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

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.)

God cares about what we care about and those we care for. Let’s also pray that we would also care more about what God cares about. Our prayers are with our world, nation and region and all those who suffer. Those relocating in US from Afghanistan. Many suffering from COVID-19 and dealing with continuing pandemic stressors, racial unrest, violence, discrimination, unemployment, and anxiety. God, grant us peace as we embrace these challenges in hope.

9/19: Carol in the cemetery office has surgery Monday, then weeks of rehabilition. 9/12: Joanne and family. Pray that all missing childen would be found quickly. God bless all of us. 9/5: Those in peril from fires in western states, and recovery and restoration efforts following Hurricane Ida. 8/29: Connie Townsend, Ed stomach issues. 8/22: Family and friends grieving the passing of Agnes Fanelli. Family and friends are grieving the passing of Marty Bowne.

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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