♦ Prayer Requests

Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Given the number of prayer requests that we receive, we thought it would be helpful to consolidate into one place, and have prayer requests as a header for this site.

38 responses to “♦ Prayer Requests

  1. We are going to be hosting a number of family guests over Thanksgiving, some of whom have contrasting/conflicting beliefs.

    Please pray for familial harmony, and that we will be attentive to opportunities to share the gospel.

  2. Hello thank you ..

    I love your site for the gospel truth it preaches.
    My church does have challenges with lordship Salvation …a faction of those who are not members but they want to be with us even the leader of those wants to become pastor.
    There is spiritual warfare but God is good! Please pray for us As we deal on a day to day basis ..

    Lord bless
    Michael

  3. Michael, I will pray for you and your church, and for those who are clear on the gospel to have the discernment to recognize those things that undermine the gospel message.

  4. Katmazdobelieve

    Hello all,
    Please pray for my mother. It is becoming increasingly difficult to stay in a relationship with her. She is older and she is an arminian lordship salvation is. Her Pharisee style law keeping is getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse….
    I dread having to tell her that I REJECT all the teachings about the “gospel” I ingested as a young and younger person.
    I know she is going to stand against just accepting the gospel. She is going to bring up all the verses that are used to bolster her point. I hope she isn’t so hardened in her piety that she will soften.
    Thanks
    Kate

  5. Kate, I have prayed for both you and your mother.

  6. There is something that boarders true faith saved by Grace but they are unaware how unattractive they make the Lord out to be

  7. John, praying for your family, and for opportunities to humbly share the gospel.

    Kate, also praying for your mom. Here is an article I did on eternal security, maybe some of the verses will help. Just remember there is power in the gospel. They just haven’t heard it correctly presented, don’t give up!

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2014/04/25/1610/

    Michael, praying for wisdom to overcome with the truth ❤

  8. Katmazdobelieve

    Hello,
    Thanks. I am going to re-read all the post including the link Holly shared.
    Kate.

  9. Hey John,

    its been a while. Wasnt sure i would post this, but decided to do so.

    About family at the holidays…..

    My niece is/was RC. A couple of years ago, I had the chance (10 minutes) to talk bible with her. I asked her the 2 questions.
    1. where are you going when you die
    2. how do you know.

    Her response – i hope so. Because i am a good person. been baptized, confirmed, I do good things. I am not as bad as others. I go to church. etc NOTHING about Christ and him crucified.

    So i only had a little time, to tell her about the “free gift” of salvation and a couple of verses—She had to go, but her eyes got REAL big. So after, i prayed to God for another chance.

    Two years later. She is a freshmen in college. And wouldnt you know the college she chose is near my home. To save money, she decided to stay with us for a year or two. (coincidence???).

    Anyway, i got my chance. So i asked her the two questions again. Do you know the SHE DID mention the cross this time. So we went over some passages to “sure” things up for her.

    So whats my point for this post?

    I asked her “that was much different then the last time i asked you; what changed”?

    She replied “because i have been listening to what you were saying”.

    Problem – i cant remember ever talking bible with her after the first conversation. I cant remember talking bible with another while she was around.

    I can only come up with ONE conclusion. A couple of years ago, i asked my wife, who is involved with ALL the holiday meals, if I could pray before the meal (usually a child would pray), she of course said “ok”. Why? So I could share the gospel within the prayer. Every holiday, i would pray and include the clear gospel in that prayer”. THIS is what I believe my niece was listening too.

    to plant a seed can be done in many ways. Including a simple prayer before a meal.

    Of course i will pray for you and others who have posted on this blog.

    Happy holidays to all.

  10. Preston, what a great story, and a wonderful idea.

    It is good to hear from you

  11. Preston, wonderful story and great for us to seize the opportunity like that. I have a RC friend who for years I’ve continued to weave His Word into as many conversations as possible. Before my husband died, there was a night we were having dinner with her and a sort of loose, liberal, anything goes (except Christianity) French friend. A couple things came up and the French friend got very hostile, she railed on me and I prayed. My husband and son Adam went to speak up a couple times to try to defend, I nudged the under the table, I was afraid they might somehow offend in defending me. My other friend (the Roman Catholic) also got offensive. I said very little. My husband spoke and asked them that question; “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” He repeated it as they were kind of dumbstruck knowing he was dying. They gave the same stumbling answers, and he was able to tell them why he knew where he would go when he died. This particular French friend didn’t speak to me for months, and it was funny, I never said one unkind or forceful thing. But then my husband died. And I was able to share the gospel at his funeral. She shared shortly thereafter in tears how Gilbert’s question had really gotten to her. She still stubbornly resists the gospel. My other friend I believe is listening. I continue to pray for the both and for opportunity to share the good news. What a great way to do it Preston. I like to do it at Christmas too when I share about the Tree and what it symbolizes to us.

  12. Pereira from Brazil

    Please pray for my mother to be saved …

    Her name is Graça (Which means Grace in english) !

  13. Pereira, welcome!

    I have prayed for your mother – that if she doesn’t know Jesus as her Savior, that He would draw her to Him, and that she would hear the gospel and understand,that she might believe and be saved.

  14. Pereira, praying, and also that you may be sure she is hearing the pure gospel, which is the only power of God unto salvation. Make sure she hasn’t been told it’s by works, such as stopping doing something, turning from sin, confessing sin, etc. Remember the Word has power, have verses for her to hear. His Word draws people, so did Christ when He was lifted up on the cross (Jn 12:32), so praying you will have opportunity and that the Lord might bring other laborers into her life.

  15. Please pray for my husband, he believes in the new apostolic reformation and I really don’t know how to help him. I have been trying to show him through Scripture but he doesn’t understand. He says show me that believing in the fivefold ministry will make me miss heaven then I will leave that church. Please help. My marriage is falling apart. He believes in tongues and prophets and apostolic gifts being present in the church today. I’m so torn I’m even thinking of divorcing him…

  16. Lynette, I have prayed that your husband would be delivered from any false teaching under which he is sitting. I have also prayed for you to provide clarity to your husband regarding the gospel message.

  17. Lynette Welcome
    below are links to sermons that praying you find helpful.
    I myself came out from among false gospel of works . God used expreacherman and others on this blog roll with sound biblical doctrine .
    also used and is using the ministry of Duluth Bible Church teaching me The Faith Rest Life centered around our Perfect Postion in Christ Jesus as believer souls in His Finished Work ,
    Duluth Bible Church has live webcasting service’s

    11 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 1
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8316139313

    12 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 2
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8171697551

    13 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 3
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=81816143470

    09 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 1
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=726161318362

    10 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 2
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72916121616

  18. Lynette – NAR is very pervasive and seductive. I have a good friend who was ‘higher up’ in the echelon of the well known lead ‘prophets’. Jeremiah 23 tells us that these lying prophets speak of vision from their own heart, it didn’t come from Him, He hasn’t sent them, He hasn’t spoken to them but they prophesy lies. If a man prophesies and it does not come true, he is a false prophet, it is the standard of the Word of God. They want to add to it. The will be rebuked and found liars (Prov 30:6). I’m praying with you, but please do take some of these resources, and listen to them. And definitely start with the gospel for him. Typically NAR is way off on the gospel. Love in Christ. BTW, I did an article on NAR prophet Bill Johnson of Bethel. To date it is still one of the most visited articles on my site. That shocked me truthfully, I wrote it for a specific reason, but I had no idea the people who would read it, nor his follower’s responses (many I just could not post they were so bad).

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2013/08/22/bill-johnson-jesus-culture-and-bethel-church/

  19. Compliments of the New year all. Thank you for your prayers and responses. It seems it was too little too late for my husband. He’s been having an affair with a woman from the church he attends. I don’t know what to do. Please pray for me. And anything you have for encouragement….

  20. Lynette, I am so sorry that your husband is having an affair. I have prayed for your comfort and encouragement. I have also prayed for your husband.

  21. sad to hear this Lynette..

    Praying for you and Husband

    Curtis

  22. My prayers too for you Lynette and your husband.

  23. Lynette, So sorry to hear that. I’m praying too. God takes adultery seriously and will not let it go unpunished.

  24. John or anyone, I’m very confused regarding the imminent future reality of the mark of the beast. I know that according to Scripture all church age Christians will have been raptured by then – 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thess 4:16-17. My question is regarding the Tribulational age Christians. What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark of the beast and what if some Christians get scared and cave in to the pressure of taking the mark??

    I know that the flaming heretic MacArthur is falsely teaching that those who take the mark of the beast during the Tribulation period can still be saved which is a blatant lie.

  25. William, I don’t think that any believer will ever take the mark.

    My rationale is this: all believers are eternally secure. No one who takes the mark goes to heaven. Therefore, no believer will take the mark.

    I know there are some who hold that tribulation age believers will be saved by grace through faith plus perseverance.

    However, that concept is entirely antithetical to grace, which is the only way anyone has ever been, or will ever be saved.

    Accordingly, we will not entertain any comments that teach a different plan of salvation for tribulation age believers.

  26. John, What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark? What about those who cave in to the pressure?

    I believe that those who teach that Tribulation age Christians are saved by grace through faith “plus perseverance” are teaching a false gospel of works, that is, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation.

  27. William, I don’t think any tribulation age believers will take the mark.

    If they did, then you would have believers who were not eternally secure and who ended up in hell. In other words, people who had eternal life that isn’t eternal.

    If believers had to keep from taking the mark to get into heaven, and only some believers succeeded in accomplishing this feat, then there would be cause for boasting in heaven. “I am here because Jesus died for me and was raised from the dead, and because I succeeded in avoiding the mark.”

  28. William, I had a couple of follow up thoughts.

    If believers were at risk of taking the mark, that would put the responsibility for keeping themselves saved in their own hands, rather than in God’s hands. We know from scripture that we are not responsible for keeping ourselves saved.

    John 6:39: And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

    John 10:28-29:[28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

    Also, this verse sounds like only non-believers will take the mark:

    Revelation 13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

  29. John, good comment. Can you give me your thoughts on Exodus 32:31-33?

    31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

    32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

    33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

    Verses 32 and 33 has been confusing for me for quite some time. I believe the account of the Israelites who became impatient because of Moses delay in coming down from the mountain and then made a golden calf to worship consisted of saved Israelites as well as unsaved Israelites.

    I know verse 33 will no doubt be used by Arminian/Lordship Salvationists as well as other false doctrinists to falsely teach that saved people can have their names blotted out, which would mean “loss of salvation” in their minds.

  30. William, I don’t think this passage can be construed to mean that believers can be written out of the Lamb’s book of life. We discussed this last year, and I don’t have any new insights since then.

    Please find links below to our previous discussions of this passage:

    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65795
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65798
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65801
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65807
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65808

  31. John, Thanks for the links. I totally forgot that we had this conversation last year. I think I’m getting old and starting to show signs of SENILITY. My memory is not as good as it used to be. I agree with you that what is stated in Exodus 32:35 gives the answer to what is being said in Exodus 32:33.

    Exodus 32:35 – 35 And the Lord PLAGUED the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

    I believe that “blot out” in the context of Exodus 32:33 means to “wipe out” the Israelites with a plague resulting in PHYSICAL DEATH. This is consistent with 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 where the sinning Corinthian Christians who were indulging in gluttony and getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:21 were stricken with illness and some with physical death. We also have Ananias and Sapphira whose physical lives were “blotted out” because of their sin of lying to the Holy Spirit in the presence of Simon Peter.

    Then we have the Israelite men of Numbers 25:1-3 who indulged in sexual immorality with Moabite women and also worshiped their false gods resulting in God “wiping out” or “blotting out” 24,000 physical lives in Numbers 25:9. Then we have King David who sinned against God by taking an unlawful census of all the fighting men of Israel and as a result God “wiped out” or “blotted out” 70,000 physical lives in 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    In conclusion, “blot out” is a symbolic phrase of God terminating the physical lives of those who grievously sin against Him. In the instances involving UNSAVED people, “blot out” definitely means eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire.

    1) For the SAVED, “blot out” = termination of physical life for grievous sin, BUT are still eternally saved – 1 John 5:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, Numbers 25:9, Acts 5:1-11, 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    2) For the UNSAVED, “blot out” = Eternal condemnation – Psalm 69:27-28, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8.

  32. I think to have one’s name blotted from the Book of Life may be to forfeit one’s eternal rewards because of faithlessness, not to lose or forfeit eternal life. The promise of eternal rewards is made to both Old Testament saints and New Testament saints. In the Old Testament, Daniel was promised that he would receive an eternal reward at the resurrection of the righteous:

    “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days” (Dan. 12:13).

    In Rev. 3:5, Christ promised those who remain faithful (he that overcometh) in the Church at Sardis that “I will not blot out his name out of the book of life”.

    The New Testament writers promised that those who remain faithful will be co-heirs with Christ in His earthly kingdom (Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:12), which will begin at the Millennium (Matt. 25:34) and extend throughout the eternal age (Rev. 22:3). Notice that in Rom. 8:17, the first part of the verse states that all who believe on Christ for eternal life are “heirs of God”, or indwelt by the Holy Spirit, without any other conditions. The second part of the verse states that being a co-heir with Christ in His kingdom is conditioned on suffering with Christ by contending for the faith (2 Tim. 2:12).

    The Letter to the Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who were tempted to forsake Christ and return to the Mosaic Law. These believers were eternally secure in Christ but risked forfeiting their eternal reward or inheritance in the kingdom by returning to the curse of the law, and hence, the power of sin (1 Cor. 15:56). The writer of Hebrews exhorted them to continue to remain faithful to Christ so that they could look forward to “a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Rev. 11:10, 16).

    Rev. 22:12 and 14 seem to indicate that entering the New Jerusalem is a privilege only for those who have been counted worthy to inherit the kingdom of God by producing the fruits of righteousness which can only be done by walking in the Spirit:

    “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work will be…Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.

    Rev. 22:24 states that “the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it”. The “kings of the earth” are those who have been counted worthy to be a co-heir with Christ to rule and reign in His Kingdom.

    Thus, those who remain faithful to Christ (he that overcometh) will “inherit all things”, including not only eternal life but also the privilege of entering the New Jerusalem and ruling and reigning with Christ as a co-heir in the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:7).

    I also take that to mean that those who make up “the nations” in the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:24, 22:2) are composed those who will be spared from the lake of fire because they have eternal life but will forfeit the reward of ruling and reigning with Christ. The nations will “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem (v. 24) under the direction of the kings of the earth who reign with Christ. It may be that each of the kings of the earth is given charge over a geographical area which includes several cities, as Christ states in the parable of the minas in Luke 19: 17, 19.

    It seems that those in both the Old Testament era and the New Testament era who are lost and destined for the lake of fire never had their names written in the Book of Life to begin with (Rev. 20:12,15). Those who have their names blotted from the Book of Life escape the lake of fire because their names were written in the Book, but then forfeit the eternal reward of inheriting the Kingdom of God because of faithlessness.

    Calvinism and LS misapply the doctrine of perseverance to eternal life, whereas scripture applies it to eternal rewards.

  33. I agree with John, salvation (speaking on eternal life) has always been by grace through faith. A believer will not take the mark, I do not believe they can worship the beast, and the dragon (Satan) would know if it was worship.

    Here is an article on John MacArthur and his famed thoughts on the mark of the beast.

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2013/11/04/john-macarthur-and-the-mark-of-the-beast/

  34. I think the Judgement Seat or bema seat is a picture of those who have been raised in Christ to eternal life (us). It is a picture of awards to those who have competed worthily in an ancient athletic contest. And, likewise, we will receive rewards (gold, silver…) for what we have done in the Spirit. But what is not of the Spirit will be burned up and won’t count. (wood, hay, stubble). 1 Cor. 3:5-15. And there are different crowns for different kinds of worthy service. But even the least faithful saved person will receive something.

    Although there may be differing opinions on the Book of Life, I think the Great White Throne judgement for the condemned.

  35. Well put Keith: I completely agree with you that justification cannot be lost but rewards can be. I think the author of Hebrews uses the term “salvation” concerning kingdom rewards that’s why I use the term justification for what cannot be lost. I’ve never done a thorough study of the term “books” in the Bible. Someday I will get around to it Lord willing (although He could catch us up today and I wouldn’t complain). I’m not sure that the OT uses the term “book of life” in the same way as the NT (Ps 69:28): Anyway very interesting and well written Keith, thanks.

    I completely agree with you Phil— 1Cor 3 speaks of a different judgment (Bema) than Rev 20 (GWT). I believe John 5:24-30 is a good passage to use when trying to show the works salvation crowd that the two judgments are not one and the same. Jesus clearly states that those presently (v25) who hear His word and believe have passed from death to life and shall not come into judgment (v24). He then speaks of a future judgment when ALL the in the grave will hear His voice (v28) and be judged according to their works – (v29). ALL in the grave do not come forward at the rapture (1Thes 4:16-17) or at His coming (Rev 19:11-20:6) there is an order to the resurrections (1Cor 15:22-26).

    I think 1Cor 3:5-15 pairs up with Rev 4 and John 5:28-29 with Rev 20:11-15.

  36. Lynette , Praying for you and Husband

    below is a positional statement from a sound doctrine sound truth of the Gospel bible church . this is not a statement from expreacherman
    in the light of the trial you are in below is a statement on marriage/divorce/remarriage

    “The POSITION STATEMENTS are not meant to prohibit honest and healthy discussions concerning what the Bible teaches about these issues; however, we believe that such discussions must be conducted under the guiding principle that believers are to strive to maintain unity.

    These POSITION STATEMENTS are subject to modification, deletion, or addition at the sole discretion of the Board of Elders. However, the Elders must issue a draft copy of each Position Statement in order to receive comments from the members. Thirty days will be allowed for comments before a final version is published.”

    “MARRIAGE/DIVORCE/REMARRIAGE – We believe that the Bible teaches a very high view of marriage. It was designed by God to be an honorable, holy and permanent union. Unfortunately sin has affected this relationship and, as a result, divorce has become an option to some people. We believe that in a marriage composed of two believers, divorce is definitely discouraged but is allowed only in the case of adultery. In this situation the innocent spouse has the option to remarry. A Christian who acquires a divorce for reasons other than adultery is not free to remarry. In the case of a mixed marriage (a believer married to a non-believer), the Christian partner is not to seek a divorce but is to grant it should the unbelieving spouse desire it. In such a case the person would have the option to remarry. Above all, it should be noted that we strongly discourage divorce for it is our desire that couples make every effort to stay together. However, we also believe that it is incumbent upon all believers to show mercy and compassion to those who have been divorced. (February 1985. Reinstated October 2013).”

  37. Please pray for our young sisters in Christ, Libby and Bailey – that they would grow in grace and be bold in sharing the gospel.

    Also, please pray for my colleague Alan and his wife, who lost their 10 month old infant son today.

  38. Oh no John… I am so sorry for them… I pray the Lord will give them much comfort in knowing where he is right now. My mom lost my younger brother (15 mos. younger) when I was 3 years old to a tragic accident. As young as I was, I will never forget that day. May the Lord be very near to them.

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