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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 5:16). The early church devoted itself to prayer (Acts 2:42). The Apostle Paul enjoins believers to “pray without ceasing” (2 Thessalonians 5:17). 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 for April 13, 2014


    “Carry all your needs to God in petitionary prayer. If you don’t, you are claiming to be self-sufficient and independent of God – and that would be to live a lie. And so, pray. Prayer is one of God’s chief ways of educating you spiritually. It’s in the school of prayer that your soul will really develop, expand, and reach its highest enjoyment.”  Benjamin Palmer


    “The ultimate test of the Christian life is the amount of time we give to prayer.”  D. Martin Lloyd-Jones


Those in need of our prayer offerings:


Pray for greater urgency in prayer, greater faith in prayer, and greater expectancy in prayer. Remember the words of the psalmist, “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him … O Lord, in the morning I order my prayer to You and I eagerly watch.” (Psalm 3:3; 4:3)


Pray for Jonathan Gross who has been recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Please pray for healing, peace and wisdom while Jonathan, Lisa, and the family await God’s direction and provision.


Pray for Tom Riley who continues to suffer from headaches. Pray that he may begin to receive some relief through proper medical care and medications.


Pray for Johanna Buys who is currently confined to bed rest. Pray that a scheduled C-section may be postponed for another week or two and that her eventual delivery may go smoothly. 


Pray for Mike and Erin Pettengill and their work in Honduras. Mike and Erin plan to make PURC their church home when they come back to Phoenix for an extended furlough in August. Pray that they may find a warm welcome as well as a loving home during their stay with us. Pray also that their time with us may truly be a time of refreshing for them and the catalyst for them to return to the mission field with renewed zeal.


Remember to always lift Renata Hornberger before God’s throne of grace as she continues to battle Huntington’s disease and its ongoing effects physically and mentally. Pray for resilience, contentment, and an ongoing desire to live for Christ. Pray also that she may continue to come to worship occasionally as a means of encouragement and growth in Christ.


Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini who still languishes in an Iranian prison.


Pray for our college students – for health, contentment, growth in grace and maturity, and preparation for service in Christ’s kingdom.

Pray for Dawn Gross who continues to battle liver disease. Pray specifically for the normal function of her liver’s bile ducts as well as for the energy to carry out her daily duties.


Pray for Bernadette who has attended worship somewhat regularly with the Wards. Bernadette has been going through a particularly difficult time recently and needs prayers for grace, an open heart, and the transformative power of the gospel in her life. 


Pray for the conversion and transformation of immediate family, relatives, friends and fellow workers who do not confess Christ.


Ongoing prayer is needed for pastors Dexter Clark and Lloyd Gross as they experience periodic physical and mental trials associated with old age. Pray for clarity of mind, physical relief/healing, spiritual refinement and a spirit of perseverance. Pray for Louise and Claire as they minister daily to their husbands.


Pray for Barb Hoekstra – the wife of Erik Hoekstra, president of Dordt College as she has recently been diagnosed with cancer.


Pray for the emerging plans (Rooted and Young Peoples) to assist Rehoboth Christian School in NM in whatever areas of assistance they may need. The trip is currently planned for this month (April 24-27).


Pray for our prospective members that God would make clear to them their place at PURC. Pray also for those of us who are relatively new to the Christian faith and in particular the fundamentals of the Reformed faith. Pray for increased knowledge, discernment and commitment.  


Pray for the pregnant women of our congregation: Kelsey Gross,Johanna Buys,Andrea Smith and Tami Gross. Pray that God would guide the healthy development of their children and that He would prepare their hearts for rearing their children in the knowledge, instruction, and discipline of the Lord. 


Pray for Dave Bennett as he seeks, by God’s grace, to establish relationships in the South Phoenix area on behalf of New City Phoenix. Pray in particular for two painting projects, May 10 and 17, as well as the resumption of evening worship services – that God’s blessing would reside on both.


Pray for Pastor Derrick Vander Meulen who has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes. Pray for God’s grace, the success of his treatments, and the ability in the meantime to carry out his ministerial calling on the island of Kauai.