This week, my thoughts have been on prayer.  Linda was out of the office a couple of days celebrating her and Lloyd’s 50th wedding anniversary (congratulations you two!). And that meant I was on “prayer chain” duty for a couple of days, as I am on the weekends. But this week the prayer requests just kept coming. And so did the answers to prayer, I must admit. But I thought I ought to remind everyone that there is an email prayer chain around here (it currently has 154 subscribers). To be clear, is not an “information chain” but a call to spend time in prayer for those in need of prayer.

Maybe you should consider joining the prayer chain here at Peninsula.  Why?  Well, there are many reasons.

The prayer chain provides a network of believers who can offer prayer and support during a time of need. We all need that support from time to time in our lives.

The prayer chain fosters a sense of community and belonging in our church family. It is another way to come together in solidarity, sharing our joys and our burdens.

The prayer chain helps lift our eyes off of our own daily problems and allows us to experience love and compassion while on our knees to God.

The prayer chain emphasizes the power of prayer in our individual lives. There is great power as we come together to collectively pray for one another…even someone you may not know.

The prayer chain is a source of encouragement and inspiration as we see God at work in those who are struggling.  It reminds us that we are not alone in our own struggles.  In our hard times, people will stand with us at the throne of grace.

The prayer chain is a tangible way to make spiritual connections, offer and receive support, and participate in the ministry of prayer within our family.

But remember, it is a commitment to prayer, not just to gather information.  I am reminded of what Jonathan Edwards once said,  “When God is about to do a mighty new thing, He always sets His people praying.”

I hope to send out some broader, church-related requests, as we move forward. Prayer is foundational to the life of any church family. It is prayer that will promote spiritual growth, unity, fellowship with God and with each other. We can do all else really well, but if we fail to prayer….we fail.  Can I meet you on my knees in prayer?