Prayer is the first of St. Luke’s five Inside-Out habits and is the foundation of everything we do. When you pray, not only are you engaging in a meaningful relationship with God. You are actively aligning your will with God’s will and getting one step closer to living and loving like Jesus.

A Prayer In the Midst of Our Pain

God of Peace and Justice, Our hearts are hurting as we watch the news, and we struggle to find the right words to pray, as there is so much pain. We pray first and foremost for George Floyd, and for his family. He was your child, and we pray and hope that you hold him in your hand right now. God, as we watch the anger burst forth in the streets around us, we are reminded that Jesus used a whip to turn the tables over in the temple, and at the same time taught his disciples to be peacemakers.  When they came to arrest him in the garden, he told his disciple to put away the sword.  We pray that the violence we see would be replaced by real solutions and changes in both hearts and actions. We pray that somehow we would recognize and change any systems that treat people differently, intentionally or unintentionally, simply because of the color of their skin.  God, because we seek to live and love like Jesus, we pray for Derek Chauvin, and the other officers involved, for they too are your children, no matter what.  We thank you for law enforcement officers who serve and protect us.  Grant them wisdom and discernment to make the difficult decisions they must make each day.  Most of all, God, show each one of us what we can do so that justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.

In the name of Jesus the Christ, the prince of peace we pray. Amen.

PRAYER MINISTRY

St. Luke’s Chapel is open for prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 & 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. As we practice social distancing, please sign up for the time you would like to pray, and wear a mask. Four people will be permitted in each one-hour session.

Why do we pray?

1. Because Scripture tells us to do so. The witness of Scripture is an integral part of our relationship with God.
2. Because Jesus did. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16
3. Because the primary purpose of prayer is intimacy with God. It is as simple as a conversation.
4. Because it aligns our hearts with God’s will. God will place the right desires in our hearts.
5. Because prayer is powerful. In ways that we don’t fully understand, God uses prayers to change things.
6. Because prayer positions us correctly with God. We surrender to God to be a part of his purpose.
7. Because prayer together unites us. It aligns us as a church family with God’s purposes for us.

How should I pray?

There is no wrong way to pray so long as you are honest with God when you pray. Below is a common structure to our prayers that is a great guide to prayer.

Adoration: Offering God our praise for who God is

Confession: Asking God for forgiveness for the ways that we have fallen short

Thanksgiving: Naming all of the ways you are grateful towards God

Supplication: Asking God for what we need and want

Using the “ACTS” structure for your prayers will ensure that they are balanced.

WAYS TO PRAY

Write your prayer request on a prayer leaf for the prayer team! Leaves can be found by the Prayer Tree, the Welcome Desk, or in envelopes in the pews. Leaves can be submitted  in the Lucite boxes near the Prayer Tree, the Welcome Desk and in the offering plate on Sundays.

If you have an urgent prayer request, you can call or text the Prayer Line at 713-228-7033, and a member of the Prayer Team will pray over your request.

Prayer Partners are available to pray with you following each traditional service and walk alongside you through a crisis and continue to pray with you on an ongoing basis. Contact Rev. Thomas Harper to get connected with a Prayer Partner.

SERVICES

Prayer and Healing Service Via Zoom | Wednesday, June 3 | 7 p.m.
Join us online for an hour of prayer and worship as we continue to walk through uncertain times together. Register here.

Prayer and Healing Service Via Zoom | Wednesday, June 24 | 7 p.m.
Join us online for a special hour of prayer and worship as we talk about saying goodbye. Register here.

Closer to God: An online prayer workshop | Sunday, June 7 | 3 –4:30 p.m.
Serenity Retreat teaches safe, proven way of prayer to discover the root of what’s driving you. In this workshop, they will explain the principles and process of their method, called Transformation Prayer Ministry (TPM). Register here.