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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 ~ October 2, 2016
Pray for our congregational meeting this Tuesday. We have the opportunity to elect new elders and deacons for service in our church. Pray that God would make it clear to us which men may best serve as shepherds and stewards in our congregation.
Give thanks to God for blessing our church over the last 20 years. His kindnesses have been many! Pray also that God would also bless our 20th anniversary later this month and give us further insight and direction as we decipher His will for us in the years to come.
Pray for all our Adult and Youth education classes. Ask that the Lord would grace our classes with His blessing and that through them we may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and in fellowship with each other.
Pray for Ian Ramsey as he left for military training (Air Force) in Texas recently and will likely not be returning to Phoenix until Christmas. Pray that the Lord would bless His training. Similarly, pray for Zach Phillips as he is serving in Florida (Navy). Pray that these men may remain rooted and growing in Christ as they serve him in our armed forces.
Remember to pray for Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 that their upcoming fundraising efforts would be blessed and that they would continue to have the funds needed to provide a Christian education to so many of our covenant youth.
Pray for evangelistic opportunities - that the Lord would open doors to share Christ to family members, fellow workers, and complete strangers. Pray for a heart burden for this and constant pleading to know Christ and make him known (Col 4:4; Eph 6:18,19).
Pray for URCNA missionary Rev. Nollie Malabuyo, out of Big Springs, CA. Pray that men will mature in knowledge and faith and be able to take up leadership roles. Pray for the funds and volunteers needed for the
completion of the parsonage begun by a TASC group from Hudsonville, MI and Visalia, CA. Pray that Rev. Malabuyo would be able to start a Bible study group in a local community college.
Lift up Missionaries Mike and Erin Pettengill in Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa. Pray for those attending the Seminary that holds daily chapel services for the students attending classes. Each week Mike is preaching at chapel three times a week. Mike is in the middle of preaching a 24 sermon series through the Book of Jonah that will last through the middle of November.
Pray for wisdom in the upcoming November election - many Christians feel frustrated regarding the character and policies of various candidates for political office. Pray for wisdom and discretion as we seek to fulfill our civic duty.
Pray that in the midst advancing evil, Christ's kingdom may continue to grow, flourish, and conquer. May our ongoing prayer be, "Lord, destroy every force which revolts against You and every conspiracy against Your Word. Do this until Your kingdom is so complete and perfect that in it You are all in all" (HC A.123).
Additional Matters for Prayer
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) & Coram Deo Reformation
Military – men and women serving to protect our nation
PURC member under discipline - repentance and restoration
Andrew and Zyra Pinson – Studies in Seminary and pregnancy
Leaders of the Cadet, GEMS, & Youth Groups.
URC church plants in the US and Canada
Government leaders and policy makers
PURC leadership (elders/deacons)