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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—Week of September 27, 2015
Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one
who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is
at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Romans 8:33-34
Lift up the staff and the families desiring to adopt or foster through Christian Family Care. Pray for them as they minister in Phoenix serving vulnerable children and families in the name of Christ through adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, and child & family counseling. ‘as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
Lift up to God's throne of grace Pastor Saeed Abedini who continues to languish in an Iranian prison. Pray not only for his release but that in the meantime the Holy Spirit may keep him from despair.
Thank God that we belong to a group of regional churches (classis SW) that offer mutual encouragement and accountability. Pray that a spirit of unity may prevail.
Pray for the weekly preaching of the Word - that it may continue to probe, rebuke, encourage, and drive us to Jesus Christ and Him crucified. "Our gospel came to you not only in word but also in power and in the Holy Spirit" (I Thess. 1:5).
Let us remember to pray for the various GCU students who have been worshipping with us. Pray that God would bless their studies, their adjustment to college life, and their worship and fellowship with us.
Begin to pray for plans in the works for a 2016 URC mission cohort (small gathering) slated for February 3-5 in Phoenix. Pray that God would lead a core of interested men to attend for the benefit of their local churches.
Pray for the one among us who is currently under discipline. Pray for genuine repentance, an ardent faith, renewed obedience, and restoration to the body of Christ.
Lift up our church's leadership. Pray for our elders: for godliness, humility, love, wisdom to rule well, the heart of a shepherd, joy, tenacity, and a desire to honor Christ in all things. Pray also for our deacons: for wisdom, fullness of the Holy Spirit, fiscal discretion, and pastoral sensitivity.
Remember to petition the Lord for open doors for the gospel - personally and as a church. Pray that in light of many time constraints and commitments we may not lose sight of our identity as a missional people. Pray for God to fill His house with new converts and new faces and that He would give us an increasing burden for the lost and a sensitivity to their needs - all for the praise for His glorious grace.
Continue to lift before God's throne of grace:
Kim Litchfield’s father (Lynn Iverson, prostate cancer)
Melanie Danzeisen (the recent loss of her father)
Carlos Quintero (unemployment and abdominal pain)
Lloyd Gross (the trials of old age),
Renata Hornberger (Huntington's Disease),
Louise Clark (loss of husband and daughter-in-law)
Sue Vander Ploeg (PCGS principal - loss of mother)
Phil and Laura Spotts (in the process of adoption)