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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 July 26, 2015
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
(Lord’s Day 1 Heidelberg Cathechism)
Lift up Pastor Phil and his family, as Pastor will be staying in MI to care for his mother. Ask for Eleanor to receive comfort, peace, grace and strength during this time. Pray for everyone during the days and weeks ahead.
We give praise to the Lord for the healthy birth last week of Hunter Hendrix Holloway. Congratulations to Mike and Christine Holloway. (Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Ps. 127:3)
Continue to ask for the Lord’s protection and blessings for PURC's children. May each one, by God's grace and fulfillment of His promises to them in their baptism, walk with the Lord, speak freely of Him, and offer counter-cultural witnesses to the world.
Lift up the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Greater Phoenix. Pray for the counselors that are serving the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of women and families who are in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy. Ask the Lord to protect the three clinics in the Phoenix area. (If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26)
Pray for the future leaders of PURC as the nomination process is under way for new elders and deacons. Pray that the most qualified men may be nominated and elected for the blessing and growth of PURC. Ask the Lord for men of godliness, discernment, conviction, love, service, hospitality, tenacity, vision, principle, and a burden for the expansion of the kingdom.
Please pray for all our students as they will be returning to school. Ask the Lord to bless them and help them to learn to think and live with a biblical worldview.
Continue to lift before God’s throne of grace:
Lisa Gross (for full recovery following surgery)
Lloyd Gross (the trials of old age),
Renata Hornberger (Huntington's Disease),
Louise Clark (loss of husband and daughter-in-law),
Ken (cancer of esophagus)-Melanie Danzeisen's father,
Pastor G's mother, Eleanor (pancreatic cancer),
Carlos Quintero (unemployment),
Marina Lodder (colon cancer),
Sue Kloosterman (Lyme's Disease)
Pray for a real, deep, and experiential grasp of the reality of sin in our lives. Pray that it may truly humble us to the point of genuine repentance. Above all, pray that we may all find our sufficiency in Christ who alone can take away our sins and restore us to fellowship with God.
Be diligent to pray every week that God would preserve the religious freedoms we currently enjoy. Pray in the meantime that the following qualities may grow and deepen in us: resilience, trust, confidence, grace, obedience, joy, and singular and resolute dedication to Christ.