Prayer

The Dream Team intercessors pray specifically for the needs of our pastor and his family. The prayers are communicated every 2 weeks via email or printed up by the office staff for those without email. The Prayer Chain is communicated via email. The prayers are generated from the bulletin Friendship cards, email and phone calls. The PRT (Prayer Responsibility Team) assignments go out to member’s church mail boxes at the beginning of each month. Each month a different church ministry is rotated through each box. These prayers are for the at home prayer support of Immanuel’s ministries.

September 2017

  …In Prayer Ministry

The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26). 

The Three Aspects of the Priestly Benediction

In Numbers 6:22-27, God instructs Aaron, the High Priest, on how to bless the Israelites. God says in Numbers 6:27, “So they will put MY NAME on the Israelites, and I (God) will bless them.”

The three lines of the priestly benediction (Numbers 6:24-26) each invoke a different as-pect of God’s blessing. The first (Numbers 6:25), requests God to bless and keep us. Je-sus “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

The second verse of the blessing says, “The LORD make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you” (Numbers 6:25). The shining of the LORD’s face represents His atten-tion and pleasure. His graciousness is the expression of his grace. Jesus is the fulfillment of this request as well. The gift of God’s grace comes through “the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). “We believe that we are saved through the grace of Christ Jesus” (Acts 15:11), which God “freely bestowed on us in the Beloved…according to the riches of his grace which He lavished on us” (Ephesians 1:6-8).

The third verse of the blessing says, “The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:26). The lifting up of the LORD’S countenance upon a per-son implies the smile of God. Jesus fulfills the request for peace: “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah” (Romans 5:1).

Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). “Let the peace of the Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15), and “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Je-sus” (Philippians 4:7).

Susan Bushard

Immanuel’s Story told in…. 

In Prayer Shawl Ministry:

A prayer shawl is meant to be given to anyone (male or female including children) who has had surgery, been diagnosed with an illness, lost a loved one or is dealing with a hardship.

Prayers are said while the shawl is being made, that recipients may feel comfort and love as they wrap themselves in it. Shawls are available in the Fellowship Hall in the far right hand corner on cabinet shelves. Please be sure to check/sign the book saying whom you are giving a shawl to because we don’t want to duplicate.
Please let me know of anyone you believe should receive one of these Prayer Shawls.

Thank you and if any questions please feel free to call or email me at 218-546-6065 or larsonmk@crosbyironton.net.

Marsha Larson