Public Prayers

Thank you for sharing and participating in this important part of our ministry!

To post a new request, simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your prayer request where it says “Share a Comment” (or “Leave a Reply” on mobile devices). This page is moderated continually, so your request will be posted on this page as soon as our moderator sees it. For confidentiality, please use first names only when mentioning other people in your requests, and also for yourself.

To pray for others, simply scroll through the requests below and pray as you feel led, or post a reply to the prayer requests of others by simply clicking “Reply” beneath each prayer request.  Please use this forum for prayer, rather than advice, as we simply and humbly do not have enough information about the people or their situations to offer advice.

To be notified by email of each new prayer request that is posted on this page (about 10-20 per day), just enter your own prayer or comment in the “Share a Comment” (or “Leave a Reply” on mobile devices) box at the bottom of this page, and then check the box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” (Just say something like “I’m just signing up to receive the daily prayers requests.”)  You’ll get every prayer request (and reply) posted on this page.  (Don’t check the other box that says “Notify me of new posts via email,” unless you want to receive every new message posted on this website, not just the prayers requests and replies).

You can turn off these notifications at any time.   Thanks for lifting up your brothers and sisters in prayer!

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Private Prayers

Note from Eric: This is my my all-time favorite spot at The Ranch, a place where you can talk to God in prayer. You can also use this page to send us your prayer requests privately and we’ll be glad to pray for you.

Here’s a quiet spot where you can spend some time alone with God, just the two of you.

If you’ve never put your faith in Christ and would like to see how you can be forgiven of your sins and live forever with him in heaven, visit A Leap Of Faith!

If you are a Christian, then you know that Jesus has already made a leap of faith for you when he died on the cross. He loved you so much he was willing to give up his life for you so that you could live.

If he was willing to die for you, you can be sure there’s nothing he would withhold from you, unless he had something better in mind. He’s already paid the greatest price for you.

I’d like you to read the following words spoken by Jesus. Then I’ve included a spot below where you can say a quiet prayer to God, and listen for his response.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:13-16)

I know for me it sometimes helps to write out my prayer. It helps me focus my thoughts and also see when God has answered. I’ve included a box below where you can write out your prayer, and another box where you can write what you sense God might be saying in response to your prayer.

When you’re finished, you can either erase these boxes and no one will see them, or you can press “Submit” and one of us here at The Ranch will be glad to pray personally for your request.

Remember, too, that Jesus has already given his life for you, so there’s nothing he would withhold from you unless he had something better in mind for you. I like the way Henry Blackaby puts it in his book Experiencing God:

“Oh, God, if I ever give You a request and You have more to give me than I am asking, cancel my request!”

Enjoy your time with God.

A Leap Of Faith

Note from Eric:  If you’ve never made a leap of faith and put your faith in Christ, here’s some encouragement to help you do it.

The good news, or gospel, of Jesus Christ is really only good news if you understand the bad news first.

You see, Jesus was the man, and you are his beloved.  He saw what the future held for each of us.  He saw that we were all headed down a road that would eventually lead us to death.  He knew this would happen because he knew that each of us had sinned, and that the penalty for sin was death.

It isn’t a surprise to most of us that we’ve sinned.  A sin is anything we do, or anything we say – or even anything we think – that God doesn’t want us to do or say or think.  So it’s no surprise that the Bible says,

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Unfortunately, the penalty for sin is pretty strong.  The Bible says that the penalty for sin is death.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

This is a terrible dilemma for us and for God. God loves us and doesn’t want to harm us in any way, but he is a just God and must punish sin.

The good news is that God made a way to solve this dilemma.  He made a way for us to escape the penalty of death, and to give us a chance to live an abundant life.  He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to take the penalty of death in our place, so we could be free. The Bible says,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

While God makes this free gift of eternal life available to everyone, we must reach out, by faith, to receive it.  This is the leap of faith.  The Bible tells us exactly how to do this:

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

God has promised that everyone who does this will be saved.  The Bible says,

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

If you’ve never known what it feels like to have someone love you so much that they would give up their life for you, you can know that today.  If you’ve been hurt and need someone to bind up your wounds, you can have that today.  If you need forgiveness and you realize that there’s nothing you can do to make up for what you’ve done, you can receive that forgiveness today.

This is the gospel (which means “good news”) of Jesus Christ.  This is what makes Christianity different than any other religion in the world.  Many religions try to point you to God.  But Jesus Christ is the only one who died for you to bring you to God himself.  One day he will come back for each of us who puts our faith in him now.

Jesus said,

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.   In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

If this is what you want, to be forgiven of your sins, to be healed of your hurts, and to know the love of God, you can ask God for it right now, wherever you are.

“Dear Lord, I’m sorry for the sins I’ve committed against you and against others.   Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me to pay the price for my sins.   Please forgive me.  I want Jesus Christ to be the Lord of my life from now on.  I ask that you would fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I can follow you with my whole heart.   I want to say with my mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and I believe in my heart that You raised him from the dead.  Thank you for your promise that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

If you’ve just made this leap of faith, you’ve begun an adventure that will never end.  You’ve crossed over from death to life, from despair to hope, from condemnation to forgiveness.  And you have a friend in Jesus who will love you forever – he will never leave you.

If you weren’t ready yet to make this decision, I’d like you to bookmark this page so you can visit here again.  Send me a note with your questions, fears, doubts or concerns.   There’s nothing I’d love more than to talk with you about this decision.

Unfortunately for us, we don’t know how much time we have left.  Not only is the time of our death uncertain, but God has already told us ahead of time that this world will one day be destroyed in a great fire.  We don’t know when that day will come.  But just like all of the other promises in the Bible that have come true, this one will come true as well.

Jesus said the end will come when we least expect it, like a thief in the night.   So I urge you to take this decision seriously, and make a leap of faith before it’s too late.  Jesus said,

“Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from'” (Luke 13:25).

I’d encourage you to reread this page again before you leave, and ask God to give you the faith to make the leap.

In the end, the great thing about this love story is that you get to choose your own ending. I hope you’ll choose the one that leads to life abundant, here in this world and in the world to come.

If you’ve prayed today to invite Christ into your life, we’d like to know! Just go to A Quiet Place To Pray and send us a comment at the bottom of the page.