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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 5:16). The early church devoted itself to prayer (Acts 2:42). The Apostle Paul enjoins believers to “pray without ceasing” (2 Thessalonians 5:17). 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 ~ August 20, 2017

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

 and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27

 

Pray for Shannon Stovall, as she moves to Washington D.C. later this week and begins a new job there working as a Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent for AZ Congressman Andy Biggs. Pray for Shannon as she establishes her new home.

 

Pray for reconciliation of our country and communities as there are many racial, social, and perspectival divisions. Pray that we may show compassion for those who are struggling spiritually, financially and socially ("I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me ..." Matthew 25:35). Relatedly, pray for reductions in violence, intimidation and hate in those around us by displaying before the world the heart of Christ who said, "Who among the three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"  He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said, "You go, and do likewise."  

 

Give thanks that Shannon Starr's (former wife of Joe Legander) prognosis is better than expected following her recent cancer surgery. It appears that she may not have to undergo chemo or radiation treatments.

 

Pray for Donna Wilson who has recently been diagnosed with stage three (out of five) kidney disease and a peptic ulcer. Pray that as she undergoes further tests doctors may determine the best method of treatment.

 

Lift up prospective member Brendan Drake whose brother has terminal brain cancer. Pray for dying grace for his brother and living grace for Brendan as he contemplates the inevitable loss of his brother.

 

Pray for the newer Christians among us --that the lure of the past may more and more fade as their new life in Christ deepens and grows. "He must increase and I must decrease" (John 3:30)

 

Pray for the future leadership of our church as the present leadership awaits the acceptance of nominations for the important and influential positions of elder and deacon.

 

Currently, our current website as a promotional arm of our church is undergoing a significant revamp. Pray that it may be used by the Lord to bring many in touch with the gospel, our reformational heritage, and the ministry of our church.   

 

Continue to lift up in prayer, Karen Shafer, sister of Jeff Shafer, as she recovers from surgery to repair a heart valve.

 

Pray for the upcoming education year - final preparations are being made for securing teachers, rooms, curriculum and final schedule. Pray that everything would fall nicely into place before classes begin early next month.

 

Draw near to God's throne on behalf of many younger women at PURC who are pregnant or who have recently given birth. Remember to pray also for those desiring children.

 

 

 

Continue Praying for…

--Cameron Dodd (recent loss of husband)

--Debbie (sister to Cathy Rayes, fighting cancer)

--Karen Shafer (recovery from surgery)

--Lloyd Gross (health & mobility)

--Maria (cousin to Nicol Phillips, fighting cancer & needing salvation)

--Phoenix CRC (searching for a new pastor)

--Zach Phillips & Ian Ramsey (as they serve in the armed forces)

--Carlos Quintero (healing, relief from pain)