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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 ~ May 21, 2017

“A spiritual prayer is a believing prayer. Jesus says, ‘Whatever you ask in prayer, believingly, you shall receive.’ (Matthew 21:22). The reason so many prayers suffer shipwreck is because they split against the rock of unbelief. Praying without faith is like shooting without bullets.”                                                                                                                                                 Thomas Watson

Pray for our prospective members that God would make clear to them their place at PURC as a new prospective members class begins today. Pray also for those of us who are relatively new to the Christian faith and in particular the fundamentals of the Reformed faith. Pray for increased knowledge, discernment and commitment.  

Pray for Micah Ruthenberg, who was very seriously injured while hiking in Sedona. Pray that Micah's recovery might be swift and give thanks that the Lord provided for Micah when he needed Him most. "I love the Lord for He has heard my voice and my cry for mercy. Because He has turned His ear to me I will call on Him as long as I live" (Psalm 116:1).

Pray for the expectant mothers at PURC as they progress in their pregnancies.  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14

Pray for Patrick Bradberry, currently a part of the Buckeye prison system, and part of a Bible study led by Robert Frieling. Patrick’s cancer has returned and he is dealing with additional matters, and has requested our prayers.

Lift up our college students and other recent graduates. They need our collective prayers as they try to decipher God's leading in their lives and His place for them in His world


Give thanks for the teachers among us…both in the home and outside of it. Pray that their summers would be a time of refreshment and renewed vigor.


Continue to pray for Matt & Cameron Dodd. Matt was diagnosed with advanced cancer, and also suffered a stroke as a result. Per a Facebook update, Matt has seen some positive test results and continued progress in his recovery from the stroke. Give praise for the progress he has made, and continue to pray that the treatments he is undergoing would be successful. Pray also for Cameron as she cares for him, and their busy family.


Many of us have friends, relatives, and immediate family members who do not know Jesus. Pray that God would open their hearts through our witness so they may enter into the joys of forgiveness and renewal (2 Corinthians 5:17).


Pray for the Vacation Bible School being organized for this June. Pray that the volunteers would be found, and the details figured out. Pray that this ministry will be a blessing to our own children, but also that it would reach into the surrounding neighborhoods & be an instrument to spread the gospel.

Pray for URCNA missionaries Rev. Pablo & Verenisse Landázuri serving in Quito, Ecuador, and Rev. Neal and Sandy Hegeman, serving in Bogota, Colombia.

     “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not become weary; they shall walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31   


Continue Praying for…

--Luke Bowman (grandson of Bill & Angela—living with Muscular Dystrophy)

--Carlos Quintero (persistent pain, continued health struggles)

--Ismael Cazares (recovering from surgery)

--Lloyd Gross (health & mobility)

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