Broaden Our Prayer Connections . A Message from Pastor Bob
Today we want to pray in many ways as we learn how to reach out to share the Spirit that heals and strengthens in body, mind, and feelings. We pray for many different people, those for whom we have prayed before and others we have forgotten to include. We also pray for strangers we will never know but you will know their needs.
We continue to pray for those in our family and those in your church who are sick.
We pray for the pastors in your church, Mike, David and Bob, who give their lives to ministry in the Body of Christ and elsewhere.
We pray for the staff at our church, those who provide ministry for you and for all of us: Christy, Heather, Donna, Jennifer, Carla, Presten, Elaine, John, Brandon, Justin, Luisa.
We pray for the many people in your church who volunteer many hours in many forms for the ministries of prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness.
We pray for the families and children who enter the church doors during the week as a part of our day care and for Kathy and Luisa who guide that work and care.
And we also feel the call to reach out in new ways and pray for some we'll never know but because you know who struggling and needs prayer.
We pray for those we keep our hospitals and care centers clean so those facilities can provide healthy places to heal.
We pray for strangers we see driving in cars, walking along the sidewalks, sharing waiting rooms in medical offices, living down the street, and shopping in the same aisle where we are also shopping.
We pray for those who help us feel safe like first responders, those who answer 911 calls, provide guidance in large parking lots at events like sports and concerts, those in first responder offices, medical and insurance offices who keep necessary files organized.
We pray for social workers who help those often ignored or shunned and who frequently make difficult decisions.
We pray for children who do not have a steady home.
We pray for women and children who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused. We especially pray for those boys and girls who are lost into trafficking.
We pray for workers close by and far away who make the many clothing items we need and can easily purchase in our local stores.
We pray for veterinarians and their staff who keep our pets healthy.
We pray for farmers and farm workers who provide us food and for the plant workers who process this food and the truck drivers that help get the food to the grocery in our neighborhood.
And we pray Lord for our own strength, feelings and thoughts as we represent you in the world we will encounter this week.
We bring these prayers and others that you place in our heart in the name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
Footnote from Pastor Bob: I know, I know, this is a long and perhaps unusual list. I write it for you that you might broaden your prayer life. Prayer does not have to be spoken aloud to the person; it is what in your heart and mind that counts. Consider it a way to share The Holy Spirit as well as grow in your own relationship to God. Maybe there is one or two that are important to you that I did not include in these examples; you can add them. Perhaps making a list for this week and changing it next week will stimulate your heart and mind.
Know that I just now prayed for you.