When The Answer is NO, Part 1

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2 Cor 4.8

In the summer of 2002, Shira and Joey Arnold were delighted to learn that they were expecting their first child. They excitedly shared the news with family and friends as they began to plan for their new family. Weeks later, however, Shira and Joey got dream-shattering news. Routine tests at the doctor’s office revealed that their baby was not developing correctly. The couple was advised by medical professionals to consider termination of the pregnancy.

They adamantly refused.

Though Shira and Joey grieved deeply when they heard the news, they determined to trust in God and prayed for a miracle. Little Cayden was born blind, deaf, lame, and with only half a brain. The doctors had expected him to live only minutes, but Cayden defied all odds by living just shy of five years.

Five broken years.

Five beautiful years.

Five years filled with one struggle after another.

Five years filled with one miracle after another.

Five glorious years.

During his short life on earth, through the wonders of modern medicine, technology, and prayers, Cayden learned to see, hear, speak, and walk. Those five medically complicated years were a constant challenge for the Arnolds, BUT GOD brought them through every difficult moment in His strength and allowed them to experience His joy, peace, and hope in spite of their challenges. He strengthened them with His all-sufficient grace.

Cayden’s life was a beautifully broken display of God’s glory. And though God’s answer to their prayers for the healing of his tiny body here on earth was “no,” He provided both Cayden and his parents grace that was sufficient for each moment. For each day. For each weakness.

The funeral was a bittersweet, joy-filled celebration of Cayden’s life. Shira and Joey honored God as their grace-giving, strength-supplying Strong Tower. The Arnolds spoke of their trust-journey. They testified that they had had to choose to trust God and readily admitted that it required constant choosing. They boasted in the Lord as David did in the Psalms when he delighted in God’s all-surpassing strength: From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings (Psalm 61:2-4).

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.” (Psalm 62:11-12).

Your life is purposed to bring glory to God in and through everything. There are times – hard times – when the answers from Him are “no.” When those times come, we need to choose to trust that He said no for a reason.

God is all-knowing. All-powerful.

We are not.

This is not simple, but it is true. When we surrender to His sovereignty, God strengthens His children with all-sufficient grace, and His power is made perfect in our weakness.

Dear LORD, Help me to trust You in the challenges and the “nos” that I face today and every day. Shine your glory through my life-cracks today. In Jesus’ name, amen.


FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE:  Are you facing anything now that could be an opportunity for God’s grace to be all-sufficient in and through you? Have you chosen to trust Him, despite His answer of “no”?

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Thanks for doing life with me,


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  1. Hi Ms. Gewn, right now I am so hurt, ashamed, and at a lack of words. My son was caught stealing and I am stuck between pressing charges and saving him yet once again. I love him so much but I am so tired of his antics of stealing, lying, and conniving. I need God so much on this. I love him so much, I have beat myself up as a single parent, but now i am so frustrated again. I need prayer so bad, so bad–so so bad. His grace is sufficient right now here and forever–help me to trust God in this matter and not to take matters in my own hands. Ask God to intervene for my son and yet for me in answering our prayers–and help to place this matter in His hands, please.

  2. I am in a period of testing and I hate it! Summer 2014: lots of new health issues; major enough for me to drop out of college. As a result, I owe the college $3500. I am on a fixed income that has no savings safety net to pay for medical procedures, treatments and prescriptions that Medicare and Medicaid won’t cover 100%. I can not afford to pay out of pocket, as I am already living on about $800/monthly with 2 daughters in college and 2 still at home. Please pray for my faith, health and finances. Please pray that I focus on HIM not on these problems.

  3. ..I am in school and it’s difficult for my parents to pay my fees. I trust in
    that he will provide my needs according to his riches In
    glory but sometimes doubts and the what if sets in…I loose
    hope and trust…I want God to strengthen me in him and help
    me to hold on to faithfulness upon my life and destiny. I also
    want to be prayed for my relationship with my boyfriend…
    that God’s will be manisfested in our relationship. Thank you.

    1. Father God, I come to you on behalf of Mawuli. I ask that You would strengthen her and give her discernment in her relationships. May her actions honor You and be pleasing in Your sight. I also ask that You would meet her financial needs for her education. Thank you Father that we come come to You and know that You hear our prayers and that You are with us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

      1. Thank you some Gwen Smith for your powerful prayers. It’s my prayer God gives you ageless strength to carry on with his works. God bless you and your family with overwhelming grace and protection. In Jesus’s name. Amen!

  4. I need your intercessory prayer for my two adult children. They have been very close to each other these past twenty four and something years. Now I feel my home has been turned upside down after my son got married. These two beautiful children of mine do not speak to each other any more. Various things have happened to cause this terribly strain in our lives. Some days I feel strong and am confident God will restore peace in my home once again; but some days the pain gets so hard that I don’t know I much longer I can take this. Please pay that God restores unity in my family.

  5. I have been struglling for over two years with severe depression and extreme anxiety . I have similar bouts before but God has always showed me the way back but this time has been different. I have been on over 35 medications and have spent countless weeks in the hospital My doctor has sent my to the Uniiversity of Michigan psychiatric department for evaluation and they found out I have only one of the four genes needed to matabolize the type of medication I need to treat my condition. I force myself every day to do daily routine tasks.
    I won’t belabor my situation but I would appreciate prayers to help me cope and perhaps see a way out. I know Most of the time GOD is here and he has a plan for me that will help me get my life back including life outside these four walls I always have had a purpose I can’t believe I don’t know God Bless to all

    1. Father, I lift up Gayle. Help her to sense Your presence. You have promised Your children that You would never leave them. You are always present and present at all times. We thank you that we serve a great and awesome God. Please help Gayle to remember who You are and who she is in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  6. I just would love for you to please send prayers, through your churches or yourself, for my mom. She’s in bad shape, and she’s only 48 years old, she is an alcoholic. And refuses to believe that the alcohol is hindering her in any way. She has 2 major leaking valves in her heart, and also has pre-stomach cancer, he liver function is poor, and her blood pressure is out of control. I have a 4 year old son named Brandon that his “Nana” my mom (Jeannie Bracewell) is his number one person in his life. He loves her, and had depended only on just her while I was in prison. And she had slacked up on her drinking then, for a while. But, she will go sometimes a whole week without drinking… and then will pick some off-the-wall excuse to start back drinking. Then she will go weeks on end- waking up at 5 in the morning drinking, and not being able to function by noon. Please pray for her to somehow or another realize that pain, hurting, and depression are part of life that is what makes us feel human… and that drinking is only covering it up. We just have lost my granny (mom’s mom) and momma was her caretaker (lost her this past January). So, she thinks she went wrong somewhere, and also, she had to have an abortion when I was about 7 years old (and I’m 28 now), and did it because the doctor said that if she tried to carry the child that her and the child would die… so she decided to live… but she still hasn’t forgiven herself for that either. I think the root of her drinking is a lot of old regrets that she can’t seem to get over. So please spread the word to pray for my mom. Thank you and God Bless

  7. Gwen,
    I have a daughter that is 37 with three children. She is struggling with drug addiction and is as low as i have seen her in years. It’s as if she has given up. Her children are with their daddys. She is on the streets going from here to there. I haven’t heard from her in five days so I don’t know where she is. Pray for a miracle in her life that will change her from the inside out. This has been going on since she was 12. I ask God all the time, when is He going to deliver her from this but it still goes on. I know He has her in His hands so that is my only hope.

    1. Lord Jesus, I come to you today and I commit Gwen’s daughter of 37 years into hands. Lord we know and believe that there is power in your name and the blood you shared for us on the cross of Calvary. Lord I pray that may Gwen’s daughter be washed of any addiction in Jesus’s name. You promised as peace and health and this is what we believe in. I know you are working great miracles in her favor. Amen. Gwen, be encouraged that God sees and hears any prayer you whisper to him, Just continue trusting him and you will be surprised at what he will do…He has promised he will never fail us and though…weeping may last for the night his joy always comes in the morning. God bless!

  8. I’m so thankful for Gods grace he is giving me during this crazy time in my life. His strength surrounds me and I know I am a child of god. I pray he helps me see the path my future is to take , everything happens in his timing and I MUST be patient . Help me set an example to my children , husband , family, and friends of Gods glory and Astounding love. May god answer your prayers and guide you to new beginnings.

    1. Dear Father God, I join with Kathy and ask that You would give her wisdom and clear direction as she seeks to walk in Your ways. I pray that you would strengthen and encourage her. May You be honored by her faith and may her family be drawn closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  9. For the past 5 years I’ve been struggling with if I ever knew God. I remember I came to a point in my life of getting to know me. Now I’ve come into contact with some ministers that have made me really doubt. My son is with them and I can’t see him. I’ve been told I’m full of demons and my s on doesn’t’ t need to be around me. I’ve forgotten how yt? o pray for him or even if God is listening.

  10. I need prayer for everything going on in my life just that I will be content in God and love people that are difficult to love. Please help me love like Jesus loves not have hard feelings for people and forgive those that do things against me. I also need prayer that I will trust God through all circumstances even difficult ones and be a light to those who do not know God. Its hard cause at times I feel like its only me and there is no one else fighting this uphill battle that seems like its never going to end. Please, pray that I will rely on God in everything and not myself.

    1. Praying . I love your prayer. Your are not alone in this battle . It is so hard to walk in faith at times . May God bless you and strengthen you during this journey .

  11. Please pray for my grand children RJ, Aliyah their parents are going through a divorce. The kids are feeling very confused, hurt by their parents actions. Pray for comfort and understanding for all of our family.

  12. I wake up at 6 on the dot every morning to read my GIG devotionals. I didn’t get to read this Part 1 devotionaluntil the wee hours of Oct. 2nd 2014 and as I read it with tear filled eyes, I understood why. I had just had my 2nd miscarriage around midnight on oct. 2nd. The first one was 9 months ago. I continue to be heartbroken. There aren’t words to describe this pain. Although this devotional reminds me that God brings strength along with His love for me during this season of “No” it doesn’t take away the pain. The hardest part about this pregnancy was that I believed it would result in a full term healthy baby. With my whole heart I felt my God would not disappoint us a second time, not twice in a row. I had a peace this time around that impressed myslef. I had God’s peace. And then Oct 1st hit and ultrasound confirmed the lack of development. Oct 2nd I’m at home miscarrying. I know God is in this and lives in me. But PLEASE pray for me!!! My heart needs it!

    1. I hope that you are able to stay strong through this and know that God is with you and your unborn babies. No one ever said being a mother is easy, I have lost a baby as well and know your pain. Allow yourself to go through all of the emotions so you can heal and be even stronger at the end of all of it. I pray that God will bless you through this difficult time and blesses you with his love. Best of luck to you!!

  13. I have been a single mother for quite a few years, but a little over 2 yrs ago I married an amazing Godly man. My daughter was 14 when we got married. Her dad was not apart of her life, but seeing the way my husband was with his daughter made her long for a relationship with her dad. Long story short she got in contact with him and started their relationship back (that was in July 2012). Christmas day of that year she moved in with him. It has been 2 yrs and I rarely get to see her or talk to her. She doesn’t want much to do with us. Sadly I did not raise her in church so she was only in church for a couple yrs before she moved out and where she is at is a very ungodly home. I need prayer for feelings I have towards my ex and his wife (a story too long to get into on here), how to deal with the feelings of loosing my baby girl, but most importantly that God will use me or send someone in my daughters life that will lead her to Him!!! I know she may never come home and thats hard fact to face, but what is most important here is her salvation and God will take care of the rest. Thank you!

    1. Father God, You know the pain in Shannon’s heart. I pray that You would bring comfort as she seeks Your intervention in her daughter’s life. I pray that You would use Shannon to reach her daughter with the gospel. I pray that You would prepare the heart of her daughter so that she would come to know You as Lord and Savior. Thank You for the gift of grace and mercy found at the cross of Jesus Christ Your Son. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  14. I prayed a brief prayer for each of you as I read through the requests. So many hurts and heartaches but I’m so thankful God is bigger than all of this!
    My twin sister took her life 3 months ago. It’s been devastating for her 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Please pray for them and all the rest of the family. Again, I’m so thankful God is bigger than this!

    1. Becky, I am praying that your heart heals from the loss of your twin. I have lost two very special people in this manner too. It is hard but you are Soooooo right…God is greater than all of this, all of us, and every circumstance in our lives! Remember you are busy tough, even when you don’t feel it. HIS strength is made perfect in our weakness!

  15. I am scheduled to leave by plane for a long awaited vacation in Hawaii tomorrow. I am experiencing diverticulitis symptoms. The meds for it are heavy duty, are hard for me to swallow, and make you sensitive to the sun. All not optimal for a pleasant vacation. Please pray for wisdom and healing.

  16. I will be praying for everyone as well as myself because I need prayer for my finances. I know God is good and he will bring me through as he has done numerous times in the past!!!

  17. Pray for my friend! She is in need of devine intervention from God as she is allowing herself to be lead astrayed from God by her wrong choices by allowing herself to be around ungodly acoholics and drug addicts. She is pushing away her christian support group. she has a past of addiction and has been doing good for 9 months but now surrounding herself once more with wrong influences

  18. Need prayer for my marriage. My husband wants a divorce and has served me final papers. It’s not what I want at all. I know this isn’t God’s plan for our lives. Please pray that God turns his heart back to me and our marriage.

    1. Father God, I join with Stacey and ask that You would provide restoration of their marriage. Please bring healing to hearts that have been broken. Thank You Father for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  19. We were told today that a family friend who’s 16 year old son that is battling cancer is being referred to hospice. Today is one of those days when it is hard to understand God’s no to the this family’s cry for help. I try to remind myself that there has to be a greater purpose in it all but Vincent and his family can use all the prayers they can get right now. Thank you Gwen Smith for the reassurance to trust in the Lord and for this forum to connect with others, God Bless you!!

  20. This Devotion today, brought me back to the years that I was a practicing RN & did pediatric Hospice. As chills ran my arms & tears on my cheeks, I remember those times as if it was yesterday. Hard, you might think, yes it was. Each time I pulled into the driveway of my patient, my heart sunk into the pit of my stomach because I never knew what I would be walking into that day, parents who hadn’t slept, siblings acting out for someone to pay attention to them & that precious Baby sent home to live the remainder of their days. Seldom did they give them weeks or months to live. Most had vast complicated internal problems & looked completely normal on the outside which were very few, many with external manifestations of incomplete developements or their faces, missing complete sides of their faces, cleft lips or palates requiring their only source of nutrition. So many Moms pump their breast on a normal feeding schedules so their precious babies could get the best milk availible to their Baby. Some opened up to tell me that they closed their eyes & imagined that perfect Baby nursing, others felt obligated because they felt the abnormalities were their fault. I was only suppose to spend an hour with each Baby, most of the time it was hours or the entire day…to give Mom time to rest, grocery shop, attend school functions for brothers & sisters. So they could do laundry or to support the family in their precious little ones last hours. I had drifted from God years before but was never from His presence. I tried to run & hide but He always found me, He always spoke to my heart, He always strengthened me to do the job before me but nothing more. He helped through the job I had, but nothing more. In 2002, I began to experience severe deterioration in all of my joints from osteoarthritis, requiring one joint replacement after another, the left hip, the left shoulder & now both knees are severely deformed from the arthritis & my right shoulder is showing signs of failing. Right now, we are deciding which joint needs replacement the worst. Probably my left knee. Each day, I awake, if I have slept, I awake crippled with pain I thank God for the opportunity to wake up, to have His Blessings & to worship Him as my salvation, my Lord & saving grace! I ask for your prayers for relief from the pain, the preparation for knee replacement & rehabilitation. I miss church terribly & so much want to walk into church & be able to stand & sing His praises! Hallelujah! I’m new to blogging & certainly don’t want to ramble on & I am excited about it!

    1. Teresa, I stand in agreement with you the our God has perfect will and way of healing you inside and out. May His grace and mercy overflow in your heart each moment of each day. Thank for you for the heart and service you have provided to so many families in their time of struggle. Be blessed my sister!

  21. I have prayed for a husband, marriage and family for over 40 years, I am now 62 and I have never sensed God has helped me with this desire nor brought anyone my way. I am not unattractive, unfit, have a good personality, job, home. I just at this point in my life wish I was never born, I am so tired of not having a family, the kind of love one receives from family. i honestly don’t feel God cares and that I am just a pawn in his game. I am not Paul, Joseph and I just don’t have the strength to care anymore. I really can’t witness to others about all the promises in the Bible including, God works things out for the best. Really? God said it was not good for man to be alone and created a woman to fit with a man. then not provide this for his child? There has been no grace in this pain. I believe wholeheartedly in God and his son Christ, I just hate the life he has given me. Yes I understand this is a fallen world, full of sin,needs desires not met with no reason, its just a plain shiity way to treat ones’s children if you really loved them

    1. I will pray for you, Ti. I was a single mother for 13 years, feeling lonely like you are and hoping that I would meet someone that would be a good husband and father. I found the greatest satisfaction through volunteering for church ministries, and met many supportive people that way. Eventually I did meet my current husband through eHarmony. It is a safe site that allows you to take your time to converse with people before you decide if you ever want to meet. I’ve heard Christian based dating sites are good too. Best wishes and prayers to you. Don’t lose hope!

      1. Cyndi,

        Thank you so much for taking your time and kindness in responding to me and offering a prayer. I have tried your suggestions and unfortunately nothing has remotely worked, rather unbelievable. I have appreciation for the work and love God has done in many lives. But after 45 years of being an adult Christian, for me there has been no joy, no peace, no voice, no fulfilled very minimal desires so the only hope I have left in me, sadly, is the hope I die soon so the pain will stop. I would love a prayer that God would bring me home soon.
        I am grateful God has favored you with two families, you are blessed by him

    2. I admire your raw truth and ability to share. I have a friend who suffers from a skin defect which makes his skin literally “melt” then scab over. His hands are webbed together. Last week he asked me to ask God why He is so mad with him? My reply was that God would never punish or hurt him. I don’t claim to understand my friends pain or yours. Like my friend, he cannot find a loving companion to share life’s moments with on a man and woman experience. All I can offer is my friendship, love and compassion. I’m sorry for your pain and hope you keep your eyes open for I know He is out there and He is listening. Praying for you.

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        Niki, thank you so very much for taking your time and offering me encouragement. I feel like my life is pretty much over , so it means so much to hear from you that someone might still be out there. Bless your precious heart, thank you so much!

  22. Please pray for me. I finally decided to leave my 17 years of marriage after I found out my husband’s multiple infidelities. He does not want to change his behavior, but he wants to stay married. My divorce is taking almost a year. He is fighting little things and not agreeing to reasonable request. I am emotionally, mentally tired. I used to be very faithful and depend on God more, but now I am very weak because of what’s happening. Fortunately I have many supports from church. I am a prayer worrier. Please pray that my husband will humble his heart and accept a final decree. Please pray for my son(12 years) to trust in God that we will be ok. Please pray for me to find a perfect job so that I can take care of myself and my son. I need God’s clear guidance so that I can follow his step, but not my own way. thank you

  23. I am in need of a permanent job, i am presently working a temp position that could end in December. I’ve taken a cut in pay so i need the Lord’s continued provisions, financial blessings for my son and I. I know the Lord has a plan.
    Thanks for your daily encouragement to stay in the battle. God Bless.

  24. Dear Father God, As I read through all the prayer requests I feel overwhelmed by the depth of need. I praise You Father that You never feel overwhelmed for You are All Powerful, All knowing, All sufficient. I pray that You would work for the good for each of these requests. I pray that each one will know You and the power of Your Spirit that lives within our hearts. For those who are depending on their own strength, for those who do not know you as Lord and Savior, I pray that You would draw them to Yourself and that they would accept the free gift of salvation found only in You. Thank You Father for hearing our prayers and for the anwers that You will provide. Thank you for Your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  25. Please pray for me to know if my husband is truly changed after having an affair and shattering me as a woman and wife. Help me to discern what He wants for our family and not what I wish for. Thank you so much. My anxiety and sadness is overwhelming at times.

  26. After over a decade of struggling and the pain of many doors being slammed in my face (lost jobs, homes, etc), I have made the heart wrenching decision to move back to NY with family. However, the heartbreak comes from leaving my 14 year old daughter behind who is safe, stable and happy living with her dad and doesn’t want to come with me. She’s a teenager who doesn’t want much to do with me anyway, but I know she’s angry with me for all of my failures and not being able to provide for her and leaving her. I’m trying to believe that God has a plan for me, that he’s been trying to tell me for years to get out of Florida, but I wouldn’t listen and tried so hard to make it work here for my kids’ sake. My son is on his own now at college. Please pray for me, that God will show me the way to a better place. I just want a little happiness. Thank you.

  27. Prayer for better job opportunity if that is Gods will…..meant to have kids ( I have premenapause) what direction God wants me to go what is His plan for me? Prayer also for me to be a more bolder witness where I work at.

  28. I need urgent prayer for God to intervene in the situation. I deposited a check into my account. And found out that it was fraudulent. Now I went to the bank to talk to one of the clerks and she told me just don’t use it or touch it and let it take its course and you should be okay.

    1. So sorry you have to go through this…I will pray for you , you know I am told so much to put my trust and faith in the Lord….that is what you will have to do too…believe me I know it’s not easy..

  29. There is someone very close to my heart, TJS, that needs prayer and supernatural guidance from The Lord in his walk. There is anger, fears, bitterness, and addictions weighing him down, so I ask for prayer for him that the Father meets him where he is and raises him above these things. Thank you, and have a blessed day.

    1. Father, I join with Jess and ask that You would break the chains that keep TJS from living a life of peace and contentment in You. I pray that You would shine the light of Christ into TJS’s heart that darkness would be driven out. I praise you God that we can walk in the light and the fruit of light is found in all that is good, and right, and true. (Ephesians 5) In Jesus name, Amen.

  30. I have been battling with forgiving myself. I am an ovarian cancer survivor, Because God never gave up on me and answered prayers, so many prayers, I am here today. When I was diagnosed, I did not become angry, did not question God why, as a matter of fact, I learned that my cancer was a blessing, I was taken care of by my wonderful husband, (who married me two days before surgery) and people were wonderful, we were so blessed. But we had struggles too, My husband lost his job,, They gave him a severence, but we had to live on that.. we had to accept help from my mother, thank God she was able to help us so I could have insurance. But even with the insurance the medical bills were still astinomical.. Because I had just moved to Florida the year before, I didn’t have many close friends, and my husband being without work allowed him to bring me for treatments and care, and it was a blessing. Once my sister arrived from up north in the Fall, he was able to go back to work because he knew I was being cared for. I will always be grateful that he could care for me last summer, but sometimes, especially when I see the financial mess we are in, I backslide terribly, I start feeling closed in, and miserable because we in such a mess….I know that God allows trials to make us stronger, and I accept that…I have a terminally ill 39 year old daughter in NY..she has been sick for almost 16 years, I took care of her for almost 10 years, and worked, two jobs, and thankfully , by the grace of God, was able to place her in a home that specializes in her disease, leaving her was the hardest thing I ever did…and now I still struggle with my leaving to move away…I fell in love with such a sweet wonderful man,…and I was so impulsive..I came here to florida, and then my life unravelled…I finally realized that GOD is my planner, NOT me..and I know he has forgiven me for being so impulsive., He has blessed me so much..how do I forgive myself…sometimes I feel as if I can’t breathe, I feel like I have messed up so badly and I deserve to be punsihed..But then I remember why Jesus died on that cross..and I am hurt because I let the sadness in..please pray for me , that I can keep my focus on God and what he has planned for me…I just need prayer to have the stregnth to let go of this stress and frustration I feel ….

  31. I could really use your support in prayer. My husband is not saved. I am having a hard time with God’s answer that I am to surrender and not try to “bring him” to the cross to encounter Jesus. It is hard to let go. It’s hard to accept that it is not up to ME to bring him to the light.

  32. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I have owned our own business for the last few years. The economy has taken it’s toll on us and we have decided to sell it. We put our entire savings into but tough times are winning out. The financial stress has also taken it’s toll on our marriage and we are splitting up. Through all of this I have thanked God for all of the blessings I have experienced and the friendships I have made. It never would have been possible without God leading the way. Today I am praying for the business to sell so I can recover some of the money to start a new life. I also need a job to allow me to support myself. I know God has a plan for me but I’m having a hard time seeing it and depression and anxiety are an everyday thing for me. Thank you in advance for your prayers. I will be praying for you also.

  33. I’m asking for prayer for Anthony. He’s been battling with depression and has strayed away from God. May he be healed from the inside out and lay it all at Jesus’ feet.

  34. It’s a very timely gig. Today I found out the same news and facing the same decision. Pls pray for me. I don’t want to terminate but my husband thinks I should. I’m trying to trust in my Almighty All powerful Father but just struggling. Thanks again for sharing Shira and Joeys journey. It helped a bit

    1. G, praying for you. I’m praying that our Heavenly Father will give you spiritual clarity and strength with what lies ahead. I can’t imagine how hard this is and I imagine your pain is very deep. You’re trusting God, which means that if you keep on walking with Him He’ll give you healing peace and victory. Our God is with you, sees you, and cares for you.

  35. As I read through these requests, I am struck by the brokenness of this world. Sisters! We need to be broken in Christ! His Holy Spirit resides in the heart of each of us. The Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf to God on High! Praise His Holy Name! Bring your petitions to the throne…surrender your brokenness, your doubts, your fears! The Lord Almighty has a purpose in it all.

  36. Appreciate your prayers. 2 years ago my son cut off a relationship with my husband and I thinks done in the past. We have asked his forgiveness countless times but he is bitter and angry toward us. At that time he said he wanted us to have a relationship with our grandchildren who are 11 months and 5years old, Amelia and Brayden. Last month he decided we can no longer see our grandchildren. Not sure what triggered this recent decision but I am grieving over this every day. Hard right now to see how God will turn this into good but I know He will.

  37. I am at a crossroad to which I know that God is telling me to change some areas in my life. I ponder the persecution I will have to endure. I am request strength through this transitioning. What hurts, is that the individuals involved have professed to being Christians. Instead of beating each other up, we should be celebrating one another. As long as I’ve been on the road following Jesus… I am not strong in this area. When I’m weak… God says He’s strong. I praise God for strength today. I’m requesting prayer for the direction God is taking me.

    1. Dear God, as our Father, we praise You for Your love and grace in our lives. I pray that You would strengthen Renel, that You would cause her to rest in Your protection and provision in her life. I pray that as she walks through life’s trials that she would seek Your strength and guidance. I pray that You would draw her to Yourself and may she sense Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  38. Hi I ask for prayer for my business.Iam a woman contractor and trying to break into this mans world.I need to get work.My husband is my employee and I need to keep him busy.We just finished some work but need to keep it flowing.Thank you for your prayers.Melissa

  39. please pray for me,i suffered a really bad fall at work a year ago,and i’m finding it hard to cope,my finances have dwindled due to medical bills and i’m also a single mom,i have been praying from the time this accident happened for a breakthrough and also trying to keep the faith and trust God ,in that same space of time,my father died from complications of dimentia,which was very heartbreaking to see him go downhill in the space of less than a year.With other challenges along the way,i became very disheartened that God wasn’t hearing me.I am asking prayer for a breakthrough as i am in turmoil of which way to go,i have been standing still. Thanks in advance.

    1. Father God, I pray for Allison to remain steadfast in her faith. I pray that Your Holy Spirit would empower her to walk in Your ways. I pray that as Allison waits for Your answer, that her faith would grow stronger and deeper. I praise You God that You are all powerful and sovereign over all things and that we will never be disappointed when we put our faith and trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  40. I am a young professional, my contract ended yesterday. God provided for me this month and I am joyfully thankful to Him. I get anxiety about what will happen next month, I have so much years in varsity trying to build a good foundation for my career and financial freedom and not having a decent job is a challenge and now I have no job at all. I need prayer 1) to embrace this season 2) good decent job. Can I extend this prayer request also to my friend who have been unemployed for long time now – it difficult for her but she trust God always but it is sooo not easy for her. thank you.

  41. My sisters in God, please join me in praying for the lord’s grace so I can have my current contract extended for a period long enough to enable me sort out my MBA studies and have an opportunity to manage my young family stay together. special prayers too for my daughter who presents with cerebral palsy and yet due to therapy needs she is in boarding school in another country away from me, it breaks my heart as I have accepted this wonderful gift from God with all my mighty (mind and soul) and I take it as a true blessing for the lord chose me to be a mother to a special needs child. My constant prayer is that the lord in his grace enables me to be and live with my daughter in a country that will provide the therapies that she needs. I pray that daily I can have input in her life, to physically help her, my heart will be so fullfilled as I will truly honour the lord in doing what I have believed he chose me for to do for this child with special need, a challenge that has brought me to appreciate the lord’s unfailling love. In jesus name I ask for your prays. Amen

  42. please prayer .. i sorta have a job went too an orition last wk. 90% got the job after going through the orition but waiting for clinets.could take mid oct. or whenever some comes just the waiting n how long of waiting will wait after a little while till end of december or sooner .to move on thanks!!

  43. Hi, I teach a class filled with children with disabilities. The story of Caden warmed and hurt my heart at the same time as I see needs like his daily. I usually love my job and what I do. I was given two new aides, that are in their 20’s and have no experience, this year. I could use prayer as I try and direct them, both are self-directed, wanting to use there cell phones all day, not watching the children and questioning my decisions. I am trying hard to be patient. Thanks for your prayers.

  44. Please pray for me! I am 52 years old and I still do not have absolute assurance of my salvation. I feel like I know all the “right” words to say and I “think” I’m doing the right things in my life, but am I really doing them for God? I am filled with doubt. I find it hard to believe the whole story. It just seems so far fetched that He lived and died for us. Why would He do that? I wish to come closer to the Lord, to know His love for me to know He’s really real and that He’s always with me. If I could somehow block all the negative thoughts, doubts and fears maybe I could truly open up and finally believe. Lord Jesus, please touch my heart and my mind. I want to know I am your daughter.

  45. I need prayer that my faith will stay strong. My husband & mother in law died a month apart last year. I know they are in a better place, but it hasn’t been easy.Please pray for my son who is separate d from his wife who left him & their two sons pray that he finds a job soon. They live with me & this has been a financial struggle. I know God has been with us but my faith starts to dwindle.

    1. Father, I pray for Jean and her family. In her loss, I pray that she will draw strength from her relationship with You. I pray that You would draw her to Yourself and that she would develop a passion to know You deeper. I praise You Father for Your love and mercy in our lives. I pray that through these trials Jean and her family will grow in their faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  46. I am a Christian….I am also flawed, and “keeping up with the Jones”, I feel as though I am two people…split and I know I am not fully giving myself over to God. I don’t know how! I have to remind myself…pray, praise, don’t do this yourself, give it over to God. It is hard when I am not so sure that God is in me…is that him speaking to me, or just myself? I want to believe he is right beside me but I am not one who easily hears or feels his presence…so I still question. I am afraid to give up myself to him fully for fear that I change into a different person…like my mother…one my husband will no longer love? My friends will no longer want me around? I feel as though I am missing a piece of the puzzle but don’t know how to find it. I pray I read the bible, but still feel all alone when there is no big boom or certain sign, how to you keep walking towards something you cannot see or feel??

    1. I will pray for you, Tori. I feel your pain and I often still find myself in that place, but there is a lot of good Christian literature on that subject. I know that if you give yourself up fully to Him, there are only benefits to reap in the end, so, even though it is easy to say, there is no need to worry about things you can´t control anyway. About the literature, I´m currently reading Philip Yancey´s book “Reaching For The Invisible God,” and it is a very interesting and reassuring read, dealing on that very subject, how to keep walking towards a God you can´t see or even necessarily feel.

  47. Please pray for peace for me as I wait on the Lord for both physical and emotional healing. This road I’ve walked has been almost two years and filled with set-backs. I know its a time of refining, but waiting is so very hard. Meanwhile I’m not really’here’ for my husband and children, even though I’m here. I long for peace and joy in the middle of all of this.

  48. My husband and I have struggled a lot financially and way more than we have had good financial times. It is hard with 3 kids but God has always provided and it is a daily surrender to trust in Him sometimes every minute. As I write this I have $416 in my wallet. To pay all the bills I have to pay right now it is $399 and some change. My husband doesn’t get paid till the 15th, yes the gas tank is full, I have a good amount of groceries. We do not have cellphones, we do have a house phone and internet so I am able to do the work I need to do for church and hopefully get request for personal chef jobs. So right now I know my husband will tell me to pay part of the bills, because we need 2 tires on the car. So we need prayer so God can talk to my husband and to lead me in His way not ours, because I think we should pay the bills in full and I do not want to get in to a discussion with him. Thank you!

  49. I would like to get married and start a family, but God has continually said “No.” I’m 30 years old, so I don’t have many child-bearing years left. The fear and anxiety creeps up on me from time to time. My parents are aging, and I don’t want to be left alone when they’re gone. I want a family of my own. I never thought it would take this long to get married. The one person I wanted to marry chose someone else, and that was the most heartbreaking “no” I’ve received from God. I just don’t understand His ways or reasons. I need prayer for a miracle and divine intervention in my life.

    1. Father, I pray for Avg. I pray that she would find her fulfillment in You alone. I pray that You would be her priceless treasure. I pray that You would help her to trust the goodness of Your plan. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  50. Help me pray for my lost. Please pray for my sister Carla, who is in a warfare of her life with anger, borderline depression, and homosexuality. I believe in my heart that Lord will completely change her in every area of her life, once she comes to the knowledge of Him. Thank you in advance, sisters. God bless.

  51. I need prayer for myself and getting closer to God on my way back into my faith and on getting my life back on track. I was strung out on drugs for almost 5 yrs and last year on thanksgiving day I decided to get clean and I have been clean since, but it hasn’t been easy…I have a lot of anger built up in me and I lash out a lot with my mouth. I also want everyone to pray for my fiancee that he will come into his faith and be the man of faith that I need him to be and to do the right things for the family that we are trying to start together. I don’t pray for riches for us, but I wanna pray that we can become comfortable and stay there cause as of right now we stay in a shelter for the homeless, we went out and tried to start a life but believing in friends and family and going in the wrong direction put us back here. (We met in a shelter that helped with recovery, we both had issues with drugs) I thank God that he put us back in a shelter cause I believe if we had stayed on the path we were headed that it would have eventually took us back to drugs and being in a christian based shelter is exactly where we needed to be!! I also need prayer for the job that he just got that it is only a first step to many more opportunities and enhancements in our life together.

  52. PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYER!! Our senior high youth pastors almost 2 year old daughter Sarah Grace was just diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her abdomen / pelvic area. We need BIG BOLD prayers for this precious little girl, her mom and dad and 6 older siblings!! Thank you so much for praying!

  53. Please pray for me I’m applying for a good paying job, this will help my family financially. Pray for my boyfriend and I relationship that we become closer together as unite and we find trust in each other. We been together 1 year and we have a baby boy. Lately I feel us growing apart so please pray that the Lord keeps his hands on our family. Thank you God Bless you and your family.

  54. Please pray for the attack on my marriage
    I kinda feel helpless but know that God is good
    We need to feel the love again seems all is lost and distant

  55. I continue to struggling after find out my husband had an affair. That is not the man I married. I am working on finding trust and respect for him but it is so hard. I feel like I am now in a spiritual battle. Please pray for me and my marriage.

    1. Dear Father, I come to you on behalf of Terry and her husband. I pray that you would bring healing and restoration to their marriage. I pray that as they draw close to You that You would cause them to draw close to each other. Thank you Father for the gift of marriage. In jesus’ name, Amen.

  56. I need strength and healing today., I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and now I have also gotten a cold with a bad cough especially at night. I have been praying, my husband has been praying for me and I am feeling depressed as I am not getting better. I have been to the doctor but I also know the Great Physician can heal me and touch this body.
    I look forward to the GIG daily devotions in my inbox at work. Thank you for all the encouragement and uplifting studies.

  57. Please pray for me I’ve been struggling with direction I’m 54 and am trying to figure out what to do with this next chapter in my life, I’m anxiety filled, and at times start to feel paralyzed with fear about my finances of which I have none! In addition I’m married to a negative unbeliever! My faith is what keeps my head above water and up till now I looked to God to for strength and to trust in spite of my circumstances, I’ve failed at last several attempts in real estate and things didn’t work out in my last job. Well I found a new job that actually pays a base! Haven’t had a job offer that pays a salary in several years! My issue is my confidence is wounded due to the unsuccessful experiences, I’m feeling pressure and am afraid I’ll fail again! I need clarity, direction and peace!

    1. You are not alone… I will be 50 next year and facing life in much the same way… But God has been giving me this exact message the past few days… my grace is sufficient for you and my power is made strong in your weakness…. He is still at work and will finish his work!!! That is what I am holding on to… its a difficult thing though to try and stay positive in the wake a lifetime of regrets but this is the path I have chosen and pray that HIS WILL be done… not mine! We can and will do this…. praying for you and that your faith will persevere thorugh it all!!! In Jesus name!!!! Amen….

  58. Need prayer for the strength and positive growth of my marriage and for my 20 year old daughter and her future. Thank you so much

  59. Please pray for my friends Lindsey and Raynard. Their three-year-old son went down for a nap on Friday and just never woke up. We don’t know why, as the autopsy results aren’t back yet. Please pray for them and their family.

  60. My nephew passed away last week. After only a month and a half of learning that he had liver cancer. He was 52. His grandmother, on his father’s side, passed away the week before he found out. Our Aunt, his great aunt, my mother’s sister, passed away the week before that and in April his other grandmother, my mother, passed away. To say that this has been a rough year is to put it mildly. I feel like it’s all a bad dream. I’ll wake up at some point and find out that it was a joke or something. I cling to my faith but oh, it’s hard! However, this is not my prayer request. My prayer request is for my nephews parents, my sister Marlene and her husband Bob. They are hurting so badly right now. And for my nephews sister and brothers. Some of whom do not know the Lord. And for my nephew’s daughters, and their husbands. This whole family is suffering and asking why. Please please lift them up.


  62. I ask for prayer for my daughter. She was a strong christian, working in her church, helping others, living the true christian life. She met a christian man at church. They fell in love, and were engaged. Then his mother stepped in and everything fell apart, partially due to his weakness to stand up to his mother. Since that point, the engagement failed and nothing has seemed to work in her life. She hasn’t found love, can’t find a full time job in her field and has given up on her church and no longer attends. It has been 2 years. I prayer that she could again feel God’s presence in her life. It would be wonderful if she could find good job, or love, but mostly, I pray that she find her way back to God.

  63. Please lift up my son J in prayer to overcome addiction, while in rehab in jail, facing possible time from drug related consequences. He has been saved and doing so well in recovery, finding his identity again, in Christ.!! His court date is set for November, Lord have mercy and continue to help him, your will be done to fullfill your plan for J. In Jesus name, Amen

    1. Oh boy have I been there!!! There is hope… my daughter is clean, working and going to school to become a Substance Abuse Counselor… one day at a time… one step at a time!! Praying for you and J… God grant them your power and grace!!!! Amen!!

  64. Good morning, Thank you GIG for all you do and the blessing that you are on a daily basis. As on June 30th I started having seizures, and have had three. Please join me in praying for God’s healing. I have a four month old grandson that I want to watch grow and nurture in the Lord. I pray for each and everyone for God’s work in your lives. Healing, comfort, and peace in Jesus name.

  65. Me and my family have been living in a bad neighborhood for over 20 years. My dad is the only one in the household working other than me and my mom is unemployed. We are believing God to move to another neighborhood and also that my mom will find a job that suits the plan God has for her life. Thanks for agreeing with me.

    1. Father, I come to you on behalf of Danielle and her family. I pray that You would provide wisdom and direction in their lives. I pray that they would seek Your face in prayer and spend time in Your Word. I pray that they would know You as the God who provides and that the source of all their needs are found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  66. I would appreciate prayers for my husband. He is unemployed and has a potential job opportunity that would be amazing. Please pray that he gets this job! We have 3 kids and need his income. Thank you!

  67. My marriage failed 10 tears ago after being together for 30 married for 24 of those. At the time we were together although there was part of me that believed in God I wouldn’t have called myself a. christian . That changed as I told my ex husband to go as the message I kept being given was to forgive him. And I have , and we have a good relationship with each other, with our 2 beautiful kids and me with his new wife. But I struggle with not finding a new partner so many friends have been in the same position as me and have all got new partners. I have prayed about this, I ask for guidance, patience. Please help me to see God at work in this situation.

  68. Please help me pray for my husband and his back pain. Its creating an edge that is sometimes unbearable….Thank You for this opportunity

  69. I lost my husband last July after almost 30 years of marriage please pray that I continue to look to Christ for my joy and happiness and know that only through Him does my strenght come from and that only He can fill this lonliness this sadness that I feel. It has been such a struggle to put on a happy face when my heart aches so much. It is hard to see the purpose when I feel like my dreams are gone even though I know in my head that I need to find new dreams. God is all knowing and all seeing and He is with me but I pray for purpose.

  70. I ask for prayers for strength. I feel sometimes as if I can’t go another day. I am wondering what God’s will is for my life. I started a new job 3 weeks ago and I am miserable…my husband has been applying for a different job with better benefits as I have crohn’s disease and also ITP and I deal with major anxiety and depression and the insurance at his current job which he has had for 22 years is so expensive with an enormous deductible! I deeply appreciate any prayers and I also pray for all the needs of all who posted. God Bless you all!

  71. I am in great need of prayer, concerning my relationship with my boyfriend of two years; we are both believers, but I don´t think he feels the same spiritual thirst as I do. Our relationship is very problematic, because of communication issues, broken trust issues, mother-in-law issues and control issues. I´ve lived in an abusive relationship for ten years, and I´m determined to never let anyone walk over me like that again, but I can find many of the same patterns forming between me and my current boyfriend. I´ve been trying to find a flat so I can move out, to no avail, and have prayed and read the Scriptures and prayed for months to figure out if it is God´s will that I move out, or if it´s God´s will that I stick it out with my boyfriend, but the answer still eludes me. I´m simply exasperated and torn apart, and feel like God is testing my patience, which I must accept, even though I feel as though I´m about to fall into an abyss. My trust in our relationship has taken a dive, because a past love interest of his keeps texting him to tell him she loves him, even though he eventually told her to stop, after two years. My mother-in-law lives right upstairs, and I can often hear them talking about me or what I´ve said, where I know that she takes his side no matter what, and I don´t trust them anymore. She has even intervened with a phone call in the middle of an argument, where I stood right in front of him as they ensued talk of me being “crazy,” even though I was trying to let my boyfriend know my feelings about his past love interest texting him like that. My boyfriend and his mother are extremely tight, yet regularly fight over her drinking problem, which she denies. There are patterns from my past abusive relationship forming fast, even though I try to do what I can to deflate it, and I´m sticking up for myself, but I´m worn out and am falling apart. Still, God keeps silent about whether I should move out or not. There, I´ve spilled the whole ugly mess. Please, please pray for me, I´m in dire need of God´s grace and guidance. And an apartment, if it His will. It seems that He will not give an answer to that question.

    1. I’m praying for you and your situation. Abuse comes in many forms, if you feel abused now then it’s an abusive relationship and he never has to lay a hand on you…If he was letting a former girlfriend text him without putting a stop to it then he was lusting in his heart, so that’s cheating, the bible says that !! I pray that the our good Lord above shows your heart where to go and leads you in that direction. In a relationship there should be more good days then bad, if it’s the other way around then it’s time to work on it and if that doesn’t work then its time to walk away.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply and prayer… I´ve been very confused by all this and have tried to share my point of view with him, but he gets extremely defensive and shifts the blame. I´m simply heartbroken and disappointed with our situation, despite my efforts to communicate these problems to him. When he reacts in such an abusive manner, the situation gets volatile, and I´ve done my best to retreat to another room, but even that is used against me. I know there is no point in trying to talk to him any longer, since everything I say can and will be used against me. I´m clinging to the only hope I have left, that God Almighty will bestow His grace upon me and relieve me from this weariness soon.

  72. Please pray for my marriage. I’ve recently remarried after being a widow for 9 years. The blending of the 2 families has been a challenge and I feel like my husband is not always on my side. We’re struggling financially and my job feels uncertain at this time. I feel like I’m losing touch with myself and friends and I need to get plugged back in but don’t have the strength. I know God is in Control of all things, but this battle is making we weary. Thank you for your prayers.

  73. Our 14 yo bright beautiful daughter, Sophia, is undergoing a biopsy this morning to check for lymphoma cancer. Our niece passed away at age 18 from lymphoma. While we are racked with concern, our God is bigger, mightier, and higher than any thing we can imagine and we lean into his living arms. Please keep us, her parents, brothers and sister and her extended family in your prayers as God writes his story on our lives!

  74. Please pray for my son Bailey, who started school this year and has changed a lot in character and temperament. I am finding his temper, anger and general behavior very challenging. I miss my kind, cheerful, happy little boy. The teacher says it’s a developmental stage. I feel overwhelmed and need a break through in dealing with the situation. I know it will pass, I just need Grace and guidance in the mean time. Please pray God will help me through this trial.

  75. I’ve been for the past year in a struggle with my walk, one minute I’m feeling gods presence and his joy and peace, and the next I’m, still knowing that he’s god and good but feeling an intense sadness, anxiety, and seemingly depression that I have to pray my way through, and fight to get out of. And i ask myself, How can i be a believer and still feel these things? Am i doing something wrong? How am I only 23 and feel so aged and heavy? I mean This is a daily struggle! and sometimes my biggest prayer to god is to please make this turmoil stop!! But after reading this I know this struggle is his way of building me up to trust and rely on only Him. For His glory.
    So I ask your prayers that whether this period of my life lasts 2 days or 20 years longer, that I can trust Him and faint not. Although there’s pain and I feel all sorts of suffering spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically I’m tired, that i can hold on to that God is still good and not give up on myself or him.
    Thank you for all that you do and this powerful encouragement.

    1. you may need to seek some counseling from a licensed psyciatrist. Its okay to do that so that you can find out the source of what is going on with you.With that being said a scripture in Isaiah speaks about the “garment of praise for the spirit heaviness ” just begin to praise for who he is put your mind on him will help you come out of that filling of sadness and depression. another thing is do some fasting for Gods direction on what to do. I hope and pray that God bring you through this with greater faith and trust in God with true dependance on him.

    2. I understand what you are feeling, some days I feel the same way
      my husband and I both lost our jobs 2 years ago , please pray for God’s intervention

    3. I too understand exactly what you are feeling… I was in a car accident in the beginning of 2013 and am luckily nicely healed for the most part but I need a new job. I haven’t received a paycheck in over a year and a half and we have used everything we have, our life savings (retirement) to get by. I started looking for a job again in the Jun time frame and still haven’t found anything. I have interviewed like crazy, all good feedback but God has not said yes to any of them yet. I am not looking for just any job, I am looking for a job that is not all consuming – one that puts God on the back burner and my family as the least priority. Those two things must be the first priority, then work. I would ask for the same prayers…. along with a new job that will glorify God and put my family first while still providing. My husband has worked so hard but we can not sustain on his income alone anymore without our nest egg cushion. Please pray for us… I have a 5 and 7 year old that are counting on us and I don’t want them to have to grow up the way I did… In Jesus Name, Amen.

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