Day 12 | 30 Days of Prayer | Italy
_______________ DAY 12 – CARING FOR AGING PARENTS_______________
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”
Today I/we pray for attendees: Michele, Joy, Cathy, Ruth, Barbara, Heather, and Danita
There is no doubt that loss, pain, and worry (even guilt) accompanies leaving loved ones behind for the sake of following His call on one’s life. Lord, Counselor, would You please give great discernment of how best to care for aging parents long-distance. I/we ask for peace, love, understanding, appreciation, and clear communication among siblings—along with provision for the various stages of transition as the needs become more complicated. Grant wisdom and provision (along with timing) for “emergency” visits. If parents do not know Jesus as their Savior, would You bring them into intimate relationship with You before they die? Father, comfort all hearts involved, and bless families with significant connections when face-to-face, as well as long distance.
Father, there are few countries that call for the wisdom of Solomon in governing itself as does Turkey. Constitutionally it is a secular country, with a majority desiring closer ties with Europe. Bubbling not far from the surface is a significant minority that seeks to place the country under Islamic law. Throw in the sizeable Kurdish population (14-20%), whose goal of separation from Turkey often erupts in violence, and one begins to sympathize with the task of the country’s leaders. Turkey continues to have one of the lowest percentages of believers in the world, though advances are being made in the face of hostile opposition from militant Muslims. I/we pray for the perseverance of workers and believers as they seek to be used by God in sowing his message in some of the harshest soil in the world.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the author
Debbie Suits grew up in Naples, Italy, and fell in love with the city and its people. She came close to returning to Italy, but ended up in Madrid, Spain, where she and her husband worked for 16 years. They returned to the States due to the special needs of one of their children. She now lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and three kids (ages 24, 22 and 18). Debbie is a bi-lingual nanny, companion to the elderly, and Color Consultant. She is the author of the 30 Days of Prayer and is a representative of Get Hope Global (micro-enterprise loans). Debbie has been a part of Thrive retreats for many years as a Color Consultant and shares a kindred spirit with fellow women who work abroad.View all articles by: Debbie Suits
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