It’s Prayer Vigil Friday! 04/22/11

This Prayer Vigil Friday, Good Friday, is a special day for remembrance and prayer.

Over the past two weeks, I have heard about four women who have had miscarriages. Four. One a failed IVF cycle, their final attempt. One an ectopic pregnancy, her third. One a miscarriage, her second in five months, and one a chemical pregnancy (very early miscarriage). The one and only question they are asking right now is WHY? Why does this have to happen? We cannot provide answers, but we can provide support. We can shed tears for their little ones who were loved beyond belief during their precious existence. We can pray for healing for their broken hearts, we can pray for comfort for their heavy shoulders, and we can pray for strength for the steps that lay ahead of them. Please pray for these women and for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one today.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ~Matthew 5:4…There must be a time of mourning, there will be a time of anger, but comfort will come.

Please pray for couples who are struggling with infertility. Some of the most amazing posts I’ve read are of women sharing stories of the love and support of their husbands during some of the most heart wrenching experiences. Pray that God will bless the marriages of these couples and the bonds that have developed between them. Pray that God will strengthen their marriages as they share the burden of disappointments and losses – and also as they provide hope and encouragement for each other. Pray they remain strong in their faith, and that together they lean on God for support, and remember His strength when they are weak.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help cometh. ~Psalm 121:1…The visualization this verse brings is incredible. When you feel you’ve hit a wall, when you feel you’ve been beaten, that you’ve lost the fight, when life feels at its darkest, you lift your eyes to the hills – and just as the glorious light of God breaks over the grassy top of the hill, your hope is renewed, His power overwhelms you, and you find your strength and your passion for life renewed.

On this Good Friday, take time to remember that Jesus died on the cross for you and for me. Appreciate the torment and suffering he endured so that you and I could know and experience the amazing grace of God and the peace that can only be found through His mercy, forgiveness and love.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

Put some time aside today, even if it’s a few minutes or 20 minutes. Close the door, close your eyes, dim the lights, light a candle, whatever you need to do to focus and spend some prayerful time with God. Pray for women you know, pray for women you don’t know. Then take some time and pray for yourself. Spend some time reflecting over the past week, over any frustrations you’ve had, whatever you’ve been putting off talking over with God. Get angry if you need to. Cry if you need to. Smile and give thanks if you need to!

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16

This scripture truly is what Prayer Vigil Friday is all about:

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” ~Matthew 18:19-20

Let’s join in one big prayer all day today!

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2 Responses to “It’s Prayer Vigil Friday! 04/22/11”

  1. Last week, a friend of mine almost died of a tubal pregnancy. She is home and recovering, but had to have a blood transfusion, so she is very weak. If your readers could pray for her as well. Thanks for reminding us to have “alone” time with the Lord today. It is good to remember what He has done for us.

  2. That must have been so scary. I can’t imagine. I’m so glad she is recovering and I pray that she will be able to try for another pregnancy. I’ll be praying for her. She must be grieving the loss of her pregnancy as well. Thank you for sharing your prayer request.

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