Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Weekly Prayer Requests - 1/2/18

  • Pray for Patsy as she is working through the toughest part of her high-dose chemo, following up on cancer surgery.
  • Pray for the Jonathan and Anne Marie's family as their home has been hit with flu... to the point that their youngest was briefly hospitalized.
  • Pray for newly wed couples Brian & Christina, and Mikkel and Brian
  • Rachel is getting over a cold, pray for strength and healing. 
  • Tyler is leaving for boot camp to serve in the Navy.
  • Alexis is needing strength in recovery.
  • Pray for friends Scott and Lori who are enduring heavy trails. 
  • Pray for a friend Jesi that her heart would be softened and open to the Holy Spirit, leading to her salvation. 
  • Pray for cellulitis to be healed in Matthew's left leg.
  • Michael and Joani are praising God for good health. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Weekly Prayer Requests - 6/25/17

Pray for the complete healing of Sharron's stomach and a good report on her physical test.

Please pray for Jenna who suffers from chronic pain and the impact it has on her spirit.

Pray for safe travel as Lee and Kathy go to see family this week. Pray for opportunity to be witnesses.

Continue to pray for Al. He has been placed in a new environment and has made some positive progress. Barb and Steve really appreciate the prayers.

Praise God for the healthy delivery of grandchild #5 for Chris and Lorie.

Mayumi thanks everyone for their prayers for the healing of her arm. She says it's completely healed and "It's a miracle" as her doctor puts it! She asks for continued prayer. She goes to the cardiologist today, and for her trip to Taiwan July 1 for 4 months.

Kathleen asks that we pray for Angela who is doing better but still needs prayer for complete healing and for financial favor to handle the mounting medical expenses. She is hoping to go home from the hospital soon. 

Continue to pray for Kathleen's niece Michele, for continued remission from her cancer.

Leianna & Matt praise God and thanks everyone for praying for them in their search for their first home. Their offer was accepted and they move in on July 28! They ask for prayer for their son Dyilen to transition smoothly into his new school and for all the other details of their move.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Weekly Prayer Requests - 6/13/17

Pray for Dick's brother Bill who has cancer. His medication is destroying his body and is extremely expensive.

Please pray for Judy's niece Theresa, her fiancé Craig and his two girls. They do not know the Lord and need salvation.

Kathleen asks for prayer for Angela who has been very sick and pray for her niece Michele that she will be healed of her cancer and it will stay in remission.

Pray for Matthew's father Philip who is not saved. He doesn't believe that hell exists and that all good people go to heaven.

Pray for Marni's sister and her new baby as they travel to visit family in Florida.

Praise God that Leianna & Matt were pre-approved and are ready to start their search for a new home. They ask for prayer for God's direction and are looking in the Monroe area but need God's guidance as to what will be the best thing for their kids. They also thank everyone for praying for her brother who recently got a job. Pray that he is able to get steady hours and that he can keep this job for a long time. 

Allison gives God Praises for completing her Master of Education degree from UWB

David thanks everyone for praying for his wife Mayumi. Her shoulder is feeling much better and there is no need for pain killers.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why Pray Together?

The following is submitted by Dan Olson, excerpted from materials he is presenting in a Bible study. Really good stuff worth considering. 

A family that prays together, stays together.

This is heard in the context of successful family life.  It usually refers to a family unit of a mother / father and children, but the Church is a family also.  The family of God.

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, …
1 Peter 2:17
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,
1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

While many call praying together “corporate prayer”, I choose to call it family prayer, or simply “praying together”.  It is helpful to understand why family prayer is something God wants us to do.  Do you want to stay together as a portion of the body called the Church?  Pray together.  Here is why family prayer is critical.

1.  God tells us to
The best reason for regular family prayer (aka “corporate prayer”) is that God tells us to.
To the church at Philippi, God says:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
Most of the Epistles were written to churches, not individuals.  These groups of people needed to learn as communities as well as individuals.  They needed to learn about the importance God places on prayer, individually and as a family. 

these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Isaiah 56:7
(Jesus) said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer.”
Matthew 21:13

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6: 9-13
Note the consistent use of plural in Jesus’ prayer (Our Father, Give us, our, forgive us, we have forgiven, our, lead us, deliver us).

2. Unity
Prayer together, family prayer is one key function of the church.  It is a major part of building the oneness and unity that Jesus prayed for.  How can a person glorify God more in their life?  Advocating for and being a unifying force in the church is one of the answers to that question.  Praying together is a great place to develop that unity.

“Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. 
Never do they love one another so well as when they witness
the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.”
Charles Finney - goodreads.com/author/quotes/4645522.Charles_Grandison_Finney

Charles Finney’s statement above is certainly true in my experience.  Those with whom I am the closest in the church are those with whom I have battled jointly in united prayer and with whom I have attacked the gates of hell.  This is true with my Friday evening and Tuesday afternoon groups that gather specifically for the purpose of praying together and with my “band of brothers” who are always on call to pray together.  I am closest to them and smile broadest when I see these people on, say, Sunday morning.  As Finney says, my heart is cemented to theirs.

God designed the church to function as one body.  Jesus prayed for this in order for the world to know that the Father sent Him and loves the church as He does Jesus. 

20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father,
just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—
23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.
John 17: 20-23

The Church is one body with many parts and Jesus as the head.  We all know that the parts of our natural body have different functions – some parts listen better than others, some serve better, some see better.  It is God’s design that the church similarly works together as one body, the body of Christ, the family of God.  So it is with family prayer.  When together, the members of the body of Christ hear and see better than when each one is alone.  This is God’s design. He expects us to use our strengths to help each other.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. 
Romans 12:4-5

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together…  .
Ephesians 2:19-21

This gifts mentioned in Romans should operate in our prayer together just as in everyday life.  Together, with our various gifts and perspectives, we will hear, understand, and be better able to live out God’s will than if we ignore or fail to prioritize family prayer.  Simply put, we are better together.

It is no accident that God has given us many examples of His people praying together in unity.  The writings about the early church are particularly rich with examples.

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Acts 1:14
They (believers) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer
Acts 3:1
24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.
“Sovereign Lord,” they said,
“you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
Acts 4:24
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
Acts 12:5
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them
Acts 13:3

We, the church, as a single body, have some jobs to do on earth.  These jobs include witnessing to the truth of Christ and overcoming the gates of hell together. Note that a gate is defensive, which means we are to go on offense, binding and loosing, together. But it takes the church as a whole to do this, together, corporately, in family prayer.  This is why the body, while it has many parts, is to operate as one.  In Matthew 16, Jesus is talking about the whole church when He says the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16: 18-19

If we want Unity in church, we will pray together.  The family that prays together stays together.  Believers praying together, with hearts open to Jesus, listening to the Holy Spirit and praying in the Spirit are most definitely cemented together in common purpose.  The answers that come from this prayer serve to strengthen this unbending bond.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weekly Prayer Requests - 6/6/17

Pray for Al and his family. The doctors are saying that Al could die at any time. He took a bad turn this week-end with a blood clot, continued internal bleeding, and high fever. Please pray for a miracle for Al, for his son Steve, and the whole family as they face this trial.

Continue to pray for Sallee and Jim. On the recent occasion of their 46th wedding anniversary, Jim wrote “this anniversary is very important to me because without a miracle it will most likely be our last. I appreciate and savor every day.” We continue to pray for that miracle, as well as gifts of faith and courage for each day.

Pray for Kari who serves as a professor at Northwest University and a Bible-quiz coach at Cedar Park. Kari is recovering from a stroke suffered on 5/27.

Pray for the Lord’s help and favor as we are working to clear another hurdle to make way for preschool/daycare at Northshore. We are working with King County and the City of Kenmore to locate a current Certificate of Occupancy.

Pray for Mayumi who has a condition called "frozen shoulder" and is in a lot of pain. She praises God that she has seen some improvement but is still in quite a bit of pain.

Judy asks for continued prayer for her grandson Hayden. And to pray for her son Todd who is having some medical issues concerning the cornea in his eyes.

Please be praying for the students who are taking their finals in the coming days and weeks. Pray against the spirit of anxiety and for supernatural ability to recall all that they've learned.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teach Us to Pray

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)

One of the really important reasons we pray out loud and together is so that we learn how to pray. We don’t often go to classes to learn how to pray; our prayer meetings are often our best classrooms.

Actually… I have taken classes on prayer. Most recently I studied with Gail Johnsen; I wholeheartedly recommend her blog, seminars, and online journey. I even had a college course on prayer… a three-credit course called Devotional Life at North Central (we called it Bible College back in those days). And, of course, I continue to read on prayer.

But I think it is a truism that prayer is better caught then taught, that we learn most by contact… contact with those who know how to pray. When in a prayer meeting with someone who seems to really know how to pray, one who clearly has a close relationship with the Lord, I like to get close and listen in. Laurie’s Uncle Merv would say, “Get under the spout where the glory comes out.” When someone is under the spout, it seems like we can get some of that on us if we’ll just get close enough.

For those who know how to pray… let’s be sure to welcome others to the table. And when others are around, know that they are listening and learning. While we certainly shouldn’t pray to impress others, it is a really good thing to model prayer.

For those who are still learning (aren’t we all)… seek out those who are experienced in prayer, listen, and learn.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly Prayer Requests - 5/22/17

Praise God! Hayden is finally home and doing very well! Grandma Judy thanks everyone for their faithful prayers and asks that we still continue to pray for him. He needs to be able to have a consistent healthy appetite so he can get off the feeding tube. Continue to pray that his body will not reject the heart transplant.

Continue to pray for Kathleen's niece Michele, Rachel, and Pat & Karen's daughter Kelly who are all battling forms of cancer. Pray that there will be little to no side effects from the chemo and that the recovery time between each treatment will be minimal. Pray also that they will remain in remission, never to have to fight this battle again.

Next Thursday is the "Grand Beginning" of our Outdoor Market. Pray that all the planning and preparing will lead to a stress-free, successful event. Pray for each vendor that the product they have to sell will be appealing to the Market Attendees, that they will do very well with their businesses and want to continue to be involved in the years to come. And most importantly, as we apply an "Outward Focus" to this ministry, those of us working the Market, including all the volunteers will be able to reflect the love of Jesus.

Sharon needs prayer for physical healing as well as prayer for her daughter-in-law whose mother died this past weekend. They don't know if the mom was a believer and this is very heartbreaking to not have the confirmation of peace that comes when knowing a loved one is in heaven with Jesus.