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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 May 26, 2013
“Pray often ... for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” John Bunyan
“The devil is aware that one hour of close fellowship and hearty conversation with God in prayer is able to pull down what he has been planning and building for many years.” John Flavel
Pray for a greater love for the Lord’s Day and a desire to honor it as a day of priority, rest, worship and delight. (Isaiah 58:13,14).
Pray for the safety of our nation. The bombings in Boston, the poison-laced letters to political officials as well as ongoing terrorists’ threats from inside and outside our nation remind us that we live in a depraved and dangerous world. Pray that the threats we face may increasingly drive our nation to the gospel of peace found in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Pray fervently for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Muslim countries. According to recent reports, Christians have been fleeing Muslim countries in droves due to regime changes in Egypt, Libya, and Iraq as well as instability in Iran and Syria and East African nations. Pray for grace, perseverance, safety, and resilience.
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.
Pray for Macy Bruxvoort and for Lucas and Lanae as they provide constant and loving care for her.
Thank God for that the young adult group, Rooted was able to reach 82% of their fundraising goal. Pray also for PURC’s young people’s group as they plan for a possible trip to the RYS convention this summer. Pray for the leaders of these groups too (Mike and Christine, Tony and Andrea) – for wisdom, creativity, and enthusiasm.
Give thanks for the progress of Rev. Lloyd Gross. He continues to experience some pain but his pain and fatigue have not prevented him from worshipping with us lately. God is good! Pray for continued grace for brother Lloyd.
Continue to pray for Renata Hornberger – for grace, contentment, a persevering spirit, and a will to live.
Pray for the unemployed, underemployed, and overemployed among us as downsizing and its various effects is increasingly commonplace in the US economy.
Pray for Jason Walsh of the Arizona Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. Jason speaks at various churches about abortion and helps equip them to reach high school and college students with the gospel of life. Pray for open doors to churches and college campuses. Pray also that in time the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision may be overturned and that young women may be increasingly drawn to the blessings of adoption. In this regard, lift up to God’s throne of grace the various Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Phoenix.
Pray for our prospective members. The six-week membership course has been completed. Pray that God would make clear His will for them as they consider whether to commit themselves to membership with all its privileges, joys, and responsibilities.
Pray for our college students, some who will be graduating soon and moving to another location while others will return home. Pray that many will find employment and a place to serve the Lord in His kingdom.
Pray for Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini who languishes in the notorious Evin prison in Iran. There are reports that he is now being denied visitors. There are also reports that he is suffering from internal injuries due to periodic beatings. Saeed is currently serving an eight-year sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity as well as his work in planting house churches in Iran. Pray for courage, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the assurance that in body and soul, in life and in death, he belongs to his faithful Savior Jesus Christ (HC Q&A 1)
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 for the US Supreme Court as a decision will be forthcoming (June) concerning the constitutionality of homosexual marriage. Pray that God’s restraining grace may prevail, God-honoring marriage may be maintained, and that the church would be given wisdom as to how to minister truth and grace to the homosexual community.
Pray for personal and corporate holiness. The pursuit of holiness is not only a prerequisite for eternal life but it provides a powerful witness to a broken world that we belong to God.