On the Mat and Map

Kennedy visiting Grandma last summer

And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. Mark 2:4 (NKJV)

The other day my son Joel and I were reading the Bible story of the four friends who put their sick friend on a mat and lowered him through the roof to Jesus because the doorway was so crowded.  I said to Joel, “That’s what we need to do for Kennedy!” (our granddaughter who was recently diagnosed with cancer). 

Joel, being the practical one, replied, “I don’t know if we can do that, roofs are made out of tougher stuff today.” 

But I believe that with God all things are possible.  With the help of many prayer warriors, we can dig through that roof, and lower Kennedy into the room with Jesus, or rather raise her up through the roof so Jesus can touch her and heal her little body completely.  And, oh, how she needs your prayers this week with her hair falling out and, like the paralytic, no longer able to walk, and back in the hospital with a blood clot in her leg, and extra tests on Thursday and Friday. Will you please help us pray?

We’ve heard of churches praying from Blanchester, Ohio to Santa Barbara, California to Big Timber, Montana to Lindstrom, Minnesota to Ames, Iowa to Indianola, Iowa to Burlington, Wisconsin to Tyler, Texas.

I thought it would be really cool for Kennedy to learn where all the people live who are praying for her, and to encourage her parents.  Could you please comment with your city and/or state?  Duplicates are welcome!  Then while you’re putting Kennedy on the mat for Jesus, we’ll make a map for Kennedy of all the people who are praying.  Thank you!!!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Read the story of the four faithful friends in Mark 2:1-12.   Who do you know who needs healing?  Put them on a mat and lower or lift them to Jesus.  Ask your friends to help you, too.  Claim God’s promise for complete healing. 

Joel & Kennedy with Kennedy’s toads last September

And here is the map!….

Thank you so much, everyone, for your prayers for our granddaughter Kennedy. That means so much to us. And thank you for commenting with your location for our map. We had over 250 responses on this website and Facebook! People are praying in 34 states and 5 countries! The farthest places were Sabina, Northern Region, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea; and Misawa-shi, Aomoriken, Japan! The winning city/state is Knoxville, Illinois with over 45 prayer warriors! God bless you all!!!!! And may God be glorified in healing our precious Kennedy.

If you enjoyed today’s devotion, you might also like to read Put Your Friends on the Mat and “Get a Cookie, too”  and When the TEA Spills.

Thank you for stopping by My TEA CUPP Prayers and for all your prayers. Love, Jennifer Grace

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

30 thoughts on “On the Mat and Map

  1. Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Kennedy, we’ve been praying for you every day since we heard about your illness. We ask for complete and swift healing; a long, healthy, cancer-free life; strength; wise doctors; and peace and even joy for you and your family. You are so very loved! God is right there with you.

  2. Always praying for a complete healing for Kennedy and for some peace and strength for her wonderful parents. We love them all so much! Praying from Farmington, Illinois
    Carmen, Cailey and Chelsey Platt

  3. Kennedy and the Johnson family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. Belief in the healing power of prayer. ❤️

  4. I watch my little Grandaughter every day and while she is playing I think how lucky I am and pray for those who cannot play and for their familys,Brandy Nolan is a friend and how I added this little fighter to my prayers.I won’t stop! I am from Knoxville Illinois

  5. Our daughter Kimber has spent many days in hospitals over the years, and prayers always brought her home. So we are praying for you, sweet Kennedy. We know what it feels like. You have so much love going on around you!

  6. Praying for Kennedy from Blue Earth, MN.
    Our daughter Rosie was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer at 3 years old (we also had a 4 yr old, 1 yr old, and 2 month old at the time). Praying for God’s presence to continue carrying your family. I can testify that He holds onto us even when we don’t have strength to hold onto Him. Blessings and love to you ❤❤ p.s. Rosie just turned 7 and is a strong happy girl! I found it so encouraging to hear stories of hope when we were in the midst of the battle.

  7. Prayers Go Up and BLESSINGS Come Down!
    Kennedy, I pray for your complete healing in every way. I also pray for your family, close n away who Love You So Very Much!
    Keep on keeping on. JESUS LOVES YOU N SO DO I~~❣ May each day bring a new Blessing to You!

  8. Thank you so much, everyone, for your prayers for our granddaughter Kennedy. That means so much to us. And thank you for commenting with your location for our map. We had over 250 responses on this website and Facebook! People are praying in 34 states and 5 countries! The farthest places were Sabina, Northern Region, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea; and Misawa-shi, Aomoriken, Japan! The winning city/state is Knoxville, Illinois with over 45 prayer warriors! God bless you all!!!!! And may God be glorified in healing our precious Kennedy.

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