PRAYER ITEMS (June 18, 2020)
“….your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8
One of our greatest comforts as believers is knowing that we have a heavenly Father who knows what we need before we ask Him. As His children, we are assured that He is able and willing to meet our needs. While He already knows everything we need, He calls us to articulate our needs to Him (Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2; 1Thes. 5:17). The reason for this is not for us to inform Him but because prayer benefits us as it deepens our dependence on Him. Amidst the difficulties and uncertainties in life especially during this time, we are thankful that we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs. He calls us to come to Him and express our total dependence upon Him.
I. KINGDOM CONCERNS
- Pastor Boy Juntado of Naga Sovereign Grace Bible Church will give a live report concerning the work in Naga.
II. PERSONAL CONCERNS
1. Let us thank God for His preservation. May He continue to keep us from the disease and sustain us amidst the pandemic.
2. Let us continue to pray for our medical frontliners (see the full list here). Praise God that the result of Dr. Mike Manera’s repeat swab test is negative. He is set to go back to work at PGH tomorrow.
3. Let us not grow weary in praying for the sick: Annie, Acel, Brenda, Johnny, Louie, Mel, Delia, Tina, Conrad, Jun, Randy and others. Let us pray in particular for the following:
- Pas. Alex. Praise God that his MRI did not show any problem in his brain or eye nerves. However, his doctor was not able to identify what is causing his eye problem. He is scheduled to see a retina surgeon tomorrow for further eye test. Pray that the cause of his eye problem will be determined soon so that the proper remedy would be given. May the Lord provide grace and strength as he face this trial.
- Dr. Edna Chacon, of our sister church in Iligan. Praise God for the encouraging result of her final biopsy (Stage 1 breast cancer). Praise God for the early detection of her cancer and the high probability of using oral medication as treatment. Pray for full healing of her body and the surgical wound and seroma. May God provide wisdom on the part of her oncologist and her surgeon in the choice of treatment for her (i.e. Chemo). Pray for sensitivity to the Lord’s dealing with her and for faith and peace of heart.
- Pong Lapid. He still has a slight slurred speech though he is feeling well. He is waiting for his doctor’s prescriptions so that an MRI/MRA can be scheduled to rule out any other problems. Pray for favorable result and restored speech, as well as for his salvation.
- Ludel Aquino, Sis. Gina’s brother-in-law. He is now at home recovering. Pray for healing and salvation.
- Betty Gustillo, Sis. Rosanna’s cousin. Praise God that her operation went well. Let’s continue to pray for healing as she is still in the hospital recovering. Pray for her salvation.
- Bobby Baylon, Bro.Dennis’ brother. Praise God that his foot inflammation has healed. Pray for his repentance and restoration.
4. Let us pray for those who are pregnant. Pray for KC (wife of JR Vitalez). Pray for safe delivery and a healthy baby.
Let us praise God as Julie Morrison (daughter of Pas. Bart Carlson) has given birth last Sunday to a baby girl, Ava Louise Morrison.
5. Let us pray for comfort for the Solon Family as they grieve the loss of Dr. Florentino Solon, Sis. Pia Garriz’ dad. Let us pray especially for Sis. Pia who is out of the country now. May she experience God’s joy and peace amidst this sorrowful occasion.
6. Let us pray for our members concerning their employment. May those who have returned to work be kept from acquiring the virus. Pray for those who are presently out of work that the Lord will provide gainful employment for them.
7. Let us pray for Bro. Johnny who lost some important personal documents (i.e. DSWD SAP form, etc.). May he be able to recover them or have them replaced soon. Pray also for help since Viljohn is still not with him to assist him due to the quarantine.
8. Let us continue to pray for our nation. As the number of those infected continue to increase, let’s pray for the virus to be contained and the new infections to decline. Pray that a vaccine will be developed soon. Let us also pray for quick economic recovery. May God give wisdom to our leaders as they address the problems of our nation concerning health, transportation, industry and education.
9. Let us continue to pray for conversions. May people earnestly seek the Lord in the midst of this pandemic. Pray that God would open people’s hearts that they may find their hope in Jesus Christ alone.
III. CHURCH CONCERNS
1. Let us give thanks to God for the word we heard last Sunday. In our Sunday School, we have been reminded of the importance of fellowship. May we regard it as an important part of our Christian life and devote ourselves to it. In our first service, we were reminded of the wrong way to pray. May our prayers be directed towards God and not men and may we avoid meaningless repetitions in our prayers. In our second service, we were challenged not to be arrogant in being presumptuous. May we be marked by humble dependence and submission to God’s sovereignty over our lives.
2. Let us pray for our preachers this Sunday:
- Pas. Clyde will take the Sunday School.
- Pas. Rolly will take the first service.
- Pas. Mike will take the second service.
Let us pray for wisdom in preparation and power in preaching. Pray for stable internet connection to avoid disruptions in live streaming. May we continually delight in the Lord and in His day.
3. Let us pray for the Children’s Sunday School and Youth Bible Study. Sis.Gerda, Sis. Rosanna and Bro. Carl will teach in Level 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Bro. Simon will continue to teach in the Youth Bible study.