Prayer Ministry


Prayer Focus

As we look to the Lord for 2018:

A blessing to pray and receive:

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

 “The Lord bless you 

and keep you;

the Lord make His face shine on you

and be gracious to you; 

the Lord turn His face toward you

and give you peace.”

‘So they will put my name on the Israelites,

and I will bless them.”

Numbers 6:22-27

Good prayers for 2018:

From the Westminster Confession 17 written in Seeking God’s Face

“Covenant keeping God, at the end of another year I thank You for keeping me connected and at home in You through the Holy Spirit by your free, unchanging love and by the strong intercession of Jesus. In Your faithfulness, continue to preserve and keep me and all your people from the power of evil throughout the coming year. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

From the Heidelberg Catechism 26 in Seeking God’s Face:

Maker of heaven and earth, space and time, entering this new year I put my hope in You, trusting that You will provide whatever I need for body and soul and turn to my good whatever adversity You send me. Thank You that You are able to do this because You are almighty God, and that You desire to do this because You are a faithful Father. Amen. 

An Inspiring excerpt from If You Will Ask: Reflections on the Power of Prayer by Oswald Chambers, Chapter entitled What’s the Good of Prayer?

First read 1 Timothy 2:1-8

“Only when we are in great difficulty and cannot understand things do we really pray. Prayer is not part of the natural life. By “natural” I mean the ordinary, sensible, healthy, worldly minded life. Some say that we will suffer in this life if we do not pray. I question that. Prayer is an interruption of personal ambition, and no person who is busy has time to pray. If we do not pray, what will suffer is the life of God in us, which is nourished not by food but by prayer.

Prayer is not a means of self-development; we do not find that idea in the Bible. And prayer is other than meditation. Prayer develops the life of God in us. When we are born from above, the life of the Son of God begins in us, and we can either starve that life or nourish it.”

And so we pray!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Three areas of prayer personally and for MVPC as we begin 2018:

1) Spiritual Growth:
            The Bible Reading Challenge has begun and many are committing to reading through the Bible this year. Consider “praying through the Bible” this year. On your own as you read, in your accountability group, or come join others at AM Prayer on Wednesday mornings in the reSource Center 8:00 to 9:15 AM as we share what we are gleaning from the Word and pray for each other, for others who submit prayer requests, and for MVPC and the world as God’s Kingdom comes.

2) Financial peace:
            Jesus spoke much about finances and good stewardship. Please pray for your own financial responsibility and stability as well as all at MVPC. It is said that marriages thrive when finances are addressed in God’s way. Pray for good attendance and effective response at the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class that starts in February. 

3) Mission and outreach:
            Pray for the Mexico Mission trip (March 31-April 7) logistics and good spiritual results and the many other opportunities to serve others and share Jesus.

Interested in learning new ways to pray? Click here for our “Food for the Soul” Recipe Cards.

Other Areas of Focus for our prayers:

Outreach 
The global church and our mission partners as they minister and often suffer for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Care
Families in crisis. Those who are sick. The lonely. The poor. The oppressed. The discouraged. The fearful. The anxious. The grieving.

Community
For the encouragement and empowering by the Holy Spirit of all our staff and leaders and church family.

Growth
The many opportunities and potential changes ahead of us can create a season of potent spiritual growth for us. Pray that we take hold of God as we proceed and grow in maturity and are found faithful.

Do you need prayer?

  • Come to the Prayer Corner after worship.
  • Fill out the Prayer and Care Requests card in the pew rack.
  • Request that your name be listed in the Together in Prayer section of the bulletin.
  • Call your deacon for prayer and care for any need.
  • Ask to be put on the Prayer Chain.
  • Ask to pray with anyone wearing a Prayer Ministry name tag.
  • Request a Stephen Minister.
  • Participate in any of the prayer gatherings listed below.

Ways to participate in prayer at MVPC

 A.M. Prayer |Wednesdays, 8:00-9:15am, the Resource Center
Pray for each other and our church family and ministry, and pray confidentially for requests on the Sunday Prayer and Care Requests cards.

ePrayer Team
Receive periodic e-mails of prayer inspiration and information on specific prayer needs for MVPC. Sign up by sending a request to Chris Bratton.

Prayer Chain
The prayer chain prays for unexpected or urgent prayer needs. Call Cynthia Stoutamore (283-1242) to join this team; call the church office to add your prayer request.

Mexico Prayer Partners

National Day of Prayer | www.nationaldayofprayer.org
First Thursday in May

Global Day of Prayer
Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018