Category: Prayer Items


New prayer requests

It seems that neither of us has posted prayer requests in awhile, so I’m going to go ahead and list some things to pray about for this week.

  • It’s been harder and harder for me to pray lately. I can’t say this was unexpected, because it happens every time I am away from a strong support base. I totally understand what you mean by drifting away from God because we’re “busy”, and it’s something that we need to pray about constantly, even if it’s just in our hearts. Though, sometimes it’s so tempting to say, “Oh, God knows exactly what I’m thinking of anyway, so why should I pray? He already knows what I’ll say.” WARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER. I think thoughts like this often pull us away from prayer and the moment we let that thought pop into our head, we need to start praying. So let’s pray for each other, that we will continue to maintain the link with God through nonstop praying.
  • Related to the previous point, I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like you’re doubting your faith in God. Sometimes I’d think…what is this God that I believe? Is He…real? What if what I believe in is just some made-up fiction and I’m a lunatic? UGH GO AWAY SATAN. Please pray that I will continue to stand firm in my faith and that I will not conform to worldly views that pull me astray from God. My pastor once said, “Being a Christian is like running a marathon; it’s a long journey, and you gotta have your view set to the very end.” I don’t want to be a “Sunday Christian”, and I bet you don’t either, so let’s ask God for the endurance to finish walking the path of eternal life.
  • MY EXPERIMENTS AREN’T WORKING. *Whines* Something about a contamination…I’m not sure, but I feel slightly discouraged, even though it may not be my fault or anything. Please pray for the patience that I will need to redo the experiments and pray that I will be able to get some half-decent results by the end of next week…if that is God’s will.
  • Let’s also continue to pray about this week’s topic, pride and humility. Let’s pray that we will learn to be humble followers of Christ and that we will not boast in our own abilities. I liked a saying by the pastor in Bordeaux: “I, who had nothing, now have everything because of God.” It’s true, we don’t deserve anything but by the grace of God, we have all the abundance in life that don’t belong to us. In addition to being humble, we also need to be content with what we have and not let greed devour us, although I guess that’s a topic for another day.

I realize that there’s a lot of prayer requests about ME this week, but I seriously feel that I need some spiritual support from you and definitely strength from God! If you feel like praying for my fellowship as well, there’s a whole list of prayer items here. Enjoy your day!

Prayer Requests from Annie

Sometimes it feels like there’s a never-ending list of prayer items, eh? Then I wonder how God has all that patience to listen to me rant and tell Him about every little thing in my life. I mean, how does He even put up with that?

Well, without further ado, here’s my list of people to pray for:

  • Yihua Lam – A very dedicated brother in my Bordeaux fellowship who is struggling both academically and financially. His PhD stipend is apparently ridiculously low and barely enough to support his wife and 3-year-old son. Also, he is forced condense his 3-year PhD into 2 years because of some administration and funding issues, and so he has to finish his thesis soon. I am doing my thesis too so I can understand how challenging this will be for him. May God guide him and remind him to never lose faith in God who provides everything he needs. Also, please pray that the Lord will remember all that Yihua has put into the fellowship (and trust me, he has done A LOT) and bless his family greatly. 
  • Isaac Wang – He is a 3-year-old child, son of a missionary in China who is a friend of a sister in the Bordeaux fellowship. Isaac is suffering from bone cancer and since he is allergic to antibiotics, he cannot undergo chemotherapy. The doctors said that there is basically no hope for him and they can only prolong his life for so long. We pray that God will send peace to Isaac’s family during this time of hardship and be with the parents of this child, curing their emotional wounds.
  • My parents – It’s really difficult to talk about the gospel with the ones you’re closest to, isn’t it? It’s even more ironic when the ones you’re closest to are so far away, and you can’t even communicate with them face-to-face. I place my parents in God’s hands because He’s the only one who can open up their hearts to His words. Words that come out of a human’s mouth can be a source of misunderstanding, and so I hold back and try to wait patiently as God works his miracles.
  • Sen – You know this one is coming. I’ve been praying for him ever since the last time I saw him and God knows how much I miss him. It wasn’t until I took on some of his tasks when he was away did I realize how much work it really was. I mean, you’d think sending out a few emails and keeping track of day-to-day activities of the fellowship would be easy, but it took more time and energy than I had anticipated. May God continue to keep Sen safe, be it in China or in Bordeaux when he returns, and give him sufficient rest when he needs it. Sen seems like the type of person who will never turn down a request and never say he’s tired, even though he may be really exhausted, so I pray that he will learn to take good care of himself.

There’s also a lot of things to be thankful of. When you look around yourself, everything happens through the grace of God. There’s just no reason to stop giving thanks.

  • I thank God for delivering me here safely and giving me these vast opportunities to see the world that I never dreamed of seeing. It makes me marvel at the true greatness of the Lord who has created, on one tiny Earth, so many different people, so many different cultures, so many different sights to see. 
  • I thank God that I am able to bond with you (yes, you Florence) through God, though ironically this is 5 years after we met and is clearly long overdue. However, it’s never too late to start sharing our experiences in God and it has become a motivation for me to eagerly seek God’s words.
  • I thank God for sometimes placing unpleasant people around me so I can appreciate my angels when they appear. It lets me learn the importance of cherishing the gifts of friendship and never taking it for granted.
  • I thank God for giving me feelings and emotions and will, so that I can exercise them freely and not be a puppet. It’s quite amazing how many different types of feelings we have, huh. And sometimes the wrong decisions will cause regret or disappointment, and the momentary impulses will cause heartbreak, but it’s all a process of growing up and in the end, looking back on the experiences is an enjoyment for me, and I am grateful for that.

Boy, I’m tired.

Prayer Requests

I seem to have a lot of things to pray about lately – for those around me who sent out specific requests, for those I care about and for myself too. Let’s keep a running record of our prayer requests and see how God answers! Was it you who told me the story about how God gives us 3 answers when we pray:

1) Yes – and I’ll give it to you now

2) No – but I’ll give it to you later

3) No – because I’ve got something better in mind for you

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  • Henry Fung – a brother from PCBC who’s interviewed for U of T med school this weekend to become an eye surgeon (there’s a fancy name but I really don’t remember what it was)…he truly is faithful and dedicated in serving God. He told me once he chose this as his career path because he wants to glorify God by giving vision back to those who need it. I really hope he can achieve his dreams, but even more so, I pray this is God’s will for him!
  • Carina Siu’s sister (Florence) – I don’t personally know her, but Carina is from our church too, her sister Florence recently went into the hospital and into ICU – they don’t know what’s wrong and what happened, it literally just came out of nowhere. Please pray for God’s comfort and healing
  • Derek’s job interview tomorrow for a junior consultant…I really really hope he gets it, sounds like he really likes the job.
  • Oliver’s job interview tomorrow for the QA programming position, and his interview at ML today – I worry about Oliver more than I do Derek. Sometimes I feel like he’ll watch opportunities walk by him and never try to grasp them, instead he’ll just look at what “could have” happened and sigh. I really pray that God will open his heart and help him to be what God made him to be.
  • Darwin’s job hunt – it’s been on my prayer list forever, so might as well keep it on lol. The other day, I imagined the relief I would feel when he finally gets an offer, and at the same time, I’ve thrown frustration fits at God because I feel like he’s not crossing this one off – is He even listening? There’s a million question marks sprouting from our hearts because we don’t understand God’s plan. We speculate, but who can guess what God has in mind? I cling onto this passage from proverbs dearly everytime I think about this: “In his heart a man plans his course, but Yahweh determines his steps.” (Prov 16:9

Let’s leave that for now, I don’t want to sound greedy =P What’s on your list Annie??

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