First Presbyterian Church Prayer Ministry

The goal of the Prayer Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is a church filled with people who listen to God, who are growing in faith, love, and obedience, and who pray continually about everything with confidence that God is hearing their prayers and answering them. The Prayer Ministry organizes seminars on prayer, encourages people to pray, coordinates First Presbyterian Church participation in the National Day of Prayer, and has opened a prayer room in the South Chapel.
 
For more information, contact Prayer Ministry coordinator:
Sonja West
 

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Thoughts on Prayer

“These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” —Isaiah 56:7
 
“Prayer is our side of the friendship we experience in our relationship with Almighty God.” —Earl Palmer
 
“What if God does not demand prayer as much as gives prayer?  What if God wants prayer in order to satisfy us?  What if prayer is a means of God nourishing, restoring, healing, converting us?  Suppose prayer is primarily allowing ourselves to be loved, addressed and claimed by God.  What if praying means opening ourselves to the gift of God’s own self and presence?  What if our part in prayer is primarily letting God be giver?  Suppose prayer is not a duty but the opportunity to experience healing and transforming love?” —Martin Smith

Prayer Updates

 

Differing Perspectives of Week 6’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 6’s verses (for the printed version of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 17 Oct. 18 Oct. 19 Oct. 20 Oct. 21
Passage Matthew 6:9-13 Ephesians 3:14-19 Colossians 1:9-12 Ephesians 1:17-19 1 Chronicles 4:10
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A Prayer Story From Diana Farrell

My earliest memories of an unscripted prayer life were as a teenager. I used to have long rambling conversations with God about everything and nothing. I was raised on a farm, and some of my tasks gave me a great deal of time alone. I spent it babbling at God as I would with any other companion.
 
Later I would learn many styles of prayer. Prayer following the example of the Lord’s Prayer, memorized prayer, silent prayer, prayer of intercession, praying through the scriptures, and what was affectionately referred to by one pastor, the lightning prayer.
 
I have for a very long time been intrigued by the directive given in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. What did that mean? How could I possibly pull it off?
 
A few years ago my brother-in-law, Michael, introduced me to a pair of books, The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way, written by an anonymous pilgrim and translated by R. M.  French. I think it described best what it meant to pray without ceasing. I will paraphrase the author’s words here. “You are a servant in the king’s court, and although you are going about your own tasks, you are always peripherally aware that the king is in the room and on the throne.”
 
I find value in every type of prayer, and I find I am more inclined to one style or to another based on the season of my life. I don’t think it matters how I pray as long as I am always aware of the King’s presence in the room and on the throne.


Differing Perspectives of Week 5’s Verses—Electronic Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 5’s verses (for the electronic version of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14
Passage Hebrews 4:16 Matthew 7:9-11 1 John 5:14-15 Philippians 4:6-7 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 5 Begins on October 10—Electronic Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 5 for the electronic version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 10: Asking for Ourselves (Hebrews 4:16)
 
Oct. 11: Asking for Good Things (Matthew 7:9-11)
 
Oct. 12: Getting What We Ask For (1 John 5:14-15)
 
Oct. 13: The Cure for Anxiety (Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Oct. 14: When God Says “No” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 5’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 5’s verses (for the printed version of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14
Passage Genesis 3:8 1 Thessalonians 5:17 John 10:27 Ephesians 6:18 Matthew 6:6
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