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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 ~ August 14,2016
Prayer tidbits worth chewing on by Martin Luther ...
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."
"Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance but laying hold of His willingness."
"The fewer the words, the better the prayer."
Pray for the upcoming education year - final preparations are being made for securing teachers, rooms, curriculum and final schedule. Pray that everything would fall nicely into place before classes begin early next month.
Pray for those at PURC returning to school, both teachers and students. Pray for a year that is characterized by joy, intellectual growth, character formation, and equipping for kingdom service.
Draw near to God's throne on behalf of many younger women at PURC who are pregnant or who have recently given birth.
Earnestly seek God's intervention on behalf of two men currently under discipline at PURC. Pray for a softening of their hearts, genuine repentance, and eventual restoration to Christ and His church. Pray also for some of us who are currently distancing themselves from worship, community, and from opportunities for growth and service.
Pray for evangelistic opportunities - that the Lord would open doors to share Christ to family members, fellow workers, and complete strangers. Pray for a heart burden for this and constant pleading to know Christ and make him known (Col 4:4; Eph 6:18,19).
Lift up Michael Spotts as September 13, 14 he will undergo an extensive candidacy exam to enable him to be declared a candidate for the ministry. Pray also for Ashley's pregnancy.
Continue to pray for Carlos Quintero – he is making progress, both physically and cognitively and plans to return to worship soon, DV. Pray also for Kathy as she is the chief caregiver for Carlos and spends much time securing doctors' visits and follow up appointments.
Pray for wisdom in the upcoming November election - many Christians feel frustrated regarding the character and policies of various candidates for political office. Pray for wisdom and discretion as we seek to fulfill our civic duty.
*Make plans to come together to pray on Friday, August 19th*
Additional Matters for Prayer
Carlos Quintero – healing of heart and full recovery
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Tim Phillips - for full healing following foot surgery
Irene Van Hofwegen - healing from multiple myeloma-cancer
Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) and Coram Deo Reformation
Military – men and women serving to protect our nation
PURC member under discipline - repentance and restoration
Andrew and Zyra Pinson – Summer internship in Nampa, ID
Leaders of the Cadet, GEMS, & Youth Groups.
URC church plants in the US and Canada
Government leaders and policy makers
PURC leadership (elders/deacons)