Power of prayer

Last week, we asked for your prayers. This week, we'd like to share them.

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Last week, we asked for your prayers. This week, we’d like to share them.

The longest prayer came from a cancer survivor.

After two bouts with breast cancer, I know without a doubt that God does indeed answer our prayers. I am cancer-free for 12 years, thanks to God’s healing power. My husband and I have raised two teenagers and seen them grow into mature Christian adults. Trust me, many prayers were lifted to God for their salvation, wisdom, guidance and protection. Both my son and daughter are happily married. They have children who are taught to love and worship God. They pray and, like their parents and grandparents, know that God answers our prayers. At times, the answer is yes; other times it is no; and sometimes he tell us to wait and be patient. God always has the answer. The believer must truly know God and have faith that he, indeed, will answer their prayers.

My prayer for today is that people will be drawn into a loving relationship with God through faith. I pray that more people will be a living witness for God. I pray that a cure will be found for cancer. I pray that Christians will stand for Godly principles. The people in America will turn their hearts toward God.

I pray that the people will not be led by false gods who want to take away our freedoms and lead America into corruption. I pray that ministers will stand firm and preach the boastful word of God and not “tickle the ears” of their congregations. I pray that Godly leaders with integrity and wisdom will rise up and lead this great nation.

Nita Zachow

North Augusta, S.C.

Some readers chose to pray for our nation.

Prayers for Americans that we can get this country back on track. We want to work and have the American dream. Hard-working people deserve more in this country. The middle class now is beginning to suffer for those who are too lazy to contribute!

Janet Glabas

Augusta

Hi Lord, it’s me. We are getting older and things are bad here. Gas prices are too high. No jobs. Food and heating costs are too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government and even Christmas, but Lord I’m asking you to come back and re-bless the United States of America. We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those who don’t. Thank you, Lord. I love you.

William M. Baron

Johnston, S.C.

Readers offered prayers after the Newtown massacre.

Jesus, you are the only Redeemer. Please convince the families of those who died in Newtown, Conn., that their suffering will not be in vain, and that their loved ones are in the hands of a just God who raises the dead. May the purity in the hearts of the children lost work in us a desire to seek a soundness in our minds, souls and bodies. Please forgive me for not praying for others who are without a “rod” or “staff” to comfort them.

Patricia Rogers Sims

Augusta

My prayer is for all who are affected by the mass shooting in Connecticut – that God will comfort the brokenhearted and heal those who are sick. I also pray for all who are in harm’s way – especially our armed forces, our police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Earlene Gray

Augusta

Please keep the families of the victims in the Connecticut school shooting in your prayers. They need them now more than anyone can realize.

Jimmy Wilson

Aiken, S.C.

Some of the most heartfelt prayers from readers were for their families.

I would like to say a prayer for my mom and dad. They always have been a blessing to me, and I could not have asked God to have blessed me with such wonderful parents. My dad has cancer and has been fighting this for the past two years, and my mom has just been the one to keep him going, upbeat and determined to beat this cancer. I once told my dad the greatest thing that he ever gave me was that he loves my mom. The greatest thing my mom has ever given me is loving my dad and being the support system to him, my sister and me. Please ask God to continue to take the burden of this disease off them, and to continue his blessings.

Michelle Johnson

Columbus

I would like to pray for the world that we have peace and can get along with one another, and that 2013 be a better year for all. Wishing everyone a blessed, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

A special prayer goes out to my parents, Roy and Barbara Harris, that the Lord continues to heal their bodies and keep them in his loving arms. They have been great parents.

Also remembering that God can handle all things and everyone gets closer to the Lord. Keeping my family and others’ families close.

Also, I love all.

Wishing my years to come be great and the Lord keeps blessing me.

Sharon Hunter

North Augusta, S.C.

During Sunday school, we’re all asked whom to pray for. Well, my response is for myself. I’m legal guardian to two beautiful grandchildren, whom I have been given as a second chance to become a single parent again – this time much better! Pray that I continue to stay active, healthy and full of God’s grace, with great supportive friends and co-workers. Thank you, and have a great day!

Tina Rhodes

Hephzibah

Prayers for my family this Christmas, as this is the first year without an amazing lady – my mother, Debbie Littleton, whom I lost to cancer in February. Now her sister and my aunt, Jennie Bennett, was just diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer the week after Thanksgiving. Prayers for strength for my entire family, especially my grandmother Tommie Newman. Thanks for any prayers.

Jaice Littleton

Grovetown

I pray that 2013 and the years to come will bring peace and love to my family. I pray that my husband and I will continue to embrace each other with love and support as we mourn the loss of our son Rocky. I pray that my children will continue to be strong, and may we all be blessed with good health and happiness. I also pray for a safe and quick return home for all our military. May God bless and keep us all safe. Amen.

Regina Moody

Augusta

I would like to submit a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. We can change the world around us, one loving act at a time:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

William Getha

Evans

I am praying for the survivors of people who had passed away. The holidays are a very trying time.

Lynn Klein

Harlem

Please pray that my house will sell quickly. I’m living in California and need to move it fast!

Judy Brown

Napa, Calif.

I am pleased to share this prayer with you. I guess it could be titled “A Prayer to Save the World One Person at a Time.” Here is my prayer:

Lord, open my lips that I may sing your praises.

Open my eyes that I may seek and find You.

Open my ears that I may listen for Your voice.

Open my arms that I may reach out to help those in need.

Open my heart that You may fill it with Your love.

Lord, make me to be a blessing to all those I meet, today, tomorrow and always.

I pray in Jesus’ name: Amen.

Joan M. Lacombe

Aiken, S.C.

O Lord, sometimes, many times, plans do not materialize as hoped for, believed for and prayed for.

Thou art omnipotent and scuttle our plans for Your better plans.

Maybe You want more reliance upon Thee. Maybe You want the image of Christ more fully formed in me. Maybe You want me to know who is in charge and thus make my plans into nothing.

Let me not despair of Thy greatness and sovereignty. You put me in my place so I will wholly submit to Thee.

Thy ways are beyond understanding, but sometimes – even all the time – eventually, through Your grace and mercy, You reveal why the answer is no because You have a better yes.

Let me not become bitter at Thee or downcast because of circumstances that didn’t go my way. Let me not wallow in self-pity or victimhood.

The joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of knowing Thee and You knowing me. You rule in all things, Your joy because of Christ in me is unsurpassed knowing what You have in store for me at the end of the journey when failed plans and devices pass away into nothingness because of the supreme joy of everlasting life with Thee.

In Jesus’ name, I praise Thee for failed plans. Amen.

The Rev. Dan White

Appling

Dear Lord: You know our needs, and possibly our greatest need at this moment is for You to be among us revealing Your truth to us. Help us to be ever-mindful of evil that is manifested in confusion, chaos and conflict, and deliver us from this evil that never surrenders to the ability to shroud our minds and entangle us and control us. Help us to quit using excuses that for us and our society make evil seem right.

With Your grace and Your love, reveal to our society and all mankind the Biblical Truths which will allow us to identify evil and flee from it as You would have us do. Lead us not into the temptation of accepting evil and allowing us and our fellow men and women to live in evil ways – ways that are contrary to Your truth and light. Give us the wisdom to discern evil and then, please God, give us the strength to walk away from it. Help us to guide those with whom we come in contact to also recognize evil, with You and only You giving us the strength to remove ourselves from it.

Lord, first cleanse our hearts and minds, and then show us the way to help others to cleanse their hearts and minds, particularly those we love. We ask You to allow us and those we love, indeed all mankind, to replace evil with Your love and peace. Amen.

Carrie Welter

Augusta

Lord, for the sirens I am hearing at this moment, I ask these things:

- Your mercy and grace, for those involved in the incident or accident;

- Your protection, for those driving the emergency vehicles;

- Your courage and wisdom, for the witnesses and others at the scene;

- Your peace, for the families of all.

In your holy name: Amen.

Susan Pitts

Augusta

Praying for God’s healing powers for Amelia Hiltz.

Bobby and Diane Reynolds

Searcy, Ark.

Sovereign God Jehovah, mighty and wonderful, Creator of all things, I humbly bow before you. I acknowledge Jesus the Christ is the Saviour born of a virgin, and he died and was raised from the dead. My petition is for your people, Jew and Gentile. My spirit is anguished with the suffering and chaos of this world. I ask your mercy on mankind.

I know there is a season for everything, and all with manifest at its appointed time, but for now grace and mercy are desperately needed. As the rain comes to bring relief to the parched Earth, I humbly ask you to bring relief to these your people. Send a wave of love and joy for all. I pray that our government officials, from the White House on down to the smallest house, be of one accord for the good of all and not just a select few.

You said, “If your people who are called by your name will turn, you will heal the land.” The answer to all mankind’s problem lies in this Scripture. But, until then, send some relief to the suffering.

In Jesus’ name: Amen

Kate J. Braxton

Hephzibah

Precious Father, thank you. We give you all glory and praise, for thine is the kingdom, power and glory forever. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive others. I pray for the hearts and minds of the people in charge of our nations, our states and our cities. I pray that those in charge of the principalities of power always will see the good that can be done and work for peace. To our family, friends and neighbors, know that now abideth faith, hope and charity. But the greatest of these is charity. Amen.

Robin Booker

Washington, Ga.

I pray for lost souls.

Linda Chalker

Gibson

Good and gracious Father in heaven, my prayer to you this day is all about the peace we all need to be given in this hectic, chaotic, busy world we all live in, and are anxious over when we hear of tragedies at malls, theaters, nations and homes right here and abroad.

Yes, we all need and crave the peace that You, O Lord Jesus, can grant to us in this season of waiting and preparing for your coming to us as Emmanuel, God with us. Yes, You, O God in heaven, can know our heart, minds and souls to find and discover the peace which the Almighty can bring to our lives and peace is our most cherished moments with you in prayer.

Asking this favor and blessing, I trust in your care and providence and faithfulness. Thanks, O good and gracious Father, for this gift of peace. Amen!

The Rev. Michael Lubinsky

Augusta

Oh most gracious heavenly Father, we praise and glorify your holy and divine name. I thank you for all that you give to us and ask that you watch over us and help us unite in times of turmoil.

I pray, Lord, that you will be with the American people as we are finding everyday life harder and more difficult.

Thank you for the comfort that you bring to us through your undying love.

If it be your will, please bring peace to our nation and government.

Please guide, guard and direct us.

For I ask this prayer only in accordance with you God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Janet Edwards-Travis

Edgefield, S.C.

I would like for you to pray for my two small children, Ronique and Mallorie, that they be protected until we are reunited.

Ron Harris

Augusta

Father/Mother God, as this day’s events unfold, may I make a positive difference in the lives of those I come in contact with. I am grateful for all I have been blessed with; may I be a blessing to others in life’s journey. Amen.

Frankie B. May

North Augusta, S.C.

My biggest prayer is for peace on Earth, but peace on a larger scale begins with each person. So I pray that each of us find peace in our own lives. If a quarrel needs resolution, find it. If a kind word needs to be said, say it. If love needs to be given, give it and find peace.

Merry Christmas!

Caroline Ashe

Evans

You are mighty to save, the everlasting God, and the all-powerful one. You sacrificed your child for my sins, my failures and my screw-ups. You are bigger than my problems, greater than death itself, and like Romans 8:1 says, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

Father, I pray for this city, that your glory would continue to spread to its far reaches. I ask that the diversity of heaven – every tribe, tongue and nation – be displayed in your name here on Earth. I pray you remove racial barriers, remove economic barriers and unite us in Christ to be effective ministers of your Gospel.

Lord, I pray for those of us who claim you as our Savior. I pray we follow and keep your commands as an outpouring of your saving grace – not making these commands out to be what saves us. Because as Galatians 3:19 says, the law was only given to show us sin until Christ came to save us.

Humble us before your throne. Push us to be part of community, diligent in studying your Word, our spiritual food, and use us to shine light into a dark world.

Amen.

Caleb Rule

Augusta

Dear God: Thank you for all the blessings You have granted us this year. And may we share these blessings with our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we. And God, we thank You for life, peace, joy and love; and we ask that You bless those for whom life has become meaningless. And direct them on a path of righteousness. And too God, please help all of us to continue to obey Your Commandments and the teachings of your son, Jesus Christ.

This is our prayer once again for all people of your world!

Amen.

Tracy E. Williams Jr.

Augusta

Lord bless our bounty as we gather today with our families. On Christmas Day help us to remember those who are less fortunate. Help our servicemen who are not around with their children and spouses to celebrate. We ask You to keep your loving hands of mercy on each and every one of them. Remind us to be thankful for community of friends who serve various duties in government. We desire that you give us unity even when we have different opinions. Help us dear Lord to forsake our animosity against our brothers and sisters and diverse races. Help us forgive one another. We need one another to stand firm together. Help us put prejudices behind us.

Help us in the present crisis we will all be sharing, and help the leaders in government to reach out with extended arms. Lord, we’re still the united one nation under God with equality. Help us to renew our faith in you and put our failings behind us, for we need strength for the days that lie ahead. We ask that you continue to bless all of our allies as they rally around us looking for answers in the Middle East.

Thank you for sharing Your Son, for He is the reason we celebrate. Help those folks at The Augusta Chronicle to continue to report fair and balanced news. In Christ’s name, amen.

Mary Pinion

Augusta

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/23/12 - 09:24 am
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Thanks to each of you who

Thanks to each of you who posted your prayer request. Reading some of these, especially the ones with sickness in the family or themselves, makes me realize how blessed my family is. Thank you Lord for sheltering us and may we give you all the honor and glory. May we be an example to others of your love.

faithson
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faithson 12/23/12 - 10:40 am
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very nice...

thank you to all who submitted such heartfelt prayers...

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 12/23/12 - 12:36 pm
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Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

grouse
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grouse 12/23/12 - 01:13 pm
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People have been praying for
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People have been praying for the same things for years, world peace, joy, love and nothing has changed (and the hospitals are still in business). See a pattern here?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/23/12 - 05:13 pm
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I do Grouse. Physicans do

I do Grouse. Physicans do little and medicine is a dismal failure. But the human spirit is often indomitably driven by the Spirit of the Lord. Hee,hee,hee. Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Cheer up. Let us have our Holiday cause most the rest of the time is an atheist holiday or if not start an atheist holiday.

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