“How can I pray for you?” This question is part of the fruitful conversation
that stems from a living and active faith which is increasingly evident among
the people of St. John’s. It is a question that we are asking more and more as
we care for one another in our community of faith, and as we extend the love of
Jesus with those we meet in the places where we live, work and interact each
The more we pray for God’s vision and guidance for the ministry He has given us,
the more He opens our eyes to the needs of those around us, and opens doors for
us to care for people in such a way that they meet His Son, our risen Savior,
Jesus. Here are some of the settings which allow us to keep asking the question
and keep the conversation going wherever the Lord sends us.
Ministers: After each worship service, some members of St. John’s Prayer
Ministry team are available for anyone who would like to have someone pray for
them personally. All conversation and prayer requests are kept strictly
confidential. Look for Prayer Ministers in the front of the church on the
left and right sides of the altar area.
Prayer Walks: For several years, men, women and children from our church
and school go out to the streets of LaGrange, praying for our neighbors. This
year, we have gone one step farther in our prayer walks. In addition to praying
at the corner of each block, we deliver door hangers at each home, inviting
people to share their prayer concerns with through our website. Prayer team
members are always standing by to pray for the requests that come in. Our next
prayer walk is on Thursday, May 2nd. Join our school children who will be taking
to the streets on this National Day of Prayer.
Daily Prayer: This weekly publication inserted into the bulletin is a
helpful guide for us to use at home. It provides an opportunity for our whole
congregation to pray for our ministry, our ministry leaders, our world, the
sick, those who mourn and those who rejoice. Many of the names that appear in
this publication are not people we all know. They not only include members of
St. John’s, but also the names of people each of us knows in our workplaces,
families and neighborhoods. If you would like us to pray for you or someone you
know, please fill out a prayer card located in the pew racks or contact the
Relationships: The most effective way to share the good news of Jesus and
demonstrate His unconditional love and mercy is through the personal
relationships we have. St. John’s is increasingly becoming known as a “praying
church” because our members are asking the question “how can I pray for you?” of
those they spend their time with outside these walls. It is the way God allows
us to extend our reach and distribute His good gifts to those with physical,
spiritual and emotional needs.
As we continue to seek our Lord’s direction and ask Him to help us grow as a
house of prayer for all nations, (Luke 19:46) we will keep asking this question
that He has put on our lips. And so we ask all who are with us today… “How can
we pray for you?”
"My life has been transformed by being more
aware of how prayer can help me. When you meet people, experience prayer
with them and live how Jesus wants you to, you both become the hands and
feet of Jesus. When you pray, you are doing the work of the Lord.
with others builds a bridge between God and the people you are praying for.
You are taking heartfelt needs and putting them on His altar. It makes both
of you closer to God.
I LOVE to pray. Thru this ministry I have
become more open to praying for others. I am less afraid. I can now say,
“Let me pray for you.” (Even to others who might not be Christians.) I hope
to pray more, pray without ceasing. I hope that others may become closer to
God by looking at my life and wanting what I have." Chris (Prayer Ministry)
is the center of everything. People need prayer. Through prayer we can now
boldly say “send me God.” A strong bond is created and we connect through
personal experiences and through these connections we get to pray for
others. We see God is raising others to prayer and to grow in this ministry.
We are growing in like mind, body and soul as a church family." ~Louis &
Rosa – Prayer Ministry
Please submit your prayer request to Pastor Geis and the Prayer Ministry at St.
John's by filling out the form below. Your request
will be included in our daily prayers.