PRAYER

Prayer opens our hearts to the power of God’s love. Prayer is how we become channels of God’s love for the world. Prayer is a gift from God – He wants to hear from us!
Pray for Others – If you would like to be part of Christ Church’s prayer chain and receive emails with prayer requests from our congregation, please contact Karen Smith.
 
The Prayer Tree is located in The Commons and a part of the Prayer Ministry. Complete a prayer “leaf” and it will be prayed over by the church.
 
To submit a prayer request, you may send an email message to prayer@cc-um.org. If you would prefer a more private prayer request, you can contact Dr. Marc Donaldson.

Conversation with God

Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. – Proverbs 1:23 NLT
 
Dear God, I would love to be like your servant Nehemiah, who lived with a constant sense of your presence. Your Word shows that his life was a moment-by-moment conversation with you, even as he pursued his ambitious agenda to rebuild the protective walls of Jerusalem. How can I grow more aware of you speaking in my life? Perhaps I could put a Post-it note on my computer to remind me to breathe a quick prayer whenever I sit down to work. Or I could set my cell phone alarm to sound every sixty minutes and then take  thirty seconds to review how you have been with me the last hour and ask you to help me in the hour ahead. The point is, I need to take time to listen to you so our relationship can grow. My spiritual maturity is often hindered by my inattention. I show up, but I come with an agenda and a list of demands. I’m sorry, God. I’m tired of m own voice and I want to hear yours. Please speak to me. I’m ready to listen. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Conflict

You have heard the law that says, “Love your neighbor” and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:43-45 NLT
 
  O Lord, I need help resolving a conflict. Neither side wants to budge, but I know that someone must make the first move. Let it be me. Teach me humility, that I might prefer peace over personal victory. Give me the discernment to know where to compromise, to locate common ground that is greater than our differences, and to give up ground for no reason other than love. Lord, you are the great peacemaker. Please lead us to peace. And like you, may I be willing to let go of my pride to gain the right to be called a peacemaker. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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