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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 5, 2015
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. Psalm 138:4-5
Give thanks to God (in light of the 4th of July celebration yesterday) for the innumerable blessings of living in a free country. Pray also that the precious freedoms we have been given may indeed endure amidst many internal and external threats to them.
In the wake of many recent Supreme Court rulings recently, pray 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.
Pray for the pregnant mothers at PURC - for safe deliveries, healthy children, and the joy of knowing their children are being born into the promises and joys of the covenant of grace.
Continue to lift before God's throne of grace:
Lloyd Gross (the trials of old age),
Renata Hornberger (Huntington's Disease),
Ken (cancer of esophagus)-Melanie Danzeisen's father,
Pastor G's mother, Eleanor (pancreatic cancer),
Carlos Quintero (unemployment),
Louise Clark (loss of husband and daughter-in-law),
Marina Lodder (colon cancer), and
Calvin and Megan Kuiper (recent marriage).
Do remember to pray for Sue Kloosterman who is gaining in strength as she gradually wins her battle against Lyme's Disease. Remember, also, Marina Lodder, the wife of Canadian Reformed pastor Theo Lodder. Marina continues her battle against colon cancer.
Ask God to provide for the additional financial assistance needed for New City Phoenix to cover their summer program. Pray for the summer program that involves over 50 youth and teens along with 5 full time interns that are college students from ASU and GCU. (“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19)
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.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
“He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement seat; Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubliant, my feet! Our God is marching on.”