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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 ~ March 19, 2017
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly
love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling,
but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called,
that you may obtain a blessing. I Peter 3:8-9
Pray for ongoing opportunities to shepherd one another (James 5:19, 20). We all need mutual oversight, encouragement and opportunities to contribute to the needs of each other. Pray for open doors and a giving heart.
Be in prayer for those affected by the wildfires in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Pray for those who lost homes, cattle, and loved ones. Pray for those who now struggle to rebuild as well as provide for surviving animals. Pray also for the firefighters and first-responders.
Pray for Hope Women’s Center, as they seek to minister to vulnerable women and at-risk teens through education, mentoring, and free-resources. Give thanks for those who serve at HWC as well as those who come there for help and support.
Pray for our college students - some who have returned recently for Spring Break. Pray that the Lord would continue to reveal His paths for them as they try to decipher God's will for them in their kingdom callings.
Lift up Lana Vande Griend, former PURC member, and daughter of Clayton & Gail Danzeisen, following her recent sinus surgery. Pray that her recovery would go smoothly and that she would soon be able to resume her normal activities.
Ministry continues to grow at PURC. Give thanks to God for all those who offer their gifts for our church in a variety of capacities, some public and many behind the scenes.
Ask that the Lord would bless the monthly elder/deacon training classes. Pray for increased turnout, sound teaching, profitable discussions, and an opportunity to see the vital role of leadership in the life of PURC.
Lift up Elder Mark Liston and Pastor Spotts as they attend the Spring meeting of classis (March 14, 15) in Southern California. Pray for safe travel and an opportunity for them not only to meaningfully contribute to discussions but be an encouragement to others.
Pray for our church - for the many things that make for a sound body: peace, zeal, personal holiness, pursuit of deeper knowledge, doctrinal fidelity, charity, unity, an ongoing willingness to invest in our children, and a growing heartfelt burden for those who don't know Christ.
For our Missionaries: Mike & Erin Pettingill in Equatorial Guinea. There needs here are great and there is much fertile soil for the gospel. The country has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world, one of the lowest life expectancies, and is saturated with practitioners of witchcraft. Pray for Mike and Erin as they come alongside a local evangelical seminary, as they host medical clinics and provide HIV counseling. Pray that they would be encouraged in their attempts to share the hope and compassion that can only be found in Christ.
Additional Matters for Prayer
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Carlos Quintero - health, grace, patience and trust in God.
Military – men and women serving to protect our nation
Zach Phillips & Ian Ramsey as they serve in the armed forces.
Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) & Coram Deo Reformation
Andrew and Zyra Pinson – Studies in Seminary & Baby Aiden
Leaders of the Cadet, GEMS, & Youth Groups
URC church plants in the US and Canada