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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 ~ April 23, 2017
"Prayer is that point of all others in religion at which you must be on your guard. Here it is that true religion begins: here is flourishes and here it decays. Tell me what a man's prayers are and I will soon tell you the state of his soul." JC Ryle
"Pray without ceasing" - I Thessalonians 5:17
Give thanks for the generous offering recently for Matthew and Cameron Dodd. Continue to pray for them as they navigate the difficult terrain of cancer and their future. Pray for grace, God's healing hand, perseverance, and a hearty trust that whether in life or death, they are the Lord's (Romans 14:8; HC Q&A 1).
Continue to pray for Carlos Quintero who struggles daily against persistent and yet undiagnosed pain.
Pray for Emily Ward and John Burritt who will be married, DV, May 13. Pray for a long, fruitful, joyful and Christ-centered and Spirit-directed marriage.
Lift up our college students - many who have or will soon be graduating. They need our collective prayers as they try to decipher God's leading in their lives and His place for them in His world
Pray for many of the new parents among us as they embark upon a very new stage of their lives. Pray that God would grant them the ability, by their Word and example, to nurture their children in the faith. Pray also that God would shape all our children into committed and uncompromising followers of Christ.
Pray for our prospective members - that God would make clear to them their place our church and that He would continue to nourish them through our ministry and fellowship.
Lift up our current elders, deacons, and pastors as they lead us as a flock. Pray for faithfulness to their calling, joy in what they do, shepherd's hearts, resilience, grace in the face of periodic discouragement, and tangible fruit to their labors.
Earnestly ask God to further deepen the following important traits in our church: doctrinal fidelity, holiness, grace, the fruit of the Spirit, unity, balance in perspective and ministry, hospitality, transparency, a counter-cultural lifestyle, and a genuine burden for many around us who don't know Christ.
Pray for Wayne Jordan and Herman Yee that the Lord may work in their hearts a spirit of genuine repentance and a return to Christ and His church. Pray generally for a number of us who have decided to follow the path of the prodigal son - that they may come to the realization that there are far greater joys in the Father's house than the world.
Many of us have friends, relatives, and immediate family members who do not know Jesus. Pray that God would open their hearts through our witness so they may enter into the joys of forgiveness and renewal (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Pray for the Lord's clear leading regarding the VBS outreach scheduled for June. Pray that the needed amount of volunteers would found, and pray also for the children who will hopefully be attending this program.
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