by Brita Bishop
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And his peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7
PRAYER TAILORED just for your needs during Eucharist? Yes, we do that every week right here at St. John’s!
While there are other prayer ministries at St. John’s, this particular prayer ministry began back in 2015 as a spark in Fr. Houk’s heart. He called for volunteers, and a core group of people answered the call. Our first time to start this ministry was at the 10:30 service following Pentecost. God’s timing is perfect!
The purpose of this prayer ministry is to be available to offer specific prayers on the spot. It is our joy and privilege to do so because the Bible has taught us to pray constantly and to let Him know our needs. We believe there is no problem or concern too great or too small to lay before the throne of Jesus.
So far, we have had prayer requests for healing, God’s favor in a job interview, mercy for a loved one who was suffering, thanksgiving for an unexpected blessing, or just whatever is on the heart of the person requesting prayer.
From one of our intercessors: “I was called to this ministry by God. It wasn’t by a lightning bolt or angels trumpeting from heaven. It was more of a “pull.” I knew this was where I was supposed to be. I am not a natural. I pray before every prayer that God will work through me to get to the end result of His divine grace and mercy. It is a blessing to be part of this ministry, to be with these wonderful people who have faith that these prayers will come to fruition because God said it would be so. I know He listens and that in His infinite love He will do what is the absolute best. I feel privileged God has called me to serve in this way.”
Whatever your need, there are many ways to receive prayer support at St. John’s. We hope you will allow us the privilege to pray for you.
Editor’s note: If you feel God’s nudging to serve in the Prayer Ministry, please contact Brita Bishop.