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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 ~ January 22, 2017
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” —1 Timothy 2:1–2
Lift up to God our new president, new Congress, and local elected officials. Let us pray with the clear understanding that government authority is established by God and give Him praise. “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God”.(Romans 13:1)
Please continue to lift up Doug Holloway to our Father's throne of grace as he continues to recuperate from his recent colon surgery.
Pray for the upcoming Women's Retreat January 27-28 that the Lord would bless their fellowship, foster new relationships, and grow them in God's grace.
Pray also for current plans to live-stream an address by Ravi Zacharias at ASU (Tuesday, January 31). Pray that this special night at PURC may offer a time of encouragement and opportunity to understand more clearly the apologetical challenges we face as Christians in our city and nation.
Lift up TeenPact Leadership School class at the Arizona State Capitol the week of February 6 – 10. Pray for the Staffers and students traveling to Phoenix from various communities and for Kim Ballam and the volunteers for the class. Ask that God would be glorified. Pray for deepened relationships and that students, staffers, parents, and others would deepen relationships with one another and more importantly that relationships with God would grow and change. Ask God to increase their desire to make more disciples for Christ and pray that they are fully equipped to be light and salt to the world.
Pray for the upcoming Phoenix Mission Cohort February 7-9 organized by Pastors G and S. 30-35 URC pastors (and some wives) from various places in the US and Canada are planning to attend the three day cohort led, in part, by missiologist Dr. Michael Goheen. Pray that the remaining organizational matters may be put in place and that the Lord would bless the cohort for the encouragement and enrichment of the men and women who attend.
Requests from our URCNA Missionaries: Rev. Ernie and Betsy Langendoen serve as missionaries in Comayagua, Honduras. 1) Pray that our members may grow in the Word and in the Spirit of Christ 2) Pray that many more may come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. 3) Pray that the perverse and apostate apostolic movement that has taken over a large segment of the Evangelical church of Honduras may be reversed. 4) Pray that the true proclamation of the Word may continue to be heard in Honduras.
Lift up in prayer missionaries Matt & Cameron Dodd (friends of Joe & Lisa Harding). On a recent furlough from their mission work in Papua New Guinea, it was determined that Matt has stage 4 lung cancer. They will now be staying in the U.S. to begin treatment. Please pray for Matt as his treatments begin. Pray for financial resources for them, as they were forced to leave much of their home and belongings behind for now. Pray for calmness of spirit in the light of the many changes and challenges facing their family.
Pray for a new men's study beginning this January. The study will focus on the nature of God's kingdom and the various perspectives on the kingdom, especially as it intersects with our present culture. Pray that the Lord would use this study to help clarify for the men of our church how they might best model and bear witness to Christ's kingdom in the world.
Additional Matters for Prayer
Lloyd Gross - health and mobility
Carlos Quintero health, grace, patience and trust in God.
Military – men and women serving to protect our nation
Zach Phillips & Ian Ramsey as they serve God in the armed forces.
Pastor Carl Heuss (rehabilitation) & Coram Deo Reformation
Andrew and Zyra Pinson – Studies in Seminary & Baby Aiden
Leaders of the Cadet, GEMS, & Youth Groups.
Avea Hamstra—health & cystic fibrosis
URC church plants in the US and Canada