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 2 Begins on September 19

The devotions for Week 2 and their associated topics and Bible passages are shown below:
 
Sept. 19: The Necessity of a Clean Heart (Psalm 66:18-19)
Sept. 20: The Faith That Receives (Mark 11:22-24) 
Sept. 21: The Life That Can Pray (1 John 3:21-22) 
Sept. 22: Praying in Jesus’ Name (John 16:24) 
Sept. 23: Praying with Persistence (Luke 18:1)
 
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Differing Perspectives of This Week’s Verses

Here are the links for this week’s verses 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. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 23
Passage Psalm 66:18-19 Mark 11:22-24 1 John 3:21-22 John 16:24 Luke 18:1
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Begins on September 12

The devotions for Week 1 and their associated topics and Bible passages are shown below:
 
Sept. 12: Friendship with God (Psalm 16:11)
Sept. 13: Prayer Starts with God (Romans 8:26-27)
Sept. 14: Celebrating God Through Prayer (Psalm 34:1-3)
Sept. 15: God Needs Our Prayers (Exodus 17:9-11)
Sept. 16: Your Welcome to the Throne (Hebrews 4:16)
 
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Differing Perspectives of This Week’s Verses

Each week during the 40-day prayer challenge we will be providing links to six translations/interpretations of the daily verses. We hope that reviewing these alternate versions will provide deeper insights for you. Use the links in the table below to explore one or more of the reference sources:
  
Date Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16
Passage Psalm 16:11 Romans 8:26-27 Psalm 34:1-3 Exodus 17:9-11 Hebrews 4:16
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link


Digging into Context and Cross-References

Many times when we are considering verses from the Bible, we wonder how they might be influenced by the context that existed when they were written. Additionally, we know that there are many connections among the verses, and we may be curious to learn how they fit together. Bible commentaries can help us address these areas.
 
“A Bible commentary is a written, systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. Commentaries often analyze or expound on individual books of the Bible, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Some commentary works provide analysis of the whole of Scripture.” Source:
 
Beginning on September 19, we will provide a few brief notes based on the Zondervan Bible Commentary (One Volume). That will give you an opportunity to read and digest the five devotions and their associated Bible verses. This commentary is available on the Bible Gateway website (https://www.biblegateway.com/) for subscribing members ($3.99 per month), and it has eight additional commentaries also available for your research. This is only one web-based source of commentary information, so we encourage you to find an approach that works best for your needs.
 
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