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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 Prayer List __ ~ __ Week of February 7, 2016
"Interceding for others will have a positive influence on your own soul. It will help to check the tendency you have (common to all Christians) to be self-centered. Intercede also in concert with others. The wonder of praying with other Christians is that each individual note of prayer blends in with all the others to create a sort of symphony of worship."
Lift up Irene VanHofwegen - this week she was diagnosed with Mulitple Myeloma (cancer in her bone marrow). The family is grateful for the daily prayers for her healing. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and pray that she may be released from the hospital soon. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!
Offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for Elijah Hamstra’s back surgery on 1/27. The Hamstra’s report this week that Elijah is doing well. Please continue to pray for complete healing.
Lift up the need we have for additional help for the new AM nursery expansion. We have need for one extra female adult and one female youth volunteer for each AM shift. On behalf of all the parents, thank you so much for your time and attention given to our children!
Please remember to pray for Jack Hornberger (as well as children Hanna and Zach) in the recent death of Renata - wife, mother and a dear friend of many of us. Pray for the comfort of God's Spirit to be upon them. Pray also that the Holy Spirit may use this time of grief to draw them to Jesus and ignite in them a desire to follow Him.
Pray that God would grant fruit to the ministries of 18 URC and Canadian Reformed pastors who attended the mission cohort in Phoenix this past week. Pray for God’s blessing and enablement for each Pastor to lead their church's mission task to the world. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden ..." - Jesus
Our spiritual leaders (elders and deacons) are always in need prayer as they "keep watch over our souls" (I Peter 5:1-3; Hebrews 13:17). Pray for shepherd's hearts, willing spirits, doctrinal discernment, unity of mind and purpose, steely frames, and wisdom as they discern God's path for PURC in 2016.
While PURC is not a perfect church, give thanks to the Lord for the unity, stability, and charity we experience as a body. In connection with this, pray that God would protect us from Satan's snares and allow us to provide a compelling witness to those whom God draws to us.
Thank God for the new members that He has brought us over the past year. Pray that God would continue to grow PURC numerically and spiritually and that by doing so we may be further encouraged to participate in God's mission to the world ("As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you" - John 20:21; HC Q&A 54)
Additional Matters for Prayer
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Louise Clark - loss of husband
Carlos Quintero - health and work
PURC member under discipline - repentance and restoration
Andrew and Zyra Pinson - seminary
Military - men and women serving to protect our nation
URC church plants in the US and Canada
Government leaders and policy makers
PURC leadership (elders/deacons)