The Prayer Box
The Christmas Prayer Box has become a tradition here at the Owensboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Each year, beginning with Christmas in July, we invite the prayers of our community and church family to be placed in the box. While we the worship community commit to lift the box in prayer through the Christmas season, we wait with eager anticipation for our God to move miraculously.
The prayer concerns remain private. No one knows what is in the box, except you and God. However, we do ask, as God moves to answer your prayer, that you place a Victory Cross in the vase as a testimony of God’s faithfulness. It is always exciting watching the vase fill, as we are reminded of God’s continuous participation in our lives.
In an attempt to maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines, we will suggest the following:
1. Prayer request forms will be included in your worship bulletin. Please complete them and place them in the Christmas Box prior to or at the close of worship.
2. During the worship service, you will be invited to name your prayer victory, either by verbal testimony, or silently by uplifted hand and your “Victory Cross” will be added. Or, if you prefer you may add your cross personal before or after worship.
3. Persons worshipping with us virtually are invited to email your prayer concern to email@example.com.
If your prayer concern is of a personal nature, you may submit the word “unspoken.” God knows your need. We just want to partner with you in prayer. Equally important, let us know when to add your “Victory Cross” so we can all celebrate the faithfulness of our God! With your permission, we will announce the “Victory Cross” in your name as your personal testimony.
I have often said prayer is the greatest gift one Christian can give another. Equally true prayer is the only answer to the needs of this present world. James, the brother of our Lord assured the Church, “The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Prayer invites God to act on our behalf… equally important, in the act of prayer God invites us to act on His behalf.
Will you join me in prayer?