A Praying Church

June 27, 2024
Alyssa Matz

One of the highlights of my day is praying with my husband, Ben, before dinner. Each evening, we intentionally choose someone from our lives– a family member, friend, coworker, or even a stranger we’ve encountered that day– to pray for. Often, we focus on those facing challenges like sicknesses, job searches, and mental health crises, or those enduring a string of misfortunes. I say this is a highlight of my day of course not because my loved ones are struggling, but because I find immense comfort in conversing with the Creator of the universe, confident that He is actively involved in the lives of those I love. Over the years, we’ve witnessed countless answers to these prayers– many in remarkable and unexpected ways– all pointing to God’s unwavering faithfulness.

Praying for others is deeply faith-building. It opens doors to trust God more deeply, shifts our focus outward, and offers firsthand evidence of His faithfulness in action. Knowing that others pray for us brings profound comfort and peace that can only come from the Holy Spirit at work.

I am confident in the power of our prayers. Scripture reminds us that our prayers for others are healing and powerful: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16

My hope for Browncroft is that we continue to be a praying community– humbly approaching the Lord on behalf of one another, especially during challenging times.

My hope for Browncroft is that we continue to be a praying community– humbly approaching the Lord on behalf of one another, especially during challenging times. I envision a church where members know they are continually uplifted in prayer by others.

As part of our ongoing effort to be a praying church, Browncroft has a weekly Prayer Sheet distributed to our congregation via email. Anyone can submit prayer requests online, with as much or as little detail as they prefer. These requests are then shared on the Prayer Sheet, which fellow Browncrofters commit to praying over throughout the week.

Some gather in person or in online prayer groups, while others faithfully intercede individually for the needs within our church community. The Prayer Sheet also includes regular prayer requests for our mission partners, church leaders, and ministry events.

If you would like to submit a prayer request, you can do so here. For future reference, the Prayer Request Form can be found by hovering over the “Get Connected” tab on our Browncroft website and clicking “Care.” If you are interested in receiving the weekly Prayer Sheet to pray for the church, you can sign up here.

Thank you for continuing to make Browncroft a praying church!

About The Author

Alyssa Matz

Alyssa Matz is Browncroft’s Family Ministry Coordinator and Congregational Care Coordinator. A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan University, she loves using her spiritual gifts to serve others. When she isn’t at church, Alyssa enjoys reading, writing, photography, hiking, and a good hot chocolate.

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