Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Jesus said: “Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!  And be sure to pay attention to what you hear.  The more you do this, the more you will understand – and even more, besides.  To those who are open to My teaching, more understanding will be given.  But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away.”                        Matthew. 4: 23-25 

 

“But the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s message, cling to it, and steadily produce a huge harvest.”                                        Mark 8: 15 

 

“‘Woman, your faith is great.  Your request is granted.’  And her daughter was instantly healed.” Matthew 16: 28 

 

To Peter, Jesus said, “You don’t have much faith.  Why did you doubt Me?”                            Matthew 14: 32 

 

 Jesus asked the two blind men, “Do you believe I can make you see?”                                   Matthew. 9: 28

 

Jesus wants to know…  Do you believe?  Our answer should be a resounding, YES!  It continues to surprise me to re-discover in reading the Gospels what Christ has put in plain sight in His teaching.   As I struggle with questions about how to pray, what to pray for, who to pray to, how to get my prayers heard and answered the way I want, and why many of my prayers don’t receive the results I had prayed for, I realize that I must re-read and commit to memory Jesus’ words.  As much as I think I know about prayer, obviously I need to be reminded what Jesus taught, the Disciples learned, and the Apostles preached, so that I know how to pray and how to know that my prayers will be heard and answered.

 

Believe – do you believe in your heart that Jesus is your Lord and Savior? Have you told Him?  Is faith in God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit your priority in life?

 

Relate – do you talk to God?  Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?  Do you know Who God says He is and what He can and will do?

 

Learn – do you read His Word?  Are you committed to learning God’s promises to you and His requirements of you?  Do you confess your sins and ask for forgiveness?

 

Understand – do you understand that God wants you to love Him?  He doesn’t need our love, but He so much wants us to seek Him – seek Him in His Word, in prayer, and in love and service to His people – that He continues to make a path to Him for each of us.

 

Trust – in surrendering our lives and our talents and resources to Jesus, and committing to live God’s way and not our own, we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who makes our lives more joy-filled, peace-filled, blessedly rich, and eternally saved! 

 

The keys to effective prayer are praising and thanking God, confessing our sins, basing our specific requests on His Will (learn and pray His Word), asking with both humility and persistence, and being willing to trust the answer to God’s perfect plan, all in Jesus’ name.

 

Dear God, I believe!  I confess my sins to You now and ask Your forgiveness. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, my Savior.  As Your beloved child, I claim all Your promises, and in faith, I commit my time, energy, and resources to the plan You have for my life.  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