Prayer Requests

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On this page, readers are invited to send in their prayer requests. I will leave requests up for nine days. All readers are invited to pray for those who ask for it and any who want to offer a word of comfort are invited to do so, as well. May we work together to mutually build each other up and support each other in times of trial.

8,987 Responses to Prayer Requests

  1. jlynnbyrd says:

    Thanks be to God! ❤ .

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  2. Debbie says:

    Praying for Baby Jude. Happy to hear he is going home today.

    Debbie

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  3. theresa129 says:

    Requesting prayers for a 19 year old Elon University distance runner who was struck by a car while on her morning run this past Monday. She is in very critical condition. Please pray for Molly, her family and the whole Elon community who is suffering with her! Thank you!! Xoxo

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  4. Daphne says:

    Please pray that God grants me the courage, strength, and wisdom I need for the next few weeks, especially Sunday. I have informed my mother and sister previously that I will not be going on the family cruise next week as I am unwilling to be forced to endure my mom’s emotional abuse as I will be trapped alone in the same cabin as her. After many discussions, I agreed to consider going on the condition that I’ll make a list of what is considered emotionally abusive actions and when she does anything on the list, I will point it out to her. If she continues with that abusive action, I would spend the night in another family member’s cabin. If they asked why, I would tell them the truth. She agreed to this until I gave her the list to view and sign. After reading the list, she violated at least 5 items on the list in under a couple of minutes and refused to sign. I told her that that means that I will not be going on the cruise. On Sunday, we are meeting at my aunt’s house and I’m sure it will come out that I will not be going on the cruise with them. (28 family members will be going on the cruise.) I am sure they will ask why I won’t be going, which means that the confrontation with my mom’s abuse will escalate as many are unaware of what I’ve dealt with or to what extent. I am to the point of realizing that I cannot continue a relationship with my mom. I have tried for 50 years to give her opportunities to change, but it’s obvious to me now that she has no intentions of changing. Obviously her abuse will escalate as the cancellation of my trip will expose her abuse to the rest of the extended family. All prayers would be greatly appreciated as I deal with this situation.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Oh, Daphne, that is such a tough situation to be in. Others here may have more experience helping people in your situation than I, so take my words with a grain of caution. However, hard though it may be, standing firm and making the problem known can be the only way forward sometimes. I believe commenter Bob here counsels addicts and knows that oftentimes there is no real change until there is confrontation and exposure.

      I will pray that you retain your courage *and* that your courage lights a family realization to pull together and require the right kind of change. It may be what your mother needs to wake up. It might be what your family needs to wake up, or they may say, what took you so long? It may even expose to you changes that you still need to make. Unfortunately, it may also result in a general choice to blame you. Retain your courage and your cool. If you know you are in the right and have done everything you could, and if you stand calmly firm in the midst of the resulting chaos, everyone else will (be forced to) sort themselves out around you.

      Our entire society is in this situation, and God is making us all Choose. Perhaps you can be an instrument that causes your family as a whole (we hope including your mother) to Choose more wisely than in the past. I’ve prayed a PMT for you, your mother, and your family, that the result is ultimately positive.

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Good morning Daphne, I had a similar upbringing with certain family members. I can try to relate here how it all worked out for us.
      You have been living drenched in the poisonous memories, current experiences and fear of future pain for so long, you feel trapped. What we know about life as God has offered it to us, is that we can change one person in the world. That person is ourself. Never forget that. The other person will change toward you as you let God lead you, but that is between that person and God. It is not your job.
      The first challenge you might face is educating yourself about what you can change in yourself and how freeing it is. When you grow in God’s grace, you cooperate with His healing, even as the old buttons continue to be pushed. (Some saints learn to love those buttons). This would be the first step and since I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe it is God’s Will that you start before the family cruise.
      When I brought my problem to Confession at the beginning of my ten year process, I heard from the confessor many key points to work on as the years went on. I will make a list in an effort to be brief. Remember this is a list of what I learned over ten years and continue to work on everyday. Just by watching, my younger generation can model this healing behavior in their new families.
      – I knew my sin to confess would be one of the deadly ones… the seven deadly sins are: envy, gluttony, greed or avarice, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. Don’t be shocked. This is a starting place for most confessions and healing processes.
      – My confessor suggested that I confess once a month. I was not receiving the Sacrament often enough. Look at what you can change in yourself.
      – My relationship with anyone must be on my terms. My terms must be congruous with God’s terms. God created me to love myself and others and forgive myself and others. (The Jews who forgive the Nazis do not invite them over to the house every weekend for a BBQ) Keep your distance if that is what it takes to be peaceful. That can change over time.
      – When the inevitable pain comes, I accept it as God’s Will and offer it to Jesus on the cross for the healing of the person who just injured me. Jesus knows what He is giving /allowing you.
      – None of the Love and forgiveness is a feeling. It is your decision. The rest is God’s grace.
      – Fast for that person.
      – If I cannot fulfill anything as stated above, I confess and start again.
      – I will calmly speak up when I am abused and I will not put myself in that position again. Explain calmly to the person why you reject the abuse and don’t hold a grudge. They are weak.
      – If pressed for details, tell folks you are following the Lord and some of your old ways were against the teachings of your Catholicism.
      – Know that you have so much love to offer to the rest of the family without bringing them into your misery. We never want people to take sides.
      – Silence is good if the words are too painful. If you can put you idea into simple words, tell people what you want as time moves on, so they can know and maybe understand.
      – Keep you sense of humor and know that this will take some getting used to. People will be confused– good😊. Everyone should make an examination of conscience daily.
      – Receive Holy communion at Mass as often as possible.
      – Pray the rosary when you feel stress. Try to find a rosary prayer buddy in your family. Your mother would be the perfect one.
      – Know that this problem can be eliminated someday. It will go better for everyone to heal now, before there is a death in the family which might make healing harder. One day at a time. Don’t be a door mat, but don’t have a pity party either. God has made you strong in His Love. He knows what you are dealing with.
      Reading about your situation, I would suggest you go on the cruise, but get a room separate from your mother. Keep your distance from her in the early stages, except when praying together. Have fun. If this cannot be arranged, don’t go. Not going on the cruise might not be the end of the world either. It might be the beginning for the whole family. Take it to prayer. Do the right action with love, mercy and forgiveness and know that God wants to heal you more than you want to be healed.
      You and all TNRS are with me at weekend liturgies and always. Love –ZJ

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      • zeniazenia says:

        And Daphne, don’t be surprised if your family members start pouring out their own painful memories and stories. Be a good listener and love them. Teach the about trust in Jesus and His Mercy. 😊

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      • Daphne says:

        Thank you for your input. I already do most of the above and my faith is what has gotten me this far. Unfortunately, praying with her is not an option. But I definitely pray for her and offer my suffering for her. She did end up emailing the signed signature page of the agreement yesterday. After much prayer and talking to a family member who could relate to what I’m dealing with, I have decided to go. She said I can come to her room if necessary. The cruise is fully booked, so getting my own room is not an option. Fortunately, the farthest port from my house is about 500 miles, so if need be, I can always get off at any port and either rent a car or uber home. Unfortunately like many abusers, she acts very different in public and the few family members that I have talked to about it originally either didn’t believe me or thought I was exaggerating or being overly sensitive. Given that I usually understate things and am very calm, I found this ironic. Fortunately, a few lately have started to experience what I’ve dealt with and are starting to believe me. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and I would like to add the request for prayers that I remain calm as well as strong as my mom tests her limits while on the cruise.

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        • Beckita says:

          Surely praying for your intentions as you name them, Daphne.

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        • zeniazenia says:

          I’m happy to know you have a friend supporting you and as backup. I pray you will know the consolation of the Holy Spirit anytime there the possibility of a melt down, so you can be strong and merciful. I sense things will go well. The power of God is available. Keep asking. I pray you will receive a new Pentecost. –ZJ

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you and your family, Daphne.

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    • Beckita says:

      Praying for you and all your intentions, Daphne. Thank you for reaching out to our prayerful support.

      A remarkable resource for inspiration and guidance as God leads you in a process of healing is a path explained by Sonja Corbitt. Raised a southern Baptist, she is now a Catholic evangelist, or as she calls herself, an evangelista. Originally, she intended to write for women. It turns out many prominent male Catholic leaders have found their way to her material and are employing her suggestions in their own lives while recommending her work to their audiences. Male or female, we each grapple, in some manner, with relationship issues.

      Sonja currently has two books. Her first one is a fine guide for responding to God’s invitation to draw closer to Him in relationship healing. https://www.amazon.com/Unleashed-Receive-Everything-Spirit-Wants/dp/1594715998/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489246558&sr=1-1&keywords=unleashed I find it to be a gem of Hope and Healing as God redeems any relationship issue we bring to Him. God bless you.

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  5. jlynnbyrd says:

    Theresa, all are in my prayers. ❤

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  6. jlynnbyrd says:

    Daphne, I am praying for you and your family. ❤

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  7. Julia Meredith says:

    Dear Beckita and all TNR Steppers. Be grateful if you would pray for myself and my son Clyde. The neighbour that lives below us has been intimidating and harrassing us. This has been going on for some time. His verbal abuse and really foul language is appalling and frightening. He pushed my son out of the main front door this afternoon and locked him out after threatening to physically assault him. He seems to really hate my son but when my son was not living here, all his abuse landed on me. This man is very territorial and very bullying. The housing association are looking into it yet again and the police are coming to see us but this man shuts up for a while, then starts again. We keep trying to record him and my son did manage to get something this afternoon but I am not sure it will stand as concrete evidence. My son is very shaken and I am very tense. I cannot afford to buy a house and have lived in my flat for 33 years. This man moved in 7 years and has caused nothing but trouble. I seem to get to the point of forgiving him (I think he might be bipolar but he drinks a lot as well) after he has been quiet for a while, then it all starts again. Am praying rosary, reading psalm 91 and asking God to please move him out so my home can be a peaceful place again. God bless you all. I really miss Charlie but thank you Beckita for continuing to post.

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  8. jlynnbyrd says:

    Juila, I am praying for you, your son Clyde and for your neighbor. ❤

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  9. richie says:

    A big hi to all of you and God bless you all!

    Dear God grant all the needs of people who have placed their requests here and all those who are asking your help today!

    I would like you all to pray with me as I have to deal with a situation, had to register a case against the tenant, after I discovered lately that the office tenant has been doing unlicensed activity. I was unable to get any proof as the authorities helped him to change the company license to keep them safe.

    After praying, I just discovered their facebook and website showing more details and this unlicensed activity was on for 2 years without my knowledge. I have put my case in front of the magistrate and have asked for eviction as it can only be done legally, there is no other way!!. I could only be in problems if I sit quite and they will continue to do it and continue with lower rents. I have been patient too long, but recently they threatened to sue me when I asked them to pay up the expenses relating to the chilling fees which has been due since 4 years.

    I thank God for guiding me and helping me discuss the situation with the right people and seek timely advise. The case hearing has been fixed on Mar 22 at 3.00 pm. I am not worried as I know that God is there to take care of this situation again.

    Thank you Lord for giving me the wisdom and strength. Father God n Jesus name I thank and praise you for everything you have done in our lives. All glory to you and this is your victory again!!

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  10. jlynnbyrd says:

    Richie, I am praying for you. May truth and justice prevail. ❤

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  11. Kelli Owen says:

    Please pray in Jesus’ name that my son, Zachary, will choose to take the treatment bed that is open for him at Teen Challenge Rehab Program tomorrow or today. He is fearful to leave his suboxon and cigarette addiction behind. Please pray that God gives me patience and helps me to stop yelling as his mother and that God will replace harsh words with loving words. Please pray that God gives Zach strength and courage to take this step. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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  12. jlynnbyrd says:

    Kelli, I am praying that Zachary is healed from his addictions and for all who love him at this difficult time. ❤

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  13. zeniazenia says:

    Praying today at Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction and Stations of the Cross for the intentions described here. May God bless you. — Love ZJ

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  14. Kelli says:

    Thanks and may God bless you all.

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  15. Kelli Owen says:

    Thank you and God bless you all.

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  16. moreen67 says:

    My friend, Sister Eleonora, lost her brother Pietro Faiola on March 19th. He was 86. Please say a prayer for him. Thank you. Maureen

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  17. Charlene M. Miller says:

    My endometrial cancer has returned and I am starting a five treatment chemo regime tomorrow. Five treatments three weeks apart. Please pray for the success of the treatment..that I be able to tolerate it..and that I can learn to live in Gods will..I continue to pray for all here.. I really appreciate this blog and all the grace and wisdom expressed by all of you. Charlene M. Miller

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