My Prayer Request – God’s Encouragement to Others

Going public with issues affecting me personally isn’t my normal modus operandi.  I’ve seen pastors over the years display their vulnerabilities from the pulpit and certainly admired that.  It shows to the church the pastor is human just like everyone else.  That exposure can actually be a great encouragement to others.  All well and good, but not for me.  Right?  Wrong.

As you’ll see in my Prayer Request below, I’ve been experiencing a physical affliction.  Despite my better fleshly judgment, the Lord urged me to share this with several people who I know are prayerful believers.  From that “advice” I sent out an email, with Geri being one of the recipients.  That prompted her to suggest I share my Prayer Request here on her blog.  As you can imagine, I was a little leery of that.

Later in the day, as a result of a comment one of Geri’s faithful blog readers made to one of my other recent posts, I felt the Lord leading me to share my Prayer Request with her.  I did so.  In her email response she interrupted the flow of her message with a Word from the Lord to me.  Frankly, I couldn’t have been more surprised or blessed by it.

One of the strong beliefs I’ve acquired over the last year and a half of COVID and the various responses to it, is that this is a time of shaking.  God is allowing all that we’re seeing and experiencing because He wants everyone to make a choice: Do they belong to Him or to the world?  This includes all those in the church.  Will we truly turn to Him and place our trust in Him alone, or will we fear and seek solutions from the world?

You can see the position below that I’ve taken.  Can I hold fast to it?  Can I really trust God to completely care for me?

The message that Geri’s friend – and now my friend – gave me is that God is pleased with my decision to wholly trust in Him.  He wants me to hold fast, and He will bless that believing loyalty.  Interestingly, the message included my wife in this reassurance.

Overwhelmed as I was by this unexpected Word, I came away from it with the understanding that determination of this sort to rely on only Jesus Christ needs to go far beyond me.  This is why I’m sharing in this forum.  It’s a message of hope for all who read this.  When we determine to lean on God alone for all our needs, it’s a great blessing to Him.  As our Father in heaven, He wants us to hold fast to His promises, just as any earthly father does for his children.  If we do that, we bless God and He wants to reward us for that faithfulness.  In fact, it’s through our obedience to Him that He then showers us with favor.  Our victory in persisting through faith in Him regardless of what we face in this world is actually His victory.  And you know how to the victor belong the spoils!

Having said all this, here is my Prayer Request.  Remember: God wants each of us to make the difficult choices that result in our total dependence on Him.  This isn’t only about me; it’s about all of us.


Prayer Request

I wasn’t going to communicate this so as not to bother anyone, but the Lord convinced me that I was being rather prideful by keeping it to myself.

God has been extremely gracious to Dalia and me by keeping us very healthy.  I can’t begin to tell you how marvelous this has been as we see others advancing in age having all sorts of afflictions.

As some of you are aware, there is a particular aspect of the COVID vaccines that is quite troubling.  In the past, recipients of vaccine shots would potentially shed the virus to others, who would actually get the illness that the vaccine prevented in the original recipient.

The COVID “vaccines” take this to another level.  Because of how they are bioengineered, they have the ability to transmit something – some think it’s the spike protein – to others for some period of time after a person has received the shot.  This has resulted in not only an exponential increase in COVID within various populations, it has also caused numerous people to experience a wide variety of strange afflictions, such as heavy menstrual bleeding in women, and many other nasty phenomena in adults and children alike.

As most of you know, I have zero use for the COVID jabs.  I probably had the illness back late 2020 (although I joke that it was the flu – in fact, the last known case of the flu on the planet – since COVID apparently wiped it out as far as all medical reporting is concerned).

Because of the good health God has granted me, any aberration that affects my health is unusual.  I work out and have always had good lung capacity.  Well, it’s probably been several months ago now, I started experiencing intermittent breathing difficulties.  I can be fine for hours, then a certain heaviness seems to enter my lungs.  I continue to take full lungfuls of air, but I’m short of breath.  I’ve never had asthma, but it seems very similar to what I know of that.  Particularly at night lying down, I may experience some wheezing just like an asthmatic.  It’s rather uncomfortable, as you can imagine.

I believe that this condition was caused by exposure to someone who had the “vaccine” and was a source of transmission to me.

Because of how the medical profession has proven itself completely untrustworthy regarding COVID, I have absolutely no faith in doctors or hospitals any longer.  My go-to, and my only go-to, is God.  I’m taking the position of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who told King Nebuchadnezzar (to paraphrase): “We know our God will deliver us, but even if He doesn’t, we will bow down only to Him.”  That’s my stand.  I know the Lord Jesus will heal me, but even if He doesn’t, I will not place my trust in man and the corrupt medical system.

I know all of you are prayerful believers.  To that end, I would appreciate if you would add your prayers to mine for the Lord to heal me of this condition.  It’s not debilitating or anything like that, but not real pleasant.  God has got it.  He is fully capable as my creator, and as the Great Physician, of healing me.  However, I don’t want pride to get in my way of asking for your prayers.

Thank you so much.  I greatly appreciate and covet the many times you may remember me in the coming days to bring a quick end to this.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to pray for all of you as we eagerly anticipate the soon return of our Lord!

In Jesus’ Name…

~ Gary

24 thoughts on “My Prayer Request – God’s Encouragement to Others

  1. Beth Peck

    Gary, you and your wife are very much in my prayers as me and my husband have just recovered, mostly, from COVID. I am a nurse and I too am so saddened by the treatment that people are receiving by their doctors and the hospitals. I no longer go to my doctor I am only trusting in the Lord for my every need…He is our Great Physician!!!! I will keep you in my prayers and all others that have been afflicted due to the evil schemes of man. God bless you and care for you and yours…until he soon appearing!
    Beth

  2. Karen K

    I am praying for you brother. My husband and I are of a very similar mindset. We try to keep healthy, eat well and avoid the medical establishment if at all possible. Jesus is our Healer and Great Physician. Continued prayers for God to heal and comfort you!! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  3. Kathleen(kcAnderson

    Hi Gary. I certainly understand your request, and I am well aware of this “shedding”. Thankfully I am retired, have no sound church to attend, and rarely leave my house. I have many health issues, but like you, I no longer will seek medical attention, and trust God to sustain me. Every medicine I’ve been given has had severe side-effects but they keep trying other meds. NO MORE! I will keep you and your family in prayer and thank you for sharing. It’s very important to ask others to pray for us.

  4. Paul and Pat Drexel

    Gary,
    My wife and I pray are praying for you and your condition! God is the great healer! The medical profession has sold us out, so we no longer trust them,
    We all had colds last year which was diagnosed as Covid. Zinc was what most of my family took.
    May God heal you from this breathing problem.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Paul and Pat Drexel

  5. Barbara & Greg Behl

    Hi Gary, just came across your website today and enjoyed reading some political things to my husband. We are on the same page in a lot of areas. And thank you for the opportunity to pray for you now . . . In Jesus power, authority & name, my husband & I command the heaviness that comes upon your lungs to stop, we cast the heaviness away, with no ill effect to you, to go to desert & dry places where no flesh can be found and for the healing peace of Jesus through His Holy Spirit to fill those places & spaces from your head to your toes, & finger tip to finger tip, especially your lungs. May your sleep be sweet from this day forward in body, mind & spirit. Again, in Jesus name amen. Sincere Blessings, Barbara & Greg Behl

  6. Yvonne Renee Knickerbocker

    Prayers for you that you won’t need to consult the health “professionals,” and thereby expose yourself to much higher risk. Thank you for sharing. I also have several people in my life who are vaccinated & are in close contact with me regularly, one is a family member & the others are friends I’m working with. SO thankful that HE is Able & Willing to do abundantly more than we can even ask.

  7. diane N.

    HI GARY! VERY GLAD YOU SHARED WITH US ALL ABOUT YOUR LUNG ISSUE. HUSBAND AND I VERY AWARE OF THE “SHEDDING”!! WE BELIEVE THAT IS EXACTLY HOW WE GOT INFECTED!! HAPPY YOU PUT THIS INFORMATION OUT THERE AS MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW! SADLY, PNEUMONIA SET IN, BUT A BELIEVER DR. ASSISTANT OVER THE PHONE GAVE MEDICATION THAT WAS LIFE SAVING, AS WE WOULD NOT EVEN CONSIDER THE HOSPITAL AS OLDER FOLKS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. GOD BLESS YOU FOR COMING FOWARD WITH YOUR PRAYER REQUEST AND VITAL INFORMATION. WE JUST PRAYED FOR YOU! MAY GOD GIVE YOU AND YOUR WIFE PEACE, AS YOU ARE TRUSTING ONLY IN FATHER GOD AS YOUR GREAT PHYSICIAN!! MAY THE PRAYERS OF BELIEVERS LIFT YOU UP TO THE LORD FOR HEALING. ASLO NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS, AND NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS ARE A WAY TO GO WHEN ILLNESS IS INTOLERABLE. LOOK FOR ONE WHO IS A BELIEVER!!
    BLESSINGS TO YOU BOTH, IN CHRIST!!
    MARANATHA!!!!

  8. Misty

    Hi Gary, Thanks for sharing your thoughts, insights and prayer request. As members of the Body of Christ, we are to love and support one another while on this earth in order to keep us firmly united in God’s family. There’s power in prayer and strength in numbers–and that’s a comforting combination! Know that I am praying God’s divine healing for your breathing issue. I too, have no trust in the medical profession after suffering anaphylaxis from adverse reaction to drugs I was injected with 25 years ago while at an oral surgeon’s office which left me with an ongoing seizure disorder and serious environmental and pharmaceutical allergies. But God is ever faithful. Although I’ve had some very challenging health events through the years, each ambulance ride drew me closer and closer to the Lord and I’m still here doing the work He assigns me every day. I’ve personally found that the more I depend on Him to meet all my needs, the more He comes through for me. I would strongly encourage you to praise and worship Him in song as you await His divine healing. God bless you, Gary.

  9. GEORGE J SORRENTINO

    I AM NOT PASSING JUDGEMENT I WAITED UNTIL THIS MONTH FOR MY SECOND SHOT BECAUSE OF THE CONFUSION BETWEEN DOCTORS AND POLITICIANS. I DO AGREE WITH THE PASTOR WHILE REMEMBERING THE STORY AFTER A SERIOUS HURRICANE A MAN SITTING ON HIS ROOF A POLICE BOAT CAME HE REFUSED HELP WAITING FOR JESUS, THEN A FIRE BOAT,AND A VOLUNTEER BOAT. HE DROWNED! JESUS UNDERSTANDS THAT WE WERE GIVEN INTELLIGENCE AND IF WE CAN’T DISCERN THE HELP CAME THROUGH HIM WE ARE NOT TRUE BELIEVERS.

    1. George, I want to say this in a loving Christian way. I believe that it has become abundantly clear that these “jabs” have been given nefariously to the masses. Please see my article on Israel and how the people there had to covertly create a website, so that the people who have been maimed or have lost loved ones to the “Jab” are able to share their stories. The government there has a gag order on all of their news sources.

      And I MUST say this…….for you to question other’s salvation because they DIDN’T get the jab…….well, let’s just say that I was offended GREATLY by your statement.

    2. Brian Lazewski

      Uh, yeah… Not that I agree with you on getting Vaccinated, I don’t. I won’t get it. Now if someone wants it, knock yourself out and get it. I’m not going to call into question someones Salvation, because they got or not gotten a jab. This fear mongering is designed to distract and divide even the elect if possible.. The analogy of imminent death from drowning and vaccination is very poor. There is NO proof whatsoever that death is imminent if I do not get a jab.

      If you are convinced in your mind it is right and good then so be it. But do not call into question the salvation of other genuine God fearing brethren for not becoming dogmatic over a personal health decision.

    3. Yvonne Renee Knickerbocker

      We were ALSO given the ability to improve our health and strengthen our immune systems with proper nutrition and supplements. I know this personally by my own experience over the past three years. At 70 my immune system is stronger than it’s been in at least 3 decades, and I will NOT destroy it with an injection of toxins. GOD Led me in my research to find out what was at the core of my health problems and how to correct the problems, Not only are those “vaccinations” toxic but are designed to change our cellular make-up and blood. This could be satan’s most direct attempt to change our DNA since before the flood. NOTHING man could ever devise even comes close to the immune system GOD Created for us. The risk of taking that jab is comparable to the man on the roof deciding to just dive into the raging flood waters and trying to swim to safety.

  10. Yvonne Renee Knickerbocker

    I have been doing extensive research on health issues the past 3 years and have improved my health tremendously. I knew I had found information on breathing problems (feeling a need for more oxygen), so I looked it up and there are several other reasons you could be feeling this and may want to do a trial & error for those, as well. A major issue can be a vitamin B1 deficiency. I will give you information about my sources if you would like to look at the information yourself. Just let me know

    1. Mary Myers

      I live in Colorado, high altitude. I have had asthma since I was 10, I am now 61. The need for more oxygen seems to go hand in hand with living here. I had a real issue with it. I started to use electrolytes and drinking a lot more water. This may or may not help you Gary but thought I would throw it out there. I will pray for you, be blessed.

      1. Gary Ritter

        Thank you, Mary. That has to be a challenge living where you do with the asthma. I probably do need to drink more water, that’s for sure!

  11. Dear brother Gary, we already met on your blog, and I want you to know that I will pray for you. And also pray for those who read here. The Lord will protect us, and He will come soon for the rapture. I´m looking forward to seeing all my brothers and sisters. Maranatha and greetings from Spain!

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