21 Days of Prayer: Day 1
For the next twenty-one days, you'll find prayer and scripture here dedicated to one of my children. I will give you a quick set-up of the issue I'm covering for that child the first time I post their prayer. After that, the blogs will be short. A scripture and a plea for intercession.
My first prayer goes out for my oldest, Kyle, who went away to college this fall. You can read about that here in Things Change.
Kyle got accepted into a nursing program. He wants to work with pediatric oncology patients. Because he was a pediatric oncology patient.
Eight years ago, right before Kyle’s eleventh birthday, leukemia knocked on our door. You can read about our Parking Lot Prayer if you missed that story.
Over the years, numerous people have asked me if I could, would I ask for a do-over of those years we battled for Kyle's life?
My answer? I don’t think so. Because if cancer hadn’t rocked Kyle's world, he wouldn’t be at ORU now serving the God who walked by His side.
Kyle achieved full remission, but something happened in his brain post-chemo and radiation that showed up as an inability to perform well on written exams.
Most of Kyle’s grades in his college classes will be based on exams. This is going to become a problem. Especially when it comes time to take his nursing exam.
I am trusting God to heal my son of the leftovers from the disease that spent four years shaping who he is today.
“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Prayer moves mountains.
God says so, and I choose to believe Him.
I will believe in the power of intercession in your life at this time for this purpose. I will believe in the power of God working deep inside you, not only in your heart, but in your mind. I will believe in the life verse I chose for you when you faced your hardest challenge eight years ago.
God put you where You are and He won’t turn His back and leave you there alone.
Lord, take my smaller-than-mustard seed faith and grow it into a mountain so huge I can’t even imagine. I can’t change anything inside Kyle’s body or his mind. But You created him. You live in him. And You love him. Let your wholeness spill all over him and give Him what’s he’s missing. Protect him from the side-effects of cancer. Heal him of whatever is standing in the way of perfect focus and concentration and make this a non-issue for the rest of his life. I believe You want the best for Kyle and I ask you today to be the Great Physician. Thank you.
If you know someone this campaign would bless, please share this post. And I'd love to read your comments. Do you have a child in your life that you've committed to pray for over the next 21 days? Let me pray with you.
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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