Sunday, May 27, 2012

Prayers are Always Needed

This weekend I thought about the power of prayer a lot.  I cannot count the number of times that going to God in prayer has helped bring me comfort, calmed me down or helped me focus on a challenge in front of me.

I want to encourage you to be in prayer this week and see if you can feel God's presence in your life.  One tool I use to help organize my prayers is an application called MyPrayPal.  Check out their website! It allows me to keep a list of people/things to pray for and even lets you categorize your prayers.

Here are a few of my prayer requests if you are willing to pray for them and/or add any of them to your list.  If you have anything I could be praying for either let me know privately or add it to the comments to make your prayers public and others may pray for your requests too.

  • I pray for God to watch over my Grandma Davis.  She has decided to stop her chemo treatments, I pray that she is able to enjoy the rest of her life without pain and suffering and do things she has been putting off.
  • I pray that God strengthens my mom and the rest of my family in order to provide support for my grandparents and each other.
  • I pray that God reaches my grandmother's soul and that my she will know and believe in him. 
  • I pray for my father-in-law, Tim, as he continues to heal from his surgery that removed cancer cells from his body.  
  • I pray that William continues to have a happy and healthy life full of joy and that he grows to love and serve God.
  • I pray that God places his healing hands on Jodi, a fellow teacher at Goodrell, in her battle with cancer.  I pray that the doctors and medicine along with God's power work. 
  • I pray that I can make a difference in the lives of the students in my classroom, Goodrell and the district in my work as a teacher and union leader. 
  • I pray that God keeps my students safe and helps them grow in all areas of their lives.
  • I pray for Jennifer and Mike's daughter, Mady, that she continues to heal from her surgery and that the tumor that was removed this week is benign. 
  • I pray for a friend, Spencer, who has been struggling with migraines that God helps him find relief. 
  • I pray that the vision of Altoona United Methodist Church continues to be strengthened and focused on the will of God. 
  • I pray that people's lives may be changed through the Financial Peace University class. 
  • I pray for the future of the church that we find ways to love one another and do not purposely cause harm to others.
  • I pray that I can be the kind of man, husband, father and teacher the God intends for me to be.  
  • I pray that God will use me in ways I cannot even imagine.


  1. Great post, Josh! I hadn't heard of that app - I'm downloading it now! I also wanted to let you know that we've been lifting up your grandmother and father in law as a staff, and your family has been and will continue to be in my prayers as well. What an inspiring blog - thanks for being an inspiration!

  2. Thank you for the prayers, Shelene! I appreciate it.

  3. Update from Mady's mom: "WooHoo! Mady has been cleared to go back to soon as tomorrow! In her words...'She has a HEALTHY (benign) EGG!' Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts! God sure gave us a miracle! She is super excited to see her Daddy & Sissy again!