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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 ~ October 16, 2016


Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary;

praise Him in his mighty heavens! Praise Him for his mighty deeds;

praise Him according to his excellent greatness! Psalm 150


Lift up all those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  In Haiti, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and the millions of people that have been evacuated.  Pray for all the organizations of relief workers that are now offering aid to victims of the storm and the families that are in need.  Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.


Give thanks to God for blessing our church over the last 20 years. His kindnesses have been many!  Pray also that God would also bless our 20th anniversary later this month and give us further insight and direction as we decipher His will for us in the years to come.


Pray for Avea Hamstra, infant granddaughter of Pete & Linda Hamstra, who was recently diagnosed with pneumonia, and admitted to the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Avea’s condition is further challenged by Cystic Fibrosis. Pray for healing and widom for the doctors who treat her.


Pray for URCNA missionaries Zac & K.C. Wyse, in Cincinatti, OH. Pray that their church plant would continue to experience growth, for a facility to better suit their needs, and for continued maturity, faithfulness and growth.


Remember to pray for Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 that their upcoming fundraising efforts would be blessed and that they would continue to have the funds needed to provide a Christian education to so many of our covenant youth.


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 Missionaries Mike and Erin Pettengill in Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa. Pray for those attending the Seminary that holds daily chapel services for the students attending classes. Each week Mike is preaching at chapel three times a week.  Mike is in the middle of preaching a 24 sermon series through the Book of Jonah that will last through the middle of November.


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.


Pray that in the midst advancing evil, Christ's kingdom may continue to grow, flourish, and conquer. May our ongoing prayer be, "Lord, destroy every force which revolts against You and every conspiracy against Your Word. Do this until Your kingdom is so complete and perfect that in it You are all in all" (HC A.123).


Additional Matters for Prayer

Lloyd Gross - health and mobility

Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) & Coram Deo Reformation

Military – men and women serving to protect our nation

PURC member under discipline - repentance and restoration

Andrew and Zyra Pinson – Studies in Seminary and pregnancy

Leaders of the Cadet, GEMS, & Youth Groups.

URC church plants in the US and Canada

Government leaders and policy makers

PURC leadership (elders/deacons)