Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER


Paul, the Apostle said, “When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources, He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit.  And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him.  May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.  And may you have the power to understand how high, and how deep His love really is.  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.  Now glory be to God!  By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.  May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages.  Amen.”

  Ephesians 3: 14 – 21

 

Who among us doesn’t want mighty, inner strength?  How about more of Christ and less of you and me?  More trust in Jesus, less fear in life?  A time when we don’t doubt for a second that we are loved and cherished by God, even beyond imagining?  The opportunity to have a full-on, “I’ve got the feeling” experience of Christ’s presence in our lives?  How about waking up each day energized by God’s fullness and power?   Wouldn’t you love to have those God-sized, “can’t be accomplished by me ever” dreams that God placed in your heart come to fruition?  

 

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he says that he was driven to his knees in prayer as he thought of God’s eternal plan for those who believe in His Son, Jesus.  Paul’s prayer is also for believers now and in all the generations to come!   As we are encouraged, instructed, inspired, and comforted by his words, Paul’s prayers continue to bear fruit nearly 2,000 years later.  I can confidently pray Paul’s prayer back to God knowing that what is asked is in God’s will.   God’s Word never returns void; that is a promise in Scripture.  Therefore, my prayer will be heard, and God will give me what I have requested.   Moreover, Paul’s words, being inspired by the Holy Spirit given to him when he believed in Christ, have in them the power and authority of God.  Paul drew his strength and his wisdom from his connection to the Almighty God through Jesus.  Paul knew God’s Word, and he knew that lives and situations could be changed in response to prayer.  And, they still can be!

 

This is an impressive, extensive list of “wants,” but the good news is that they are all ours for the asking, to the glory of God.  This was part of God’s plan from the beginning, to make us His beloved children, co-heirs with His Son, sharing in His power and in His authority, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the furtherance of His Kingdom on earth.  By Christ’s victory over death, and through our faith in Him, we are promised all of the above and much more in this life, plus Heaven without end in the next.  Praise the Lord that, as believers, we have God’s promises to claim!  Let us take every opportunity to come fearlessly into God’s presence, with all that we have -- our praises, our thanksgiving, our confessions, our dreams, our doubts, our sorrows, our hurt, our anger, our love.  Let us PRAY!

 

Heavenly Father,  I believe that Jesus is Your Son, and He is my Savior.  I ask You to forgive my sins, and help me to change whatever needs to be changed in my life that I may live as a follower of Jesus.  Give me, Lord, the passion to read and study Your Word and Your wisdom to understand its meaning.  Help me to know You and to love You more and to love others, as myself.  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