Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found…I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”           Psalm 32: 8  
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”             
Philippians 4: 6 - 7
“I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me, freeing me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and He heard me. He set me free from all my fears.”                                                                              Psalm 34: 4 – 6 

What are you facing today?   Family problems? A health crisis? The loss of a loved one? The loneliness and declining health of aging? Chronic illness? Work-related issues? Trials and tragedy will come in this life, but in the Bible, God’s Word, He has given us the prescription for peace and strength in all of life’s circumstances.  

Don’t worry or despair -- Pray! Cry out to the Lord. Praise Him! Give Him thanks. Listen for His counseling voice. Read His Word. Learn His promises. In everything, in every situation, “present your requests to God” and be certain that He hears you. Be humble, be persistent, ask forgiveness for your sins, and anticipate His answer to your prayer.

 Balancing the demands of life and facing its unforeseen trials can be crushing, overwhelming us with worry and fear. We can feel that it is just too much for us to handle. We need help! God never intended for us to be doing life alone. His goodness, His grace, is sufficient for all we will ever face. His help is real; His promises ironclad. We have only to know the words God has left for us in the Bible -- His assurances, His advice, His promises -- and we are on the road to intimacy with Him and with our Savior, Jesus. Prayer is the other key component for gaining the hope and strength we need to meet life’s challenges. In the words of the Bible, we see that we must maintain a solid connection with our heavenly Father through prayer. The more we know the Lord, the more we will trust Him, and realize that His mercy and grace never will fail those who believe in Him. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 16)   As he faced crucifixion, even Jesus cried out to God “with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death…” (Hebrews 5: 7)   Jesus glorified God in His prayer, pledged His obedience to His Father’s will, and God, in His mercy and love, sent angels to strengthen His Son. No less will God strengthen us who believe. Never quit praying! Never stop believing!

 Let us pray: Heavenly Father, Help me to grow in my closeness to You, in my dependence on You, in my trust in Your love for me, and Your willingness to hear and answer me when I pray. My sins are before You and I ask forgiveness for them and help in changing whatever needs to change. Give me a willing heart to love You and others more each day. In Jesus’ name, I pray.  




   

By Meredith Fichtel

 

Do you have a prayer request? 

You can e-mail it to
Prayer Request Cards can also be found in the pew card holders.
Prayer requests will be prayed for daily by our Prayer Team.
All prayer requests are held in confidence unless you specify otherwise.

Please join us at our James 5:13 Prayer Gathering every Thursday night at 7 PM in the CUMC chapel. This is open to all and you do not need to be a church member to be lifted up in prayer.

 

Free Bibles


Available from the stands at both ends of the main hallway. Take one home if you need one!

PRAYER PARTNERS


 If you have not signed up to participate in Prayer Partners, and would like to, please contact Meredith Fichtel for more information.


BECOME A PRAYER PARTNER 

“Prayer is the center of Christian life.  It is the only necessary thing. (Luke 10:42)  It is living with God here and now.”                                                             ~ Henri Nouwen, Prayer and Peacemaking

 

Jesus said, “And I tell you more: whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in My name, I am there with them.”   

 Matthew 18: 19 – 20


 WHAT IS PRAYER PARTNERS?

Prayer Partners is a team that was formed in our church several years ago to provide encouragement, support, accountability, and faith-building within two-person groups.  With the guidance of Pastor Roy and lay prayer leaders, participants will be paired with a prayer partner of the same gender.


 WHAT WILL PRAYER PARTNERS DO?

Partners get together regularly to pray for one another, for others, and for whatever is weighing on their hearts.  They share their joys, their trials, their faith journeys, their struggles in a covenant relationship of Christ-like love, compassion, honesty and trust.  Prayer partners are secure in the confidentiality of their relationship.  They often make gratitude to God a focus of their time together.  Learning how to listen to one another and how to become attuned to the voice of God speaking to their hearts are important skills that prayer-partnering helps to develop.  Also, there is real power in praying together!

 

WHY DO I NEED A PRAYER PARTNER?

You might think, “I have close family and several friends I can talk to, why do I need someone else to pray with?”  Your prayer partner will, hopefully, be someone who knows you less well than a family member or good friend, and can be more objective, non-judgmental, and can share in your mutual growth in faith.  Praying gets God involved in our lives in a very personal way.  Scripture affirms that when two or more are gathered in His name, God is there with them.  God wants to share our joys, bear our burdens, and be in communion with us through prayer.  With a mutually-sustaining and caring prayer partner, you will find that you are growing closer to God, and gaining greater insight into the person God made you to be, through the regular, intentional practice of prayer.


Centerport United Methodist Church is a welcoming, family-friendly worshipping community.  In addition to worship services, we offer spiritual formation and christian education for children, youth and adults.  We have an active and growing Sunday School and youth group.  There are multiple and varied opportunities to live out your faith in the local community and the world.  Our members currently come from Centerport, Greenlawn, Huntington, Northport, East Northport, Cold Spring Harbor, Smithtown, Syosset, Fort Salonga and Kings Park.

Centerport United Methodist Church 97 Little Neck Road Centerport, NY  11721 631.261.5222