Prayer Warrior

June Prayer Warrior Newsletter 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Prayer Warrior

 

NEWSLETTER

Dear Prayer Warrior

Welcome to the first ever newsletter for the members of Beautiful Savior Prayer Chain. Praying to God helps the lives of all those who believe. It is our mission to bring together the faithful to share in prayer for those in need.

The Purpose of this Newsletter is to join all the prayer faithfuls together to help each other in asking God for the most important things in our lives right now. God listens to our prayers, but only if we commit to Him. He has a plan for all of us. Our prayer warriors stand at the ready to pray for your needs.

If you would like to submit a prayer request, it will be shared with our community of faithful Christians, so that they may pray for you.

Yours in Christ,

Evangelism Board


In Our Prayers


In need of our prayers:
 

Those serving in the Military:

Those having Surgery:

Those recovering from Surgery:
including: Myrna McClellan, Jenny Brown, & Ron Gray; Those with Health Concerns including: Mary Lou Halasi, Don Brown, Henry Stolz, Eleanor Stoor, & Carolyn Kessler   

Those with Cancer including: 
Cari Ebert, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Bob Cooper, Kim Purdon, Maurine Sweet, Darlene Fields, Kay Muehrer, Liz Miller, Tonya Hunter, Jan Ferson, Doe Thomas, Gloria Mengel, Charlene Clinton, Barbara Patrick, & Kay Valentik,   

Those in Hospice care including:
Calvin Tebbenkamp, Shirley Flood, Charles Dittmer (who is now reported bedridden), & Barbara Brown  

Expectant Mothers: 

Those seeking employment:
 

Those in Care Centers including: 
Dorothy Ory.

and those grieving:

From Kent and Debi Stolz:

We would like to thank all of the members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for all of the support during our time of loss with the passing of my father, Rev. Henry Stolz. Debi and I would also like to extend our gratitude and a special thanks to Pastor Schwartz and Pastor Gruen for their mininstry to us and to my father, even before he was called to home.  God's love and blessings are abundant.  Thank you.

 

 

God Answers Prayer
 


God has offered to answer the prayers of his children (those who have received him into their lives and seek to follow him). He asks us to take any concerns to him in prayer and he will act upon it according to his will. As we deal with difficulties we are to cast our cares on him and receive from him a peace that defies the circumstances. The basis for our hope and faith is the character of God himself.  The better we know him, the more apt we are to trust him.

 


Contact us

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
615 SE Todd George Road
Lee's Summit, MO  64063
Phone:  (816)  524-7288
Fax:  (816) 524-6506

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A Simple Way to Pray


How One Should Pray, 
For Peter, the Master Barber
by Martin Luther

Luther wrote these instructions when Peter, his barber, inquired of him how an ordinary person could pray without being disturbed by worldly thoughts and occupations. He included a brief explanaton of the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles' Creed.

I will tell you as best I can what I do personally when I pray. May our dear Lord grant to you and to everybody to do it better than I! Amen.

First, when I feel that I have become cool and joyless in prayer because of other tasks or thoughts (for the flesh and the devil always impede and obstruct prayer), I take my little psalter, hurry to my room, or, if it be the day and hour for it, to the church where a congregation is assembled and, as time permits, I say quietly to myself and word-for-word the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and, if I have time, some words of Christ or of Paul, or some psalms, just as a child might do.

So, a good and attentive barber keeps his thoughts, attention, and eyes on the razor and hair and does not forget how far he has gotten with his shaving or cutting. If he wants to engage in too much conversation or let his mind wander or look somewhere else he is likely to cut his customer's mouth, nose, or even his throat. Thus if anything is to be done well, it requires the full attention of all one's senses and members, as the proverb says, "Pluribus intentus, minor est ad singula sensus"-"He who thinks of many things, thinks of nothing and does nothing right." How much more does prayer call for concentration and singleness of heart if it is to be a good prayer!

It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last at night. Guard yourself carefully against those false, deluding ideas which tell you, "Wait a little while. I will pray in an hour; first I must attend to this or that." Such thoughts get you away from prayer into other affairs which so hold your attention and involve you that nothing comes of prayer for that day.

It may well be that you may have some tasks which are as good or better than prayer, especially in an emergency. There is a saying ascribed to St. Jerome that everything a believer does is prayer and a proverb, "He who works faithfully prays twice." This can be said because a believer fears and honors God in his work and remembers the commandment not to wrong anyone, or to try to steal, defraud, or cheat. Such thoughts and such faith undoubtedly transform his work into prayer and a sacrifice of praise.

On the other hand it is also true that the work of an unbeliever is outright cursing and so he who works faithlessly curses twice. While he does his work his thoughts are occupied with a neglect of God and violation of his law, how to take advantage of his neighbor, how to steal from him and defraud him. What else can such thoughts be but out and out curses against God and man, which makes one's work and effort a double curse by which a man curses himself. In the end they are beggars and bunglers.

It is of such continual prayer that Christ says in Luke 11, "Pray without ceasing," (1 Thess. 5:17. See Luke 11:9-13), because one must unceasingly guard against sin and wrongdoing, something one cannot do unless one fears God and keeps his commandment in mind, as Psalm 1 [:1, 2] says, "Blessed is he who meditates upon his law day and night."

Yet we must be careful not to break the habit of true prayer and imagine other works to be necessary which, after all, are nothing of the kind. Thus at the end we become lax and lazy, cool and listless toward prayer. The devil who besets us is not lazy or careless, and our flesh is too ready and eager to sin and is disinclined to the spirit of prayer.

When your heart has veen warmee by such recitation to yourself [of the Ten Commandments, the Words of Christ, etc.] and is intent upon the matter, kneel or stand with your hands folded and your eyes toward heaven and speak or think as briefly as you can:

Prayer According to God's Command and Promise

Oh heavenly Father, dear God, I am a poor unworthy sinner. I do not deserve to raise my eyes or hands toward you or to pray. But because you have commanded us all to pray and have promised to hear us and through your dear Son Jesus Christ have taught us both how and what to pray, I come to you in obedience to your word, trusting in your gracious promise. I pray in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ together with all your saints and Christians on earth as he has taught us:

Our Father in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive thos who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial. And deliver us from evil.   Amen

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