‘When you pray …’

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“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”

                    – Matthew 6:5-8

In May, 2014, Catch reader Dave Butler came to us to ask if we would be open to a Prayer Ministry. We said most definitely and asked what we needed to do.  Dave said, “Do nothing. Wait until people come to you asking if their gift can be used.”  Sure enough, within a month and unknown to each other, eleven other Catch readers came to us asking if their services could be used exclusively for the Catch Ministry and its people. Since that one month, no one has approached us until just recently, and we can’t help but think that is to take the place of our dear founder who has since passed away.

Dave instructed us to read every request before sending them to the Prayer Warriors. We had done demographic research, but none of that told us the reader’s stories. It was the first time we really got a handle on the Catch community.

And because of that, Dave had warned us to get ready to bring on more trained counselors and make it its own ministry.  He was right.  We recognized people who were going in the wrong direction spiritually; dismissing/disinheriting/banishing their children from their homes when addressing their sexual identities, pregnancies or wanting to disenfranchise themselves from their church community; guilt, blame and shame realities; self-hatred for actions against the Christian hot-button “issues” of the day (abortions, homosexuality); and numerous fears including contamination, lack of self-control, the unknown, betrayal, and denial.

Our mission for our Prayer Warrior group is to provide a prayer covering for the entire Catch Ministry and all of its endeavors and community citizens. 

The Catch Ministry’s vision for our Prayer Warrior group is to see people’s faith grow and their prayer life increase, as we are committed to praying until the Lord completes every work.

We keep the Prayer Warriors updated weekly. The Prayer Warriors find hope in sharing how the presence of the Lord is working in people’s lives from one week to the next.

A Word about our Prayer Warriors …

While God desires all Christ-followers to communicate with Him through regular prayer, the gift of Intercessory Prayer is a special endowment of the Holy Spirit that transforms the Christ-follower into a “Prayer Warrior” for the sake of other people and other ministries. The label “Prayer Warrior” is derived from the belief that the person gifted with Intercessory Prayer stands on the front lines of spiritual warfare.

Intercession is a powerful spiritual weapon that cancels the plans of the devil against the people of God and establishes our Lord’s plan for the huge work we are called to do. Because our intercessory prayer group is extremely powerful, they are a great threat to the enemy, who will try to hinder their development. That is why we waited on God to handpick each Prayer Warrior … and He has.

Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God’s plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews  7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for over two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

Biblical Examples and Instruction

Biblical examples and instruction regarding Intercessory Prayer includes Colossians 4:12-13… “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”

Again in Colossians 1:9 … “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…” And in 1Timothy 2:1 Paul states: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — (for everyone).”

As you can see, our Prayer Warriors are here for you. Click on the links found on this page to leave a request for them. We take this seriously; so should you.

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5 Responses to ‘When you pray …’

  1. I know, as a reader of The Catch, I really appreciate the prayer ministry. I’ve used it a few times and enjoy the opportunity to pray for particular people as God puts them on my heart while reading the prayer list that the 12 faithful prayer warriors have put together. I can’t imagine the heaviness that comes with compiling that list every week, and then the relief once each one is prayed for.

  2. It’s probably not been said often enough:
    THANK YOU to each of you Prayer Warriors for your Holy service!
    “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for Your people… O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring You.”
    ~ Nehemiah 1:5-6,11 (NLT)

  3. Carole Oglesbee says:

    This calls to mind the story in Luke 17, when Jesus healed the ten lepers and only ONE returned to thank HIm and to praise God. I’m pretty sure that all of us praise God upon seeing Him move in our situations, but maybe not all of us think to go back and thank the Prayer Warriors for their intercession and report back the outcome (guilty!) So, thanx for the reminder to do so, Bob. Allow me to echo his sentiments, PWs!! ALL of us need to lift up the PWs in our OWN prayers, too; as you said, they are on the front lines and subject to intense attack from the enemy. We may not all be Prayer Warriors, but we ARE all prayer soldiers, whether we’re flying high, sailing along smoothly, or crawling thru the muck and mud of everyday life. It is such a blessing to know the PWs “have our Six.”

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