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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:
Family Prayer List for October 20, 2013
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.
…Pray without ceasing.” Romans 12:10,12
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Pray for Kim Litchfield who recently underwent knee surgery (her second one in a year). Although the surgery was successful, there has been at times intense post-surgery pain. Pray for God’s grace, patience, a diminishing of her pain, and mobility.
Pray for Renata Hornberger who recently entered a new care facility. This is her third facility and with every new environment comes the need for adjustment. Pray for a spirit of contentment, resilience, and peace as she sometimes wrestles with God’s providential ways in her life. Pray also that God would not let us forget about Renata as He calls us to share in each other’s joys and challenges.
Pray for Dawn Gross who still awaits definitive word on her liver condition and how to treat it. Currently, plans are in place for her to see a specialist and undergo further analysis. Doctors can then determine how to treat her liver condition. Pray that Dawn’s treatment and possible surgery may be successful and that the Great Physician may restore her to full health and strength.
Pray for Jared Rayes and Aria Grotenhuis who were married recently. They will move early this week to the Colorado Springs area where Jared will be serving at nearby Fort Carson as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Pray that God would bless their marriage and that they would make a smooth transition to their new home. Pray also for Zyra Piol and Andrew Pinson as they continue their preparations for their wedding on November 16.
Pray for two Central American missionaries: Mike Pettengill (Honduras) and Bill Green (Costa Rica) as they labor to bring the gospel to the poor, hungry, and imprisoned. Pray specifically for Mike’s work in church planting and construction of a school, hospital, and seminary. Pray for Bill’s work among the imprisoned. Inroads have been made in teaching inmates about the gospel and the distinctives of the Reformed faith.
Pray for Joel Rayes. Joel has been deployed to Afghanistan in the Army. Pray for his safety, commitment to the Lord, and the ability to find “comrades in faith” in a military context that can be extremely secular.
Lift up to God’s throne of grace Rev. Lloyd Gross. He has found some relief from spasms due to new medication but he still experiences weakness. Thank God that he has been able to return to worship recently. Remember Claire too as care-giving is not always easy.
Pray for Rev. Dexter and Louise Clark – for physical strength, protection, clarity of mind, contentment, and the continued ability to worship with us.
Pray that God would enable PURC to maintain a delicate balance between the church as institute (the church in its official capacity) and the church as organism (the church in its fellowship/relationships). Not a few conservative churches experience an imbalance between the two resulting in weakness, instability, and discord. Pray that PURC may remain strong and relevant in both doctrine and life – for our sakes as well as our witness to the world.
Pray for Pastor Paul Murphy and Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship in NYC. Paul led the men’s leadership course yesterday and will lead us in worship today. Pray that the Lord would bless his labors in NYC and that He would also bless Paul’s preaching and teaching among us.
Pray for the conversion and transformation of immediate family, relatives, friends, fellow workers who do not currently confess Christ. Pray for preparatory grace, opportunities for conversation, a willingness to listen, softened hearts, and a Spirit-wrought desire to find forgiveness, rest, and joy in Jesus.
Pray for an increasing mission heart and burden for the city of Phoenix. Jesus says that “the fields are white for harvest” and indeed they are! Pray for open doors for us personally, for contacts through our website and new location, and for the nations to be drawn to the kind of worship that exalts Christ and is intelligible and applicable to them.
Pray that our website may continue to be used of the Lord to promote the gospel, encourage inquiries, and draw interested people to PURC. Pray also for our ongoing efforts to keep our website fresh and up to date.
Pray for the adult Sunday school class on work. Attendance and discussion has been good. Pray that God would use the class to help us gain a thorough Christian perspective on work in service to Him and others.
Pray for ongoing review of PURC’s ministry and its present plans for the fall season and beyond in such areas as leadership training, children and adult education, membership class, library, and website.
Pray for the women of PURC who contribute so much to our church’s spirit, relationships, and hospitality. Pray that God may continue to give them a heart of service.
Pray for our federal government as the recent partisanship reflects a growing perspectival divide in our country. Pray that the gospel may make increasing inroads in our country through the sovereign work of the Spirit.