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Urgent Prayer Request

It is rare that I publish such things as prayer requests, especially those of a personal nature, on this blog. However, my grandmother has requested that I get us high-and-mighty preacher boys to do a “prayer chain” thing for a close family friend of ours. Fair enough, it is even rarer that I get to do such things for those who have impacted my life to the glory of God!

Few men my age and younger are blessed to have grown up with an abundance of male role models besides one’s father and grandfather. I truly believe I have been doubly blessed in that regard, since as I reflect on my 30 years of life I can see how many good, great, and godly men have influenced my upbringing. One such man is Steve Dillard of Dillard Construction, where my grandfather has worked pretty much as long as I can remember, and still does.

Recently, Steve’s brother Glenn was admitted into the ICU of Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. I do not know what Glenn is there for; all I know is that he has been given no chance of living. Glenn has two sons. I do not know if Glenn is a believer, but I do know that Steve belongs to the Lord. If I understand my grandmother correctly, Steve is obviously very upset by this and is in need of the comfort that only God Almighty can provide. I immediately agreed to be an outlet for that comfort, and I ask that you join me in providing that comfort through your prayers. If any of you are in the Chattanooga area or know someone there, I ask that you share this request with your churches or ask your acquaintances there to do the same. Please pray first and foremost that Glenn in truth belongs to Jesus, and that Steve and his family will be driven to the Lord for the comfort promised by Jesus in the Beatitudes.

Lord God, great and mighty, giver and ender of life, Savior of great and small through Jesus Christ your son, sustainer and sanctifier of those who love you through the power of the Holy Spirit:

We come before you today in great turmoil and pain for our dear brother Steve. His earthly brother Glenn has been admitted to the hospital and is not expected to live. We know that you alone are able to hear prayer, and that you alone are able to answer prayer, that you alone control all things; and so we fall to our knees and lift up our hands to you. You have promised us in your Word that we have to but ask and you shall give it to us, so long as we ask true to your will. So now we ask, most high God, that your will for Glenn be done.

We pray that you will heal him of his affliction, both in the body and in the soul, that he might hear the Gospel and believe it, to your eternal glory. We know and accept that sometimes you choose to heal through death. Should that be your will, we ask that you have truly saved Glenn that he might stand at the right hand of Jesus. We ask that you will send a prophet to him who will lead him into your salvation before you draw him up to you.

We ask that you give our brother Steve the strength to fly to you for comfort, the strength to persevere in the face of grief, the strength to praise you for your righteous providence in Glenn’s life. We ask that you grant him a remembrance of Glenn which will cause Steve to glorify your name. We ask you to draw Steve closer to you whether you choose to heal Glenn or allow him to stand before your throne. Pour our your glorious power and love upon Steve, that he may stand tall in his day of difficulty, and above all, to stand.

Give us, Steve’s family and friends, the wisdom to pray for him as we ought, by the power of your Holy Spirit. Give us the ability to care for his needs, to encourage him, to lift him up. Give us a heart of service and love for him. Let us truly be your Church towards him in his hour of need.

Most importantly, let your name be glorified through Glenn. Let your name be glorified through Steve. Let your name be glorified through us. You, God who is above all, we praise you and give you glory for what you have done in Glenn that has brought us to you this day. And when all has been brought to an end, let it be that not one of us can do anything other than exult in you for what you have done this day, in this situation.

Thank you, God and Father of our Savior Jesus Christ, for hearing our unworthy prayer. We love you and we ask all of these things in the most precious name of your son, Jesus. Amen.

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  1. February 26, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    And Oh God, do even more than we ask!

    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  2. February 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Are there any updates brother?

  3. February 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I have put this on our prayer list for the church to pray… God Bless you.

    Yogi

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