Aloha Friday Message – September 18, 2009

Here is a little memory-jogger sent by MBN member LJ. It is similar to what’s been in the Aloha Friday Messages for the past couple of weeks, so I would like to share it with you. It speaks to us about the charity of friendship as well as the gifts of Grace that come from feeding on the Word. At there end you’ll find some additional prayer requests and an idea about handling a large list of requests.

Take a few moments to think about
The people in your Life
With whom you share your love.
Then think about the Source of that love
And why you want to share it.
You have shared it with me, and
I want to return it plus a little more…


Now you pass it forward to those you know
Will want to do the same for you,
And especially for those who

I believe in prayer. It’s the best way to draw strength from heaven.

I thank you for being you!

You say: ‘It is impossible’ God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: ‘I am too tired’ God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: ‘Nobody really loves me’ God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: ‘I cannot go on’ God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: ‘I cannot figure things out’ God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: ‘I cannot do it’ God says: You can do all things ( Philippians 4:13)
You say: ‘I am not able’ God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: ‘It is not worth it’ God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )
You say: ‘I cannot forgive my self’ God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: ‘I cannot manage’ God says: I will supply all your needs ( Philippians 4:19)
You say: ‘I am afraid’ God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: ‘I am always worried and frustrated’ God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: ‘I am not smart enough’ God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: ‘I feel all alone’ God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
You say: “I am a sinner, and unlovable.” God says: I love you enough to die for you. (Romans 5:8; John 3:16-17; 1 Peter 3:18)

We have a request from AT and CT for JAL who recently had a hysterectomy and then learned she also has cancer. She will begin radiation treatment soon. Please add her to your intercessions. JAL, AT, and CT have been friends since they were kids.

And here’s an interesting idea: I was talking with one of our prayer Warrior friends at church, and she mentioned that she has a very large list of persons who ask for prayers. Then she reached into her purse and pulled out a red, heart-shaped box filled with little slips of paper with the names and prayer requests she has received. When she is inspired to offer intercessory prayer, she takes the box and holds it to her heart and unites her prayers with those requests. It’s like a point of contact for each person. I receive a Prayer Circle letter from Pacific Garden Missions, and i use it in somewhat the same way. I hold the letter as I read it, and it is my point of contact for all the people mentioned in it. Then, during my Daily Offering, when I pray “For everyone who prays for me and everyone who asks for my prayers,” everyone is included. That doesn’t stop us from praying for individuals in their hour of need, but it is a way to help include everyone in the loving prayers of our hearts.

I hope you will take out your Bible and look up the scripture passes in this handy little chart. Even if you only look up one, make it Romans 5:8.

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever — at your service.

Pray for the people. ALL the people. Think about using something like a point of contact when you pray, but always remember to begin with a personal and intimate prayer for the person who asks and for yourself so that you can pray with Power. One more to add to our growing list: Pray for me as I consider God’s will for the future. For me today, the Key verse is that one from Proverbs 3! And, as it says at the top of the message …

Happy Aloha Friday. I love you. Make it a great day by giving it back to God.

In God WE trust.


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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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