Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Jesus said to His disciples “And I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy…”  Luke 10: 19a    The Apostle Paul said, “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms… And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and He gave Him this authority for the benefit of the church.  And the church is His body; it is filled by Christ who fills everything everywhere with His presence.”  Ephesians 1: 19 – 20, 22 – 23    “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

  Eph 3: 19   (emphasis is mine)

 

There it is in Scripture -- ironclad promises to those whose lives are in Christ.  The authority over the enemy, the fullness of life, and the incredible greatness of God’s power are available to us who believe!  It was through prayer that Jesus gained access to the mighty power of God.  Jesus’ authority, wisdom, and power were gifts from His Father, given for God’s eternal purposes and for God’s glory, gifts which Jesus conveys to us who love Him and obey His commandments.   A.B. Simpson writes in “Streams in the Desert,” “Do we truly know the power of our supernatural weapon of prayer?  Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that not only asks but also commands?  God baptizes us with holy boldness and divine confidence, for He is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.”  Let us pray with “holy boldness and divine confidence!”

 

As believers, we know that we are to be God’s hands, feet and voices in a hurting, hungering world.  But, before we set out to do God’s work, we must begin with prayer.  Scripture affirms that even though Jesus was the Son of the Almighty God, He was continually connecting with His Father in prayer.  Jesus told His disciples, “The words I say are not My own, but My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me.  Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.  Or at least believe because of what you have seen Me do.  The truth is, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”                                John 14: 10b – 12 

 

 Jesus comes to live in us when we surrender our lives to His Lordship, repent of our sins, and accept His gift of salvation.  With the gift of salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit, our Counselor, Comforter, Teacher, and Guide, and access to Jesus’ divine authority and power!  We are given these gifts for God’s glory, to fulfill God’s purposes for our lives, and to advance His Kingdom on earth.  The renowned Christian author, C.S. Lewis, said “He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in a twinkling of an eye.  Creation seems to be delegation through and through.”   God intends that our lives be lived for Him, through Him and with Him.  Prayer is the way God has provided for us to make this possible – to have the power to love Him, to obey Him, to trust Him, and to prove His greatness every day.           

                    

 Let us pray:  Dear God, You are my ever-loving Father; help me to be all that You have planned for me to be.  Help me to see others as You see them, to glorify You in my work, in my leisure time, in my worship.  May my prayers and study of Your Word bring me closer to You, and may my life be evidence that I am putting You first.  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