Your NFC – June 28, 2013

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by Marcile Crandall

by Marcile Crandall

On Monday mornings around 9 o’clock, several cars pull into the church parking lot and ladies move toward the office conference room, focus and intent strong within them. This is the Monday morning Intercessors Prayer Group. As we gather and read through the list of current prayer requests, which is our task of the morning, we also catch up on the welfare of one another—joys and disappointments, prayer concerns we bring, and reports on prayers answered. Then as the Spirit quiets us, we sit until one begins, with praise and thankfulness and the business at hand: interceding for the requests made on Sunday community cards and through personal contact.

Intercessors Prayer Group was formed in the mid-1980s as part of a family weekend experience here at NFC. This was shortly after I joined the pastoral team, so I had the privilege of being part of this beginning. It was a time for me, one of the younger ones, to sit with women who were experienced in following Jesus longer than I had been alive. I was their apprentice. These women had walked long roads of obedience to Christ that had taken them to India, to Africa; single mothers with little ones to raise alone, women who faithfully cared for family and worked in the church. All had forged strong touchpoints that made them confident of God’s faithfulness and the power of intercessory prayer. I sat with them, gaining boldness in prayer and learning how to praise God in all things.prayers

Time passed and many of these saints are now around the throne of God, holding the golden bowls of prayer before the Father. Others have moved into the gap, continuing the serious, joyful business of interceding for the needs and concerns of the people and friends of our church. This is serious work as we pray for the specific concerns shared and also for the staff and special needs of our church community, the children and young people, for marriages, for those out of work, for illness and medical crisis. We are still apprentices, yearning to be the followers of Christ in this world…

…“preaching the good news to the poor,
proclaiming freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

All are invited to join us, with the only requirements being the commitment to confidentiality and the desire to serve Christ by helping carry the burdens of his people through prayer.

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