this hour

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:13-20).

Dear friends, make today a day of prayer.  A day of prayer, reflective prayer, not quick-popcorn prayers, but deep ones.

Pray for the elderly couple on your street, who are seeing their world shrink more and more each month as they no longer are able to get around due to their health.

Pray for the friend who is fighting cancer.  Pray for the doctors and nurses looking after him or her.

Pray for the dear friends who are facing the unimaginable — a child on life support.  Pray for their Faith and the Faith of those around them to sustain them now.

Pray for a miracle.

Pray for the couple who is struggling to fight through the old battles to remember why they said “I do.”

Pray for the wayward child.

Pray for the wayward adult.

Pray for those far from God.

Pray for those who are soooo close to knowing His amazing Grace.

My friends, who are bedside with their daughter, posted this hymn to describe their hearts.  May you be reminded of Whose you are, and your true needs today.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.


I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.


I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.


I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.


I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.



~~Annie Hawks, Robert Lowry

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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