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
 

Submit a Prayer Request

You can use our easy submission form to submit a prayer request.
 

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

 

40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 5 Begins on October 10—Printed Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 5 for the printed version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 10: Prayer as Conversation with God (Genesis 3:8)
 
Oct. 11: Living Prayerfully (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
 
Oct. 12: Hearing from Heaven (John 10:27)
 
Oct. 13: Praying the Ordinary (Ephesians 6:18)
 
Oct. 14: A Private Meeting with the Father (Matthew 6:6)
 
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A Prayer Story From Debbie Hopen

During the summer of 2000, I was heading to St. Louis, and the airline was showing music videos as people were boarding the flight. As I took my seat, a new video started, and it had lovely music and was being song by an angelic voice. The images on the screen were disturbing and seemed to conflict with the beautiful sound, so I began to watch more intently. The song was One Voice by Billy Gilman, and that experience changed my prayer life.
 
Let me share the words of the song here.
 
There’s too much stuff that’s making her cry
We need some help
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
 
A house, a yard, a neighborhood
Where you can ride your new bike to school
A kinda world where mom and dad
Still believe the golden rule
Life’s not that simple
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
 
One voice
One simple word
Hearts know what to say
One dream can change the world
Keep believing till you find your way
 
Yesterday while walking home
I saw some kid on Newbury Road
He pulled a pistol from his bag
And tossed it in the river below
 
Thanks for the help down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
One voice was heard
One voice was heard
 
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I had what I thought was a rich prayer life prior to that day. I prayed regularly and had deep, relational conversations with God. I willingly joined into corporate prayers during church services and in small groups. I made a point to include prayer requests in my daily prayers, and I carefully practiced praising God, offering Thanksgiving, and confessing my sins to cleanse my heart before I prayed for the Lord’s interventions. I had faith that he would answer those prayers in his own time, and I learned to be patient and to search for his answers even when they were not immediately apparent to me.
 
But there was one thing that really had not caught my attention. Other than planned corporate prayer in Christian group settings, I was a solo prayer. I knew Marine View, where I was attending church at the time, had a prayer chain, and I was grateful that I could submit requests for their prayerful support. Until I heard this song, however, I never actually realized how God values persistence and the accumulation of prayers and what a wonderful ministry the prayer chain is.
 
Now, it’s 16 years later, and I’ve moved to FPTC. I joined the prayer chain almost immediately, and I am spiritually uplifted every day as I join with its other members to pray for members of our congregation, their families and friends, and even people from far away who none of us here will ever meet face-to-face. I don’t even know everyone on our prayer chain, but I do know—with absolute confidence—that God hears and is moved by our one voice.


Differing Perspectives of Week 4’s Verses—Electronic Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 4’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. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7
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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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 4 Begins on October 3—Electronic Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 4 for the electronic version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 3: Our Lord’s Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
 
Oct. 4: A Ladder of Prayer (Ephesians 3:14-19)
 
Oct. 5: A Prayer for Spiritual Riches (Colossians 1:9-12)
 
Oct. 6: A Prayer to Know God Better (Ephesians 1:17-19)
 
Oct. 7: The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 4’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 4’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. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7
Passage Luke 11:5-8 Ezekiel 22:30-31 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Job 42:7-9 Romans 10:1
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