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  1. Dearest Lord, thank You for the gift of prayer! Enable us to pray those single breath prayers & the longer spilling of our hearts discourses with confidence that You see, You hear & You are able to answer each & every longing in what is best & loving & for Your glory! How astounding are You Lord! Bless my heavenly siblings deepening our faith roots & use us to draw non-believers to Yourself that today, this morning, this moment would be the time that they call You Lord also! In Your Almighty name Jesus Amen.

  2. Prayer for strength and peace as I am a caregiver for my adult son and has now become one to my older sister who had a stroke in May. I am weary and tired emotionally. Freedom and deliverance from all the things my mom has said and done to me. Thank you.

    • Dear Lord,
      I pray for Arnesia this morning as she is giving so much to others. Bring her comfort, strength and peace. Bring healing to her and her family.

      In Jesus Name

    • Arnesia,

      Father God Send strength & peace to Arnesia as she cares for her son & sister. Send people to help her out in any way she needs. Guide && direct her paths. Free her from any trauma her mom may have caused her. Shower her with the Love that only you can send. AMEN

      Blessings 🙂

    • Dear Lord Jesus
      You wonderfully formed us in our mother’s wombs and knew our beginning and the day we leave earth. Lord I pray for healing and peace for Elizabeth’s sister. You know her heart and mind and soul. Let your will be done and thank you that we can come to you boldly and know you hear every single prayer. We love you Lord

  3. I would appreciate prayers in being content with my ‘singleness.’ I am 44, never married, but not by choice. I have wanted to find someone for many years now and it hasn’t happened. I’m trying my best to be okay with it, and some days I am, but others, it’s very hard.

    • Heavenly Father, I pray for this dear sister. Days when she feels lonely and alone, may you be the one she leans on. May she wait patiently on you. In Jesus name, Amen.

    • Dear Father,

      I pray for L. You know how she feels, you know what she is longing for. You gave that longing in her heart. Father not yet doesn’t mean never. Father give her the strength and hope to wait for your perfect timing. You are with her every day.

  4. Praying for you dear Arnesia. May the Lord graciously give you all the strength and peace that you need. May your heart and soul, body and mind, be filled with rest.

    I pray for relief from anxiety and depression, especially as the fall and winter months begin. May this weight be lifted from me and may I experience lightness this holiday season.

  5. I pray in agreement with all who have expressed a need this morning. God is able.
    I ask for prayer for my 12 year old granddaughter. She is having some struggles with friendship relationships which is not uncommon for 12-year-old girls, but she has made comments regarding self harm. I pray that God will remove those thoughts from her, and show us as her family how to support her and help her to establish healthy friendships.

    • Mary,
      As a retired teacher, I have learned how challenging being 12 can being caught in between childhood and being a teenager. Although I’m sure the thought of your dear granddaughter possibly harming herself is alarming, it seems reassuring she voiced her thought, instead of keeping it bottled up.
      I will pray for your granddaughter to find her place in her preteen world.

  6. Hello Elizabeth
    Consider your sister prayed for
    Dear Lord & Heavenly Father,
    I bring Elizabeth’s sister in prayer to you.
    For whatever she is dealing with, may you bring total healing Father God in whatever form that is. As she & Elizabeth await your healing, may they be comforted by your peace & presence. We thank you in all these things. Amen

  7. I had carpal tunnel surgery almost a week ago. I’m going to work Wednesday.

    Pray for Andre who is in prison. God please elevate him.

    Thank you.


  8. I request prayer for clear guidance in a very difficult, complicated, long enduring divorce. Please help me make right Godly choices & decisions.
    Thank you

    • Dear Father, please guide and lead D in this difficult time, give her wisdom and grace for all the decisions she has to make. May she experience Your nearness and love in profound and beautiful ways. Bring deep healing in this time. In Jesus name, Amen.

  9. I have been experiencing some heavy anxiety the past 2 weeks linked to work stress and difficult friendships, and I am really struggling to get clarity about how to move past it. I would also like to ask prayer for my mother who had a serious elbow break, and has a long season of recovery ahead of her.

    • Dear Heavenly Father, Today I lift up Barbara to you. I ask that you would help her to feel your peace and your presence in her life in a special way this week. Please give her clarity where she has confusion. Please surround her with people who offer encouragement and may her friendships be mutually blessed. I also pray for her mother. Please help her to also feel your presence in this difficult time of pain with her elbow break. Please give her peace, strength and energy to go through the recovery. Please provide people who to offer her your love and to support her. Thank you for these ladies today. Amen.

  10. Please pray for a breakthrough in our jobs and for us to live more like Jesus and yo have Jesus take our finances to the level he sees fit.

    • I have similar prayers, Barbara.

      Holy & Mighty Father, thank you for your love and nearness. Thank you for hearing and answering all your daughters prayers. I pray I’m agreement with Barbara for guidance, favor & blessing in our jobs and for your wisdom, discernment and blessing in our finances. We choose to return back to you first our first fruits and pray for multiplication and discernment for wise stewardship. Put on our hearts those that you want us to bless with your blessing and my Your provision be like the oil that Elisha blessed, May it never run dry! In Jesus Holy name I pray with much thanksgiving. Amen

      • Sisters, My husband and I have an adult son with mental health issues. He’s been homeless for nearly a decade, living in used vehicles that we buy for him. He was raised in a Godly home and doesn’t take drugs of any kind. We’re in our 70’s and can no longer purchase used vehicles for him as we’re retired and living on a fixed income.. He works part time. It breaks our hearts that he can’t find a roof over his head. He’s lived with us on and off but it’s incredibly stressful for him and us with his mental health issues. Please pray that he can find housing. He lives in New England and it’s starting to get cold. This has been so difficult for all of us to navigate.

  11. Dear L,

    May God give you peace & reassurance as you rest in your contentedness of being single. May God show you other opportunities to love & be loved be it by a pet or an adopted “family” member be that as a child, sister, niece/nephew. God knows your heart & will give you the desires of your heart but it just might come differently packaged than expected.
    Read Holley Gerth’s latest devotional for inspiration. I wish you the best which is God’s. God bless you.

  12. I will have shoulder replacement surgery this week and I am concerned about the surgery and recovery. More so, I am concerned about care for my husband during this time in particular as he faces many health challenges.

    • Donna,
      I have lifted you up to the healer! I’ve had shoulder issues for years. It’s tough. I lift up your husband as well. May God wrap His loving arms around both of you and heal you quickly. The Lord will NEVER leave you or forsake you! He LOVES YOU both.

  13. I’m in a financial crisis that feels all consuming and need prayers to find joy and peace in the little things each day. God bless all incourage readers….I just adore this website. It’s been a lifeline for me for a long time.

  14. I need wisdom to help my best friend who is in the hospital but not getting proper treatment! He is a humble Christ centered person whom has a hard time speaking up for his needs! He needs much better care and I must speak to those in charge to tactfully explain this & see quick improvement with a truthful response from the staff. ( I have much medical training. I was once his Caregiver but this is situation is very difficult for me because I love him deeply with God’s strength but am not getting co-operation to get his care improved!

  15. Good morning! Thank you for offering support, encouragement, and prayer. I’ll be talking with God about how to be better at sharing the gospel with my sons and how to impact their lives by living each day like Christ. Next, my health is driving me nuts! Ha. For months I’ve had symptoms of facial spasms, hearing problems, and dizziness. And all doctors want to do is dismiss or give me pills (headache meds and muscle relaxers). Lastly, please pray for my nephew – he’s 18, away at college, battling anxiety, depression, and he’s been cutting. He and I are in contact – identifying resources for him has been a challenge. His parents are divorced, are not nice to each other, and both are alcoholics.

  16. We are celebrating my granddaughter Hensley’s, who has special needs, 6th Birthday today. I ask for prayer for the invitees to demonstrate kindness, and truly make this a memorable day for her.

  17. I’m really struggling lately with my depression due to a number of things, the first being that my daughter has been in a Christian residential program for a year and a half. I am getting exhausted and just want her home. Please pray she will be able to come home soon. Secondly, I lost my job in August and am having an extremely difficult time finding work. I need guidance/wisdom to know if I’m to be working elsewhere or freelance and for either option just that the work/employment would come my way. That He would provide for our every need and that we would continue to place our trust in Him. Also for healing. I had shoulder surgery in July that is having difficulty healing and I just hurt my other arm. I need to give up control and let others help and just let things go that don’t NEED to be done.

    Thank you for your prayers and for all you do.

    • *hugs* to you. There are fewer things that need to be done than we often think; but also it’s hard either way, to accept help or to accept things being a little scrungier (or, more often, both!).

      God, please be with Whitney! Show her where she should work; comfort her and her daughter, and help her daughter stand in triumph in you, soon! Please give Whitney peace and also heal her up so she can use both her arms to do all the good things she wants to be able to do.

  18. In Courage,

    MIL finally got to see her ortho surgeon who recommended complete shoulder repair. Her health is not the greatest so she has opted not to do this. She needs prayers for health issues & pain in her back & shoulder.

    Prayers for a church friend Becky who is having severe migraines. Praise she got to see a neurologist this past week they are running tests.

    Prayers for my old church as their pastor has retired. They haven’t been able to find someone to replace him. It is a small church with mostly elderly people attending.

    Prayers for a church friend who has to travel to Atlanta for heart troubles. The husband is an elder in the church & they are older (60-70s). Prayers for safe travels & a treatment plan to cure her.

    Father God, You are Jehovah Rapha-the God who heals. Put your healing touch on those here who need it. Jehovah Jireh- the Lord will provide. Provide for the needs of those here. Shower them all with your blessings of peace, comfort, finances, whatever they need. Give each one here a great day. AMEN

    Blessings 🙂

  19. Please pray that God will heal me from metastatic breast cancer. I recently began a new integrative treatment and praying that God will heal me. Also, that the leg cramps that are a side effect from a previous medicine would go away. I am asking God to provide for our needs financially as we struggle to pay our medical bills. I have been selling things and am trying to sell more. I am also asking for friends who are supportive as once you have been in treatment awhile, friends move on with their lives. I can’t blame them but I try to be a friend who reciprocates and when they move on, it is hard. I am thankful for the faith that I have. I am thankful for my husband and my son. Thank you for whoever prays today.

  20. Please pray for my husband; for some very valid reasons, he’s been having a very hard time with faith in a God who cares and intervenes. He’s also having a rough time with motivation and friendships. (and please pray for me to reflect God to him rather than just my own fears and also annoyances!)

  21. Please pray for my physical healing of a torn rotator cuff with frozen shoulder and low back pain. Please pray for my mother in law to understand that moving into a beautiful retirement community that is in our city is the stage of life she is in now. Thankful for this community.

  22. My prayer is for clarity on the next steps in my professional purpose in the marketplace. I need to make some changes. Also for financial breakthroughs to meet my financial commitments.

  23. Lord I pray for Leslie.I declare your healing power will flow through her body and by your stripes she is healed of every ailment and discomfort. She will not worry but patiently trust you. I declare your peace concerning her mother in law that there would be understanding and a smooth transition in this phase of her life. Lord give the family wisdom and grace in their decisions. Your purpose will be accomplished because you have the final word. AMEN!

  24. I want so desperately for a strong, godly marriage. We just can’t communicate and we never seem to be in the same book, much less the same page. We could be a strong, bold couple for Christ, but it just seems like it’s never going to be.

  25. Meg,

    My momma’s heart breaks for you. I love my child so much and don’t see him very often. We were very close when he was growing up and enjoyed being together. Now that he’s grown and married, I miss him and want so very badly to spend time with him. I feel lost without our relationship as it use to be. I don’t know what the answer is for you or for me, but whenever I think about him – which is often – I just pray, pray, pray for him and tell myself that God loves him more than I do and that I want for him what God wants for him and that helps me.

  26. Recovering from a ranching accident that crushed my tibia and broke my back in two places. Bones have healed but pain pain is still limiting my activity. Asking God for complete healing. Thanking him that I have my legs and can walk. Also thanking God for your ministry. It always encourages and uplifts me. So grateful.

  27. Sharon, praying Holy Spirit give you divine pain management. May Jehovah Rapha completely heal your body. Thanking God for what He has already done & will do. Nothing is impossible with God!

  28. I am struggling with pain & swelling after knee replacement surgery on Sept 20. Feeling overwhelmed by the tragic death of my Uncle, my Mom’s younger brother, on Thursday Nov 2. He took his own life. Need wisdom, clarity & discernment with decisions that need to be made. He resides in New Mexico and we live in Bedford, VA. He does have friends there that are willing to help us. I praise God for y’all in this ministry.

  29. Hello hugaboo,

    My condolences to you and your family.

    I pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort your family during this time of bereavement.

    Life can be difficult to understand. We all need Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

    Mental illness is not discussed a lot in families and churches. I have had counseling for anxiety and depression. I’m learning more about myself and how I perceive myself, good circumstances and negative and hurtful circumstances.

    My prayer for you is relief from physical, emotional and spiritual discomfort and distress.

    A Beloved Daughter of God

  30. This is a kind gesture to pray for your viewers.

    I look forward to my immediate family being closer to each other without trying to control one another by political pressure and the lack of financial understanding.

    Since I am the wife and mother, I have the position of peace maker in my family. My heart is tender because I pray for my husband to be kind and generous with our three girls.

    God is our good, good Father. He loves us and does not condemn us. He embraces us and if we confess what we have done wrong, He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

    Families are so valuable and God’s idea.

    Life can be short. I don’t want my family to take each other for granted.

    Thank You Lord for Your Love, Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness and Wisdom to live out our Christian Journey.


    Brenda M. Russell

    • Dear J,

      I’m praying for you right now in Jesus Name. He will never leave you nor forsake you, so just hold on to Him especially when everything seems so dark around you. He will be your strength.

      Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

      Heartfelt prayers and Blessings

  31. Please pray for me that God will give me His strength to carry on when I feel I just can’t anymore and that He will fill me with His joy.

    • Praying for you. I know it’s hard. May God give you the strength to keep going till we get to the finish line. May He wrap You in His arms of love and may You feel joy and peace. Jesus is always with you and for you. I’m sending love and hugs ❤️

  32. Please pray for my daughters Lauren and Lindsey to come to know and live for Jesus. They were raised in church and made professions of faith but do not have God in their lives. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Laura, praying for your daughters to have an encounter with Jesus! May they will receive the Father’s love in their hearts and know Jesus as their Savior and King! Praying for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes and hearts, and asking Him to give them wise minds and spirits attuned to his will! Amem!!

  33. Please pray for my sister that God will change her ways and embrace her with His love. She needs to be reminded who she was created to be, and the God’s purpose for her life!

    • Maria, I lift your sister up to the Lord, that she may find peace and love that Jesus offers. I lift up the same prayers for my daughter who also needs to remember she is in God’s loving embrace.

  34. God bless you all sisters. And thank You God for always being with us and for us. In Jesus’ Name, amen

  35. Prayer asking to know how to go about speaking to people about the gospel. How to approach a person? What to say? How to help people to understand?

  36. Hello

    What a Great letter to All of us
    Women! I’m going to be 85
    In December! I am learning more
    And more each day I live!
    It has been a long Journey!
    Don’t give up Our God is right
    They’re with Us!

    You have encouraged me!

  37. I am a caregiver of my Mom and my aunt. Not officially but actually. I have chronic fatigue. I think it’s on hormone level. I have a dead end. I am not able to get up early and go to the hospital to make analyses concerning my state. I am very tired almost every morning. My Mom is powerless because of chemotherapy. My aunt is powerless because of the life she had before. I was for work and for taking care of my Mom abroad. I think we all need help but we don`t see recourses. We all live in Ukraine. I don`t see the way out. Please pray for us to survive and thrive. Thank you.