Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

“Then Jesus told them, ‘I assure you, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and it will happen. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’”                     Matthew. 21: 21 – 22

 

“For the kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God’s power.”

                                                 1 Corinthians 4: 20  

 

Jesus said, “My Father has given Me authority over everything.”                       Matthew 11: 27

 

Jesus said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me because of their testimony… I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one, as We are – I in them and You in Me, all being perfected into one.”

John 17: 20, 23a  

Praying with Kingdom faith – with the power and authority of the King, Jesus Christ, our Lord – is possible! Jesus said, “… you can do this and much more.” How? Scripture tells us how -- when we believe (who Jesus is, who we are to God, what God is capable of doing), and we have repented of our sins, surrendered our lives to His Lordship and committed our time, energy, resources, all we possess to the furtherance of His Kingdom. Does this seem like a tall order? Not at all! God has given us the right to choose our own path. But, He assures us in His Word that if we are committed to Jesus and to following Him faithfully, we will have His Kingdom power and authority, and know goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” As Kingdom disciples, our prayers will have more power, more focus, and more tangible results. Does this mean a trouble-free life? Even fewer trials? Probably not. This is earth, not heaven. But, when we are committed to Him, nothing -- no hardship, no trial of any kind -- can separate us from the love of God; we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord! Jesus said, “If you try to keep your life to yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for Me, you will find true life.”   That is a rock-solid promise!

 

Believe, ask for forgiveness, surrender, commit! And pray! Prayer establishes your intimate connection with the Lord; it is an essential component to experiencing Kingdom results in your life. Resolve to make conversation with God a natural, on-going part of each day. Resolve to join with others in prayer which will increase its effectiveness and your faith. Intercede for others in prayer. Always pray in Jesus’ name.

 

Heavenly Father, I come to You a sinner in desperate need of a Savior. I commit my life today to Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and ask You to forgive my sins, and to help me to live my life in Your will, bearing a bounty of fruit for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

 


 

   

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