Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Scripture and Prayer Requests

The parable of the talents, depicted in a 1712 woodcut.
The lazy servant searches for his buried talent, while the two
other servants present their earnings to their master. [PD-US]

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--
to each according to his ability. 
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two. 
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master's money.

After a long time
the master of those servants came back
and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents came forward
bringing the additional five. 
He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. 
See, I have made five more.'
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. 
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities. 
Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
'Master, you gave me two talents. 
See, I have made two more.'
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. 
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 
'Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. 
Here it is back.'
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter? 
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? 
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. 
For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'"
Matthew 25:14-30

In this time of Thanksgiving, the Love Inspired authors who are part of this blog community give thanks to all of you for your friendship and support. May the Lord bless you and those you love.

If you have any prayer needs, please mention them in the comments section so we can join you in prayer. You do not need to include specific names or situations of a private nature, just say that you have a prayer request. The Lord knows your heart and the needs you have. It is a privilege and honor to pray with you and for you.


  1. I have a prayer request to keep someone close to me safe and secure in his surroundings.

  2. Asking prayers for all travelers over this Thanksgiving holiday!

  3. Asking prayers for my father Clarence. He is 86 and in failing health. Please pray the Lord blesses him with improved health for all his remaining days.

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Jackie, we're praying for your special prayer intention.

  5. Saying a prayer for all of you and your loved ones. Please pray for my daughter and her family as they make a big move from Arizona to New Jersey. We are going to miss them.

    1. Oh, Merrillee, I'm praying for you as well as your daughter and her family. I know it will be hard to see them leave. Hugs!

  6. Asking prayers for my nephew-in-law and his son who lost their house to a fire earlier in the week. Their pets were killed in the fire, but the two of them are safe, thank heavens!

    Adding all your requests to my prayer list. Wishing you all blessings and things to be thankful for during this special week.

    1. Jo Ann, asking God's mercy on your nephew-in-law and his son during this difficult time of loss! My heart is heavy for them. Praying!!!


  7. Asking prayers for a friend who I just found out has been living in a shelter with her two girls for a year. She left an abusive husband and they lost their home to foreclosure. Her whole life has changed so much in the last year and I am praying for things to turn around for her.

  8. Please pray for my mother, Nadia. She hasn't excepted Christ as her Savior yet.
    Ephesians 6:18
    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

  9. I'm always touched by the parable of the talents. I'm reminded that I need to cast aside my inhibitions and be a disciple of Christ and share His Gospel with others. My prayers also go out to all those in need or suffering with some trouble, either physical, mental or spiritual. At this Thanksgiving season, I'm also reminded that everyone I meet is struggling with some problem I know nothing about. God bless!


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