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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 ~ February 26, 2017
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Rom 12:4-6
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.
Pray for the monthly men's group as they grapple with their callings in God's kingdom. Pray especially for Bill Bowman as he leads the group in a discussion of the relationship between Christ, church, and culture.
Many of us have family members and/or friends who don't know Christ and walk in spiritual darkness. Pray that God would use us to bear witness to Jesus' light (Matthew 5:11,12) and that God would draw them powerfully and graciously into His kingdom.
Pray for the upcoming Elder/Deacon Training courses beginning in March. Pray that God would continue to provide strong servant leaders for this church.
Give praise to God for the abundance of rain and snow that has fallen in parts of California providing relief for a drought that has lasted many years. Remember to pray for the farmers and others who work in agriculture.
Pray for our nation (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Many are aware that we are at a watershed point in our nation's history. Pray for public restraint, wisdom and tact for our leaders, patience, compassion, and boldness for the Christian community, freedom for Christ's cause in the world, and a conviction that God, amidst the many uncertainties of life.
Pray for the pregnant moms in our congregation. Pray for those who wait to grow their families through fostering or adoption.
Continue to pray for Matt & Cameron Dodd, missionaries from New Guinea, currently residing stateside. Matt has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and recently experienced a stroke. He is hoping to begin treatments soon, provided he remains stable following the stroke. Matt’s father also recently passed away & there has been much for the family to deal with.
Pray for the new members among us—Matt, Kelly, Gregg, and Joep—that they would continue to grow at PURC and develop meaningful relationships and opportunities for service. God has richly blessed us.
Remember to pray for the new parents among us. As we so recently witnessed in the covenant baptisms of Hendrik Buys & John Spotts, we are reminded not only of the rich promises of God to his people, but also the commitment we make as a body of believers to the children in our care.
Additional Matters for Prayer
Avea Hamstra—cystic fibrosis
Doug Holloway – healing from colon surgery
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