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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 March 9, 2014
Missionary Amy Carmichael tells the story of a Hindu woman who prayed to her “god” to protect her from the prayers of Christians who prayed that she would not marry a particular Hindu man. The woman prayed and then said to her god, “What more can I offer you? Have I not given you all that I have? And you reject my prayer!” Then in a dream her god appeared and said, “Tell the Christians not to pray. I can do nothing against their prayers. Their prayers are hindering me!”
“The prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much.” (James 5:16)
Those in need of our prayer offerings:
Pray for Tom Riley who entered the hospital this past week for observation relating to high potassium levels in his blood. Pray for blood levels that reflect greater health and a normal functioning of his body.
Pray for Andrew Pinson who lost his grandmother, Isabel, who died recently at the age of 92. Andrew was close to her and has often prayed for her and his mother. Pray for peace and closure and an ability to thank God for his abundant and pursuing grace in his own life.
Pray for an ongoing blessing resulting from the recent URC pastor’s mission cohort this past week in Phoenix. URC pastors flew in from various parts of the country to talk about the missional identity of the church in theology and practice.
Give thanks to the Lord for Renata Hornberger who celebrated her 50th birthday recently. Pray that her life, though altered by Huntington’s disease, may be characterized by resilience, contentment, and an ongoing desire to live for Christ.
Pray for the brother of regularly attending visitor Harriet Clark. Her brother Mervin recently suffered a heart attack. Pray also for her sister Ethelda who is currently recovering from a mild stroke.
Pray for Lucas, Lanae, and Brody Bruxvoort. Pray as well for the family of Trudy Camping. The wound of Macy and Trudy is undoubtedly fresh and yet the joy of knowing they have joined the church triumphant in heaven is a comfort that tempers the greatest of sorrows. Thank the Lord for His many kindnesses and that His grace may be more than sufficient for the hurting in the weeks and months ahead.
Pray for Dawn Gross who underwent surgery recently to open the bile ducts of her liver. The surgery was deemed a success. Pray that the ducts may remain open and that Dawn may experience a more normal function of her liver.
Pray for regular visitor Carlos Quintero who recently underwent surgery to remove an abdominal cyst. Pray for speedy healing and a recovery devoid of any ongoing complications.
Ongoing prayer is needed for pastors’ Dexter Clark and Lloyd Gross as they experience periodic physical and mental trials associated with old age. Pray for clarity of mind, physical relief/healing, spiritual refinement and a spirit of perseverance. Pray for Louise and Claire as they minister daily to their husbands.
Pray for Dordt College, a Christian college located in Northwest Iowa dedicated to a reformational worldview. Pray for President Eric Hoekstra in particular, as he has recently taken over the presidency of the college with its unique challenges and opportunities. Pray for wisdom, insight, foresight, and the ability to promote the college in a winsome way
Pray for Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy as they seek to keep constituents informed about matters relating to pro-life causes, family, and religious freedom in Arizona, especially in light of the recent veto of SB 1062.
Pray for Jason Nelson, Pastor G’s neighbor, who was severely burned in a gas explosion a few weeks ago. Pray that he would not only survive (currently in critical condition), but that there would be the opportunity for a gospel witness in word and deed.
Pray for the emerging plans (Rooted and Young Peoples) to assist Rehoboth Christian School in NM in whatever areas of assistance they may need. The trip is currently planned for April.
Pray for Westminster seminary student Michael Spotts who will be interning at PURC this summer. Michael graciously accepted the elders’ invitation to serve at PURC and is now in the beginning stages of preparing for his time here. Pray that God would richly bless his time with us and that his internship would further confirm his call to the ministry.
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 the pregnant women of our congregation: Johanna Buys, Kelsey Gross,Andrea Smith and Tami Gross. Pray that God would guide the healthy development of their children and that He would prepare their hearts for rearing their children in the knowledge, instruction, and discipline of the Lord.
Pray for the conversion and transformation of immediate family, relatives, friends, fellow workers who do not currently confess Christ.