Monday, March 21, 2011

Prayer Challenge

Hi friends and family -- This is Amy, Kristi's sister. I know we all long to "do" something that is helpful for Kristi during her hours of being quarantined while receiving the interstitial radiation and I believe that we can by standing in the gap with prayer. Early on in Kristi's treatment I went with her to one of her external radiation appointments and as she left me in the waiting room to walk back and receive her radiation I was flooded with many helpless feelings but also this raw awareness that I could not take this cup from her. This last Sunday as our preacher was teaching through the book of John he read the following passage...
John 18:11b  Shall I not drink the cup the father has for me?
Previously to this scene Jesus had been praying in the Garden of Gethsemane "My father if it is at all possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will" Matt 26:39 and then again in verse 42 He says "My father if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done!"

God has not chosen to take this cup away from Kristi either but I believe we can go to battle with her and along side our heavenly Father who does all things with a purpose. Let's join together to strengthen her in prayer so she knows she is NOT quarantined in that room alone - May Jesus' presence be very alive and real.

So here is the challenge - pick an hour to pray for Kristi and post your time in the comments area.. To do this go to the bottom of the comments where it says post a comment and under "comment as" click on anonymous if you do not have another type of account.  Then make your post and type in the coded word as directed and it will post your comment.  Lets see if we can stand in the gap and cover her in prayer around the clock.   (i.e. If you pick 3:00pm that means you will pray for her as many times as you want during that hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.)  I believe we can get most the hours taken b/c I know she has loved ones over seas praying for her too that are awake when we are sleeping! She will be so encouraged when she returns home to find out all who have committed to pray for her. Thanks for taking the challenge!

Dear Heavenly Father - I know your love for Kristi far outreaches our own, I know you pray for her and it is your healing hand that is going to heal her body of all cancer cells. Tonight I know as we collectively come together you will hear the prayers of the saints who are crying out on her behalf. I thank you that our hope is in you alone and not in circumstances. I even thank you for this "new" technology that is being used to heal Kristi's body. I thank you for doctors and pray you give them wisdom beyond their own intellect. We pray for peace of mind and rest while she "waits" in that room for the healing to take place. We pray that Satan's words of discouragement and defeat would fall on deaf ears and for a hedge of protection to surround her room and her mind. I pray that you would remove all fears and give Your peace that passeth understanding to Kristi as well as  Billy, the kids and all extended family members. You are a Good and Knowing God and it is in You we place our Trust and our Hope and we know that this cup you have chosen for Kristi is not in vain -  we know that your Glory will shine through brightly and may our lives never be the same - may we all be changed by what you've taught us along the journey - its in Your gracious name I pray all these things. Amen.


  1. Praying at 7:00am!
    You are my servant I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand..... For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand ans says to you, Do not fear I will help you! Isaiah 41

  2. So, I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit..I will be up praying at 4:00 am CO time. Thanks Amy Love Dad

  3. The day is upon us that I have dreaded for you, Kristi, since the beginning of time in this new world we live in. I had confidence that we could pray it away but before we could even send up our words the Dr's said they would do it no matter what. So now our prayer is different. Now we pray for you to experience the mercy of God as you go through this and we pray for the best careful placement of the needles and that your body will be strong for the surgery and that you will not be uncomfortable or feel afraid or alone and that God gives you the peace that passeth all understanding on this day and the rest of the week. I think of the man that penned the song, It is Well with my Soul. That man had lost everything, his business failed and all 4 of his girls and wife drowned and his son perished from illness. Still he could write this stirring hymn and say, That even when "sorrows, like sea billows roll", what ever the cost...He could write "It is well, it is well, with my soul". That's what I will pray for you my dear. May you have contentment and sleep much and feel it is well within your soul and also within your body. God gives you that. No one else can and we trust that because HE also wants the best for you He will give you PEACE LIKE A RIVER. Put your mind on the bridge on the beautiful South Fork river and watch the water. You are happy there with your family and the beauty of God's creation. My special prayer time will be at 4pm just opposite of Dad's at 4 am. That is pretty much like our personalities don't you think! I love you too much! MOM

  4. We are honored to stand on the wall for Kristi at 2 am and 3 am central standard time...we will be lifting you up here in Thailand. Rejoicing that our Mighty Warrior, Jesus Christ is with Kristi and SHE IS NOT ALONE. Praying that peace, joy, strength and victory abounds for Kristi, her family and friends over these days. Parrish and Kelli Wessels

  5. I am praying at 11AM. "Our God is able". I love you, sweet Kristi. -Lanna

  6. Faith Bible Church of Pampa: Women's Prayer Group will be praying at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday and the Men's Group at 7:00 A.M. on Friday.

  7. Kristi...
    I am praying for you throughout the 1:00pm hour this week. Praying for comfort as you receive treatment and total healing of your body.

    "But you are a shield around me O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head."
    Psalm 3:3

    I love you!

  8. Kristi -
    I am praying for you right now - Tuesday March 22nd, 8:00 am central time - With Love and Hope, Laura

  9. Kristi and family- I am praying throughout each day, but especially during the 5pm hour this week. Jesus please bring comfort to Kristi and strength to Billy and the kids.

    Victory in Jesus!
    I heard about His healing,
    Of His cleansing power revealing.
    How He made the lame to walk again
    And caused the blind to see;
    And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
    Come and heal my broken spirit,"
    And somehow Jesus came and brought
    To me the victory.

  10. I am overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity to Kristi. What special people we have surrounding our child. Thank you. You have deeply touched my heart. And somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory. Great words and song... MOM

  11. I am praying Psalm 121 over you.....Vs. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm --
    he will watch over your life;
    8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.
    "Thank you Father that our help comes from you and that you neither sleep nor slumber as you watch over my dear sister, Kristi. Gaurd her body, heart and mind as she goes into surgery and into this painful and isolating procedure, and gaurd her as she comes out. Give the Dr. wisdom to place the needles for radiation into the exact spots of cancer and help them to not miss one spot. Use this radiation to bring complete healing. You are Jehova Rapha...the one who heals. You alone are worthy of our confidence and our praise in ALL circumstances. "
    All my love to Our Savior and to Kristi and Billy..........Danina

  12. What an honor to be part of helping you.As you should already be aware of you and all family are continuously lifted up in prayer here in Oklahoma..Your so Amazing...10 AM....This is my special prayer time for you Kristi...We love y'all and will do whatever we need to do for you. Love Always Mike and Tammy

  13. Kristie: I am your Mother's cousin. We haven't had much chance to get to know each other, but you are family, and I believe in prayer, and I'm a night owl. You will have my prayers between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. I know God will heal you. HE IS AMAZING!
    Betty Jean Tripp

  14. Honored to be praying for the Wright family at 12pm, central time.

    Praise the LORD, O my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    Praise the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits-
    who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
    who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
    who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
    Psalm 103:1-5

    Love you Kristi.

    Sara Hawkins

  15. "May I run the race before me, Strong and brave to face the foe, looking only unto Jesus as I onward go."
    Kristi, you have been running this race strong and brave....I am also honored to be praying for you and your family. 7-8 am central time.
    xo Sue Fatheree

  16. We are praying for you Kristi its 10am! May God give strength and courage this week. You are not alone, we all love you! Hank & Elizabeth Lau

  17. I will be praying for you, Kristi at 5 am Wednesday and Thursday... Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!!! Praying that you will feel His presence all around you, continually!! Love you all!! Laurie Simonsen

  18. Kristi, I am so honored to stand with you in prayer, specifically from 8-9 pm central time. "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8. Your Sister in Christ,
    Heidi Demarais

  19. I will take 6am—Clint Curtis
    FYI……Looks like to me the following hrs have been taken: CST
    (not that we have limit our prayers to specific hrs or can't have additional people praying during the same hr I am sure our Lord can handle a barrage of prayer on Kristi's behalf at anytime day or night!)

  20. Kristi, I will be praying for you especially at the 6 a.m. hour. I am reminded of Isaiah 41:10 as I write this. It says "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." I am praying that you will experience God's presence as never before. May He be your peace, your strength, and may He give you a quietness in your heart so that you can reflect on all that He is. -- Ken

  21. You are a true inspiration !!!
    Praying for you at 8 pm central time.
    "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still" Exodus 14:14
    With Love, Starla

  22. I will also continue to pray for Billy and the kids and the rest of the family during this time. I know the difficult time this is for all.
    Love to you all, Ken

  23. I have been praying for you and your family every time I thing of you and sweet Alyssa (which has been a lot lately). My husband has been praying for you and your family as well. But I would be honored to join everyone on your behalf. I will concentrate my main pray time for you at 9 pm.

    “Because he loves me”, says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:14-16

    Wales Family (from Lifeway)

  24. Scripture says, "A friend loveth at all times" and this is so evident by all the friends that you, Kristi, have and how they are lifting you up to the Lord. As I arise these next days I will offer words of appeal and hope for both your comfort and your healing to our gracious Heavenly Father. Blessings on you and Billy and the children and extended family Love, Linda

  25. I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
    My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
    Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
    The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
    The sun shall not strike you by day nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
    The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
    Psalm 121

    Brian Hyde

  26. I'll pray at 19:00 Brazil time (UTC-3:00)every day this week.


  27. Kristi - Just want you to know that I continue to lift you and your family up each day at the 3:00pm hour. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us; And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desire of him” (1 John 5:14,15).
    Love you much,
    Traci Davis

  28. Kristi,
    I will be on my knees in prayer for you at 9:00 am
    Love, Alason Curtis

  29. You've got me & the whole fam around the table @ 6pm and through our bedtime routine @ 7pm. And every other zillions of moments that I think of you and your family throughout the day:)

  30. My sweet, sweet sister and friend I will pray for you at 2pm.
    "During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you"
    Because we can't be there to hold your hand it is such a comfort to know that He IS right there with you. He is carrying you through this. You are never alone. I find myself thanking God for such amazing parents that taught us to love Jesus and to put our trust in Him. It makes all the difference in times like these. I can't wait to see you and give you a big squeeze~you are always on my mind. I love you dearly.

  31. I'm praying at 3p.m. and I told Worley he can fill the gap at the 4:00a.m gap since he usually wakes up. : ) You know we are covering you every waking hour and we just prayed together that you and Billy would be able to pass many hours by sleeping tonight. Glad you were feeling like you could go to sleep. We are also praying for wisdom for the medical staff to give you relief from your pain in your leg and back and where the entrance of the needles are. The kids are joining us in praying against long term effects from your exposure to radiation. Good Night....Love you...Nina and Worley

  32. I Cor. 13:13. "3 things will last forever-faith, hope and love-and the greatest of these is love"

    Thanks to all of you for loving me in a big and sacrificial way. I loved reading all your messages. Made me smile. Your prayers are just feeding the other and hope!

  33. Goodmorning My Sister... going to try this again. Blogger said it had an error and I lost all that I'd written:) It's day 2 and the Sun is shining and reminding us of God's Glory pouring down on you. I hope you can see it out your window! Kacey joined me in praying this morning at 7am - we praised God that they were able to alter your pain meds some to bring a little relief. We also prayed against infection, no itches where you can't itch!, God's presence to be real and alive in your corner room, We thanked God for technology! That even in "quarantine" you can have connections with the outside world. AMAZING! And we prayed that today you would witness each of your basic needs being met today.

    And My God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

    The Lord will guide you always; and He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11

    Love you to the moon and back. We are praying without ceasing. xoxo Amy and gang

  34. Praying for you in between every customer today and sometimes while with customers if they are just lookers. I was glad we were able to chat last night. Sorry you did not sleep well, hoping that with the benedryl you can catch up a bit today and no more itching. I can't wait to see your smiling face back here, and then we can party and rejoice and praise God it is all over!
    I love you

  35. Kristi- Just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you during the night when I am up feeding my baby. Praying for comfort and healing for you and I pray that you can feel God laying on the table with you! Also praying for you little one as I am sure they are missing there mommy:)