When a prayer request is received, the prayer warriors of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church go to work.
The following points explain how the prayer chain works and how to fulfill the commitment of being a prayer chain participant.
- If you would like to join the prayer chain, please call the church office at (505) 281-2013. You will receive a list of the Prayer Chain volunteers with their telephone numbers.
- The circulation of a prayer request is started by calling the church office at (505) 281-2013. If the object of a prayer request is a person related to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, please seek permission from that individual before the prayer chain process is initiated.
- Prayer chain participants are to pass the prayer request on immediately the next person on the list whom they can reach in person. Do not leave the prayer request on an answering machine; simply leave your name, number, and a message saying you have a prayer request. Then call the next person on the list. The last prayer chain participant should notify the person who started the prayer request that the prayer chain has been completed.
- Immediately after passing on the request, lift it up in prayer to our Heavenly Father. Even if pressed for time at the moment, offer a brief petition right away and more fully offer up the request when time permits, continuing to do so until no longer needed.
- It may be more difficult to pray for people we do not know and/or when information is sketchy, but this is often the type of request received. Trust in God’s wisdom and omniscience. He knows the details we are missing and we can confidently lay our concerns in his hands regardless of how little we know.
- At times, prayer requests are of a personal nature and strictly confidential. Even if they are not, participants are urged to always use prayerful discretion about sharing information outside the chain.
- Requests may not always come when it is “convenient,” and so your involvement will at times entail a sacrifice. Nevertheless, do not underestimate the power of and need for intercessory prayer and the fact that such “labor is not in vain.”
James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”