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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Coming Soon, Monday Morning Prayer Request Blog

"The Lord is near to those with crushed hearts" Psalm 34:18 (HIA) is all about connecting with everyone's "poverty" - the brokenness inside each one of us. We believe, that as a result of sin ("All have sinned." Romans 3:23), everyone is physically and/or spiritually broken and “homeless” and in need of a Savior (see Garden Roots, Wednesday November 28, 2007). If you don't think you need a Savior, please see your parish pastor for further counsel.

Beginning Monday, February 24th, HIA inaugurates a new tradition, the Monday Morning Prayer Request Blog. Each Monday check in and post your prayer request(s) for the week. Then, from Tuesday-Monday, all the prayer requests will be daily presented at a weekday one hour Adoration, petitioning the Lord for his consideration and great mercy and compassion for your request(s).

Starting Monday (and each following Monday), you may post prayer requests for yourself or others, but with first names only, please. Who do you know that is crushed, broken, lost, abandoned or hurting? Yourself? A family member? A dear friend? Who might you know that is "poor" and experiencing homelessness, divorce, anxiety, addictions, illness, career collapse or any of the other terribly confusing ups and downs of life? HIA wants to know about this person and to pray for their good.

So, what do you think? Will you join us with your prayer requests? Possibly even support the petitions with your own prayers?

Please contact your family and friends right away and share with them the news about HIA's Monday Morning Prayer Request Blog - to please post prayers on Mondays under COMMENT at

Also, coming soon, the Tuesday Morning Praise Blog. We will give thanks to God for answers to your prayers and for looking upon our community of faith with His mercy and kindness!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great idea! Count me in. Sylvia

Ileana said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to participate!

I have a question, how do you know when to stop praying for someone? I don't mean to be funny. I want to know what people think. I find that my list of people to pray for becomes longer and longer until it runs the risk of being a laundry list. Sure, someone gets the flu and you pray for them to be well and when they're well you're done. But, for instance, if you pray for someone grieving the death of a loved one, you can't know when the grief is healed. They could still suffer that grief 10 years from now. Do they stay on your list a week, a month, a year? Do the prayers lose their effectiveness when they are diluted by such a long list? Do you begin to forget to add them to the list at the same rate they become healed? Because I start to forget to pray for people after awhile but then maybe that's okay since maybe God heard and answered them first time. Honestly, I'm not meaning to make fun of prayer. I just want to get it right and pray for a long as my friends need it. What do you guys think?

Anonymous said...

great idea!


Anonymous said...

I have LOTS of people with whom I will share!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, we are all broken in some ways and we need each other's prayers, acceptance and support to get up and be healed from this brokenness. Some are broken financially and others are broken emotionally. Yet the worst brokenness we have is the spiritual one, sin, in which I believe is the source of all kinds of brokenness that people are suffering. Though we are crushed by difficulties or any unpleasant situations in life, yet our God is a saving God. We have JESUS who is our hope, our salvation and everything. We believe that Jesus' love will heal every kind of brokenness; that we only need to cling to Him, trust Him, and give Him chance to be the Master of our lives. I am with you in praying for the broken hearts. Sr. Angela

Anonymous said...

Count me in! I'll be a prayer warrior! I need prayers for my son in a big way. Well, for all of my family, really... I think it's so cool that you are expanding it in a big way.

Jesus was Homeless said...

Ileana, reflecting on your question on and off today (since I have had the same one, but never verbalized it until you did it for me), some inspiration came to mind about the daily litany of prayers, or as you call them the "laundry list."

For me, people that I am praying for go on and off the list for various reasons, not just one. One reason is that after praying for some time for the person, I eventually ask God for a sign that all is well. I have received those signs, sometimes even supernaturally in a dream or vision. So do ask the Lord for a sign, and at times, He will give you one. Then, there is no longer a need to pray in that way for a person. But do give lots of thanks when receiving signs!

Sometimes I no longer feel a need to pray for a person(s) because after months or years, my proximity and relationships have changed with them because I am in a new place with new responsibilities. So then, I trust those prayers have been heard and then I focus on my new place and new relationships that God has laid in front of me.

Other times, I no longer pray for certain ones because after months of praying I discovered my prayers were answered (I give lots of thanks) or I discovered they were not answered and accept it at God's will (we have to trust Him even when the outcome is not what we would choose and give thanks).

Yet, other times a certain group of people grows so large in my list that I do not pray for them always individually every day. Some days I may pray for the group by name (i.e. the "sick" that I am praying for).

Anyway, just some thoughts. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

[My earlier question], it's bothered me for long time. And it comes up every week ... at the prayer circle. My list of people to pray for becomes longer and longer but I can't possibly offer up all of them and monopolize the circle. So I pick just a few, the things that seem more immediate. So it's the same thing in my own prayers, eventually you take the people with less immediate concerns off your radar. But that seems wrong or it could be too early. I dunno. This has prompted me to write up a blog for my myspace about it. Maybe someone will help there too. You rock for coming up with this idea in the first place! Ileana

Lizzy said...

I love the idea of a Monday Prayer request. Thank you so much and God Bless you for starting this. We should also have a day of Thanksgiving to don't you agree! I have so many blessings to share!