Prayers for the Week – Serving as Jesus Would Have us Serve

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34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ~ Matthew 25:34-40 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Yesterday Cindy, Sophie and I joined about 400 of our fellow Brothers and Sisters in downtown Raleigh to participate in the 7th Annual Great Day of Service at Edenton Street UMC.  Serving those of us in need is one way that Jesus tells us that we can minister to Him, and it seems like year after year, the Great Day of Service draws in more and more people to do just that — serve.  While Cindy and I were creating meals to help our friends at Stop Hunger Now, Sophie went with her high school friends, where they went to play baseball in the Miracle League, a group that pairs up kids with special needs children so that they can enjoy some great outdoor adventures.  Other opportunities included helping at the soup kitchen, gleaning yams from a local farm, going bowling with the kids from WIHN, and cleaning up a neighborhood park.  In total, there were 22 different programs to choose from!

The beauty of the Great Day of Service is that brothers and sisters gather together, have fun, complete some incredible tasks that help people across both the local area as well as around the world, and fulfil the words of Jesus as He spoke them to us in the Matthew passage listed above.  However, taking one day out of the year to serve as Jesus served us is not acceptable — what needs to happen is that we use this day as a push to continue serving those in need throughout the year.  Next year, why don’t you join us?  Now, please continue reading and pray for the prayer requests we have below.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Continued prayers and praises for Dennis as he recovers from his heart condition.
  • Continued prayers for the family of Don Parker for their Peace, Comfort, and Strength as they deal with his loss.
  • Praise for Steve in his medical problem, but continued prayers for him and his wife Regina.
  • Prayers for Doug’s upcoming hip surgery on October 19th.
  • Prayers and praises for Mr. & Mrs. Millwood and their health.
  • Praises for Mark and his recovery from surgery.
  • Prayers for the family of Robert, who passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.  Please pray for his wife Josie and their three children, prayers for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon them in their time of need.
  • Please pray for Russ, who battles neck and back issues, that he would be healed.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.

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