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

 

Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 1 Verses

As mentioned previously, we will be providing a few brief notes based on the Zondervan Bible Commentary for the prior week’s scripture lessons that were used for the Love to Pray devotions. This approach is intended to reinforce what you learned one week by providing more in-depth information the following week. We hope that the combination of the book’s devotions, the six alternative verses of the scriptural passages, and the short commentaries will help you gain a greater understanding.

Week 1, Day 1 (Sept. 12): Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16 focuses on the writer’s affirmation of faith and his confidence that God will preserve him from an untimely death. Instead, the psalmist acknowledges that God is in relationship with us at all times, providing a constant presence our lives and ongoing blessings. Overall, this Psalm offers a prayer of thanksgiving, acknowledging that when God is our friend, he will preserve us.

Week 1, Day 2 (Sept. 12): Romans 8:26-27

God opens the door for our prayers. We do not need to knock because the Holy Spirit is constantly moving through us, being aware of both our conscious and unconscious thoughts and concerns. The Holy Spirit translates our inner feelings of inadequacy and yearnings into “groans” that God turns into relationship-building communications.

Week 1, Day 3 (Sept. 12): Psalm 34:1-3

This Psalm is an acrostic poem; the first letter of each verse begins with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet which progress in order. The three verses in today’s devotion are a call by the psalmist for others to join him in proclaiming God’s greatness. The next two sections of the poem deal with God’s goodness and the practical implications associated with fearing the Lord.

Week 1, Day 4 (Sept. 12): Exodus 17:9-11

This passage offers the first time that Joshua is mentioned in the Bible, and it demonstrates how his role will replace the leadership of Moses. In this case, Moses remains on the hill alternating periods of prayer and non-prayer while Joshua leads the battle force. Only when Moses is praying are the Israelites successful. God listens to and answers prayers, and there are few more dramatic and direct indicators of this connection in the Bible.

Week 1, Day 5 (Sept. 12): Hebrews 4:16

Because Christ died for us, we can approach God’s presence without trepidation. God knows our name, and he welcomes us to have a relationship with him. Although we don’t deserve his love and forgiveness, this passage assures us that we can have confidence we will receive his grace and mercy during our times of need.



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
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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



 
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