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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 for August 10, 2014
Home Hospitality and a (Former) Pagan’s Experience of Prayer
“The most memorable part of the meal was Ken’s prayer before the meal. I had never heard anyone pray to God as if God cared, as if God listened, and as if God answered. It was a private and honest utterance, and I felt as if I was treading on something real, something sincere, something important, and something transparent but illegible to me. Ken made himself vulnerable to me in his prayer by humbling himself before this “God” of his and I took note of that.”
Rosaria Butterfield “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert”
Those in need of our prayer offerings …
Pray for the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Iraqi Christians are being driven from their homes, indeed their country. Pray also for the Palestinian Christians in Gaza who are currently caught in the maelstrom of an intense conflict between Hamas and Israeli forces. Pray for diplomatic efforts in this region as well as for the spread of the gospel which alone can bring lasting peace.
Pray for our guest Abhisek who comes to us from India and will be studying at ASU. Pray that God will not only bless him in his studies but that our church through its fellowship and teaching may continue to deepen him in His embrace of the gospel and the Reformed faith.
Pray for Michael and Ashley Spotts. They have just a few more weeks with us. Pray for a blessing upon Michael’s preaching, visiting, discipling and other pastoral duties. Pray also that Michael and Ashley’s time with us may further confirm their call to the ministry.
Give thanks to God for the safe and healthy arrival of Allison Joy, the daughter of Justin and Tami Gross. Pray for the health and strength to care for another addition to the family. Pray especially for Tami – for a speedy recovery.
Pray for Mike and Erin Pettengill. They have been in the US since June and arrived in Phoenix a few days ago. Pray that they will receive a blessing while worshipping with us over the next half a year and that their furlough will provide not only a much needed time of rejuvenation but provide opportunities for connecting with supporting churches throughout the southwest.
Pray for Jamie Tussing in the wake of her knee surgery. The road to full recovery is not likely to occur until the end of the summer. Pray for grace, perseverance, patience, and relief.
Our church is currently putting together another video highlighting our church’s confession before the world based on the Apostles’ Creed and HC Q&A 1. Pray especially for recent attender Sean Owens who with Pastor G and Michael Spotts will be organizing and editing the recently recorded footage.
Pray for Melanie Danzeisen’s father who was recently diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Pray for grace and healing.
Lift up before our Father’s throne of grace Rev. Dexter and Louis Clark. They currently live in a group home where Louise continues to receive physical therapy in the wake of her fall some time ago.
Pray for Jonathan Gross as he continues to undergo chemo treatments for colon cancer. Pray for grace, resilience, trust, and healing.
Pray for PURC’s ministries – there is much planning being done this summer to ensure that leaders, organization, and goals are in place for the upcoming 2014/15 season.
Pray for Tom Riley – while his headaches have subsided somewhat there is still daily pain that doctors have yet to diagnose and treat.
Pray that the Lord would keep before us our identity as a contrast community and light to the nations. God has redeemed us in Christ not only unto privilege but responsibility. “God, be gracious and bless us and make your face shine upon us … so that your way may be known on earth and your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67)
Remember to always lift Renata Hornberger before God’s throne of grace as she continues to battle Huntington’s disease.
Pray for the conversion and transformation of immediate family, relatives, friends and fellow workers who do not confess Christ.
A six-week prospective members class has recently finished. 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 PURC’s leaders (pastor, elders, deacons). The ongoing unity, charity, purity, stability, and witness of our church is safeguarded and promoted by those who lead us. Pray for godliness, wisdom, vision, perseverance, encouragement, joy, and shepherd’s hearts.
Pray for those among us who aretraveling this summer. Many of us take the opportunity to travel elsewhere to escape the Phoenix summer heat. Pray for safe travel. Pray also that God may use our travels to refresh us and thus better enable us to serve Him in His kingdom.