My friend Arlene is in the hospital. Please stop and pray for her today. I don't care if you don't usually pray. Maybe you just came upon this blog accidentally and don't know me. It's all right if you've never prayed for someone before, here's your chance.
Arlene has cancer. It started in her colon a few years back. We thought it was gone. But then it showed up again in her liver, lungs and abdomen. Two days ago she was feeling some discomfort in her left leg and back to the hospital her husband, Barry, took her. After a ct scan we heard that there is a tumor on her brain. So Arlene's in the hospital waiting for some treatments and procedures to be done so she can come home.
I wasn't going to post about Arlene because by now, all of us in this circle know all the details by phone and e mail conversations so I didn't really think I "needed" to share it. I wasn't going to post at all today. But it's your lucky day. You get to join us; if you aren't already one of us us.
One of the ones who get to pray for Arlene, I mean. It's a privilege really. Let me tell you about it. Arlene is asking for a miracle. She loves Jesus and serves God with every cell in her body (even the sick ones.) She wants the cancer gone and knows God can do it. We're all in it with her and asking for that miracle. What's in it for you? Every time I start praying for Arlene, God fills up my empty spaces at the same time. Prayer for Arlene, no matter how you start it, winds up in worship.
Arlene loves to worship so I think the Holy Spirit just translates all prayers for her right into worship. God dwells in the middle of worship so it's all good.
Who ever you are, and whatever your empty spaces are; Arlene would pray for you if she knew about it. She has prayed me through the darkest days of my life. So please, stop and talk to God about her. If you don't know what to say, I'll put a prayer at the end of this post for you to join in. Print it and hang it on your fridge if you want to pray for her daily.
Arlene has some cells that are sick. We are all in a fallen world and all of us need healing somewhere. I pray for her and you and me today.
Worship with Arlene and me.
Dear Father, There are so many reports about Arlene that it is easy to hear only those from the mouths of man. We believe in your report only. We accept only your prognosis. We will listen to the words of man only to direct our prayers more specifically. We do thank you for people upon whom you have bestowed the ability to care for Arlene and we ask you to bless and guide them. But God, right now you are the Great Physician upon whom we trust entirely. There is no fear or doubt in your hands. We ask you to touch Arlene and as you reach your hand to her, let every cell in her body respond in obedience and become whole and healthy. Restore to her every thing that the devil wants to steal. Let there not be a single loss of function or ability. We worship you God. You are Jehovah, our Redeemer and Savior. You are the Giver of life. You are the Author of our lives. There is none above you. We love you and lift you high above ourselves and all things of the earth. We submit fully to your authority and will. We believe fully in your wisdom and goodness. We give you all glory for every breath you choose to breathe into our bodies and thank you for every moment you have given to us. Teach us to more completely honor you with every moment. Rain on us and reign over us. Thank you for this day. Thank you for this moment to come to you. Thank you for the gift of your son and the shed blood by which we are healed. We love you, there is nothing to compare to you. Amen.
Lamentations 3:21, 22 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.