One of the best things about being a part of a church family is that you don’t have to do life alone. If you have a prayer request that you’d like to share with us, simply share it below, and we’ll be praying for you this week.

Kay Jones

Please pray for my husband, Mack, for his salvation, prostate cancer and other health issues.

Received: February 16, 2021

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Prayers for February 2021

New Hope prayers

  • Pray for health, wisdom and peace to cover our congregation.
  • Pray for every person who calls NHBC home, to walk in healthy rhythms of fellowship and discipleship.
  • Pray for the upcoming small groups, for clarity and direction, and for God to direct the leaders and members.
  • Pray for our partner churches, their leaders and congregations.
  • Pray for our Growing Young Team, that God will show them the path to guiding New Hope.
  • Pray that through a crisis, hearts that have been hard toward the Gospel might be softened. Pray that we will be light and salt.
  • Please give us the confidence to share your good news with unbelievers so that they too can become saved.

Community Prayers 

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

Church

  • Pray for every pastor to be encouraged, empowered and filled with God’s love.
  • Pray for unity in every local church: to be filled with the Spirit to focus on and follow Jesus daily.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and presence to lead the strategic planning process; for local churches to function in unity and collaboration for the long-run.

Education

  • Pray for wisdom for district and school leaders as they are tasked with making school re-entry happen.
  • Pray for a peaceful, safe, and optimistic return for teachers and families.
  • Pray for families that they will have grace and wisdom to help their kids through another transition.
  • Pray for teachers to have hope, strength and positive attitudes vs. anxiety.
  • Pray for older students, that they would not be overlooked, and for meaningful connections to happen.

Government 

  • Pray for God’s wisdom upon every local city governments’ mayors, councils and staff.
  • Pray for Community Safety: for wise & well-coordinated efforts among local police & other agencies.
  • Pray for county, city, business and non-profit leaders to work collaboratively for greater fruitfulness.

Business

  • Pray for God to help businesses most impacted by the shutdown (restaurants, gyms, hotels, etc.).
  • Pray for healthy and fast vaccine distribution so businesses can reopen.
  • Pray for the local “workplace:” health, encouragement, good morale and healthy productivity.

“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.” Psalm 20:1

“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.” Psalm 20:5

Arts

  • Pray for high school seniors to remain engaged in the arts, even as performances are canceled.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom & provision over local theaters & galleries to engage new ways to perform this season.

Family

  • Pray for parents to discern truth and have wisdom to lead their kids in life and in the education system.
  • Pray for God to strengthen marriages with joy, love, and good communication.
  • Pray for families to engage in healthy activities, relationships and resources that strengthen them

Health Care

  • Pray for God’s healing hand & wisdom to be upon COVID-19 treatments and the administration of the vaccine.
  • Pray for local medical leadership to remain healthy & hopeful, while embracing peace, wisdom & truth.
  • Pray for health care providers to have solutions & endurance to bring healing to those suffering in addiction.
  • Pray for HCPs to gently and wisely speak truth on medical issues that are in conflict with God’s design.

Police and Fire Departments 

  • Pray for the endurance, wisdom, peace and safety of those serving in our police and fire departments.
  • Pray for First Responders to be “ambassadors of peace,” bringing peace to every situation.
  • Pray for more first responders to be hired, and for those hired to be of noble character.

Media

  • Pray for God’s Spirit to draw the hearts of local media leaders to follow Jesus.
  • Pray for God’s hand to be on local TV and radio stations to cultivate greater community understanding.

Sports

  • Pray for wisdom & blessing on all local youth sports organizations: schools, kids sports, YMCA, Little League, etc.
  • Pray for God’s guidance for high school/college athletic programs, as they decide how and when to compete.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.… Answer us when we call!” Psalm 20:7, 9b

Please pray for our homebound members and those members in nursing homes and assisted living centers. For a list of those members, please email info@newhoperaleigh.org

Missionaries

Mike & Ginger Greene – Honduras

Chaouki & Maha Boulos – Lebanon

 

Students Pursuing Ministry

Campbell Univ. Divinity School

– Justin L. & Taylor E.

Yale Divinity School – Victoria C.

Military Members

Nicholas Vaughn – Nephew of Brian & Beth Lockamy

(NC Army National Guard)

Capt. Jesse Boyette – Nephew of Peggy Moulthrop

(US Air Force)

 

How do I pray?

It’s a natural question to ask, especially when you consider that prayer is the act of talking with God. So how should we pray? How ought we converse with the creator of the universe? Fortunately there are many ways you can approach prayer. Below are four different starting places to help you pray.

Practical prayer guides:

  1. Use an acrostic to help guide your prayer:

A —Acknowledge who God is. “God, I love You for Your (mercy, faithfulness, goodness, etc.).”

C —Confess your sin. “Father, forgive me for (my selfishness, my disobedience, my pride, etc.).”

T —Thank God for His blessings. “Thank You for (my family, my home, my church, this day, etc.).”

S —Submit your requests to God. “Father, (use my life, heal me, help me to find a job, etc.).”

  1. Use Jesus’ prayer as your example (Matthew 6:9-13):
    • Acknowledge God’s holiness: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    • Acknowledge God’s purposes: your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    • Ask for God’s provision: Give us today our daily bread.
    • Ask for God’s forgiveness: Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    • Ask for God’s spiritual protection: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
  1. Use a psalm as your prayer.
  2. Write your own prayer in the style of psalms.