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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:28 PM

PRAYER

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:28 PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:28 PM

At Catalina North, we believe in prayer. We believe that prayer changes the lives of the prayers as well as those who are prayed for.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:15 AM

Prayer Group

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:15 AM
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:15 AM

In the past, when I joined a prayer group at my church it was because I was looking for answers to a problem or feeling desperate for help. In my inexperience on how to pray, I would talk to God and then wait for results. These many years later my conversation with God hasn’t changed much, but life experiences have grown and my prayer list has gotten longer. I pray for family, friends and a variety of things that are on my heart. Prayer is not only for difficult times but can also be for joyous times too.

Catalina Church North has recently started a prayer group where sisters and brothers in Christ gather to lift prayer requests from fellow believers. It is a time to bring the situations and concerns that people have to the circle and give it all to God. These Sunday mornings with God has become a special time where we sit with Him alone and grow closer in our relationship together and with Him.

The Bible has many stories of people praying to God to perform a miracle or intervene in difficult times. The story of Lazarus is one extreme example of people praying with heavy hearts to God for help. As his sisters, Mary and Martha, prayed for Jesus to come and cure their brother, Lazarus would die anyway. When Jesus didn’t come for several days they felt extremely sad and disappointed. Jesus knew that he was to wait and come after Lazarus died because he would perform a miracle and many would come to believe and follow him after that. In Luke 11, as Jesus was praying he is asked by his disciples to teach them how to pray; it is here that Jesus first recites “The Lord’s Prayer”. Such a perfect prayer that everyone knows. When Jesus was on earth, he sought moments of solitude to pray to his father. He asked for help, answers and would always praise His name most high.

When I moved to Tucson from Indiana after my marriage dissolution, I sought a church home within the first few months. I was left alone to make decisions for myself and a church family was a huge part of my healing. I landed at Catalina Church North because it was different and made me feel very welcome. This prayer group has become an important part of my continued healing and has affected my daily life in positive ways, be it with family relationships, a job or my responsibilities. It is the commitment of this small group to continue to pray for those needing prayer and in turn building a community of love and faithfulness to His word.

Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

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