Ending that 21 day challenge and some prayers/praises

I need to take a minute to post a few prayer requests that people have made me aware of (usually through comments on here) If you send them to me, please let me know the results, the less we know the harder it is to pray, and honestly when there are so many to pray for sometimes it’s the details we learn that remind us in daily life of the circumstances and ignite our passions…

First, Abbie is my neighbor who had brain surgery for a non-cancerous tumor a few months ago. She had to leave her family to go for radiation in a different city for 6 weeks! Please pray for her total, permanent healing, no side effects or problems with the radiation, peace and provision for all involved, and a miraculous restoration of her lost vision! God can DO it! Pray that this is an amazing time for every family member, not one filled with sadness or fear. Luke 12:28-31, “But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”

A man named Radu who is only 31, with two children, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Please, please pray for his faith, peace, and total, miraculous healing. Pray that the Lord will use those around him to truly encourage him, and that his hope and strength will be found in the Lord. There is something about this case that really stirs me up. I think we will pray Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Also, a wife named Naz is asking for serious prayer for her husband, who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. There is a little information and a request for financial support here: http://familyfightingcancer.wordpress.com. Please pray for them and see if He leads you to contribute money or a nice note in the comments, a special verse, etc. 
I think we pray for total peace, that their finances and other concerns of this world would be cast aside so they can enjoy time together without the incomprehensible burden. Pray that He would bless them each with one-track minds and be reflections of you despite their circumstances. And pray for each of their faith, health, spiritual, and physical healing that will all be to glorify the Holy One.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 1:2

An anonymous person posted about her mother’s stage 1 breast cancer. Pray for both of their peace, as it’s so tempting to get caught up in the terror that comes along with troubles of this world. Pray that the cancer will be permanently removed from her body and that it will not be permitted to control their thoughts or bodies! Matthew 6:31-33, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Tamara had cancer (I think it was breast but not positive) in the past and is fighting it again. Please pray for her and her friends and family’s assurance that the Lord has a perfect plan and will turn all things the enemy intends for evil into good. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

A friend of mine’s mother and sisters have all battled breast cancer and anger. Please pray He will be glorified through all of it and that they would turn from trusting themselves and blaming Him to trusting in Him and seeing His goodness.Romans 8:5, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

My friend Mandy’s mother has been battling a return of multiple myeloma and we are praying that He will make it disappear so they can extol the great things the mighty one does! John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Okay, the end of the 21 day challenge (which has taken about 4 months to get through!) is here. 
Day 20
John 20
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> at the strips of linen<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”>that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> 12 
and saw two angels in white,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other
 at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” 
she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> 14 At this, she turned around and saw 
Jesus standing there,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why 
are you crying?<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you
 have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> “Rabboni!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my 
brothers<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> went to the disciples<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them
 that he had said these things to her.
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors 
locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> be 
with you!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> The disciples were overjoyed<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> As the Father has sent me,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AF)”> I am sending you.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”> 22 And 
with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AH)”> 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, 
their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AJ)”> (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when 
Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails 
were, and put my hand into his side,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”> I will not believe.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”>
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the 
doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”> be with you!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> 27 Then 
he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my 
side. Stop doubting and believe.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”>
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AP)”> blessed are those who 
have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus performed many other signs<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AR)”> in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in 
this book.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”> and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Until this year I always thought Thomas got a bad rap. It didn’t seem that bad to me for him to want to see Jesus with his own eyes. But now that I know more about faith–that true faith is reinforced by His signs and answered prayers, but is not contingent upon them–I reflect on this with different eyes. We should strive for the faith that is so strong we don’t need to see the scars. After we know what will happen it’s easy to look back and see where we could have had more faith, but in the moment it’s very, very hard. Thankfully there’s a helper that we will read about in John 21!


Day 21
John 21
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:Simon Peter, Thomas<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> (also known as Didymus), Nathanael<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> from Cana in Galilee,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> the sons of Zebedee,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”>
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”>
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[c]”>[c] When they landed, they saw a fire<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> of burning coals there with fish on it,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> after he was raised from the dead.
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”>
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”>
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”>
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> He said, “Lord, you know all things;<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death <span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”>by which Peter would glorify God.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> Then he said to him, “Follow me!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”>
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”)<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”>21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> what is that to you? You must follow me.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”>
25 Jesus did many other things as well.<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

In case you didn’t know, the disciple John is the one who wrote this book and is also the one “whom Jesus loved”. What’s that all about, because we know He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, etc.)? I guess He doesn’t deliver consequences based on how much He likes someone, but still enjoys us in unique ways. John was a great guy and is possibly the only disciple not martyred, but when we remember that heaven is better than here, that sort of gave him the short end of the stick. 
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2 thoughts on “Ending that 21 day challenge and some prayers/praises

  1. Just wanted you to know my hubby, Ryan Waters is officially on maintenance chemo, every 3 weeks now! Another praise to God for answering prayers! 🙂

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