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Fervent prayer was one of the hallmarks of the church throughout her history. Jesus was given to regular and fervent prayer (Luke ). The early church devoted itself to prayer (Acts ). The Apostle Paul enjoins believers to “pray without ceasing” (2 Thessalonians ). Due to the Bible’s emphasis on prayer, Phoenix United regularly prays for needs in and outside her ministry. Each week items for prayer are listed so that we can pray for each other and those who are outside our local fellowship. The following prayer list reflects various prayer matters for this week:
PURC Family Prayer List ~ Week of November 29, 2015
In light of the Thanksgiving season and in preparation for our Thanksgiving service,
let's offer gratitude to God for His providential goodness to us. We have been shown
so many material and spiritual gifts from the hand of God!
- Why do Christians need to pray?
- Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. (cited from the Heidelberg Catechism 1563)
In light of the recent congregational email, please pray for former member Molly Hollis after a recent post-birth complication. Pray that she may be restored to full health and strength. Praise the Lord for the birth of her son, Carter William. He appears to be doing well.
Pray also for the Chiesa Evangelica Reformata Filadelfia Church in Milan, Italy, one of the URC church plants we support. Lift up Pastor Andre Ferrari as well as the leadership as they must lead and pastor in a very secular city. Pray that the marks of a faithful church may be present and that congregational life and joy may flourish as a powerful witness of the city of Milan.
Lift up two students (and members of the Milan church): Michai Correa and Yi Wang who are presently studying at WSC in California. They are both young men who hope to minister in Italy as soon as they graduate from seminary.
Give thanks to the Lord for all the Nursery Volunteers that faithfully serve during 1 of 3 services each Lord’s day! Our church family has been blessed with many babies and precious toddlers. (Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.)
Rejoice with those who rejoice. The Hope Women's Center, in Phoenix expressed their thanks to all the ladies at Phoenix United Reformed Church for providing "Thanksgiving Cake" bags to our clients!
Praise God for the PURC Youth Group leaders, Paul and Tiffani Hamstra and the large group of young people that served at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa preparing food packages for children in the Philippines. Pray the food arrives safely and that the children will be strengthened and encouraged. (Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12)
Pray for the many church plants that serve our federation - some thriving and some struggling. Pray for a persevering spirit, fidelity to Christ, unity in spirit and purpose, stability, sound and intentional leadership, and a overriding commitment to making Christ known to the area they are serving.
Remember to pray for the women at PURC. Pray for a spirit of service, mentorship, affirmation, joy, and an understanding of their value for multi-faceted ministry in our church. Lift up the preparations currently being made for the Ladies Christmas Tea and the Women’s Retreat in January. (And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9)
Pray for Westminster Seminary student Michael Spotts as he completes his education this December. Pray also that the Lord would give us one mind as a congregation as to whether or not to extend a one-year internship to Michael as a way of providing ministerial experience to him and added ministry to PURC.
Lift up to God's throne of grace Dr. David Edgington of Compassionate Counselors (CC). David provides various forms of gospel-centered counsel to Christian and non-Christian alike. Pray that the Lord would not only lead needy people to CC but that He would provide the necessary funds to keep this ministry prospering.
Pray for the workers, volunteers and all those in need that receive services from Phoenix Rescue Mission. Ask the Lord to provide the resources they need this season and protect the Christ-centered services and programs to men and women at this place. Pray that the Lord give new beginnings to the men, women and children in our community struggling with homelessness, addiction, and trauma. (Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.)
Continue to lift before God's throne of grace:
Elijah Hamstra (significant back pain due to injury)
Andrew and Zyra Pinson (Andrew's studies at Seminary)
Member under discipline (pray for genuine repentance and restoration)
Kim Litchfield’s father (Lynn Iverson, prostate cancer)
Carlos Quintero (unemployment and abdominal pain)
Lloyd Gross (the trials of old age),
Renata Hornberger (Huntington's Disease),
Louise Clark (loss of husband and daughter-in-law)