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:

Recent prayer items include:

  • Craig Chapman Continue to pray for Craig’s dad, George. He has moved from rehab to home.
  • David and Pat Nicol Continue to pray for David as he recuperates from neck surgery (October) to relieve severe pain from nerves, and more recently from blood clots. David is at home. Pray for his continued recovery.
  • Kathy Petet Continue to pray for Mark Miller, Kathy’s son-in-law's father, who was diagnosed with ALS in early September. Pray for God’s mercy and grace to pour out on Mark and the entire family.
  • Kathy Petet Continue to pray for Glynn Lambert (Kathy’s uncle) whose wife (Beverly) died recently.
  • Daniel Wang Continue to pray for Daniel Wang that he would work on his dissertation (write) each day. Also, pray for their move.
  • Kristin Hagen We are thankful to God that our expecting daughter is doing well.
  • Bruce Breeding Susan and I praise and thank the Lord for a welcomed “weekend away” in Kentucky (celebrating our anniversary) as Susan and I visited friends from our journey in Kentucky (1988-1995). God graciously kept a tornado away from us as we enjoyed dinner Saturday night. An F1 tornado touched down several blocks away from where we were eating.
  • Bruce & Susan Breeding Our son-in-law, Erik Oldfather, is looking for a ministry calling as an Assistant Pastor. He completes his seminary degree this semester. Erik and Emily currently reside in Dallas. Pray that the Lord will match them up with a ministry suitable for his spiritual gifts and that meanwhile, the Lord would be growing Erik and Emily as they wait on the Lord.
  • Don Hunt Delia has a herniated disc and has been experiencing pain as a result. Please pray for the minimization of pain and further upcoming doctor visits.
  • Pray for “unmentioned” requests of those in our class.


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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)