June 2019

  …In Prayer Ministry



The Good Pack Leader 

I was sick for a couple weeks last month. I spent a lot of time in the recliner watching TV. I par-ticularly enjoyed watching The Dog Whisperer. Cesar takes these dogs from a helpless state of anxi-ety or fear to a place of “calm submission”. He does it by letting the dog know that he is in charge so they don’t have to be. The dogs seem to be so happy to give up the helpless striving and bravado for a place of trust and dependency. It is the proper order of “the pack”. 

I was thinking about that while reading the forward in Prayer by O. Hallsesby. The author talks about helplessness: “True prayer is a fruit of helplessness and faith……Helplessness is the real secret and the impelling power of prayer.” I have often thought what a gift it is to get to the place where my ability ends and the ONLY answer or help can come from God. It is there where I can truly ”let go and let God”. Kind of like a dog submitting to the pack leader. 

The study guide in the back of the book asks: “What do you feel helpless about in your own life? Do you feel spiritually helpless? Emotionally helpless? Physically helpless? Do you feel helpless about a situation or friendship? What would Jesus want you to do with your helplessness?” 

It goes on to suggest: “Write a prayer that invites Jesus to come into your helplessness.” Submit to Him. Let Him be your Pack Leader. It is the proper order of the pack (church). Perhaps “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10) could be translated “I am the good Pack Leader.” ? 🙂 

Aiming for calm submission, with you, 

Ruth Sandin 

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 

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

Marsha Larson