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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 June 29, 2014


Two quotes by Puritan Thomas Watson …


    “A godly person is a praying person. ‘Everyone who is godly shall pray to You, O Lord.’ As soon as grace is poured in, prayer is poured out. Prayer is the soul’s traffic with heaven. God comes down to us by His Spirit and we go up to Him by prayer.”


    “Prayer delights God’s ear, it melts His heart, it opens His hand: God

cannot deny a praying soul.” 


                         Those in need of our prayer offerings …


Pray for the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Pray especially for the Christians there who increasingly face kidnappings, threats and even death for being followers of Jesus Christ.


Pray for Kathy Quintero whose mother died this past week in Florida. Kathy is currently in Florida and hopes to return in the near future.


Pray for Jamie Tussing in the wake of her recent 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.


Give thanks for the healthy births of Ella Louise (daughter of Trevor and Kelsey Gross) and Lennon August (daughter of Tony and Andrea Smith).

God is good!  Give thanks to God that we may witness the covenant baptisms of three children at PURC July 13 (DV): Gabriel Brennan, Lennon Smith, and William Burns.


Pray for Jim and Regina Vedders’ daughter and son-in-law Deb and Bart Vander Wal and their son James and wife Carly who lost their twin sons this past week as they were born too premature to survive. Please pray for the comfort that only God can provide.


Pray for Dave and Anne Bennett (New City Phoenix) as they have been under much pressure lately. Dave and Anne have been temporarily caring for five young and needy children from their neighborhood. In addition, praise the Lord that Anne’s biopsy for breast cancer came back negative. In the meantime, they continue to labor in South Phoenix – pray for the grace needed to minister grace to the brokenness of South Phoenix.


Lift up before our Father’s throne of grace Dexter and Louis Clark. They have recently moved to a group home where Louise continues to receive physical therapy in the wake of her fall a number of weeks ago.


Pray for Jonathan Gross who has undergone surgery for colon cancer and now receives chemo treatments. Pray for grace.

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 – for a gradual reprieve from his persistent headaches. Tom underwent an extensive MRI recently and he is still awaiting the results.


Plans for this year’s RYS Convention is under way. There are many details that go into planning such a large event (typically between 700-900 High Schoolers from various URC’s and other Reformed churches). This year’s convention is in Eugene, OR July 14-18. Pray for both convention speakers and attendees. Pray specifically that the convention may leave a marked, positive and lasting impression upon those who participate.


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.”


Remember to always lift Renata Hornberger before God’s throne of grace as she continues to battle Huntington’s disease.


Pray for Ashley Spotts. She has returned to CA in order to resume her job. Pray that the Lord may bless her. Pray also Michael as he continues his internship at PURC.


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


As a new members class has recently begun. 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 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.