Urgent Prayer Request

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Dear Friends, I am coming to you with an urgent prayer request. Would you pray for my friend who is very sick with cancer, and recently it has become much more aggressive. She is in intensive care and they are not offering much hope.

She is a very special friend I’ve known all my life. Her folks went through so much to have her. She was literally born in blood, sweat and tears. She’s always been there for me and my family and has a big heart and does so much to help so many people. She reaches out to her neighbors, welcomes people into her home, and shares everything she has, even though she has been persecuted for her faith. The world needs more like her. My heart is breaking. My urgent prayer request is for her healing and that God will continue to use her. I know and believe He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” when we pray (Ephesians 3:20).

But she’s very sick and prayer is her only hope now. I would love it if people everywhere were praying for her. Would you pray for her? Her name is…America.


Friends, would you join me in a commitment to pray each day for the United States of America, along with confession and fasting? Truly America is very sick and has spiritual cancer, and it has infected every part of her being. But the Great Physician is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we ask or think” if we keep praying. There is hope, if we will use the prescription He gave us:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

He also said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). The principles our country was founded on are why God blessed our nation. We must return to what gave us good health in the first place.

‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Return to Me,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 1:3

Thank you so much for joining me in prayer. God bless you, and God bless America!


Would you like to know some ways you can pray for America? Here are some ideas:

How Can We Pray for America?

Prayer Is Not Cancelled


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  1. Lee Ann Mancini on August 5, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Praying every day for America!!!

  2. Penny Cooke on August 5, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Me too, Lee Ann. Hugs…

  3. Karen on August 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm


  4. Linda Bass on August 5, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    On board in praying for your friend daily…I am so sorry for you and her family. So difficult, but great to know she is a believer and where she is headed. Linda Bass

  5. Penny Cooke on August 5, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you, Linda. (Did you notice who my “friend” is?) Good to hear from you! Hope all is well. Hugs.

  6. Jeanne Roberson on August 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    This is heartfelt and moving! So good Penny
    and yes I will continue to pray. God bless our country
    Jeanne/Inspiring Souls

  7. Penny Cooke on August 6, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much, Jeanne.

  8. Delphine Bates on August 6, 2021 at 4:36 am

    Wahoo! That was heart-throbbing you nailed it on the head! I watched the video and it’s great. so proud of you!

  9. Penny Cooke on August 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much, Del. Hugs.

  10. Jennifer on August 6, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Praying with you! Yes indeed our friend needs prayers! Thanks for your continued love and reminder 💕

  11. Penny Cooke on August 7, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for stopping by and praying with me, Jennifer. xo

  12. Lokesh Venkatashiah on August 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Please Pray for me,

    I have been suffering from severe allergies for decades.Whenever I eat food I get allergy attacks(food insensitivity) and my body suffers from inflammation in the foot and entire legs, back pain, chest pain, throat allergy. My shoulder has a stiff joint and it is very painful. My hands suffer a lot of pain. My skin becomes sensitive and has a lot of small inflamation spots in some parts of the body causing skin allergies. My hips and back are sore. Lots of burping/gas release after eating. My heart beat increases and I get panic/Anxiety attacks every day. It may be due to fungi/other microbes and medication is not very effective. Severe foot inflammation and heat. Malabsorption and nutrient loss when food is taken.

    Psychologically feeling worried, hopelessness, fear of death/I’m going to die feeling melancholic and lost interest to do things.

    Please pray for me to resolve the issues which are taking place in my body which have been disturbing my life for 35 years. Everyday there are new symptoms and i fedup in life. My family too has this problem including my sister, mother and my nephew.

    Also,please pray for me to resolve the emotions/Thoughts/ fear/Pattern associated with this condition and help me to liberate. Please pray for guidance and protection and support to move ahead in life as I’m stuck.

    With gratitude

  13. Penny Cooke on August 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Dear Lokesh, I certainly will pray for you. I have some food issues too, I cannot eat wheat/gluten, which affects more people than realized.
    I pray you can find a holistic doctor. They do tests medical doctors do not, and they can detect what exact foods are causing the problem. If not, you can also do an “elimination diet.” You can google that to find out how to do it. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
    Good luck and God bless!

  14. Jeremy Thompson on October 26, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I live in Pensacola Florida and the coronavirus is very bad here I would like it to go away today lots of people are getting sick from it my girlfriend Kimberly she lives in Tampa Florida and she has a very bad illness she’s in the hospital right now the doctors take away her illness right now and for her to respond to my Hotmail message I sent her and all my Gmail messages and Duo messages. She hasn’t come on to messaging a long time to talk to me I’m very worried about her right now I care about her very much I worry about her very much and have very strong feelings for her.

  15. Penny Cooke on October 30, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Sorry to hear this, Jeremy. I’m praying for Kimberly and for you!

  16. Tony Moore on December 1, 2021 at 2:14 am

    For Joni temple and Ashley temple marriage for her too show her husband love affection kindness too Break ungodly ties for her desire too put her marriage first for God too show them a plan for their life for Joni not too use her husband

  17. Penny Cooke on December 1, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Praying for Joni and Ashley Temple’s marriage! God bless…

  18. Patricia Ann Jean on January 6, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Please pray for a divine healing in my eyes to see clearly. The floaters in my right eye is making it very hard and difficult to see . Please pray for my healing.

  19. Penny Cooke on January 7, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Praying for healing and restoration of your eyes! Thanks for reaching out.

  20. R on August 31, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Emergency prayer needed in my life for miracles & blessings! Health prayer to be fully recovered, eating all food again, with no side effects to foods & tests; not needing any treatments or meds. Marriage reinstatement with Jason to come into full effect! Relationship restoration with Jason, His Family, & Braitlyn, communication with an open door today! Income with PCP, declared a winner to pay tithes & work for God! All done today, Aug. 30, 2022; declaring what only God could do Aug. 31, 2022.

  21. Penny Cooke on August 31, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Prayed and will be praying throughout the day. God bless your health, marriage and relationships, and finances, and we thank you God for all. In Jesus name!

  22. Bre on December 1, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Jesus christ please 🙏command your will be done in my life ,families,friends lives ,please answer my prayers i been in the last 5 months according to your will Jesus Christ please asap 🙏.

  23. Kemia Ferguson-Hawkins on June 27, 2023 at 12:45 am

    Please pray that I kemia Ferguson-Hawkins be healed from sinus infection upper respiratory infection and swelling and fluid and inflammation and infection and post nasal drip Lord touch me now heal me just let me get better 🙏😭 so I can care for my grandkids

  24. Penny Cooke on June 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Praying for you now, Kemia. I know how special grand kids are and you want to be well for them.
    Lord, I pray your healing power over Kemia, now, in Jesus’ mighty name! I pray You would restore her upper respiratory health and give her the strength she needs to care for her grand kids. We thank You, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  25. Kimberly Stacknick on October 8, 2023 at 9:23 am

    I loved my husband for so long he was my bf & I prayed for so long for our marriage to work out. Please God, I pray that Jim’s heart will soften & his mind will be open up today & he will remember all the good times we shared and he will come back to me whole heartedly & he will stop with his infidelity 1st & he will be faithful & good to me and his mind will be open up on how to repair our marriage so that it can last forever. In Jesus name, I pray for this to happen today.

  26. Penny Cooke on October 9, 2023 at 1:46 am

    Praying for you and your husband and your marriage Kimberly! Thanks for reaching out.

  27. Nicole on October 25, 2023 at 12:36 am

    In need of an urgent financial miracle ASAP

  28. Penny Cooke on October 26, 2023 at 4:45 am

    I am praying for your finances, Nicole. God is able and always provides.

  29. Michelle McCollum on October 27, 2023 at 12:05 am

    hello my name is Michelle McCollum and derrick McCollum please keep me in your prayers psalm 91 and I need healing in my body I’m requesting prayer for healing from asthma and bronchitis and I ask that Jesus heals my wife and raise her up.

  30. Penny Cooke on October 27, 2023 at 12:38 am

    Lord, I pray for Your healing power over Michelle McCollum. Please give Your angels charge of her and Derrick. I speak healing in Jesus’ Mighty name for asthma and bronchitis. Bless them both; bind the enemy, and raise them up. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  31. Kimberly Stacknick on October 28, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    God I’m asking you please restore, rebuild, heal, mend & bring back my marriage to Jim & for his infidelity & all contact with the other girl will cease forever & to bring him home devoted to me today. If this doesn’t happen please let the pain in my heart be gone. I cry all the time. It hurts me so badly. in Jesus name.

  32. Penny Cooke on November 1, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    I’m praying for your marriage, Kimberly. Jesus said, “Always pray and don’t lose heart.” Keep praying. Pray Scripture. God’s Word is powerful. God is able (Eph.3:20). God bless you and your marriage!

  33. Angela on June 11, 2024 at 7:43 pm

    Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you in the name of Jesus, knowing that you hear and answer our prayers. We thank you for the privilege of approaching your throne of grace with our requests. We lift up this prayer request on behalf of America, we desires to see a revival in America and the salvation of its people.Lord, we pray that you would draw all Americans to the Lord Jesus Christ, that they may receive salvation in Him alone. We ask that hearts would be opened to the truth of your Word, and that people would diligently study and meditate on it, abiding in your truth. We humbly ask for repentance and revival in personal relationships with Jesus, that they may be established and strengthened. We pray for a turning away from all forms of sin and rebellion, including homosexuality, idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, materialism, sexual immorality, murder, hatred, antichrist ideologies, false religion, and any open rebellion toward you. Father, we pray for the restoration of families and our country. We ask for extraordinary miracles to take place in America, that your power and presence would be evident. We pray for an end to all forms of evil, including witchcraft, sorcery,idolatry, murder, antichrist spirits, violence, godlessness, and hatred. We lift up those who are bound by addictions, such as drugs and alcohol, and ask for their deliverance. We also pray for those trapped in sexual immorality, that they may experience healing and freedom in Christ. We ask for the eyes of those caught up in lies and deceptions to be opened, that they may know the salvation and blessings of God. Lord, we pray for the homeless, the sick, the hurting, and the desperate in our land. May they find healing and hope in you. We ask for a true revelation of Jesus Christ to be revealed to them, that they may be cleansed, filled with the Holy Spirit, and rejoice in the salvation of God. We intercede for the leaders of America and the church. We ask for forgiveness for the sins of our land, people, and leaders. We pray that our leaders would hunger and thirst for righteousness and seek your wisdom and anointing. Grant them wisdom, knowledge, and discernment to make good and godly decisions, aligning their hearts with yours. Finally, we beseech you, Almighty God, to pour out your Holy Spirit upon America. Let your ways, power, and healing be evident in our nation. May your plans and purposes prevail over our own desires. We trust in your sovereignty and believe that you are able to bring about a mighty transformation in our land. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

  34. Penny Cooke on June 14, 2024 at 2:28 am

    Wonderful, Angela. Thank you so much for taking the time to add this beautiful prayer for our nation.
    God bless you, and God bless America!

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