Prayer is an important part of a Christian’s life. It is being in continual conversation with God. Praying is telling God how we feel, what is on our minds, what we need for ourselves and others, to say “thank you”… We need God in our lives and what better way then through prayer. Paul writes in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer Resources Available at Zion
- Prayer Chain
The Pastor and/or the Parish Coordinator begin the Chain by calling the chairperson who in turn starts the links of the chain. On Monday they will begin the week by praying for those remembered in the Sunday bulletin and special prayers. Anyone may call the Pastor or Parish Coordinator with a request – not necessarily from our church – for anyone. All are invited to become a “link” of the Prayer Chain.
- Prayer Fellowship
A group of members alternate months sending cards to members of the congregation who are sick, convalescing or in need. The cards or notes are a way of letting them know that the church is praying for them.
- ELCA Prayer Resources
There is a new prayer website available through the ELCA. This link offers ways to pray, prayers in congregations, resources on prayer, praying for others, prayer ideas, daily devotions and good reading on prayer. Click here if you are interested in prayer resources.
- ELCA Prayer Ventures
Prayer Ventures is a guide to daily prayer for the global and outreach ministries of the church. We use the Sunday prayer each week, as part of our prayers on Sunday morning. These prayers are takes us to different part of the world each week.
- ELCA Spiritual Center
ELCA offers a Spiritual Center on their website. This site not only offers prayers and devotions but links for the Bible, introductions to Christianity and Lutheranism, what we as Lutherans believe, and life help. It is a great site for those that are already Lutheran and for those who are new or looking for a church. If you would like to learn more, click here.
- Prayer Books
There are many books available on prayer. They can be found in the Lutheran Book of Worship, The Lutheran Prayerbook (can be found in the Narthex), books in the library of Zion, Augsburg Fortress has many books available, click here to go to their site. Many of the book sites like Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com offer books for prayer.There are several books on prayer found in Zion’s Church Library:
Luther’s Prayers Edited by Herbert F. Brokering Prayers Alone/Together By Sarah Klos Power Through Prayer By: E. M. Bounds The Guideposts Handbook of Prayer By Phyllis Hobe For Kids I Want to know about Prayer
What Prayer Is, What It Does, and How It Changes Me
By. Rick Osbone and K. Christie Bowler Prayers for Young Christians
Based on Luther’s Small Catechism
By: Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen and
- Daily Discipleship
The ELCA is introducing a new Online Lectionary Bible Study starting in September. These can be used for: Small Groups of two to seven people, curriculum for a pastor’s lectionary class, or for individual preparation and prayer for Sunday worship. Click here to learn more.