“Always be joyful. Never stop praying” (1 Thes. 5:16-17).

This Week’s Prayers of the People. Loving God, hear our

God cares about us and loves us as we share our concerns with God and one another. We pray for others worldwide and nearby who need shelter, food, employment, healing, and wholeness in mind, body, and spirit. God, grant us peace as we embrace life’s challenges in Christ’s hope.

We are praying for those suffering from Covid-19 and other illness, and those who serve in healthcare, emergency response, law enforcement, education, business, government, and the military. We pray for healing for Pam’s legs, continued healing for Fred, Lenore, and for all of us to be well and stay safe.

We pray for John Stalford’s relief from back pain. Max and Ana Moran in the loss of her Father and Grandmother to covid, prayers for her Mother in critical condition from covid. Max in the loss of his Uncle; Nathalie Rodriguez recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and experiencing complications; Lydia Richey in hospice care with pulmonary fibrosis; prayers for Coco’s health.

Parents and guardians as schools deal with COVID-19 and try to open safely in-person and provide option for 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.

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