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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 ~ June 5, 2016
"And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.'
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties,
for Christ's sake;for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Lift up Carlos Quintero for healing and a full recovery from open heart surgery. Ask the Lord to give him patience during his recuperation time that is expected to be four weeks.
Pray for Phil and Laura Spotts and family as they will be moving to Chattanooga, TN soon. Pray that the Lord would give them a smooth transition to their new home, that God would bless Phil's new job there, and that He would open up to them a thriving church home in which to worship and serve.
A number of our younger members have expressed interest in making a public profession of their faith this summer. Pray that God would bless their upcoming elder interviews, further strengthen their desire, refine their commitment to Jesus and His kingdom, and use their professions as an occasion for us all to rejoice in God's grace and goodness.
Pray for our many men and women who serve in our armed forces. There are many at PURC who have served or are serving in the military. Pray for those who are currently serving - for safety, satisfaction in what they do, and for ultimate fidelity to Christ the King.
Give thanks for God's grace in Michael Spotts' life. Pray for greater service, pray that the Lord will bring fruit to His labors here at PURC. Pray also for Ashley as the first trimester of her pregnancy has not always been easy.
Remember to lift up the fathers among us. Pray that they would be fathers "contra mundum" (against the world). But more so, pray that they may be reflections of our heavenly Father - a Father of wisdom, measured discipline, compassion and grace.
Pray for the final preparations being made for Synod, 2016 (June 13-17) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The URC Synod consists of delegates from over 100 URC churches throughout the US, Canada and outside of North America. Pray for safe travel for the delegates, a unified spirit, singleness of purpose, as well as the ability to accomplish their many tasks within a one-week time frame.
Lift up the newborn granddaughter of Pete and Linda Hamstra in Chicago. She is struggling with health issues and the prospect of future surgeries.
Give a praise of thanksgiving for the newborn grandson of Doug and Pat Yeo, Caleb Chad Leonard, born June 1st. Mom and baby are both well.
Additional Matters for Prayer
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Tim Phillips - for full healing following foot surgery
Josh Verburg - grandfather in hospice
Irene Van Hofwegen - healing from multiple myeloma-cancer
Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) and Coram Deo Reformation Church
Military – men and women serving to protect our nation
PURC member under discipline - repentance and restoration
Andrew and Zyra Pinson - seminary
URC church plants in the US and Canada
Government leaders and policy makers
PURC leadership (elders/deacons)