How Prayer Ministry has Changed
Prayer chains have served Zion well in the past. Through the service of countless women of the congregation prayer requests used to be shared faithfully one phone call at a time along designated prayer chains. Each woman knew her place in the chain; who to expect a call from and who to pass the precious message to. If you submitted a prayer request you knew that within a couple hours many prayer warriors had brought your concern to God and you’d begin to feel supported.
Today we find ourselves in a different place. Without spending too much time on the pros and cons of our technological advances, reality finds us addressing prayer concerns in an “updated” way via Facebook; specifically the Zion Lutheran Church Prayers group.
Active members of Zion and regular attenders who would like to be praying for others are invited to join this group. Because we feel strongly about privacy, users are checked against congregational records before gaining access (and may be removed if they leave Zion). By monitoring who’s a part of the group we can better prevent spammers from posting ads on the site. To join this Facebook prayer group, go to facebook.com/groups/zionbuffaloprayer and click Join, or send a friend request to Angela and ask to be added you to the group.
Now you may be asking “Why does prayer need to be confidential?” You’d think everyone would feel good knowing others were praying for them, right? Well, we’ve learned through experience that not everyone wishes that their prayer needs be made public knowledge. There are many reasons people give for not wanting their requests known and all are respected. But just so we can all be sure about when to share a confidential prayer request, we ask that you consider a few questions before putting it on the prayer page.
First of all, ask God to help you discern if your prayer should be kept confidential. Secondly, remember that others can pray for you effectively, even without knowing confidential details of your need.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26, 27 NIV
Check PrayerIdeas.org for specific tips on requesting and receiving prayer on sensitive situations while maintaining confidentiality.
If you don’t have access to Facebook, please use the prayer request cards found in our pews to make confidential prayer requests. Another option would be to email or call our church office to leave your request with a staff member who will then add your confidential request to our online prayer group.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 NIV