Isn’t it exciting to know that several hundred of us today will bring many of the same concerns to a loving Father who answers our prayers? Today will make a difference in the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people in the world.
Take five minutes and meditate on James 5:13-18: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
People have many different needs — try to intercede on behalf of various kinds of struggles.
Please pray . . .
— for our elders and our congregation as we search for an Associate Minister.
— for the building program: wisdom, unity, God’s guidance
— for our young people who have recently started back to school, that they will live Christ around their friends.
— for our college students who are entering a new environment, that their faith will remain strong and vibrant.
— that our daily meditations and prayers will help each of us to have a conversational relationship with our Lord and Savior.
— that this congregation will maintain a spirit of love and unity.
— that we will do a better job of evangelizing this community.
Please pray for spiritual needs:
— pray for one specific person you know who is not a Christian and ask God to help you lead him or her to Christ in the next month
— we have several people attending Hoover to need to commit themselves to Jesus Christ; please pray for them by name
— we have many people whose faith is weak and who seem to be only marginally faithful to the Lord; please pray that God will show them the importance of total commitment
— pray that God will mature us all into true disciples of Jesus, devoting ourselves fully to Him
— pray that those of us who have children will bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
— pray for your own children and grandchildren
Have a great Thursday!