by Jennifer (Woodstosck Ga)
Dear people of Prayers for special help:
My name is Jennifer. i wanted to ask for prayers for my fiance Joe. Three weeks ago that went into the hospital and he came out but, last friday and monday they did some brain scan. they are going to do more test on him to see whats going on…and i ask of prayer for special help to please pray for his health, that he may be heal from all the things.
I know God has some plans for him since he is a two time cancer survivor, please join in prayer with us,his mom mrs. marsha, me his fiance and our friends and families that are praying for him please pray with us for him, thank you for your time and prayers we need them.May God bless the people of Prayers For Special Help always.
Our Most Important Legacy
“This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Many cancer patients struggle with coming to terms with their mortality. We used to feel invincible; we never imagined that death was knocking at our door. Ignoring death was easy in the B.C. (before cancer) years but nearly impossible in the A.D. (after diagnosis) days. There are just too many reminders: doctor appointments, blood work, treatments, and especially friends and other acquaintances who die from the disease. Now we have to actually face this very real enemy called Death, this robber of our days. We have to acknowledge death and decide what to do with it.
When people ask me for advice on dealing with the fear of death, five simple but powerful words come to mind: KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS. Counselors will provide many helpful and proactive strategies like organizing your photos, reviewing your will, journaling, and creating a “bucket list” of all the things you’d like to do before you die. Keeping busy and productive certainly helps me not to think about death, but it does nothing to take away the fear of death. When fear strikes during the quiet times, the “bad-news-from-the-doctor” times, or the times I check the local obituaries and see whom cancer has stolen today, the only remedy is to keep my eyes on Jesus.
Fear that drives us to God is not a faithless fear, but a faith-filled fear. Christians should not be ashamed to feel afraid; even Jesus, the most perfect example of humanity, was afraid before going to the cross. And Jesus, this most perfect example, showed us what to do with our fear when he spent hours in prayer before his Father in the garden of Gethsemane. When I can’t find the words that I need to pray, I read a Psalm, such as Psalm 61, which Charles Spurgeon calls “a pearl…little, but precious. To many a mourner it has furnished utterance when the mind could not have devised a speech for itself.” Spurgeon also writes: “It is hard to pray when the very heart is drowning, yet gracious men plead best at such times. Tribulation brings us to God, and brings God to us. Faith’s greatest triumphs are achieved in her heaviest trials.”
When we pray, we can ask Jesus to redeem all the time we have left on earth. We must remain active in service for Him, never passive. Many of us no longer have the strength for the tasks we used to do, but we can still pray fervently. Job was the most stricken human being in the Bible; his story is incredibly humbling, because we will never suffer the way he did. Yet he did not turn away from God—Job cried out to God in deep despair, and God met Job’s deepest need. Yet when did God restore Job?
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10) That verse really struck me in the early days of my diagnosis, when the disease was rampant and I felt as though death was closing in. I could do nothing while lying in that hospital bed BUT pray. But the Lord soon showed me that my prayers were not all to be for myself. I realized that He wanted me to pray for others: for my husband, my children, my friends, my extended family, those cancer patients receiving chemotherapy next to me, and even despairing strangers whose names I knew from cancer forums and whom I would never meet. The Lord gave me a mission and a legacy.
In his book Praying Circles around the Lives of Your Children, Mark Batterson agrees that our prayers are our greatest legacy. Our prayers will continue to be answered long after we have left this earth, just as we are experiencing the blessings from prayers that grandparents and ancestors prayed for us. Batterson writes: “I believe that every blessing, every breakthrough, every miracle in your life traces back to the prayers that were prayed by you or for you. One of the greatest moments in eternity will be the day God peels back the space-time curtain and unveils His sovereignty by connecting the divine dots between our prayers and His answers. That infinite web of prayer crisscrosses every nation, every generation. And when God finally reveals His strange and mysterious ways, it will drop us to our knees in worship. We will thank Him for the prayers he did answer. We’ll also thank Him for the prayers He didn’t answer because we’ll finally understand why. And we’ll thank Him for the answered prayers we weren’t even aware of.”
What can we do when fear strikes our hearts? Pray. Throw ourselves at His feet and pray. Pray the Psalms. Pray for others. As we pray, we will realize that we no longer pray because of our fear. Fear drives us to prayer, but as we pray our hearts begin to change. Fear is replaced by joy and love for the One who created us and is present with us. We pray out of devotion “to God who adds days to our days”, with gratitude and thanksgiving for each day that we are here to do His work and to participate in the greatest legacy He has planned for us—to pray for others.
Thank You Lord, for the gift of prayer. Thank You that You are always present to hear us, to comfort us, and to bless us with Your mercy and grace. Help us to focus our prayers, not just on our own needs, but on the needs of others. Help us to pray according to Your Spirit, and when we cannot find the words, comfort us with Your promise to intercede for us. We praise You, the One from whom ALL blessings flow! Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever And take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. *Increase the days of the king’s life, His years for many generations. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; Appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. Then will I ever sing praise to your name And fulfill my vows day after day.
*David is praying this psalm for himself; you may wish to speak in the 1st person to make it a personal plea for yourself: “Increase the days of MY life, MY years for many generations. May I be enthroned in God’s presence forever; Appoint your love and faithfulness to protect ME.”
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You know that the medical results were not good news. You know where the cancer is in my body because you know all things. Be with my medical team and give them your discernment as they decide next steps. Lead my life towards wholeness of body, mind and soul.
My heart hurts. I prayed for these result to be good but today that prayer is not being answered as I asked. Keep in front of me ALWAYS that you use ALL things- even poor medical results- for your good and perfect will. These results are not a surprise to you. You are still holding me in your loving arms and carrying me each step on this path. With you, I shall not fear. You are my unshakable rock on which I lay. I place all things in your gentle hands. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right handand says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Inspirational messages for cancer survivors: Fighting cancer is a battle that is not won just by medicines, chemotherapy and a great team of doctors. Becoming cancer-free also requires a constant stream of strong will power, faith, hope, love and most importantly a positive attitude. Cancer patients who have kicked the disease out of their bodies usually emerge stronger and focus on making every day of their second chance count. If you know someone who has just recovered from cancer, show your support by sending them a dose of motivational from time to time. Their inspirational stories are the stuff miracles are made of. You can be a part of their journey by helping them live life to the fullest.
1) Surviving cancer is not the end of a gruesome story. It is the beginning of a beautiful one.
2) You could have given up, but you chose to fight. You chose to beat all the odds. You chose to believe that hope is stronger than reality. You chose to overlook the suffering. You chose to see the light at the end of life’s darkest tunnel. You made all the right choices, you are inspirational.
3) Cancer can defeat medicine but it couldn’t defeat your spirit.
4) Surviving cancer is like winning a war. It makes you realize the real meaning of true freedom in life.
5) Cancer was a subtle reminder that you can’t control everything in life no matter how hard you try. So let go of your worries and enjoy every single moment of the second chance life has given you.
6) Cancer is life-threatening but recovery from it is life-changing. The same chemotherapy that once ruined your life will now give you a fresh new perspective to life. You will have different priorities but one thing will always remain constant – the will the live.
7) The only side effect of surviving and recovering from cancer should be a permanent smile on your face.
8) Your survival isn’t just a personal victory. You are a true inspiration to millions of people who are hoping to beat the odds and come out stronger.
9) Doctors and medicines were just a part of the recovery. What mattered more was your will power and desperation to kick the disease out of your body.
10) The WORST part about enduring cancer is that you see each day as a CURSE. The BEST part of surviving cancer is that you will start treating each and every day as BLESSING.
11) Before cancer: Love your job, laugh with your colleagues, be focused and do all the things you have been asked to. After cancer: Love your family, laugh with your friends, be positive and do all the things you have always wanted to.
12) If you can beat cancer, you can beat anything. Now that you are stronger than cancer, you are virtually invincible.
13) Your recovery is a DREAM COME TRUE for each and every loved one who prayed for you and a HOPE for each and every person who is still facing the gallows of this deadly disease.
14) Nothing is impossible and you have just proved it.
15) The power of a cancer survivor’s smile is a power like no other. Now you have the power to be an icon of HOPE for other cancer patients and a source of INSPIRATION for everyone who thought that their lives were tough.
16) Cancer lost the battle against you because it had originally planned to make you weaker but inadvertently made you stronger.
17) Now that you have survived cancer, thank the disease for helping you discovering the fighter within you.
18) Surviving cancer means that you will now constantly seek HAPPINESS, feel GRATITUDE and spread LOVE.
19) Everyone knows what cancer can do but few people like you can show the world what cancer can’t.
20) Surviving cancer is God’s way of telling you that you have had your fair share of suffering. Now it’s your time to lap up all the happiness life can possibly offer.
21) Your battle for survival is a war that was started by cancer but finished by you.
22) It is amazing how just one word can bring smiles to the faces of everyone around you. Before, you said I HAVE CANCER. Now you will say I HAD CANCER.
23) Real courage is not about going headstrong into a fight that you are confident of winning. Real courage is going headstrong into a fight and giving it your best shot despite knowing that you may lose it because the odds are against you. Your willingness to fight cancer – that is what real courage is all about.
24) Surviving cancer isn’t a second chance in your life, it is a new life altogether.
25) Your victory over cancer is hope’s victory over despair and love’s victory over pain.
36) Cancer survivors like you are real heroes. Not many people have the courage to look at death in the eye and say ‘catch me if you can’.
27) Your recovery isn’t just a sign of advances in medicines. It is a sign of the most innocent yet the most powerful force known to mankind – hope. Ride on this wave and keep living life to the fullest like you’ve always been.
28) Cancer is a disease that shows you how you can’t completely control how healthy you are. But recovery from cancer will show you how you can completely control how happy you are.
29) Surviving cancer is a reminder to start ticking off all those things from your bucket list.
30) You may have never won the lottery but you have won something much more precious – a second chance at life. Never take another day for granted and live life to the fullest.
31) It is not the fear of death that has helped you survive cancer. It is the fear of not spending more time with your loved ones that helped you claw yourself out of this misery. Remind yourself of this fear every single day and spend every possible moment spreading your love to every single person who stood by your bedside all these years.
32) Remember the people who stood by your bedside all this time when you are struggling with chemo? Congratulations, you have found your real family.
33) Finding out that you are cancer-free can sometimes be more difficult to accept than finding out that you’ve got cancer. Use this sense of disbelief to rid yourself of all the negative emotions and negative people out of your life after surviving cancer.
34) Cancer is just not a word, it is a language altogether. Cancer is not just a disease, it is a life journey. Cancer is not just about recovery by medicines, it is about healing yourself from within. Congratulations for understanding the language of cancer, treading along this torturous life journey and learning how to heal yourself from within.
35) Recovery from cancer will show you that life isn’t about beginnings or endings, it is about enjoying the journey with your friends and loved ones.