Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed is Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’”                                     Matthew 6: 9 - 10    

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”                                                Mark 10: 14   

“Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the kingdom of heaven is near.” “God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.” “So, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For…. your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 4: 17; 5: 3; 6: 31 –34; 7: 21

     What is God’s kingdom? Clearly, it’s important. There are more than 50 references to the kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew alone! And, in just the rest of the New Testament there are at least 100 more. Jesus tells us to seek His kingdom ‘first” and “His righteousness,” and God will give us everything else that we need. “Seek” here is “to search for earnestly, to desire, to strive for.” And, Jesus said that we need to be doing this before we do anything else!  
     Among other things, Scripture tells us that the kingdom of heaven can be entered; it can be received; it can be possessed; it is to be desired; it is given; it was in the past, is in the present, and will be in the future; Jesus is the embodiment of it; as believers, it is within and among us; it can and must be prayed for. Romans 14: 17 says, “For the kingdom of God is… righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” It is wherever God has dominion – in this world and the one to come. So, how do we make kingdom living our focus every day? Jesus said it won’t be easy -- remember something about a camel and the eye of needle? But Jesus also said that “with God, all things are possible.”  
PRAY earnestly for a humble, surrendered heart.   
     “Seek first the kingdom” – God gets 1st place in our lives. God gets the first call when we make decisions; we listen for His leading, and then we obey. We give God priority in how we spend our time, and our money. He is the One deserving of all honor, praise, and glory.  
     “Therefore do not worry” – trust God’s provision, trust His guidance, trust His protection, trust Him in all ways, always. Have child-like faith; admit that we need Him!  
“Turn from your sins, and turn to God” – look at our life with the eye of faith; acknowledge sin, ask forgiveness, and change whatever we know is not in God’s will. Striving to live by God’s standards, not the world’s -- that is righteous living.  
Live in God’s power – give up our burdens to God, all the baggage that is weighing us down, sapping our strength, and keeping us from living with Him in gratitude, peace, and joy.  
PRAY in Jesus’ name, with a cry of the heart for the will to persevere and never give up!

 

   

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.

 

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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