Prayer

July 2018

  …In Prayer Ministry

 Perhaps nothing in the whole Christian church today is so obvious a betrayal of Jesus Christ as the unwillingness to pray in Jesus name. 

Nehemiah a man of vision and prayer. 

Nehemiah ‘s prayer is a model for us. It begins with praise and worship then moves to confession of sins, intercession, and a personal commitment to be used by God according to his divine will. 

In his prayer, Nehemiah praised God for His awesome power and faithfulness in honoring His covenants. He humbly acknowledged that while God had kept His cove-nant, the people of Israel had not kept theirs. When con-fessing this sin, Nehemiah did not exclude himself, but told God. “I and my fathers house have sinned.” 

Nehemiah knew Israel was in exile in Babylon not because Nebuchadnezzar’s army had been superior, nor because they had accidentally taken a wrong turn on a desert highway. But because of deliberately, defiantly and repeatedly sinning against God. 

Nehemiah knew that if the people confessed their sins and returned to God, God promised to gather and return them to their land ( Deut. 30:1-10). He included this promise in his prayer, because he knew God did not treat his promises lightly and asked God to give him personal success in doing something about the situation in Jerusalem. He would go himself. 

Lessons learned from Nehemiah: 

1. Ask God to break your heart. Only after Nehemiah’s heart was broken over the plight of the Jews in Judea and condition of the Jerusalem, did God give him the vision to see the walls of Jerusalem restored. Like Nehemiah we must see the broken down walls of our homes, our churches and our nation, so we can have a God-given vision of these walls being restored. 

2. Ask God to give you His vision for the task at hand. Whether in the lives of individual Christians, or in the Church. No work, however noble, should be undertaken without ear-nest prayer. 

3. Ask God to help you become a prayer warrior. The kind of prayer that is required to challenge the force of hell that is attacking our homes, our Churches and our nation. Like the prayer of Nehemiah our prayers must be sincere and rooted in the word of God .For only in the Word can we find God’s Will . Only in Word can we experience God’s vision to personally meet the challenges and circumstances of our times. Prayer is warfare! 

submitted by Eileen Patrick 

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.

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 the cabinet shelves. Please be sure to check/sign the book saying to whom you are giv-ing a shawl 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 contact me at 218-546-6065 or by email mmmlarson@crosbyironton.net.

Marsha Larson