A tradition we have created at JCPC is our 24 hour prayer vigil which ushers us into the season of Lent. The month prior to the vigil we give the congregation the opportunity to write prayer requests on index cards. I would guesstimate that we prayer for close to 100 prayer requests that are submitted with these cards. Following the vigil I consistently hear people say that they weren't aware of all the deep needs within our congregation.
Scripture suggests our need to constantly keep each other in prayer.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
So, we don't need to wait until Lent to pray for each other. Let me share an opportunity for you to sign up and pray for a prayer partner who will be on a mission trip this June. Alice Ann Nilsen has taken the biblical mandate to pray for each other. Alice Ann heads up our prayer team, Holy Hands in Prayer, and has been encouraging people to prayer for a mission team member as they travel out of country into our mission field.
If you would like to be a prayer partner with a mission team member to either the Dominican Republic or Jamaica here you can email Alice Ann.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..." 1 Thessalonians 5: 11.
Why not be an encouragement to one of your brothers and/or sisters in Christ.
Prayer for Today
Help us to encourage each other, O Lord, and pray for each other, so that through prayer and encouragement, we will be fulfilling your will. Amen.