Prayer is a vital part of our community of faith. We have a list of names which we read during our Sunday worship and, again, on Wednesday mornings when we meet for Morning Prayer. This list has become rather lengthy. Pattie sends the list to the Intercessor each week so, between the two of us, we are responsible for publishing the names that you give us. We certainly don’t want to remove a name from the list until the need for prayer is resolved. Please help us. If you have asked us to pray for someone and their situation has improved we are asking you to contact us and share the good news so we can take their name off. As new names are added, we will make a note of the date the name goes on the list and, after a month, we will take the name off the list. If the person still needs prayer, please contact us so we can put the name back on the list. We want this prayer ministry to honor God and the people who are named in our prayers.
Speaking of “prayer” I remember a hymn from my childhood. The words are:
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed.
The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near.
Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice and cry, “Behold, he prays!
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death; He enters heaven with prayer.
O Thou, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way;
The path of prayerThyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray.