“Always be joyful. Never stop praying” (1 Thes. 5:16-17).
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This Week’s Prayers of the People. Loving God, hear our
Our prayers are with you, wherever you are. We pray that justice would roll down like waters for all nations and communities, families and individuals. We pray for all who still suffer from the pandemic, racial unrest, violence, discrimination, unemployment, anxiety. God grant us peace and calm amid the changes and challenges that all would thrive in wellness. (Names shortened for privacy.)
Our prayers are with you, wherever you are. We pray for all who suffer, especially from the pandemic, racial unrest, violence, discrimination, unemployment, anxiety. God grant us peace as we embrace challenges to thrive in wellness.
05/30: Dee S. injury from fall. 05/23: Norris Clark’s uncle and Curtis Bashaw’s father, 90, passed away last week. Pray for peace and comfort. For Marty Bowne for continuing recovery after recent hospitalization. Larry Moyer recovering from surgery. John Alves (89) passed on Friday, May 14. Keep the family in your prayers. Karen doing better after chemo treatments. 05/16: John (37) (Anne Ferrari’s nephew) passed on in service-related work in Jordan on 05/08. Dave & Eileen Word as they move to Minnesota; joy for Eileen S. home from rehab.
Parents and guardians as schools re-open in-person and online. Frontline caregivers. Our congregation, community, area churches, and businesses. Those grieving lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers. Those in the military: Anthony A., Cpt. Laura C, Cpt. Sean C, Pvt. William C, US Army, 2nd Lt Michael C, USAF, S. Sgt. Richard E, head injury victims.
What is Prayer?
Prayer may best be described as a conversation with God. While folding our hands is frequently associated with someone praying, hand-folding is not required for God to hear us, of course! Eyes open or closed. Standing, sitting, walking, driving, or any possible activity can be a perfect context for talking to God. Record, write or draw your prayers. Remember, the apostle Paul said to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). So, the main thing is to just pray.
How Important Is Prayer?
What is your response when someone offers to pray for you? You welcome the prayer, right? Have you ever replied, “No thanks, I don’t want your prayer”? Some people may resist the idea of prayer for any number of reasons, but most of the time, people welcome prayer. Jesus models a life deeply expressed by prayer. Our active prayer list engages us. Every week, we share requests and answers to prayer that encourage all of us.