From The Prayer Ministry

Are you prayerfully preparing for the coming of Jesus in these days leading to Easter? Have you committed to praying daily for our church? Are you following Jesus’ journey in scripture? Following are specific ways to pray during this Lenten season.

Give thanks to God for the special events which we celebrated in February – the Prayer Ministry anniversary, Ladies Ministry Valentine banquet, Rodeo Sunday, the Modern Families event. Thank God for enthusiastic participation. May we continue to honor God with our response to opportunities made available for us through our church. (Psalm 136:1)

Pray for Music Ministry’s Composer Weekend, March 6-8. Pray especially for the Sunday concert by Mary McDonald on March 8. Pray for the Sanctuary Organ Dedication on March 22 with concert by Dan Miller. Pray for each of these gifted musicians as they prepare to perform for the glory of God in our sanctuary. Pray all who attend and those involved will be blessed. (Psalm 108:1)

Pray for our Student Ministry and for Dara and Claire as they lead. Pray for wisdom and focus for each of them. Pray for active support from parents and congregation. Pray for the Spring into Action event, March 6-9 with many attending and lives impacted in a mighty way for God. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Pray for the Children’s Ministry, Debbie and all who assist her. Pray for Kay as she leads PDO. Pray for clear direction in every activity they provide. Pray for summer programs such as Pre-teen Camp, Art Camp, and VBS/Upward Camp to be Christ-filled and exciting for each one who attends. (Psalm 119:18)

Pray for Bountiful Blessings Ministry on March 21 from 8:00-Noon. Pray those who are recipients see Jesus in those serving. Pray lives are impacted for good and our Lord is honored. (Mark 8:6)

Pray for all services leading to Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. Pray TBC members will be invitational to those who need the Lord. Pray many will attend and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Pray our Lord will be glorified in each service as we celebrate His resurrection. (Matthew 28:6)

One of the most remarkable things our Savior did during His last week on this earth was to wash his disciples’ feet. Can you imagine? As Peterson writes in The Message,

Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God, and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.

Jesus told His disciples that, following His example, they should also wash each other’s feet. While the disciples might have been willing to wash Jesus’ feet, it was unlikely those who argued about having the best seats in The Kingdom of God would have humbled themselves to show such love to their peers in an atmosphere where there was obviously some “pecking order.”

What about us? Let’s enter this Easter Season praying as follows from Foster and Burleson’s Praying the Gospel of John.

Dear Lord, as I look into my own life, I see things I don’t like at all. I see pride, arrogance, and a cocksure sense that I don’t need anyone’s help not even Yours. These are feelings and emotions that I thought I was done with a long time ago. Yet they keep rising to the surface to pollute my soul, divide my heart, and stir up my mind. So today I simply cast myself upon Your mercy and ask You to create within me a grateful, gracious, merciful, and most of all humble spirit. Wash me clean by the power of Your Word, keep me clean by the presence of Your Spirit, and align me with Your ways by giving me someone to serve today.

 

Pat Coventry
Prayer Ministry Coordinator