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PRAYER MINISTRY

Staff Contact: Rev. Charles Thompson
Lead Staff to In Touch Care Ministries
Email or 832-668-1800

Administrative Asst: Susie Horr
Email or 832-668-1821


Prayer is perhaps the most intimate relationship one can have with God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times, in every prayer and supplication.  "...to that end, keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).  It is important that we remain mindful of the necessity and power of prayer.

When you believe in a merciful and faithful God, you will find that there are many opportunities to become a part of the Prayer Ministry at First Methodist Houston, either as a giver or a receiver. The areas of ministry in which one is able to serve include:

Prayer Teams -  This team of people prays for members of the congregation, families, friends, as well as other needs and concerns on a weekly basis.

Prayer Walks - A team that walks through the sanctuary and chapel to pray as directed by the Holy Spirit

Prayer Room - A commitment by one to pray one hour per week in the Bintliff Chapel.

Prayer Request Correspondence - An individual that will write notes of encouragement as an additional response to prayer requests.

"May I Pray for You?" Badge-wearer - One wears this badge on Sundays, or other times of worship and gatherings, and prays for others upon request.

See online Prayer Requests and Praise Reports below.

PRAYER

Prayer is an act of communication that we participate in consciously and perhaps sometimes unconsciously. I grew up being taught to pray privately, and even public prayer was part of my religious and spiritual experience. I have grown to understand and appreciate that there are many means, expressions, and postures of prayer and sincerely hope that we are offering that level of acceptance to one another as we increasingly find ourselves among people who pray in a different way. Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms defines the word prayer (From Latin precari, “to entreat”) as “Human approach to God and addressing God in praise and adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession. A consciousness of God’s presence, love, direction, and grace may be experienced”.

It is not the power of prayer, but the power of the living Lord, which comes through prayer, that we seek. Therefore, we don’t struggle with prayer, we struggle in prayer (excerpted from Unless We Pray, Brief Lessons on the Practice of Prayer). Considering the many aspects of our lives that are at stake: our relationship with God in Christ, our souls, our family relationships and friendships, our health, our finances, etc., we simply cannot afford NOT to be in the struggle of seeking God’s guidance, and direction for our lives.

As we seek God, prayer is the primary means of connecting with Him. It is not so important to get [the logistics of] prayer right, rather we should just ‘talk with Him” - trusting God as we bring our lives to Him and yield to Him in prayer. The apostle Paul teaches us how to trust God in prayer, “for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” Romans: 8:26a-27.

Please remember that you can always enjoy meaningful daily devotionals at: www.upperroom.org/devotional.

God’s love and blessings!

PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISE REPORTS

The Bible tells us to, "...confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective" (James 5:16). The gift of intercessory prayer is a gift from God. It is important that you know that we will pray for and journey with you in prayer. 

You are invited to submit an online Prayer Request or Praise Report by clicking on the links below. All requests are confidential and will be prayed over by a lay member of our prayer team.
 

Prayer Request

Praise Report

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Staff Contact: Rev. Charles Thompson -
Lead Staff for In Touch Care
Email or 832-668-1800

Administrative Asst.: Susie Horr -
Email or 832-668-1821 

A Stephen Minister is:

A friend who comes in when the rest of the world goes out.

A dedicated, trained member of the church, commissioned by the First family to administer confidential, in-depth caring.  Someone who will visit with you weekly, listen, offer resources and referrals, pray with and for you, offering Christian love and support.

A caring, supportive, Christian friend who has a desire to be with you in a time of need, grief, or crisis.  

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds"  Psalms 147:3 

Stephen Ministers address the needs of people who are:

Lonely, Depressed, Separated or divorced, Homebound, Hospitalized, Grieving the loss of a love one, Dying, Experiencing the loss of a job or financial setbacks, New to church, Inactive members, Struggling with their faith in God.

If you are interested in speaking with a Stephen Minister, please call 832-668-1800 or The Stephen Ministry help-line at 713-458-4709. 

How does one become a Stephen Minister?

A training program prepares interested persons to become Stephen Ministers and equips them to care for the many needs of our church. 

Those who are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister must submit an application and be interviewed by Stephen Ministry lay leaders.  The prospective Stephen Ministers agrees to a commitment of 50 hours of training and two years of service.

Included in the 50-hour training is information on such topics as:
Listening, Confidentiality, Crisis Theory and Intervention, Use of Prayer & BIble, Feelings, Assertiveness, Telecare, Specialized Needs - Grief, Divorce, Depression, Stress, Aging

Please contact a Stephen Minister at 713-458-4709 to sign up!

Prayer Ministry
 

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