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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

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  1. Dear Lord, please bless all the sisters readind this. Father you know our needs are different yet you have promised to supply them all according to your riches in glory. Please help us to have enough faith to trust your word and believe what you say. Please help us to bless the lives of others when we receive from you. Help us to always walk in your footsteps and to always allow you to live in our hearts so that we may be good instruments, leading others to your love I pray in Jesus name. Amen

  2. Please pray for my nephew Asher. He is three and has cancer in his liver. He has had two surgeries this past week (one of them just yesterday.) Please pray for his pain to subside. Pray for his doctors to have wisdom. Please pray for his sweet mom (my sister) to have strength and peace as she walks this road with this little man.

    • Rebecca,
      I’ll pray for little Asher and his Mom to find peace, comfort and strength in the Lord.

      blessings to you all,

      Penny

    • Lord, please bless Asher comfort him and take away his pain. My Lord please watch over his doctors and provide your wisdom.. My Lord please support Ashers mum, family and Rebecca to all lean into you in this crazy time when emotions are raw and the path is scary and unknown. My Lord please cure Asher with these surgeries. My Lord please make your presence felt by this family when they need you most, I have not articulated this prayer well but you my creator who created the world and can do anything may your will be done. IJN, Amen

  3. Dear Lord, I pray for sweet Asher and his family. I pray you lay your healing hands on him and give his body the strength to fight this horrible disease. I pray you supply the doctors and his family with the armor of love and wisdom during this time. I pray for peace. Amen

    If you wouldn’t mind praying for a test that have coming up. I have been very apprehensive about it. I am afraid I won’t pass. Thank you so much.

  4. Father I join with Emme in prayer. You know our hearts and needs. Please may I never doubt your plan for me. Open my eyes and show me my path. It is so clouded with heartache. May I hear you clearly today. I ove you Father….. Bless all creatures great and small

  5. I pray for the three before me , Father, please provide them with what your plan calls for. I’m asking for prayer this morning for prayer because I have lost my medical insurance. I take many pills a day and was scheduled for a surgery in June. Please pray for me. Thank you.

    • Jamie,
      Prayers for God to come near and bring you some financial and healing blessings! May He also give you a deep inner peace and faith to believe that He can end your suffering! I pray you sense yourself covered in prayer for a good while!
      Blessings 🙂

    • Jamie,

      I pray that there will be a resolution for you and your health.

      blessings to you,
      Penny

  6. I would really appreciate prayers for contentment. I spent a week in Guatemala last summer, and miss it so much. Every trip I had expected to go back with just wasn’t what God wants me to do right now. I know He has me where He wants me, but I just want to be back with the beautiful people in that country. If anyone has verses that got you through this type of season, please share!!

  7. Please help me pray that God would restore my healthy body. I am losing weight, and has low appetite. I want to gain weigh again since I am skinny t but it seems it is not working. Please pray for me that God would give me wisdom on how to take care of my myself so that I could also take care of others esp. my love ones. Im in my mid 20’s but I am getting more pain esp during monthly period. Lord I want to surrender to you all my pain and suffering for you are my healer. Your power in healing is the best.

  8. Father God, I pray for this dear community and all their needs. I pray for Asher, by your stripes I claim total healing and restoration to his tiny body. Father, give your peace, the peace that passes understanding to his Mum and Dad and all his family thru this. I give you Lord all thanks and praise.
    I ask for prayers for my total marriage restoration and healing. My husband left me for another woman but I am standing on my marriage covenant vows that my Father who said “what God has joined together let no man (woman) put asunder” wants for my marriage. I have seen God move towards this but I need to remain strong while He works in my husband. Please pray that the scales are removed from my husband’s eyes in Jesus name.

  9. Dear Lord I pray that you will hear each of these prayer requests. I ask that that you be with all of us, watch over us and that you would provide comfort in our waiting period. We put our hope and trust in you Lord, you are the beginning and ending of everything. We know that the world is in your hand and ultimately you have the final say. I pray those petitions of our heart Lord and that you would speak to us, encourage us and lift us up in times of waiting. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen!

  10. Please pray for my family and I as we move this week. We are not moving to “greener pastures” necessarily but to a place where we can find family support and love.

  11. I ask for prayers for my daughter who at 28 is struggling with her singleness. I also ask for prayers for my sweet children in Pakistan with Redeemer Christian school, especially after the heinous suicide bombing attack on Easter near our school. Thank you ladies for being a safe place where I can share my heart! Blessings and prayers for all of you…
    Bev xo

    • Bev,

      I’m sorry for your daughter I pray the right one comes along, (The Lord must be saving someone special for her.) Prayers for the little children’s safety.

      blessings to you,

      Penny

  12. Heavenly Father,
    You gave us life, yiu know our every needs before we do today i humbly ask for your Mercy for all our Sisters and brothers who are in need of your mercy, I humbly ask for forgiveness for all your children and as I place my financial needs before You today I thank You for all the Blessings You have bestowed on me and all Your children in the precious name of Thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen

  13. Please pray for my grandson Elijah, who suffered a stroke at birth. In Matthew 19:26 it says that “with God all things are possible.” Thank you Lord for the healing you have already done, and the healing you will continue to do. We know your word says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Thank you Lord for being with us, and for hearing our prayers. To you be the glory and honor. Amen

  14. Please pray for my beloved husband, Francisco, to be totally set free from all his addictions and sinful lifestyle, return to the Lord, accept His love, mercy and forgiveness and come home to me, his “rib”. I am standing in the gap against the enemy who wants to destroy all marriages as he comes to “kill, steal and destroy”. But we, as believers, know that what “God has joined together let no man put asunder”. HE will have the victory!

  15. Please pray for me as I thought I was a good person on the right track but I fell from the right track with envy and drama last week and hurt people I care about. I don’t think they will ever forgive me I can’t forgive myself. For something in me snapped and now I feel so much anger towards myself for the words that can’t be taken back that hurt the ones I love and care about.

    Dear Lord please wrap your loving arms around Emme and all of the others and let them know you are there.Help those that are broken or lost. Help them find you and know your love. Forgive me for everything i have done to hurt the ones I care about and the others I don’t even know. In Jesus name Amen <3

  16. Dear Lord, Please help me to get on track again. I have so much running thru my brain
    I am missing out on my praying. I love the Lord Savior and have been a Christian all my life.
    I feel terrible that I am not able to take part in all the activities of my church, but could it be
    be age creeping up on me?, or the devil.? I am praying this morning for the person ahead of me that her husband finds the right road to recovery and to you Lord Jesus.? Pray for all of us who have bumps in the road. Pray that the ones who gossip will have a cleansing of their thoughts. At 79 I am not able to keep up with all that is expected on the church side of things.
    God Bless everyone on this web site and I pray you all find comfort who pray to our Lord.

  17. Father God,
    I pray your blessings on these women!! May they have your true inner peace and contentment! Where there is strife, worry, or discontentment please enter their hearts and shower them with a deep sense of faith to believe really believe that you can handle the situation!!
    I want to praise God for the miraculous healing he has sent to my aging dad. He is doing quite well for now!!
    Prayers for a friend who recently lost her aged father. Help her to heal and grieve. She needs prayers for her job. She desperately needs a different job (RN). Could use a huge dose of inner peace and a sense of direction!
    Blessings 🙂

  18. Dear Father, My all gratitude abound to You for You are our Liberator, the One who sets us free. I beg you today for an outpouring of your loving mercy, which is infinite, cleansing, and nurturing. Please enfold in your loving arms all who hurt today, all those who suffer silently and alone.
    Please pray for a friend with recurring cancer, for peace, courage, and hope in this suffering.
    Please pray for me.
    May each of us be at peace today in our hearts, families, and communities so that all roots of bitterness are plucked and not defile many. I the Lord Jesus’ holy name, Father, I pray. Amen

    • Jessica, I have been there. Can I encourage you to pray specifically for the type of friend you want, theiron qualities and everything you can think of? God will answer. In the meantime can I encourage you to not self protect and risk your heart and reach out? God will answer your prayers with more than you can imagine.
      Dear Jesus,
      Please fill.Jessica’s life with amazing women who show her you and who she can walk this life with. Would you give her friends that she can encourage and be encouraged by. Would you give her laughter, fun, great coffee dates and serious heart to heart talks. Please grant her a best friend that spurshe her on and she can spur on too. We lover you Jesus. Amen.

    • Dear Jessica, I find making new friends can be hard. I have also learned that if we want to have friends we must as God to help us be a friend. Do you have a church you attend? That is often a good place to start finding Christian friends. I pray God will send someone into your life who will help you grow in your faith and offer you encouragement in your faith journey. Remember JESUS is always there, always our friend. God Bless.

    • Jessica,
      I understand making friends is hard. I will pray God sends you one good friend!!! Have you tried doing small groups at church? Join a Women’s Bible Study or a Sunday School Class. You just might be surprised who you will meet!
      Blessings 🙂

  19. Please pray for a close friend who is struggling with her health and many doctors do not have answers. Pray for healing. Pray for answers. Pray against fear. Pray for her adult children as they walk this journey with her. Thank you.

    • Beth,

      Prayers for your friend’s health to be resolved.

      have a blessed day.

      Penny

  20. Dear sisters in Christ, I am struggling with fears and anxieties that have no real basis, but I can’t seem to shake them. Some stem from my childhood experiences and while I know I serve a Faithful and Loving God, I can’t seem to break loose from the grip of this. Usually I can do it with prayer and gratitude, but this time the grip seems to be viselike and is causing me to panic. Please pray that God will help me be able to surrender these worries to Him and Trust Him with all my heart. I know He is the giver of peace and strength and provides beyond measure from His great riches. I know He loves me. So thanks for your prayers as I claim His blessing in Jesus name.

  21. Please pray for my husband Rick. He is a Veteran and suffers from PTSD and disassociative issue. It has been a really difficult season for us and feel as though there is a great divide right now. I can be really lonely at times and have no one to really talk to most days. I am trysting in God, but some days are just really hard. There is no closeness. I miss him.

    • Sue,

      I pray for peace and comfort for you both as you deal with the impact of this illness.

      blessings to you both,

      Penny

  22. Please pray for my husband, Ron, to get a job offer with his former company this week. Ron has been so faithful to take care of our family and has made many sacrifices in his career over the years – always putting the family first even when it meant declining a transfer or opportunity. I pray that God will bless Ron abundantly “beyond beyond” so that he can truly be blessed in these last few years of his career. Thank you, and God bless you all!

  23. I ask for prayer for the anxiety I feel when driving. I would love to have no fear in this like I once used to! Thank you!! Blessings on you this morning!

  24. I ask for prayer for my grandmother wHo was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She has a hysterectomy this week and a body scan to see if the cancer alread. I am devastated and heartbroken. She is a Christian woman, she doesn’t seem scared. She’s always talked about being ready for heaven whenever God calls her home. I’m scared she won’t fight for her life. I need her. My family needs her. I can’t lose her.

    • Lynsie,
      I am sorry to hear of your grandmother’s health. While it’s comforting that she is accepting what might be I know it can be hard on loved ones. I pray that you and your family find peace, comfort and strength during this time and that all will be well.

      Blessings to you and your family,

      Penny

  25. I long for close community. But I isolate for all the reasons, and I feel unable to change it at this stage in my life. Prayer appreciated as I attempt to reach out. I have taken great comfort in this online community; but I am languishing without touch from kindred spirits!

    • Caroline, I am praying for you. I feel the same way sometimes and have been trying to reach out and connect more myself. I pray that the Holy Spirit leads you to the right people at the right time and that you’re able to connect with Christian women that lift you up. I pray that you create connections so strong that whatever happens you have a strong community that prays together and supports each other in Jesus name. Amen.

  26. Lord please take care of Caroline. She is Your child and only You know all the longings of her heart. Show her Your ways Lord and help her in her attempt to reach out. Place heavenly angels on her path and direct her Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

  27. After being a pretty strong believer for 10+ years I am currently struggling with my faith. We moved away from our community and have not found another we connect with. I’m loosing motivation and questioning my faith. It’s hard to even ask for prayer. Thank you.

    • Anna,
      I pray that your faith will be restored and that you find community in those around you.

      Penny

  28. I agree about finding women who are open and honest to talk to online. And truly, although it’s wonderful to go to church, and though it is the internet, it is safe to share. We do all need to have more Jesus about us, but He gives us our own personalities as well. We can all reach out and connect at some level. That’s why I blog and do Pinterest and comment on (in)courage, I hope it helps someone.

  29. Blessings and prayers to you all. Prayers that Caroline will find the community she is looking for, and prayers for you in your struggles Anna. My husband and I moved recently as well and we have also struggled finding a place to feel connected. May God give you strength and lead you to find the community you are seeking. I ask for prayers for this coming week as big changes are coming in my work life. We moved across the country for my job, and now I fear a change in ownership may jeopardize my role. Prayers needed to help me remember to put my faith and trust in God, not my current circumstances.

    • I pray Lord Jesus that you will be with Sheryl as she makes this transition in her life. I pray that she will always put her trust in You and know that You want what is best for her life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  30. Please pray for my brother who has cancer. Also please pray for my mom that God will strengthen her. She had a stroke in August 2015. Please pray for me that I will be the woman that God wants me to be. God Bless you all!!

    • Jamie,

      My prayers are with you and your family for healing, comfort and strength.

      Blessings to you all,

      Penny

  31. Please pray for healing of family relationships and dynamics. Also, please pray for my husband to get a full time, permanent job that he likes with benefits.Thank you.

    • Father God, I lift Holly & her family up before you and ask that you direct this family in developing good, strong family relationships. Father instill in them a heart for you and each other. I ask that you open the doors necessary to find a full time job with benefits. Lord as a bonus – that it be a job that Holly’s husband enjoys.

  32. I pray for blessings Sheryl on you and your family. I pray that God will give you peace as you trust Him in all things. I, too, am facing worry and change with my job. I work in a high stress job that demands very much from me. I feel as if I am neglecting myself and my family, which will be one person larger in about five months. Please pray that God will guide me toward the right path that will honor Him and still provide for my family.

    • Lindsey, I pray for peace for you as well as you seek the balance that God has in mind for you and your family. He has plans for all of us that we will see when we seek and trust Him. Blessings to you, your family and your new addition!!

  33. I have end stage kidney disease and need a kidney transplant, please pray that a kidney will become available for me. This is a very expensive disease and need prayers for my lack of adequate finances to keep the medical bills paid.

    • Gracious God, help to provide a transplant donor for Linda. Guide the Drs and nurses who care for her. Provide for her financially. Grant her peace and healing. Amen!

  34. Prayers for patience as I wait for God to answer the deep desires of my heart. Those cries of my heart are the cries of each and every day. Also prayer that God guides my words as I work on writing my book.

    • Father in Jesus’ name, my you grant Tara the grace to run the race set before her. Your Word encourages us in Hebrews 12 to run with endurance. Meet her with your strength as she waits on you. Thank you that you will fulfill her heart’s desires in your time and season. Bless her hands and heart as she authors the book you have given her. Give her wisdom and ideas and let your name be glorified through the work you’ve called her to. We thank you for hearing us this day. Amen.

  35. Please pray for physical and emotional healing for me. I have lived with chronic pain for many years now and am so weary and really want to get my life back, yet I also am trying to trust God through this. I need to decide who will represent me for my disability case this week, so I would also appreciate prayer for wisdom and guidance. Pray that God would get glory through my circumstances and that this would deepen my relationship with Him, that I would really experience God’s presence and that He would give me peace, hope, and joy. Thank you so much for praying for me. It means so much to me.

    • Christie, the first thing that came to my mind as I read your prayer request is that the “root word” of your name is Christ…the same “root word” as Christian. With Jesus as our roots, solidly planted in our hearts…He is the vine, we are the branches. I pray that the Holy Spirit fill you with the wisdom you need to make the right decisions and that all of your struggles and pain are to the glory of God… “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
      Also praying for your healing and strength to persevere. God bless!

  36. I’m desperate for joy and peace. Anxiety, fear and depression are wreaking havoc with my heart and soul.. I’m so overwhelmed and tired of waiting for the sun to shine. I’m tired of trying and failing to escape the black cloud I live under. People, Christians specifically, don’t understand that I can’t “just be happy”. I want more of Christ in me, a deeper understanding and a more intimate connection with Jesus, but I get so easily overwhelmed, discouraged and I’ve failed so many times before I’m paralyzed without trying.

    • Tracy,

      Please remember to take one step at a time even if it’s a small one. I pray that you find joy and peace in your life again and you’re able to break free of the doubt.

      blessings to you,

      Penny

    • Tracy,
      Know that God wants you to be happy. Even if that means talking to a counselor, or your doctor to help you with your feelings of depression. I have been where you are. I will pray for God to rescue you and show you joy and peace.

      Hugs,
      Jenny

  37. My prayer request is for financial freedom. We are overwhelmed with our finances, and want to glorify God and not be bitter or envious of money.

  38. Please pray for starting a family. For a job opportunity I was presented with and God’s will in it. And for healing on a health issue I’m having. Thank you!

    • Father, you know the desires of Gabe heart, for a family and for healing. Father I pray healing in Gabe life, and also ask that You will bless Gabes desire for a family.

  39. Please pray for my finances. I struggle with almost living paycheck to paycheck. I am also struggling with not tithing. I can either pay a bill or I can tithe, but I can’t do both. It is beginning to overwhelm me even as I turn my finances over to God daily.

  40. Please pray for me to have victory over stress eating. I am praying for Asher and his family

  41. I am very grateful for this community of believers, for incourage that gives us an opportunity and forum to “meet”.
    I
    pray for all the people who have written about their concerns and even
    those who have not. I pray that the good Lord will meet each and every
    person at their point of need. I pray that he will minister to us as we
    all go through different seasons and that all the glory will go to Him
    as we get through and out of this seasons. In Jesus name, Amen.
    I
    have been going through a tough situation in my family. The father of my
    children is having multiple affairs, we have a young child who just
    turned one and two others aged 9 and 12. He runs a business and even
    though he makes enough to provide for us, he does not. We have gotten to
    the point where he has brought some of those ladies to our house. He
    has considered throwing me out to raise the children with one of his
    girlfriends. For three years I worked with him to build the business but
    due to mismangement of his and the company finances, he stopped paying
    me. After several months I decided to quit and look for employment. I
    have gotten a good deal but paid on commission basis, which will take a
    while to get better commissions.
    It has been a tough three years
    where I wonder whether God sees and hears my cry for my family and for
    provision. But so far He has been faithful even when I have not been.
    Please pray that I have the courage and perseverance to go through this
    season and to learn from it. so that when I have run this race I will
    get the crown of life. I pray that from this difficult season a
    wonderful ministry to help and encourage women in similar situations
    will be born, a ministry that will bring glory to God and His power to
    heal and resurrect, to revieal Himself and renew our lives. I claim Joel
    2:25 in my life and the lives of all the people in this forum. In Jesus
    name, Amen.

    • Emma,

      The Holy Spirit has been working in me for the past week. All I keep hearing is that I’m supposed to tell someone this: God has not forgotten you. I think you are the person who needs to hear this. God has not forgotten you. El Roi (“the God who sees” Genesis 16:13) sees you and knows what you are going through. I pray that your children’s father is delivered from sin and the blinders are removed from him to show him what he is doing to your family. I pray that your heart is healed and that your financial needs are met. I pray that God works in your life in ways you never thought possible in Jesus name, Amen. I pray your are blessed by Ephesians 3:20. God is able to do exceedingly above all we might ask or think. If He gave His only son for us, He can and will do anything for us. Be blessed. You are not alone.

  42. Lord please pray for Emma M and all what she has going on in her life. Lord, please show her your love today and give her wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.
    I would love to be married and then have children. I would love a husband to do life with and serve the lord together. In Jesus name, Amen

  43. Please pray for me as I have a review upcoming at my job that is worrying me. Pray that everything turns out ok. And pray that God will give me a peace in my heart about it. Thank you.

    • Mariah, I pray that your review goes well and that the Lord silences this worrying spirit that this review is causing to rise up in you. I pray that the Lord does exceedingly abundantly above all you are asking or thinking in this post. In Jesus name, Amen.

  44. Please pray that my marriage is strengthened and that my husband is delivered from all things that keep him from knowing the Lord. I struggle with having a husband who isn’t a believer. It is difficult as you can imagine. Please also pray that the Lord gives me strength to say the right things at the right time to my husband. Thanks to you all.

  45. I am a mother of 3 boys 5 and under. My youngest is 3 months old. I ask for strength and that God would increase my patience with my older boys. And help me to be the mother they need while I am going through this phase of exhaustion. Also I struggle with OCD so I ask for healing from my symptoms and strength to get through the anxiety it creates. Thanks!

    • Dear Camille,
      I too am a mother (4 of them) and struggle to be the mother that God wants me to be. Too often I find myself impatient, unkind. I am praying for you.

  46. Dear Lord,
    I am in prayer for all of my sisters. Father God, you know their needs and the best way to help them. Please be with them and hold them in the palm of your hand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  47. My husband and I are in need of prayers. We both have two jobs to cover all of our mortgage and monthly bills. I have found out that I am losing one of my jobs on April 25th. My hours have already been cut back and we are 1 month behind on mortgage and behind on other bills too. I am aggressively looking for another job. I need prayers for helping me find this job so that we can get our bills caught up and our finances back on track. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

  48. Please pray for my daughter who is going through some health issues right now, my son and my husband who have strayed away from the Lord. Pray that the Lord will give us the wisdom and guidance to know what steps to take to help her, and pray that the Lord will bring my husband and son back to Him.

  49. I have been having mid-life momma life changes. Children moving out, parents with terminal illness etc…It has been more than I can handle on my own. I feel like I am losing my mind. Please pray for peace and calming and for God’s comfort.

  50. we are staring foster adoption classes this week. Help to find the right person to foster, not to be overwhelmed, to find the right church to bring the child up in and to have my husband and I not get upset and distressed. I pray for all for God to intercede and supply in his will for all my sisters, in HIS name amen!

  51. pray for strength I am going thru alot at work people who want me to get fired and toxic relationships I have stepped back from that are now coming against me. My job provides for me and my family if I lost it, it would put both our homes in jeopardy. I am trying to trust God for the outcome whatever that maybe. but I am struggling. thank you so much.