"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Depending on which survey you look at, Christians pray an average of 5 to 30 minutes a week. Since most of these prayers are either for themselves or their immediate loved ones, there is very little prayer for those outside their families. This is not the case at Good Shepherd!! The happy good news for all of us is that we have over 58 people on our Prayer Chain Team who regularly hold up in prayer the congregation as a whole and those members of the congregation who have shared a particular need. If you ask them, our “prayer warriors” will include you and your special needs in their prayers asking the Lord to provide his comfort and grace.
Why do they do this? There is power in prayer!
Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven."
Yes…there is power in prayer!
The essence of prayer is communicating with God. Our Prayer Chain Team understands it doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect…it just has to be heartfelt.
One more thing about our Prayer Chain members... they have a deep understanding of the need for confidentiality. Your requests for prayer will be treated with the utmost respect and discretion! Individuals joining the Prayer Chain make a commitment to 'hold close and not share' any of the information coming into that circle of caring.
If you feel the need for prayer on your behalf, call Pastor Pat at 513.891.1700, x111 or email our 'prayer warriors' directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to grow in your own faith and in becoming a more prayerful person, consider joining the Prayer Chain Team. Call Pastor Pat at 513.891.1700, x111 to talk with her about it.
We know a natural reaction to this invitation is to think: “I’m not good enough”, but Jesus encouraged all his followers to pray. Happily, the power of prayer does not depend on the “goodness” or “holiness” of the supplicant! The power of prayer is that it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe who invites us to pray!