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


And here is a Bible study on prayer, ideal for group or personal use:

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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!

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