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 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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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 4 Begins on October 3—Printed Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 4 for the printed version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 3: What Is Intercession? (Luke 11:5-8)
 
Oct. 4: God Seeks Intercessors (Ezekiel 22:30-31)
 
Oct. 5: The Scope of Intercession (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
 
Oct. 6: Interceding for Those Who Can’t Pray for Themselves (Job 42:7-9)
 
Oct. 7: Interceding for the Unsaved (Romans 10:1)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 3’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

The devotions for Week 3 from the printed version of the book were not reported correctly last week. Until then, we were unaware that the printed and electronic versions of the book do not have the chapters in the same order. We apologize for not spotting this difference sooner. Here are the links for Week 3’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 Sept. 26 Sept. 27 Sept. 28 Sept. 29 Sept. 30
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 3 Began on September 26—Printed Version of the Book

The devotions for Week 3 from the printed version of the book were not reported correctly last week. Until then, we were unaware that the printed and electronic versions of the book do not have the chapters in the same order. We apologize for not spotting this difference sooner. The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 3 for the printed version of the book are shown below:
 
Sept. 26: Asking for Ourselves (Hebrews 4:16)
 
Sept. 27: Asking for Good Things (Matthew 7:9-11)
 
Sept. 28: Getting What We Ask For (1 John 5:14-15)
 
Sept. 29: The Cure for Anxiety (Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Sept. 30: When God Says “No” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
 
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Correction Notice

Late last week we became aware of an issue related to our blog postings for the 40-Day Prayer Challenge. Basically, most people at FPTC are using a printed copy of the book, Love to Pray by Alvin VanderGriend. Dr. VanderGriend was kind enough to provide us with an electronic version of the book that could be used on a computer screen by those of us who are vision impaired and need a larger font size—including the person coordinating this blog!
 
Unfortunately, we now know that these two versions of the book are not identical. The scriptural passages and text for each devotion do match exactly, but the order of the chapters differs for some weeks. For Weeks 1 and 2, both versions of the book covered the same contents. That was not the case for Week 3, however. Last week’s blog reminder for the devotions to be studied and the links to multiple versions of the scriptural text reflected the electronic version of the book. We apologize to all of you who are using the printed version of the book and were confused by this information.
 
In order to get all of us who are following the 40-Day Prayer Challenge, we are posting the information for Week 3 for both the printed and electronic versions of the book today. We will post both versions for Week 4 tomorrow. We hope this will give you an opportunity to get back into the sequence that matches the version of the book you are using. Thanks for your understanding.



 
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