When someone you care about has a child who is acutely or chronically ill, praying for them involves caring actions or “living prayers” as well as words offered in prayer. Here are some guidelines and tips.
1. Pray with others about the situation first.
In the Scriptures, a man named Job lost everything he had and then became tormented by a horrible disease. The Bible says that when three of his friends heard about his suffering, they set out to comfort him. (see Job 2:11-12.)
This point is very important for our praying for those with children who are acutely or chronically ill. Notice that these friends called on each other. They built a support system to support their friend Job. Perhaps they prayed together (they came together in agreement). Notice that none of them went at this task alone. Each friend came together and together they brought their concern for Job and Job’s family to each other. We can do the same today in prayer.
2. Ask God what you should do.
It is during prayer times with concerned friends that we might discern specific “go and comfort ” directions from God.
3. Focus on “comfort.”
Too often when we get a feeling that God wants us to go and comfort someone we think we are being sent to fix the problem. Remember, God isn’t sending us to “save them” or even to offer good advice. We are being sent to comfort.
Unfortunately, Job’s friends who started out with such good intentions later lost their focus and tried to fix Job. They ended up arguing about theology with Job which only made things worse and added to his sufferings.
4. Ask God to prepare you and strengthen you for what you might see.
When the friends saw Job from a distance, they could hardly recognize him. It’s possible that when Job’s friends “began weeping aloud” when they saw him, most likely they were not prepared for what they saw. What we learn here is that we may need to be prepared for a shock. Illness and the treatments we use to cure/treat some illnesses can look scary. Something as simple as a face lift can leave the person looking bruised and beaten for weeks before the healing and youthful appearance occurs. We cannot comfort others if we are too busy trying to overcome the shock of what we see.
Today, people differ greatly on whether they respond well to visitors openly expressing emotion. Ask God to keep you from becoming visibly emotional if it will not be helpful to the person you want to comfort.
In the tradition of Job’s day when one was faced with an illness that placed one outside the fellowship of the Temple, (such as illnesses like leprosy, an issue with blood, or open sores) it was common spiritual protocol to rent your cloths, cry out loud to the Lord, apply ashes and ware sack cloth to call unto God for mercy. For a “clean” or healthy person to willingly fast, rent their cloths, wear sack cloth and apply ashes to their head is an act of Holy sacrifice and prayer. Although today we don’t do visible acts of identification with those who suffer, coming together with those of our faith community to pray for our loved ones is an act of spiritual identification with those who suffer.
6. Bring the healing presence of “living prayers.”
When Job’s friends got over their shock, they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
The compassion we offer our friends as we “stand with them” is the essence of our “living prayer” for the children of our loved ones. In this way, our prayers are “spoken” through our acts of compassion rather than a formally worded traditional prayer. Perhaps our prayer is a quiet visit, holding the hand of the loved one while they sleep off the effects of the medication. It may be our prayer is the act of
doing our friend’s small but necessary chores so they can sit and be with their child. Whatever our acts of compassion may be, they are living prayers.
In my experience as a Pastor and as a Chaplain for a surgical NICU at a children’s hospital, I have seen that” living prayers” are a unique as the children we love and pray for. One mother has twins, one twin was able to come home, over two hours away from the hospital. The other twin needed to remain hospitalized for about six to eight more weeks. A friend arranged for this Mom to stay with her, in town, until the twin could come home.
Another family experienced living prayers when neighbors took on providing food for the family, driving the other children to soccer, school, providing play dates, food, and even weekly grocery shopping while their oldest child received chemotherapy. Other ideas include providing meals through e-meals sign ups, updating care-bridge web site, sending cards of encouragement, providing “change” for snacks and “fast food” etc.
When my own child was facing surgery, my wonderful mother-in-law showed up everyday at lunch time, took me out to eat, and provided me with adult conversation that had nothing to do with the hospital. Another mother experienced living prayers when a church member arrived, hot home cooked meal in hand, picked up the younger children, took them home, provided for their needs, put them to sleep in their own beds, all so Mom could stay longer at the hospital with her child.
Jesus himself, in his time of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, asked his disciples to stay nearby him and pray with Him as he suffered. See Mark 14:32-34
Are you currently unemployed and seeking a job? Well, many people are in the same situation as you are and the Bible has many scriptures about this subject.
The first thing you must know is that every job that is available belongs to God. He is really the One who will be giving you the job.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
Sometimes the job that you are looking for may not be the one the Lord has in mind for you. Therefore, you need to remain open minded about all the opportunities that come your way and be prayerful about all offers.
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Be sure that whatever job you accept it is one that is legal and honest. If you have questions or suspicions about it then it is probably not a good choice for you.
Proverbs 11:1 “ The LORD detests dishonest scales,but accurate weights find favor with him.”
The Lord’s plan is for you to provide for your family so there should be absolutely no question in your mind that it is His will for you to find employment
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
The Bible also says that if you don’t work you don’t eat. This should be your go to scripture in your prayer time for employment.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”
Here are some other bible verses for job seekers for you to read and meditate on:
Psalm 34:10: The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 75:6: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
Psalm 113:5,7-8: Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
Phil 4:13,19: I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 6:6–8 ” Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”
Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”
Romans 13:8 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Proverbs 21:20″In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
Psalm 20:4 “May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Here is a prayer for you based on the scriptures above.
Lord God in heaven I come to you humbly asking you to guide me to employment. This is not hard for you to do because the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. You are Jehovah Jireh the God who provides and I ask you to provide for me by bringing me employment. I am only interested in the place that is honest and trustworthy as I know this would be pleasing to you. Lord I ask you to show me the areas in my life where I may need to confess my sins so that I can bring them before you. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of my answered prayers because I know it is Your will for me to be employed. (Take a few minutes and confess all the sins that come to you mind now) Show me the areas where I need to improve how I handle Your money so that I may honor You by doing so. I pray Lord that when I receive this job, I will tithe to the church or ministry that You will call to my mind the amount which You will put in my heart. Lord I know that You are able to supply my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. I pray that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! I pray that you open the doors and give me the wisdom to know where to start looking. Bring the resources I need to prepare myself for the interviews and favor everywhere I go. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
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Here’s another scripture that we need you to keep in mind as you are going through the process of waiting for God to bring you that job:
Ecclesiastes 11:6 New International Version (NIV)
Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
Keep busy and get yourself out there because you never know what God will use to bring you that employment.
God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and give you peace.
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We lift our eyes to You, Heavenly and Most Gracious Father, from where our hope and help comes – You, the maker of heaven and earth. Today Lord, we cry out to You on behalf of those persons who are missing. We, their family and friends anxiously and patiently await their safe return or just to hear news of their whereabouts.
Even though You said be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our request be known, it is heart-wrenching not knowing where our loved ones are.
We feel so overwhelmed and helpless. Give us the peace that surpasses our understanding so our hearts can be guarded from negative thoughts Lord. You said You would never leave us or forsake us, so we continue to trust and hope in the mighty working power of the Holy Spirit. We trust You Lord Jesus for the safe return of our loved ones.
Abba Father, You are our Great, All-knowing God, All-powerful creator of the universe, and You know that our loved ones are somewhere out there needing to be touched by the Holy Spirit to find their way back home. If for some reason Lord they are being held against their will, we command the abductors to release them unharmed in the name of Jesus Christ!
Father, You said whatever we ask for in pray, we will receive once we believe and have faith. We declare today Lord that we continue to stand strong in faith, believing that our loved ones are safe and will come home.
Until then, wherever they are Almighty God, cover them in the precious blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We pray they find grace to survive whatever ordeal they are facing right now. In the name of Jesus, we thank You for Your everlasting mercies, SO BE IT… Amen and Amen.
2 Corinthians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
Romans 5:5 – Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 15:4 – For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
1 Peter 1:20-21 – He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
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