen”, and they don’t know what is going on. I pray that you find the best direction with the bible study you all have together. I pray that you be a great mentor, facilitator and guide to the knowledge of Jesus.
      I read a blog yesterday about facilitating small groups. If I find the link, will come back to post it.

      I’m Betty — a retired teacher in Tennessee. I grew up in Macon, and went to college in Atlanta many many years ago.

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      Elaine Brady says:

      Hi Sallie! I’m Elaine and I live in Jefferson, Ga (just north of Athens). From the sounds of it, you might be up in Dahlonega. If so, we may have passed by each other last weekend at the festival in town. 🙂 I would be honored to pray for you and your girls!

      A little bit about me: I’m about to turn 30 in a few days, but still feel like I’m your age. I’m married (8 years this fall!) to a wonder Godly man, John (USMC). I’ve got three step daughters and a little rat terrier named Sarge. God has me leading Bible studies for women at church (couple of years now) so I know EXACTLY how you feel about being inadequate! But let me tell you: GOD IS GOOD AND HE IS FAITHFUL!!!! If He didnt think you were ready for this He wouldn’t have called you to it! And the inadequacy that you feel is a LIE! Don’t buy into that lie from the devil! When that feeling creeps in, Sister, it’s time to hit the deck, face down and pray! Remember what God has already brought you through. He is faithful, He won’t lead you astray. Ever. Do your best and leave the rest to God. I’ve grown to love the inadequate feeling bc it reminds me that I’m leaving space for the Holy Spirit to work and He can do more than we can ask or imagine. Pray for those girls and leave lots of room for the Spirit! He will move. I am praying for you and for each of your girls and I know the ladies in my small group will be honored and love to pray for you guys, too.
      Much love, Baby Sister! Do it all for His glory and we will help Him change the world, one woman at a time.
      ~Elaine

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      Kathy says:

      Hi Sallie. I will be I interceding for you and the cadets in you Bible Study. I live in Birmingham AL. May God instruct you and teach you in the way you are to go, may He counsel you and watch over you with His eyes upon you.

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      Kelly W. says:

      Hi Sallie. My name is Kelly, I am from California and it will be my honor to pray for you and the precious cadets you will be ministering to. I came from no spiritual background and can assure you that the girls are excited to learn about the Lord and His love for each of us. If the Lord has lead you to this endeavor then He has fully equipped you for it. I will be praying for you and your group.

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    Shayla says:

    My name is Shayla. I am a 22 year old that currently lives in Savannah, Ga.
    I work as a RN in the Emergency Department.
    I cannot express how awesome this is. I must confess I am in need of prayer. A lot of factors in my life have been tested lately- my compassion being at the top of that list. My deepest desire is that Christ uses these situations to refine me and point others to Christ.
    I also just got accepted into a Family nurse Practitioner program. I have felt called to the mission field. I desire to use my degree to work in the mission field and be the hands and feet of Christ.
    More than anything, I want God to be glorified in and through my life.
    Thank you!!

    • 1013.1
      Kathy says:

      Hi Shayla! Congrats in getting into the nurse practitioner program. I will be praying for you. I am in Birmingham AL. My neighbor is from Savannah. Seek The Lord and His strength; Seek His face always. He promises to never leave you or forsake you. He will use all that you have been through for your good and His glory!

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      Donna Klug says:

      Shayla,
      my name is Donna and I am from Pittsburgh, PA.
      God has definitely lead me here today and to your post.
      I will pray for you.
      I have been an RN for 38 years and spent 7 of those working in Emergency nursing. It is a difficult job that can test you to your limits. Plus, it is a time of change that is not for the benefit of health care workers or their patients. Remember that, for most, you are the face of caring during a frightening crisis in their life.
      May God take care of you physically and mentally because of the stress and fatigue that comes with the pace, the changing work times, and the long hours.
      I will pray that you are able to remain a compassionate person both at work and in your personal life. I will also pray for you to get your family nurse practitioner degree if that is God’s will.
      May God lead you through your daily decisions and your long term.
      May I suggest joining a professional group such as ENA, if you haven’t already. It is a place for learning that can stir up your professional energy and a great place for networking!
      God bless you and your caring heart.!

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      Debbie says:

      Hi Shayla! My name is Debbie and I have been an oncology nurse for 21 years. I understand the “compassion fatigue” that can come at times in nursing, and can only be refreshed by Jesus.
      I am honored to pray for you and lift you up in your desires to serve and follow the call of the Lord on your life.
      May the Lord bless you and keep you, little sister.

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    Tiffany says:

    Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am 24 years old. I live in Ashland, KY. I am a preschool teacher, but have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I’m currently looking for a job in the public school systems. I need prayer to remain at peace and not become anxious no matter what path the Lord takes me on. I am also engaged to be married. I thank you for the prayers on my behalf.

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      Delanie says:

      Hi Tiffany, I was in your very place just about ten years ago. Be encouraged sweet sister. You do not need to be afraid. He has a wonderful plan for you. Praying you will have peace knowing that our God is faithful.

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      Cindy H says:

      Tiffany –

      It would be an honor and privilege to pray for you! You seem to be in a season of waiting – for the right job, to be married, and maybe a few other things as well? I will pray for you to experience God’s peace that surpasses all understanding, and that in his perfect timing He will lead you in his direction. Cast all your cares on him and he will sustain you! You will be in my prayers!

      Cindy

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      Kathy says:

      Hi Tiffany. I am Kathy from Birmingham AL. I will be praying for you. What an exciting time in your life. Praying for the right job and for His peace that passes all understanding to guard your heart and mind. When you get anxious just say ” Jesus I trust you” several times to get your go us back on Him. Take it one day at a time and He will lead you each step if the way!

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    Meagan says:

    My name is Meagan and I’m from Alberta, Canada. I’m 24 and my husband is the solo pastor of a small rural church. I absolutely love being a pastor’s wife, but always feel in over my head! Please pray for wisdom and discernment for us, and that we would love our church and community with God’s love. I tend to want to solve everyone’s problems and often have a hard time leaving them in God’s hands! Please pray that I would grow in my trust in God.
    Thank you so much for your prayers! This is such a great idea. I’ve loved seeing the Body of Christ love each other through this blog!

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      Carol Hulin says:

      Hi Meagan, I’m Carol from Ontario. I’m 51 and would love to pray for you, your hubby and your ministry. Praying that you’ll trust Him, daily, hourly….
      If you want to connect I’m on Twitter at @CarolHulin

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    Carly says:

    Hi. My name is Carly and I am a twenty something that is trying to discern God’s will for my life. I am on fire for Jesus and have been feeling him leading me to start my own business and have been pursuing this for a year. It’s not at the point I was expecting it to be and am having a hard time having patience and deciding if I should continue following this calling or get a more full-time job (which financially I need). I want to trust God but I also want to be sure!

    Thank you for your prayers!

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    Lindsey says:

    This is such a great idea, I am thankful to get to be a part of it.

    For me, graduation is in 9 days, I am 22 and crazy excited but also unsure of what lies beyond working summer camp. I have seen the Lord’s faithfulness in a new way this semester and do believe that He will make a way. I want to be on an adventure with the Lord, doing what He has called me to do.

    Another thing that weighs on my heart is my family’s salvation, I have been praying for them for over 10 years and want them to meet Jesus in a real way.

    Lastly for my new baby niece, Hannah, I pray that God would capture her heart at a young age so that she would serve him with her whole heart.

    Thank you in advance.

    -Lindsey

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      Patti says:

      Lindsey – praying for your new baby niece, Hannah, as I often do for my two grandchildren; from Psalm 90:14, that God will satisfy her early with His mercy that she may rejoice and be glad the rest of her days.

      Now, my dear sister, if you will email to me the first names only – or first initials if that is more comfortable – of your family members for whose salvation you are praying, I will join my prayers with yours in praying for their salvation, and I will add their names to my salvation prayer list and pray for them daily. My email address is [email protected]. I’d love to share with you how God has taught me to pray from His Word very specifically in this area, but whether or not I hear from you, I will be praying for you and praying for the salvation of your family members. Make no mistake, God knows their names and when I pray for them, He’ll know who I’m talking about.
      Praying for you and yours with much love,
      Patti Hayes

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    Kelsie says:

    My name is Kelsie. I am 24 years old and have been married for almost 3 years. I am a second year optometry student in Houston, Texas.

    Please pray that my husband and I continue to pursue the Lord and His will for our lives. That we will take time to invest in each other and our marriage.

    In terms of school, please pray for discipline and efficiency in studies. Please pray for that I would be surprised by His joy and reminded of His faithfulness during this stressful time. That God will continue to protect my heart – that I will have a heart for His people. That I may be filled with compassiona and have a genuine care for each of my patients. That God will use me to be a light to my peers.

    I am in Bible study with 5 other married girls my age. Please pray for God’s blessing and protection over our small group.

    Please also pray for my sister, Paige, who is 25. She is married and has a 2 year old little boy. Please pray for godly community and friendship as their family moves to Austin this summer. That they may all seek and know the Lord.

    Thank you!! Blessings in Christ!

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      Keri Lee Robbins says:

      Hello Kelsie!
      Your heart for your marriage and doing His will is lovely! I am praying for you today that you will be filled with His love for your husband and that you will always put Christ first in your marriage. I have been married for 18 years now and the times we have had rough patches were only when one of us was not putting Christ first. When we as wives are focused on Christ He really comes through to heal and protect our marriages. I will also lift up your group and your sister, praise God for women who are like minded seeking God for help in their daily lives! You are all so beautiful to Him!! He loves you so very much! <3
      Keri Lee

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    Jodi says:

    I’m Jodi from Perth, Western Australia. I’m 27 years old. I’ve been married for 8 years and have a beautiful 19 month old girl. The last couple of years have been difficult and my walk with God stagnated as I was in survival mode. I am now getting back on track and feel God is stretching me in many ways. He is stirring my heart and giftings but I’m not sure what for yet. I would love prayer for continued growth and vision, particularly in my journey to let go control and trust God more completely and release my gifts. I would also really appreciate prayer for my marriage. I feel the enemy trying to tear it down often and it has suffered of late. I know God has big plans for me and my family. I work as a teacher for at risk youth and would love to see more breakthrough with my students and greater capacity in myself to write engaging curriculum and bring change in their lives. Thanks in advance!

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      Pam-Texas says:

      Jodi,

      You are my girl, I have been married to the love of my life for 28 years. I’ve watched the devil try to destroy our marraige, and I have made it known to the devil that divorce is not an option for us. I thank you for having a heart for at risk teens and pray that you learn from them as they learn from you.

      Start with God daily, and continually talk to him through out the day, as he is always walking with you. He put you right where you are suppose to be at this season in your life, and you will see the blessings flow. Remember he chose YOU!!!

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    Paige says:

    My name is Paige, and I’m 25. I live in Texas, and I’m a teacher. I’ve been married for 5 years and we have a 1 year old daughter. I know that Hod is using me to touch my students’ lives and leave a lasting impact on their heart. My prayer is that they will see Jesus’ love in me!

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      Mary Jane says:

      Hi Paige. My name is Mary Jane. I am 46 yrs old and live in Kansas. I picked you because I have a heart for school teachers. I think they deserve a standing ovation! My mom is a retired English teacher. She was strict, but her students loved her. Probably because they saw Jesus in her. I will pray for your students, husband and little daughter, too. May God use you mightily to further His kingdom!

      Praying, Mary Jane

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    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth, 29, from Woodstock, Ga~ In May will be celebrating 7 years of marital bliss with the most amazing man, the joy of our oldest daughter’s 3rd birthday and our younger daughter’s 1st birthday. I work part time with our church’s children’s ministry. And we are busy! I would absolutely love prayer for:
    *Increased intimacy with the Lord–my husband and I have both been feeling like the Lord is calling us deeper–we want to love Him more!
    *My husband and I refer to ourselves as “honeymooners” still, so in the busyness of life and parenting toddlers, my desire is for our love to grow stronger each day.
    *Parenting wisdom is always good, too! 🙂

    Thank you so very much! The prayers of those older is a huge part of my testimony–thank you for continuing that!

    • 1021.1

      Hi, Mary Beth !! Obviously, your name jumped out at me, and I would be honored to pray for you. I have said a prayer for you this morning, and will continue to pray over these next couple of weeks – and ongoing, if you wish – that you and your husband will discover what God is calling you to do, not only as His servants, but as parents to His next generation of believers. I will pray that God strengthens and blesses your marriage, and that you remain true partners for one another. Stay strong in Him, little sister !

      Mary Beth
      Atlanta, GA

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    Mary says:

    Hope I’m not too late! My name is Mary, I’m 28, and I live in Maryland. I could certainly use some prayer warriors on my side the next couple weeks. I’m currently struggling with some trying work relationships and need God’s grace to maintain a good attitude and to demonstrate love, patience, and humility. May God be glorified through my words and actions. Thank you for your prayers!!

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      Karen T says:

      Mary, I am praying for you tonight. God has taught me so much about how to love and pray for co-workers over the years. He has changed my workplace through prayer. He has changed me, through prayer for my workplace. I pray for your heart that God’s grace and love would wash over it, and wash away any offense, bitterness, rejection, hurt. I pray that he would fill you with his Love and Light, with Joy and Gladness and a Peace that is beyond undertanding…so much so that others begin to ask you about it. Here are things I’ve done. Begin praying each day for your co-workers by name. Prayer walk your building inside and around the outside. Fill your office with Christian music even quiety. Bring your Bible to work and take 5-10 minutes before the start of your day to read the word and pray. Find a prayer partner and work and pray together during lunch or at Starbucks! Remember to put on the armor of God every day, and to ask God to give you compassion for those who are difficult to love. May His light and love shine through you! Blessings, KT

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      Karen T, Bend, Oregon says:

      Hi Mary,

      Just want you to know I am still praying for you. I recently came back upon this blog and decided to write an update. Praying that God will use you in your workplace to be a light and a lighthouse. To speak peace where there is none, to show love, in-spite of what others say and do. Pray that God would close the access portals of the enemy and open his heavenly portals of his Holy Spirit to flow and move. I’m praying God sends you God’s co-workers to encourage you! He did for me since, I first wrote in April 2013!

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    Maggie says:

    Hi all!

    My name is Maggie, I live in Illinois, I’m 27 years old, and have been married for a little over three years. Over the past few years my husband and I have become more involved with Compassion Intl and recently had the opportunity to visit a few of our sponsored kids! One of the things I learned from our trip to Kenya was what real faith looks like and what it means to have joy in the Lord even when you are poor compared to the standards of the world. I want to have faith that truly believes that Jesus is all I need. I want to have a deep relationship with the Lord so that everything I say and do reflects His love and purpose. I want to be used by the Lord but my faith is so small.

    Thank you thank you for your prayers! It is beyond encouraging to know others are praying.

    • 1023.1
      Keri Lee Robbins says:

      Hi Maggie!
      Praise God for your dedication to the children of Compassion International! I pray that will continue to be used by God to bless and teach you! Press into His Word. I have found over the last 6 months that I hear from Him and I am led with much more clarity when I am daily reading His Word. I will be praying that He will be so clear to you that you can not help but follow Him more deeply every day. Read Isaiah 30:18 in the Amplified version. It changed how I see our Lord and how I live every day of my life! You are beautiful to Him and He loves you so much!! <3
      Keri Lee

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    Cassie says:

    My name is Cassie. I’m 20 years old and am currently a college student pursuing studies to be in women’s ministry. I love my school and what the Lord is teaching me through it, however, I am really unsure of how to continue affording it. I also come from a family of unbelievers who don’t support my choice of going into women’s ministry and often I feel alone. I’m so blessed with such a great church and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who support me, but for some reason it just isn’t the same as your actual family supporting you. My heart is hurt from my family and I am just tired from trying to figure out how to go to school, complete my homework, keep a relationship with the Lord and work full time on top of trying to have fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to glorify the Lord with my life, but I’m struggling to make life work. It’s really discouraging and I feel so afraid and confused and anxious most of the time. I appreciate this post and the prayer so much! One of the most encouraging things for me is seeing older women who have managed to live their lives for God. It shows me it really is possible! Thank you for being examples to us younger women.

    • 1024.1
      Heidi McClain says:

      Hello Cassie!

      The LORD said “this one” to me as I was paging through. You are on my heart and I am praying for you! Remember that HE is the one who is faithful and will complete his good work in you. It’s not up to you. Your job is to stand in front of his face and let him look at you. Your job is to enjoy him. just love him girl. That’s the best advice I can give you after walking 45+ years with the LORD Jesus. Breathe his word in and cling to it. I love you sweet girl!

      Heidi

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    Alycia says:

    I am 26 years old. I graduated college two years ago. I love Jesus and want to serve him with every fiber of my being, but that is easier said than done. I want to get married, but I haven’t met a lot of men that love Jesus as much as I do and I refuse to settle for less. I have witnessed too many unhappy marriages. I have recently juggled with the idea of joining the military, but I am unsure if that is what God has called me to. I would do missions and help orphans if I could, but school debt is weighing me down at the moment. The last couple years have been lonely and I am actively seeking community. God blessed me with a group of Jesus loving, bible reading friends in college, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of post grad twenty somethings in the church. Your prayers would be MUCH appreciated.

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    Caitlin says:

    Hi! My name is Caitlin, I am 20 years old and I live in Cincinnati. I feel called to the ministry and right now I am in waiting for God’s leading. I feel Him calling me to go on a mission trip instead of going to school at this season of my life, which is a very unpopular choice among my family and friends. I would not be going for it if I didnt truly think it is God’s will. I am so excited to see what He has in store for me!!!

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    Hannah says:

    I have so been feeling the need for other people to pray for me! My name is Hannah, I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I just turned 25 (a quarter of a century??!).

    I’ve just learned of a pattern in my life (not a good one) that I will now be able to systematically deal with, so I’m very thankful for that. I’ve been married 3 and 1/2 years and absolutely adore my husband. I am dealing with my dear Step-Father’s cancer (I don’t think he has much time, unless the Lord heals him again).

    Thanks for the prayers!!

    • 1027.1
      Joanna says:

      Hannah, my name is Joanna, 30, from Texas and I will be lifting you up, especially as you seek to walk forward with the Lord and leave your not good pattern behind you. I will also be praying for your stepfather!

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    Emily says:

    My name is Emily, I’m 24 and living in Vermont! I work for The Fold Family Ministries – a Christ-centered residential counseling ministry for at-risk teen girls & boys. I worked in our Girls’ Home for over a year (which I loved) and for over a year now I have been serving as Director of development. I do a lot of traveling, speaking, fundraising and would love prayer that I would love Jesus with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength and that I would see God as HUGE and our funding gap as small!

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    Lucie P says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My name is Lucie P. I am 21. I am a junior in college and I am hoping to be a teacher after graduation. Right now I could really use some prayer to grow in the grace of Christ’ death covering my past sins. Also, I was sexually abused in high school and I kept it to myself until recently and am trying to work through the pain and insecurities that came out of it. Please be praying for me to understand that God is a good God no matter what has or will happen and that he is a loving and sovereign God in all times. I want to believe these truths so much! Please be praying for me to fall in love with God as my Heavenly father who can work all things our for his glory and my good!

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    Sarah says:

    My name is Sarah and I am an almost 20 something, in 3 months! I am a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville finishing up my sophomore year in Child and Family studies. This summer for three month I will be working in Columbus, TX at PineCove Camps having countless opportunities to maintain His love and share His love with fellow staff and children. Praying that we would sow deeply into there lives and be filled with His wisdom. Sharpening and spurring each other along the way. Pray that I seek the Lord as my joy and that He would show me those new wineskins to pour into. Thank you for your prayers!

    • 1030.1
      Fran says:

      Hey sweet Sarah….,I read many of these requests but my eyes stopped when I saw UT 🙂 I live on the other side of the state, but love our Vols!!! I work in a small private Christian college, Union. I adore college students. One of our student workers in my office, Mallory, is also going to work at Pinecove this summer!!! I am praying now for you and will continue to do so! I pray your path could cross with Mallory’s. She is a treasure!! I ask the Lord now for perseverance to finish this semester strong and for His beautiful presence over all of you as you love and point these kids to Christ at camp. I’m honored to pray for you! Have a beautiful day! Xo

      Fran
      Jackson, TN

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      Cara says:

      Hi Sarah. My name is Cara and I have a Child Development degree and have many happy memories of PineCove Family camp! I will be honored to pray for you now and throughout the summer as you work with and love on those precious PineCove kids. The LORD will be your stength and joy and will fill you with love and peace~

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    Jillian says:

    My name is Jill, and I’m 28 years old. I’m a native Texan, currently living in Arkansas. I graduated from law school last year, and I’ve recently started a new job. I have a wonderful group of girlfriends who are devoted to God and an amazing source of encouragement and comfort for me. I am also very close to my mom who has always been an incredible source of God’s love and mercy. As I’m (much too quickly) nearing 30, I’ve begun thinking more about my future – where I want to be, who I want to spend my time with, how I want to spend my time. I have been blessed as I’ve grown older and matured in my faith – my ability to admit my own vulnerabilities and seek grace and love continues to grow.

    I would appreciate prayers for guidance as I move forward and for reminders that I have been given a spirit of power and love and not timidity.

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    Sarah says:

    Hi my name is Sarah, I’m 25, from Louisiana. I will be moving go Haiti in a couple of weeks to serve as a missionary for 2 years. Ill be serving the children with disbabilities at an orphanage there as well as the preschool children. I’m asking for much prayer in this time that my preparations continue to go smoothly, my family has peace about me leaving, my heart is strengthened for what’s to come, and that my spiritual discernment grows wise beyond my years in all things. I want to glorify His name and spread His love while being an advocate for those with disabilities. I pray for courage and that Jesus protects and blesses my efforts.

    I’m already blessed by this blog! Thank you for the prayers!

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      Keri Lee Robbins says:

      Hello Sara,
      Your post caught my eye because I too work with children with special needs! I will be praying for all your requests as you are getting ready to go to Haiti. I will also pray that you will find rest and peace in your heart as you serve in this very difficult but doubly rewarding calling. I would very much like to stay in contact with you throughout your time of ministry there and be a source of encouragement as well as resources. If you would like to, email me at [email protected]. You are beautiful to Him and He loves you so much!! <3
      Keri Lee

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    Melanie from Fort Worth says:

    Elizabeth, I will pray for you! I have read what you wrote several times. I can see you are a woman of faith, strength, and conviction. Hang in there day by day. Before you know it, you can, with God’s strength, finish the semester strong. His timing is perfect.

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    Sara Swan says:

    Hey, my name is Sara Swan and I currently live in Valdosta, GA. Lately it seems like everyone is dating, engaged or getting married and I feel like I am in a period of waiting for “the one”. Some days it is very hard to trust and know that the Lord is working out everything for my good and that I too will have a special someone one day. Please just pray that during this time I will soak up what the Lord has for me in this season and that I will enjoy this time of singleness.

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      Amy says:

      Hi Sara!
      I’m Amy and I live in Tyler, TX. I would be honored to pray for you! I’ve been married about three years, but I so remember how hard it was to be single at all of the engagement parties and weddings of dear friends. It was really difficult to be so happy for them, but want that so badly for myself.
      God did bring me a wonderful husband who was so worth the wait, and allowed me to fall in love with Jesus in a huge way while I waited.
      We are currently trying to start a family, and have had some struggles. In so many ways, the feelings are the same. I am longing for something I feel is God’s will for our lives, and watching many around me recieve sweet babies. It’s hard, but I know that God’s will is for our good and He will give us what is best!
      I’ll be praying that he gives you contentment in this season and allows you to serve and follow him in ways that you couldn’t if you were married. I’ll also pray that your trust in him would be unshaken even when outwardly it doesn’t appear that he’s acting on your behalf.
      Thanks for letting me pray for you. I’m excited to see what God does in this time!

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    Rebekah says:

    I am one of the 20 somethings Beth referred to in this blog post. I live in Eastern Canada and serve at my local church. I’m grateful to have grown up in a Christian home and have experienced God’s protection and favor through out my life. Please specifically pray God will bring along a godly husband. And also, please interceed for God to turn the hearts of young men, back to him…as they seem just to disappear from our churches. We need them to lead in our generation. Thank you for your prayers and care!!!

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    Blair says:

    I’m struggling with additional responsibilities in professional life that require me to lead a team. My heart is torn daily between worry in my decision making – struggling to find balance in compassion for my people and making changes necessary to move the organization forward. This post immediately spoke to me as I find that daily I become less able to be of full heart. Moving toward a guarded heart rather than one that is maintaining – leading daily with continued energy and compassion. From Tennessee – age 26.

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    Abbey says:

    My name is Abbey and I am 22 year-old student at Oklahoma State University. I’m studying interior design and I’m looking for an internship this summer, I have to complete one to graduate. I know that the Lord will provide but summer is drawing close and I still have not landed an internship yet. Please just pray that I will be placed with a host that will be willing to teach me, be patient with me, love me and challenge me and that I will be willing to do the same.

    I also need prayer for my heart because as scripture warns in Matt. 24:12, my heart has grown a little bit cool. I know that I am in a funk and I know it is the Lord that changes hearts so I’m asking that someone will pray for it to be softened and that I will be able to let go of my pride and self-righteousness that has taken my heart to a state of complacency. I truly love the Lord and have been a follower of Christ for years but this semester I have not reflected that love in everything that I do. I should be walking in the Spirit and those fruits should be evident in everything I do and how I love others. Pray that John 3:30 would be my banner, that I would be overflowing with grace and love for others and that being a servant of Christ would be my first and foremost identity everyday!

    Thank you for you ministry, Beth! It is inspiring and I’m thankful for it.

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    Whitney N. says:

    My name is Whitney and I am 27 and live in Nashville, TN. I have been married to my “holy hunk” for what will be 5 years in September and we have a baby boy (8 months). I have read the LPM blog for years and feel like you all are family. What a blessing this post was to come across today … and thank you in advance for your prayers! Please pray specifically for my time with the Lord. In this age of so many distractions (iPhones, email, Facebook, Instagram, and the social media list goes on…) plus all the other things that go on in and through the lives in family and friends around … I know in my heart of hearts that there is nothing that compares to the priority of loving Jesus with all my heart and spending time with HIM first and foremost…for out of that relationship, comes LIFE in the other relationships…yet it seems that my quality time in the WORD often gets the back burner. After talking to a mentor about how she managed to make time for the Lord as a new mom and in this new season … she had a precious word to share which was to ask the Lord to show me when He wants to meet with me…because I certainly do know and believe that He wants to meet with me more than I want to meet with Him. So this is a specific area that I would love prayer — for the Lord to show me when to meet with Him. I know that nothing else matters more than this! Also, my husband and I lived in Nashville until around 2011…then moved to Birmingham, AL for two years for his job, and in March 2013 just moved back to Nashville. We feel like Nashville is our “home” as we have such dear friends and community and church there — but please pray for us as we are now back with our new precious baby boy and are learning the balance of how to make time for the Lord in each of our own lives, make time for each other, caring for and loving our baby, and then reconnecting with the dear ones around us… Excited to see where the Lord has for us to plug in both in church and in the community. Thank you again for your prayers!!

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      Delanie says:

      Praying for you this morning Whitney, I live in Spring Hill, I’m 31 and have two boys. I have prayed this same prayer and God is faithful! I just prayed that you would see him everywhere you look. That you would pray constantly and relish the Word and meditate even on one verse. God wants to reveal that all day is time with him. Praying for you to feel His presence and continue to seek Him.

      • Whitney says:

        Thank you, Delanie!! That is so encouraging to hear that you have prayed the same prayer and seen God faithful to show you how and when to spend time with Him … even in the midst of all the wonderful blessings around that I know HE has blessed me with!! Blessings to you this day as well as you seek Him with your family 🙂

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    Christy says:

    I’m 29 and from Dallas, TX. I have an 8 mo old little boy and a husband whom I love dearly. I have just recently entered a season where I feel like I’m truly growing in the Lord in a way I haven’t for a while. I’m praying God will stir in my heart a holy passion for Him in a way like never before and will show me His purpose for my life as I’m now a stay at home mom. I so desire to grow and make a difference in people’s lives and want to be passionate about Him without being gripped with fear. I’ve become even more aware lately of this area of bondage – fear. I want to walk in complete confidence I know comes through Christ! Thank you so much for praying. This is such a gift and blessing.

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    Casey says:

    My name is Casey. I am from northwest Florida. I am the Financial secretary for my church and a business owner. I will be entering the last year of my 20’s tomorrow actually and just as this post mentioned I want to live passionately for Christ and glorify Him with my life and desperately long for His guidance in this season of my life.

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    Amanda Stone says:

    Hi! My name is Amanda. I am 27 and a stay at home mom to 2 boys. Uriah is 2 and Simeon is 3 1/2 months. Needless to say this chapter in my life has not been easy! Some days I feel like I have nothing left to give. I know I am called to serve my family, and I would LOVE some prayer. I am currently in christian counseling for anxiety which can be so overwhelming with 2 little ones. I want to enjoy this stage of my life. Being a mother is such a high calling, and I don’t want to wish it away just because it’s hard. Also, my husband has a wonderful job, but his income is based off of strictly commission. Prayers that God would continue to enlarge his territory and provide for our family! We also live in a small area and have few christian friends. One couple for us to “do” life with would be so wonderful. Thank you!

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    tamara says:

    Hi my name is Tamara I’m from North Little Rock, AR. and I’m 28 years old college student and the eldest of 7 children in all. I can honestly say that I am currently working on establishing a true relationship with God after many failed attempts on my end. Because of fear which has been a major hindrance in my life but God and the Holy Spirit are giving me the courage I need to persevere and keep on. I must say that The enemy is fighting me very hard now he wants me to focus on my lack and my circumstances.I know that if I am to defeat him I need strength and faith I am so glad to have come across this blog of believers. I ask for prayer for my strength in the lord and that the spirit of fear doesn’t consume me I know God has a purpose for my life and I know my testimony can be of help to others.. Lord Please Be With Me..

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      Heather says:

      Hi Tamara…
      I have lived all my life in Pa. I saw your post and you mentioned you were the eldest of 7 – well I am a mom of 8 and am turned 40 this June. My oldest just turned 17 two days ago and our littlest one will be 1 tomorrow.
      My husband and I know all about “lack” and circumstances. We have struggled with finances for a long time and the enemy stills tests our faith to this day.
      The Lord IS faithful, Tamara. Speak it over(and over and over)to yourself and allow your soul to believe it!
      I would be honored to join with you in prayer for strength, increased faith and boldness in the Lord.
      Yours is the victory! We are NOT consumed, His mercies are NEW every morning!
      Blessings sister….praying for you =)

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    Diana says:

    I am from Omaha, Nebraska and this post really hit home for me. I know that I have not been guarding my heart and have done things in the past that I am not proud of (who hasn’t). I know God has forgiven me for my past, and I am moving on and becoming the woman God wants me to be. Recently I have gotten more into the Word which has been so wonderful! I feel like I need to be doing more, sharing my faith more, being more on fire for the LORD. The only thing is I am shy, introverted person, and tend to only share my faith with those who already know Jesus. My prayer (and if you could please pray for me) is that God would put it on my heart or show me who need to hear the good news and that I would actually do it. I know He is calling me to do more, but I sometimes struggle with how people might receive what I have to say or how they will think or react, or not knowing what to say to them.

    Thank you for all of your prayers! God bless!

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    Danielle says:

    My name is Danielle and I’m 28. I’m an artist and have been developing an etsy shop selling handmade stationery for the past year and a half. It’s growing slowly, but I would love to see it take off more and feel more successful.
    I have a deep desire to be married and I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. I believe that God is bringing it about even now, but the waiting, loneliness and past failed relationships have taken a toll on my heart.
    I pray for more passion in my relationship with the Lord and a deeper desire to know him better and study his word.

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      Candice says:

      Danielle,

      I connected with your post, as I pray for my own passion in relationship with the LORD, I will pray for you. I can only hope to encourage you – to press on, love Jesus…I’m five years older than you are and can understand your “waiting for forever” heart…praying for your business too!!

      Praying for you, sweet sister!

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    I’m 21. I live in the South and am quite familiar with conservative Christianity. I am obviously a Christian. I am an artist and a poet. I am thoughtful. I love nature. I want to live among the poor and learn with them. I want to live like Jesus did and love the broken. I am a student and am transferring to a four year university in the fall to study to become a secondary English and Art teacher.

    The three things I want prayer for are:

    1. Money to pay for college

    2. I want to know that God loves me the way I am. I want to know the security of being loved by Christ. I can see so clearly how beautiful and special others are, but I can’t see it in myself. I want to know how to allow myself to receive Christ’s abundant love.

    3. I’m in love with a woman. I have been in love with her for several years now. I’m not asking for prayer to “change me”. I don’t want to be changed. I prayed for months that first God would change my love. Then I prayed that if this was wrong that He would convict me. And now, I feel peace about it. [You don’t have to comment on this. It’s just where I’m at in my journey]. What I’m asking for is that whenever I tell my family that I’m gay, that they would love me and not shun me completely. I want my girlfriend to be embraced and loved too. I want my family to see how beautiful the way she cares for me is. I want those I care about and the people in my churches to see that I’m the same person they’ve always known and that my identity is not in whom I love but Christ. I’ve seen the way homosexuals are treated in the church and by Christians and I don’t want that to happen to me. I want people to not see me as “some lesbian who needs to be saved” but as a woman in transition who still earnestly seeks after God.

    I don’t know if anyone will read this, but if you do tread carefully. Please realize that I am sharing the most intimate part of my heart. I don’t want theological discussions because trust me, I’ve sought out every opinion I could possibly find. If you do feel compelled to pray for me, you’re more than welcome to leave me your email or something and I might contact you. Just please, be tender. I don’t want to regret asking for prayer.

    Thank you.

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      Anonymous Pray-er :) says:

      Dear One – I am praying! I hope you will check back here again… I will reply again with my name. Curious – can your girlfriend say her identity is in Christ?

      • Jennifer T says:

        Ann –
        (That’s what I’m calling you because it’s short for Anonymous and it means “Grace.”) I’m laughing at my goofiness because my avatar gives me away anyway. I’ve always been an incurable goober. ANYWAY! I love that others are praying for you. I did it all day today.
        I’m a mid-forties mother of three (2boys, 1princess) and prob, on the surface, fit every stereotype of “Conservative Christian Woman” anyone has ever had.
        Your three requests (really, there are more…) have been on my heart. One: Finances. My prayer is that you will trust Him to be Jehovah Jirah. He is. You can.
        Two: omygoodness, He does love you the way you are! Holymoly. I ask myself this same question ALLTHETIME. And I make myself stare hard at the cross (when my head’s on straight) so I can get a straight answer. He does. He paid a handsome price to prove it, sweet Ann! Three and, really, four, five, six,,, human acceptance (by parents), affection (which you appreciate from her and hunger for from family), charity (for her and in the church for both of you), a gentle, gentle answer from Siestas here…

        I am praying for one and two and as for 3-? I just keep inviting the Holy Spirit in! He’s the only one who can soften and prepare hearts. While it is not my own story, a life very near and intertwined with mine is almost line for line your post. As I was praying for the Holy Spriit to move, I was reminded how, at least in my life, He doesn’t always “tread lightly.” His leading is always, always the best way. I have been through some FIERY stuff to have had to learn that lesson. So I’m inviting the Holy Spirit in to crowd out any ugliness in every single person involved. But I can’t promise He Himself won’t be BOLD about His presence. He had to be with me and I’m eternally grateful for it.

        He loves you so, Ann! Take Him at His word, okay?! I’m praying for you.

    • 1045.2
      Anne Olson says:

      Hi young Southerner,

      I was drawn to your prayer requests for several reasons. I am a Yankee (for 23 years) in the South (for 21 years). I am an artist – a medical illustrator to be precise. I paid student loans for a quiet a while after college, while all of my friends were buying really nice cars. I know how it feels to see the beauty and talent of others around me, but have to search for it in myself. And while I am happily married with 2 young boys, my father has committed to fighting for gay/lesbian rights within the United Methodist Church. And I support him whole-heartedly! God made us all, just as he wants us to be.

      I will pray for you, friend – for all 3 of your special requests. You will be on my heart. Know that you are loved, raised up, and covered by prayer.

      Love,
      Anne

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      Mary says:

      Dear sweet girl, my name is Mary. I’m an old lady and wife of a retired preacher in Kentucky. If anyone knows conservative Christianity it’s me. But I’ve also had a huge burden for homosexual people. I feel more than any others I want to love you. I have been in the ministry for over 40 years and this one thing I know: No one deserves shunning because Everyone has needed to be loved. I will love you and pray for you. I will not judge you. I will pray for Jesus to bring you close to Him. I will pray for your college journey. I will pray for you to so Know Jesus and His love that you will always feel His arms wrapped around you. I have a blog dedicated to encouraging Christians. If I can share in prayer for any thing feel free to contact me. The grace of Jesus keeps us free in His love. http://www.grammygrace.wordpress.com is my blog. I will adopt you. Love Mary

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      Heidi McClain says:

      Hello Anonymous,

      The LORD knows your name and is familiar with all your ways. You are loved dear one and not just by God. I love you too. Please trust him with your whole heart and allow him to be in charge. He has good plans for you. Don’t hold back from God. Let him have ALL of you. We come to him as we are. He makes us to be like Jesus.

      Praying for you dear one,
      Heidi

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    Leah says:

    Hi,
    My name is Leah, I am from Ontario, Canada and I am 28 years old. About 5 years ago, my parents separated and are going through a divorce. Since then, my dad has gone off into a “new age” belief system, is a new father, and is now engaged to another women. Praise the Lord that my mom’s faith in Christ has been shook but it is now stronger than ever (and our relationship too!). I am just entering into a long distance relationship with a great Christian man (actually he is my first boyfriend), and I would really covet your prayers for discernment, courage and trust in the Lord. I do not want the relationship that my parents had and I do not want to be hurt. I am scared and excited all in one, and I feel like the fear is winning out at times (and I am usually not a fearful person). I would be honoured if someone would pray for me – I so long to be married and have a family, but I also don’t want to rush into anything if it is not right.

    Thank you!!!

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    Melissa Sirokman says:

    Hello my name is Melissa, I am a 26 year old single mother of two wonderful children my 7yr old daughter, Angelina and my 3yr old boy Noah. I have had a challenging life at the age of ten i became an addict up until i was 22 years old and was in a relationship with a very abusive man for many years whom i had children with. Right before i had my youngest child my addiction to prescription pills had become so strong i was ready to take my own life and commit suicide. At that very moment, very intense moment God rescued me. He lifted me out of my addiction and i enrolled myself into treatment thati fully committed to. At that time I also found out my oldest daughter had been being molested by her father. My world turned upside down and my children and I left their dad and went to the police, as well as, having my daughter enrolled into therapy. At that point I had been searching, my heart was aching to know the Lord, and i found him. I found the place i have been employed at now for a few years which is a small inner city ministry, ministering to single mothers who have been through extreme trauma and crisis. I now am a team leader and a living testimony to our women that come in to show no matter what our past is ourfuture can be bright and the Lord will guide and hold our hand the whole way! Life has dramatically changed over the last years and i now understand why i went through what i did so i can help others and for the Lord to be glorified! The aftermath of my daughters abuse has been so very hard please pray for healing and justice. It has been a long road but i am so very grateful for the Lord and my beautiful children. Thank you, may the Lord bless you!!!!!!!

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      Delanie says:

      Praying for you Melissa! Sending you love and hope. Thankful to have you as a sister in Christ. Keep running sister. Praying for your children and your ministry.

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    Victoria says:

    Victoria, Boone, nc, almost 21
    I got saved at a very young age (five). I thank God every day because some of the things I faced in my childhood would have completely washed me away if not for Jesus. Sometimes though I think being saved at so young an age robbed me of that conversion experience, that hunger people feel when the Lord saves them. I long for that passion and at the age I am now I ask the Lord to show me his purpose for my life.

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      Mickey says:

      Victoria, I would love to pray for you. Having known Jesus all your life is such a wonderful blessing. You have had Him to cling to at such tender young ages, there is probably not an ounce of doubt in your heart of His mercies and faithfulness! What a gift God has given you! Rejoice and be thankful! He does have a plan for you, and I will pray He will show that to you soon! (I am Mickey, btw, from Missouri)

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    Jessica says:

    Hi, my name is Jessica (or Jess). I’m 22 and I live down in Florida. Next week, Lord willing, I will complete my nursing degree and graduate from college! This is exciting for me beyond all belief, but it’s definitely a bit terrifying. It’s scary to move into a whole new phase of life and put myself into this role that brings so much responsibility.

    Right now, as things wrap up, I am working with a nurse, doing full 12-hour shifts (only 3 left!), in order to continue learning and get into the role. One struggle I feel I have is simply trusting God, that He can help me and guide me through, and that there’s a great plan for me. I think I do have a doubting heart on some levels, and some days I don’t feel as though His presence is with me. I am also horribly inconsistent with my daily prayer and devotional time, which doesn’t improve matters for me. I need extra faith and a trusting heart, to bring me confidence in what I’m doing. I want that pure heart, and I need to pray each day that I would be filled with love and compassion for these people I care for, and that I could be utterly unselfish. I need grace and strength to handle what the days bring, deal with the people, and carry out everything I need to do. I have been seeking peace, and I need wisdom and clarity as I’m caring for people and as I move forward and find out where it is that I need to be, where to work and in what area. I think my heart might lie in missions, but I’m unsure, and that’s not a conventional way to begin a nursing career.

    I really could go on and on, forever, but that’s me in a nutshell. I have a short time left, but pray for my success. Pray that my motivation would be pure, so my success will bring God glory. I want awesome things to happen during this time!

    • 1049.1
      Jessica says:

      How rude of me… many thanks for all prayers, and any support or encouragement =) I have found it’s awesome when others back me up with prayer, and I love it.

    • 1049.2
      Mary from Birmingham says:

      Hi Jessica,

      I would be honored to pray for you. I am a pharmacist who has worked in Children’s Hospitals for 25 years, and know it will be a blessed time as you commence your calling. I will pray for your continued placement of your trust and confidence in God and seeing Him in those you serve. One of my siesta scriptures is “Glory to God who is able to do FAR beyond all that we can ask or imagine by His power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 He has, is and will be with you, blessings,
      Mary

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    Zach Knopes says:

    Hello. My name is Zach, 19, and I live in Clarkston Washington, part of the Lewis-Clark Valley. This year I’ve really understood God’s love and felt it so physically that I’ve been thriving on it since early this year. Every day I’m faced with either a person, situation, or encounter, that shows another shade of the light of Christ. I’m a full-time student and am extremely busy, which I like to refer to as the enemies way of keeping us distracted from God. I’m an assistant youth and worship leader at our church and I have a huge heart for freedom in His people and for young adults. Unfortunately, youth and young adults aren’t being represented at all in our church so it’s very coincidental that this is being blogged about today. I understand the severity of the 20 something’s in Jesus Christ. I believe that young adults of this generation are the keen group of disciples for Christ today. If other young disciples of Christ can catch them, bring them into an encounter with God, and they become born again, we could start to see a lot more of young people being set free of worldly activities. Also, naturally starting a God fire within them and start to produce good fruits and show people God’s love, just how they were shown.
    I’m not perfect, no one is. But in my life now I need prayer on remembering to give the stresses to God, and with having less stress I can focus more on him. Also temptations and the direction God has for my life.

    Thanks Beth for this.. and thanks Lisa, a dear friend, for showing me this blog.

    Zach

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      Gwyn Tidwell says:

      Hi Zach,
      I am Gwyn Tidwell of Haslet Texas. I will be lifting you to the Father in the days and weeks to come as you seek to follow God’s call on your life and live fruitfully for His Kingdom. I am so grateful for our 20 Somethings who love Jesus and live to glorify Him. May you grow in knowledge of Him and His wisdom, reflecting His light to the darkness you encounter around you in our culture.
      Be in it to win it, Zach….Phil 3:14

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      Cheryl says:

      Hi Zach, my name is Cheryl. I live in TN and I have have a daughter who is finishing up her first year in college, so I understand the stresses you are under and how easy it is to be distracted. I will be praying for you during the end of semester struggles.
      Praise Him ALWAYS!

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      Patti says:

      Nothing coincidental at all, Zach. Praying for God to raise you up a mighty warrior in your generation.
      Much love,
      Patti Hayes

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      Lillian says:

      Hi, Zach! I’m Lillian from Vermilion, Ohio, and I’m praying for you!

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      Lisa says:

      Zachary, I am interceding for you with great expectation!

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