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.

Lord, Have Mercy!

The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. – Psalm 6:9 NIV

I walked around numb and in denial for months, Lord. My façade was perfect. I didn’t miss a beat at work. I stood in line at the grocery store with no pitying looks. I even encouraged a hurting friend with words that I myself could not yet accept: “The Lord is merciful.” I could not gather the courage or the energy to bring You my burdens. I was sick and tired of myself. Then my heart spoke up, crying for mercy and compassion on my behalf. Lord, thank You for accepting my prayer. You raised me out of the trap of self-pity. You are indeed merciful, Lord. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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Stubborn

These people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away. – Jeremiah 5:23 NIV
 
I won’t. I won’t, Lord. Not just yet. I know I should let go of my recent behavior, but I just don’t feel ready. You could make me, but You choose not to. My fingers are turning white as I grip this thing I will not release to You. My arms are growing weary. This is a heavy burden—I think I’ll set it down for just a minute. Without that huge anchor around my heart, I feel better. I’m picking it up again to hand it over to You, Lord. I am choosing to let go of such things and be free. Thank You for waiting, Lord. Amen.
 
[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]

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