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A Call to Pray For Our Farmers – Amanda Davison

October 9, 2019

A Call to Pray For Our Farmers


As a third generation rural Minnesota farming family, we know what harvest means.

 

It’s a time when livelihood depends mostly on factors outside of your control. A time when weather can take out your entire crop in one day, and when everything the farmers have put into the land – from seed buying to cutting – can be lost. A time when farm families stay quiet and unseen. When most of the words said are said through prayer and petition. And, it’s a time when those outside of farm life are mostly unaware of all the farmers are facing. 

 

This harvest is an unusual one for farmers. The reality of heavy rains early and late in the season have farmers facing the harsh reality of crops not being ready to be taken, although late in the season. And just like that, if things couldn’t get much worse, farmers are staring at a huge blow to the stomach that takes any wind they had right out of them. With most crops still in the ground, snow is in the forecast. And coming soon. They are forced to make difficult decisions regarding whether to take the crop before they’re ready, and lose any potential profit, or, wait, and hope the weather turns. A constant weighing of the risk.

 

Snow means a lot of things for an already late and wet harvest. It means our crops will be lost, and the work to get the crop out of the ground will be long and hard.

 

We ask that you would join the many farmers across the states in praying for our farmers.

 

Pray for wisdom. Give them insight to know when to go and when to wait. Give them guidance, to stay one step ahead of the next right move. 

 

Pray for trust. Give them a deep sense of Your power and plan, and peace to believe You will work all things out for those who believe in Him.

 

Pray for protection. Keep them safe from injury and from accidents.

 

Pray for health. With limited hours of sleep come sickness. Protect and strengthen their bodies against illness.

 

Pray for faith. Give them an overwhelming sense of Your presence, knowing You are hearing their petitions. 

 

Pray for strength. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and spiritually.

 

Pray for love. Help them joyfully love those around them and those who speak out against them.

 

Pray for prosperity. That the bills would be paid, loans to be paid off, and that any excess would be used to bless others.

 

Thank you Lord for our farmers. And thank you for praying for them.

Amanda Davison is the wife to a Minnesota farmer, mother of three, and President of the nonprofit, A Wife Like Me. She is the co-author of Dear Wife: 10 Minute Invitations to Practice Connection with Your Husband, speaker, and serves on staff at her local church, where she and her husband lead the marriage mentor team. Former psychology professor, Amanda is now relentlessly sharing how her education in counseling and God’s word changed her life and marriage. You can be a part of the growing community of wives on Facebook or Instagram, and can find many helpful resources for your marriage at A Wife Like Me.

54 Comments

  1. Jackie

    I am praying with you and agreeing with your petitions to our Father!

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you so much, Jackie!

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      • Jean Johnson

        Thanks so much for this post Amanda. Praying hard for our farmers and ranchers!!!

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        • Amanda Davison

          It IS so hard – and this is opening my eyes to the MANY around the country (and world) who are in tough situations right now.

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          • robert tha

            praying with you for our farmers

        • Gerilyn

          Being raised on a farm in SW Iowa, I truly know and understand the hardships of being a farmer. 2019 has been a very difficult year for you all. My daughter lost her generational farmhouse. So very sad for her and all those along the Missouri River flood area.

          I am joining in your prayers and petitions for all farmers and farm families this harvest season, and always.

          LORD, hear our prayers…Amen

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      • Karie

        Amen

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      • Troy Thomad

        As a trucker from Wisconsin, I haul many farm products to the markets of our nation. A few months ago I made a pickup at a fairly small cheese plant in eastern Wisconsin. The young man there to load me was very knowledgeable. I asked him questions that had been in my mind about farming for decades and how to fix them. He said the biggest problem with farmers is that they have never come to the modern concept that they are not just producers. They need to become business people. If we can teach our farmers to become business people this roller coaster will end. He said they need to stop becoming hostages to banks. That when the good times roll, instead of being conservative business people, they go out with current earnings statements and put themselves in major debt that is ultimately unsustainable to get through a downturn. Very smart young man!

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        • Mona Schmitt

          Indeed a very smart young man….times have changed and we need to change with them. Prayers for all the farmers ng communities!

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        • Amanda Davison

          Wow! Thank you so much for your contribution to the farmers and to the world! Very important business you’re doing!

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      • Jeri Kroes

        I grew up on a dairy farm in Wis.and married a farmer. My heart has always been with the farmer. I pray for every area that they deal with. They trust & rely on God, He never fails!

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        • Amanda Davison

          Appreciate your family farmers, and thank you for joining us in praying!

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  2. Jan

    My father was a farmer and I know the struggles he faced. I pray for all of the farmalies, because the struggle is not the farmer alone, but the family that he supports as well.????????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Nancy

      God help these hard working families, give then strength to get through this awful season we are having.

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    • Jean Johnson

      Thanks so much for this post Amanda. Praying hard for our farmers and ranchers!!!

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    • Dona

      Amen!

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    • Amanda Davison

      Yes and amen. So many are affected and help sustain these hard workers!

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  3. Mary

    Amen!!!!!

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    • Amanda Davison

      Yes, Mary, yes!

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    • Heather

      Praying for all farmers across the states! Thank you for sharing this post!!!

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      • Amanda Davison

        Thank you for praying!

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  4. sheila fulcher

    Praying for ya’ll . We are a farm family also but on the east coast.The tobacco harvest has been slow and some farmers let their fields go after the hurricane. The prices are down drastically on most crops. Prayers for all our farmers whether row crops or veggies they are all so important to this nation. God bless all our producers of our food.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Praying for the farmers on the east coast now! Wow Sheila, just so much to be covering this season. Thank you for sharing what’s happening over on the east.

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  5. Deborah Fain

    We are a 4th generation farming family and we are in a SEVERE drought and TRYING to harvest in 90° plus weather. No rain. It hurts. Deeply. God always provides though.

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  6. Amanda Davison

    Oh Deborah, lifting you up in prayer now, and for the farmers in your area.

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  7. Debi

    Thank you for the reminders. This is probably the wettest year we have seen in 45 years. All corn & soy beans still in the field. I know our Lord has a plan for our lives & thank Him daily that he keeps our family safe.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Wow, yes. So much to be praying for and still grateful for.

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  8. Christine Olson

    My family are 3rd and 4th generation farmers in northern MN. I pray the Lord would show His mercy in what has been an unprecedented year for weather difficulties; at least in my lifetime. My heart is heavy for them. For at least one of the families it is a make or break year. Lord have mercy!

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  9. David Philippart

    Prayers for you and for all farmers from the 4533 of us at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield, Illinois. Our campus sits on a corner of what was the Thomas Murphy Farm on land the Murphy’s donated in 1909.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you so much for praying, David! Incredible history there…

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  10. Lorilyn Wubben

    We are farmers and ranchers in Montana. We grow small grain on an all dry land farm. We were hit with hail again this year and had 50% loss on most of our fields. Thank God we had hail insurance this year. we also had a very dry harvest season so the fire risks were high and we had 3-4 fires that again Thank you Jesus for saving us from losing any crop. We did have fences burn so we needed to get them fixed to keep the cattle in the pastures but no lives were lost either humans or animals and no homes or buildings lost
    Last night October 8th we had a winter storm blow in and have about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Many potato farmers have potatoes in the ground which after this snow the crops that are left in the ground will be a loss. My cousin posted last night that they were on their last field working late to get the crop in when a neighboring potato farmer pulled into his field with 4 lifters and 20 trucks. The field was saved and they were able to get all of the trucks under cover before the snow and cold temps would make it a loss. Praise God for those willing to help their fellow farmers out.
    We pray for all farmers around the world. We all face different difficulties but we know that God will provide. We keep the faith and trust in God’s perfect will. Knowing that not always is Gods will our will.
    We also keep the sabbath day holy and have never turned a wheel on our farm in over 70 years. I feel God blesses us in remaining faithful and trusting that even tho weather might be coming we use the sabbath as a day of rest to get the rest and energy for the week to come
    May God Bless all of the farmers and their families and employees

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    • Martha Doug Glombowski

      Yes, we will pray and will put on our fb for more prayer warriors. We have many farmer families as close friends and I know it will mean a lot to them also.

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  11. Kristine

    Lifting them all up in prayer! Amen!! Amen!! Amen!!

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  12. Cory McCall

    Thank you to all the farmers and their families for the hrs. they put in to help feed our families.
    God tells us we are our brothers keepers and they need our help now.
    I will pray to Our Father God in Christ Jesus name to help with weather conditions.
    God bless you all for what You do for all of us.
    I also pray that our government will step up and help the farmers of America.

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  13. LeAnn Rogness

    Thank you for sharing this Amanda! I will share this! Praying for all farmers- yours and mine as well!

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you so much, LeAnn!

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  14. Melinda

    All farmers across the nation. Some with too much rain and some not enough. Their crops and cattle are hurting along with the farmers. I grew up on a farm, you have it in your blood. My heart and prayers are with each and everyone❣️

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  15. Barb

    We’ve had 15+ inches of rain in the last few weeks and a snowstorm starting today. I’m thankful we’ve retired from farming, but my heart breaks for our renters. Prices are ridiculously low and expenses ridiculously high. And no one but another farmer understands what it’s like. May God bless our farmers!

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  16. Luanne

    Im standing with you in Prayer for Farmers! My Husband is a crop farmer with beef cows to take care of, and most of his family farms.Thank you God for protection, Thank you God for your Love and keeping food on our tables and helping pay all the large debt farmers carry.

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  17. Tammy Robinson

    We are facing some of the same in Amarillo! We are with you in Agreement Thankful to God that He is good and has all this and us in His hand

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  18. Nathan

    Praying with you! Great post. May they also have some Dairy Queen to bring them Joy and Peace.

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  19. Chris

    Working and praying with you in Iowa.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you, Chris!

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  20. Lauren D.

    Praying with you from Michigan!

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you, Lauren!

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  21. Pam

    …..and please pray for the farmers in western Canada as we face the same challenges.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Praying for all of the farmers in Canada!!!

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  22. Barbara

    Prayers for harvest, trade deals & Trump’s farm programs to sustain all of us involved in farming.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Yes, thank you so much for praying!

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  23. Margie Kotan

    I love our American farmers and certainly thank God for them. I will join in prayer for these times you describe…. I see your strength is in God and pray His deep abiding peace with you.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Thank you so much for praying, Margie!

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  24. Julia

    As an apple orchard farmer the rains can totally ruin a crop. We pray for our fellow farmers. It may be corn and soybeans or apples, we are in this thing called farming together. Be safe and blessings to all.

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    • Amanda Davison

      Absolutely, Julia. Thank you for your hard work producing apples! Prayers for your family as well!

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  25. Lori

    That was so well said. I too a wife of a land farmer. What I love about a farmer they never give up!! They are stewards of the land. They do not want pity, gov’t aid, they just want to harvest their fields and get a fair price. Farmers are smart, patient, but need to look up to god more for his grace, mercy and thank him mote❗️

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