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Praying for Natalie 1/29/09
Dear Heavenly Father.

In that we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Therefore, we come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

As many in your body all across this nation and quite possibly in many other areas of the world come before you in prayer and supplication for the benefit Natalie Matson and her family, we humbly bow before you. Dear Gracious Father, your servant Solomon testified to your greatness many years ago when he prayed at the dedication of the temple that you directed him to build. For at that time he struggled with trying to understand your greatness and power when he said, "How will you live on earth among people when the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee?" And Isaiah:" To whom will we liken you? Or what likeness will we compare you with?” We are called to lift up our eyes on high, and to behold you, who has created these things. You bring out the stars by number and you call them by their names by the greatness of your might, and because you are strong in power not one is missing. Dear Holy Father, the earth is yours and the fullness thereof, the world and all those who live upon this earth. Every beast of the forest is yours as well as the cattle on a thousand hills. Father, when you created all things, it was after you created us that you said, "It was very good."

We have been created in your image, have suffered the consequences of the fall of mankind into sin, but have been renewed in the image of your Son through the cross and are now living in the power of His resurrection, and are the body of Jesus Christ today. Dear Father, it was not until you came to be as one of us that mankind was able to see in a clearer way of your great heart of grace and truth, for by Moses had only come a dim view of your glory through the Law, but by your Son came grace and truth. He healed the sick, raised the dead, enabled the blind to see, caused the lame to walk, and, yes, preached the gospel to the poor in spirit.

And now today, being in the body of your Son, Lord, we hurt and continue to suffer with one part of the body which is very sick today, young Natalie Matson. Loving, Gracious Father in heaven, nothing is too great for you, nothing is too hard for you to do, in you exists all the power and might that is able to heal that which is impossible to heal by human wisdom or earthly power. We come in the same spirit that the SyroPhonecian woman came to you in asking for the healing of her daughter, with a broken and contrite spirit, one that is totally dependent on you for the blessing, with hearts that realize that we do not deserve on our merit to have our prayer today answered, but yet know that you, according to your mercy, do reward the believing, persistence and fervent prayers of your children . Dear Holy Father, our cry is to you today to hear us; please Dear God, when these prayers come before you today, may they be a sweet-smelling savor of life to you. May you look with grace unto Natalie and bring about healing for her body. We ask that you hear our prayer today, Dear Father. We know that You will be glorified in all things and that you will do what is according to your will, but we have been given to understand from your Word that we are not just as spectators in life's events, but that we have been given hearts and voices to care for one another, to intercede to you for one another. We count it a great privilege to be our brother and sister's helper on the way to heaven, and therefore, we lift up our hearts and voices today for Natalie’s healing! And we know that the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to your will. As we pray in the Spirit, we know that you will be glorified through the life of Natalie. In the end, dear Father, we must say, ‘Thy will be done.”

For the sake of your Son, the Great Physician and Saviour Jesus Christ, we humbly plead this prayer before you this day, Dear Father. Amen.

Posted on 30 Jan 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Praying for our children 1/27/09
This following is from Pastor Ron Holmgren, of the Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hockinson, WA from a sermon preached by him on January 11, 2009 and it is with his permission that I place his words here.

KJV Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

"I was praying for my family the other night. As I came across one of them, a specific concern came on my heart and a request to my Father in heaven, to God the Father, for and in behalf of my son, a plea from this father's heart from my heart as a father. These words all of a sudden (the verse above) hit me that are in this text: What about His Son? I am asking the Father in heaven to bless this father's son, but what about His Son? How have I treated His Son? What did I do to His Son? God's only son, I have six sons. He had only one. What did I do to Him? Why did He come here? Why did we need this one to come who was a preparer? A voice crying in the wilderness? What happened to His Son after the journey into the wilderness? ...................And I am going to ask His Father to help me with my son? It seemed absurd for a moment. But just for a moment, and as I sat in the darkness, it just gripped my heart. How dare I ask a Father to care for my son in the way that I treated His Son? But just for a moment. Then came a great comfort, because God sent His Son to save me, because God loves me, because God loves you and sent His Son to save you from your sin. Now listen to the voice from heaven speaking to Jesus: "Thou are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And I am in Him and you are in Him. And hear His voice. He is pleased with His Son (and he has helped my son, by the way) and He hears my prayer and I will continue to pray for all my family, for this congregation and for all the loved ones that I know and even those who I don't know. And maybe once in a while I will remember that, that is only for a moment that I contemplate how great the love of God is, that He sent His Son to this earth for us. And God is pleased with Him, and He never said that about anyone else. But all those who are in Christ, who have come through the way of repentance, who have acknowledged their sin, as a fruit of repentance, not as a prerequisite to it, not as a law, not as a demand, but as a fruit of a repentant heart, then He comes and dwells within our hearts. And all these things and obstacles that are so big that we cannot deal with them are removed and He comes in and dwells with us. By faith we receive Him throught the gift of the Holy Spirit. On this day of the baptism of the Lord, may we be blessed by this word. In Jesus name, Amen. "

Pastor Ron Holmgren
Posted on 27 Jan 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Praying for Natalie 1/29/09
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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