Listed below are the prayer requests voiced and prayed for in Sunday School this week. Please continue to remember one another in prayer as the week progresses. There are doubtless additional “unspoken” requests as well – we live in a fallen world. Feel free to share additional requests (or praises/thanksgiving) as the week progresses with Bruce Breeding.

Today’s Prayer Requests/Offers of Thanksgiving and Praise:

We gave thanks today that Don Hunt was able to return to class today as he continues to recover from heart bypass surgery. Other prayer items included:

  • Craig Chapman: Pray for Craig’s nephew, Ben, as he ministers to an unbeliever at work.
  • Kristin Hagen: Pray for Kristin’s sister, Karen – that she might come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Kathy Petet: Mark Miller, my son-in-law's father, who was diagnosed with ALS September 7. The family is understandably devastated.
  • Bruce and Susan Breeding: Joining us in praising the Lord for the blessing he gave us and our son Stephen (wife Sarah) in the birth of Christopher Liam Breeding (goes by “Liam”). We’re also thankful for God’s grace in sparing the Rizzotti’s (Breedings’ daughter Elisabeth and family) who live in Houston. No power loss or flooding.
  • Craig Chapman: Pray for the Bartell family in Houston (they live on the Bayou). Update: The Bartells--after being stranded in their home for 3 days, Dixie (with Alzheimer’s) and Denny (age 84) were rescued via boat by the Coast Guard and now reside at a Holiday Inn.
  • Matt Edling: Pray for Matt’s brother who lives near a bayou and was rescued like the Bartells.
  • Jenny and Greg Noel: Join Jenny and Greg in praising the Lord – their daughter has a new job and a boss who can be understanding of her diabetes because he is also diabetic.
  • Steve and Amy Hanschen: Prayer for the Florida refugees staying at our home, for their small and large life-changing decisions to be made in the coming days, as the status of their home becomes available.

Prayer to be preserved from the calamities to which we are exposed:

You, Lord, are my refuge and my fortress, Psalm 91:2(ESV) and under your wings will I find refuge; your faithfulness is a shield and buckler; let me therefore not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day. Psalm 91:4-5(ESV) Having made the Lord my refuge and the Most High my dwelling place, let no evil befall me nor any plague come near my tent. Psalm 91:9-10(ESV)

Let the LORD be my keeper, even he who keeps Israel and neither slumbers nor sleeps. Let the Lord be my shade on my right hand, that the sun may not strike me by day, nor the moon by night. Let the Lord keep me from all evil; the Lord keep my life; the Lord keep my going out and my coming in, from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:4-8(ESV)

Lord, put a hedge around me and my house and all that I have on every side. Job 1:10(ESV)

Pray for the Ministers of God's Holy Word and Sacraments

Matthew Henry, a minister of the late 17th and early 18th century period, is noted for studying the Bible, preaching it, and writing a commentary on the entire Bible. He is also known for having classified various scripture passages for the purpose of “praying the scriptures”. Below is a selection of verses from scripture that can be prayed virtually as written. (See for more on Matthew Henry.) He entitled this selection:

Pray for the Ministers of God's Holy Word and Sacraments

Teach your ministers how they ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, 1 Timothy 3:15(ESV) that they may not preach themselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, 2 Corinthians 4:5(ESV) and may do their best to present themselves approved to God, workmen who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15(ESV)

Make them competent in the Scriptures, Acts 18:24(ESV) that from them they may be equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3:17(ESV) in teaching showing integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2:7-8(ESV)

Enable them to give attendance to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching; 1 Timothy 4:13(ESV) to practice these things; 1 Timothy 4:15(ESV) to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word; Acts 6:4(ESV) to immerse themselves in them and to persist in them, that they may save both themselves and their hearers. 1 Timothy 4:15-16(ESV)

Let words be given to them in opening their mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, that they may speak as they ought to speak, Ephesians 6:19-20(ESV) as competent ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; 2 Corinthians 3:6(ESV) and let them by the Lord’s mercy be trustworthy. 1 Corinthians 7:25(ESV)

Let the arms of their hands be made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob; Genesis 49:24(ESV) and let them be full of power by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, Micah 3:8(ESV) to show your people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1(ESV)

Make them sound in the faith, Titus 1:13(ESV) and enable them always to teach what accords with sound doctrine, Titus 2:1(ESV) correcting their opponents with gentleness; and let not the Lord’s servants be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach. 2 Timothy 2:24-25(ESV)

Make them good examples to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity; 1 Timothy 4:12(ESV) and let them purify themselves who bear the vessels of the Lord, Isaiah 52:11(ESV) and let HOLY TO THE LORD be written upon their foreheads. Exodus 28:36(ESV)

Lord, grant that they may not labor in vain or spend their strength for nothing and vanity, Isaiah 49:4(ESV) but let the hand of the Lord be with them, that many may believe and turn to the Lord. Acts 11:21(ESV)