Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER


  

“The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you…”  2 Chronicles 15: 2b 
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.”                                           Psalm 145: 18-19 
“Seek the Lord while you can find Him.  Call on Him while He is near… Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong!  Let them turn to the Lord that He may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”                           Isaiah 55: 6-7 
“… if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”                                          2 Chronicles 7:14
 “One day Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.”                                                                  Luke 18: 1
Before His arrest, Jesus prayed to His Father, “I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in Me because of their testimony.”                                            John 17: 20  
Seek the Lord; do not forsake Him; call on Him while He may be found; turn from our sins; pray; seek His face; humble ourselves; God will hear our prayers and forgive us; pray constantly and don’t give up; believe Jesus; believe His word….  But if we don’t….  Jesus said, quoting the prophecy of Isaiah, “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see… and hear… and understand… and turn, and I would heal them.”                 Matthew 13: 15  In our busy lives in this very wealth-, pleasure-, power-focused culture, it’s so easy, seems natural really, to go our own way, not to submit our decisions to the Lord, not to be attuned to hear His voice, not to even think that the Lord might have a plan, a purpose for our life that is far better than anything we could ever devise.  But, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, when we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life, we then have the awesome, exciting opportunity to make a difference that has eternal significance, where God has planted us, for as long as we have breath!   “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me.  I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29: 11 – 14a     If only we would seek the Lord with all our heart…    But, if we don’t….  God won’t force us to love Him, to surrender control of our lives to Him, to read His word, to listen for His voice.  We will just miss the most fulfilling, rewarding, promising, glorious-ending adventure God could plan to His honor and glory, which is actually all that this life is about.  Not us, but Him!   Let us 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