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Saturday, January 13 2024

It's DONUT DAY!!! Come and see what the Lord is doing through this ministry today at 10 and enjoy a treat, coffee and some conversations and prayers!

Sarah Prayer email below

Good Morning Sold Out, Intercessors and Prayer Warriors of the Lord! God is on the move in response to our praying and Jesus is busy interceding for us and releasing His will in, through and around us as we pray. Thanks Lord! Our devotionals today speak into praying! Check them out and know that your faithful prayers are power and effective! Keep up the good work! For many of you, praying is your part in our Good News Delivery Co. Thank you for your faithfulness. For some of us, God reveals His will and plans and what to release in prayer. Keep asking for God to guide your prayers to His plans and will and for stick-to-itiveness. Check out Charles Stanley's devo about our Intercessor, Jesus. He is able! PTL! And He wants to inform our prayers, decisions and ways as we pray and listen and process. Speak Lord, Your servants are listening! Bring Your dreams, visions and plans alive! Come Jesus Come! (check out this song as a prayer starter: Come Jesus Come! (Sometimes all we can do is fall to our knees and cry out for Jesus to come...and He will. he's able!)

We had an awesome Vision Team meeting. Thanks for praying and serving. Thanks for being faithful to seek God, adapt and your willingness to seek Him for more and adapt as we follow the Holy Spirit! God will restore and redeem as we heed His call to pray. He knows what we need even before we ask and even informs our praying. How cool is that! As we come with fully open hearts, seeking His plans and best, he loves to answer and work all things together for our and those who will come good. Come Jesus Com! have Your way with us! Enlighten our prayers. Give us Your heart, mind and spirit to pray and serve well. Thank You for leading and growing us. May we be Your people, always seeking more of You and following You more fully in the year ahead. Come Jesus Come! Use us well and grow us to your best and greater things! Amen!

 Charles Stanley:

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A Call to Prayer

I sat down and wept. . . . I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4

READ Nehemiah 1:4–11


Abraham Lincoln confided to a friend, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” In the horrific years of the American Civil War, President Lincoln not only spent time in fervent prayer but also called the country to join him. In 1861, he proclaimed a “day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.” And he did so again in 1863, stating, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God: to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon.”

After the Israelites had been captives in Babylon for seventy years, King Cyrus decreed that any Israelite who wanted to return to Jerusalem could return. When Nehemiah, an Israelite (Nehemiah 1:6) and cupbearer to the king of Babylon (v. 11), learned that those who had returned were “in great trouble and disgrace” (v. 3), he “sat down and wept” and spent days mourning, fasting and praying (v. 4). He wrestled in prayer for his nation (vv. 5–11). And later, he too called his people to fast and pray (9:1–37).

Centuries later, in the days of the Roman Empire, the apostle Paul similarly urged his readers to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1–2). Our God still hears our prayers about matters that affect the lives of others.

By Alyson Kieda


Why do you think God calls His people to pray for everyone? Who beyond your own circle can you pray for?

Dear Father, we’re in trouble. Please help and heal us.


In response to hearing about the struggles of the exiles who’d returned to Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:1-3), Nehemiah prays a prayer of repentance for both his own sin and that of his nation (vv. 5-11). In his prayer, he finds hope in God’s past promises to restore His repentant people. In verses 8-9, the writer lifts up God’s promise to return repentant exiles to their land where they’d flourish once more if they’d fully commit to serving God (see Deuteronomy 30:1-4, 9-10).

Learn about the work God can do in us when we pray.

Monica La Rose

UR: Before We Ask

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. - Hebrews 10:23 (NRSVUE)

As I write, my beloved wife is undergoing her seventh surgery for breast cancer in just over three years. She has also endured 13 months of chemotherapy. After checking in at the hospital this morning, we prayed together.

Once she was taken back for anesthesia and surgery, I prayed earnestly for her and for all the doctors, nurses, and technicians involved in her surgery. I then read my daily devotional. When I completed that reading, it occurred to me that in my prayer life I have asked for many things. Although I do thank God for the gift of grace through Jesus Christ and for the many blessings of my life, I feel as though most of my prayers ask for a particular outcome for my loved ones, for those in need or suffering, or for myself.

I wondered if God ever tires of my many requests. So I turned to the Bible. In numerous passages I received assurance that God desires my prayerful requests. Those prayers tell God of my true and abiding faith in God’s grace. Paul said it well in his letter to the Philippians, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6). That is exactly what I am doing today. God is love, and I am most thankful for that and for God’s listening ear.


Dear Lord, you know what we need even before we ask. May our prayerful requests reveal our sincere and abiding faith in you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.TWFYT:

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Sarah Prayer Email:

Good evening, Church family,

Jim Handfest is at Phoebe Rehab however he tested positive for COVID. He does not have any of the symptoms, but

has to remain in his room alone. And if you know Jim he is a people person. Please pray that he will heal soon, and that

they will continue his different therapies during this time.  Also keep Kay in your prayers as she goes back and forth to

visit him.

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Tomorrow, at 9:30am, Harry Waterman is to report to the hospital for his valve transplant. He is very grateful

for those of you that called him to let him know that you are praying for him. He feels very blessed. Keep 

Millidine in your prayers also.  Keep his medical team in your prayers 

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Vision team met this evening. We had some good discussion and ideas that we are praying on and into 2024.

So will you pray along with us to Seek God more in 2024; See what God wants us to do; Where does God want

to lead us into; help us to follow God's leading even though it sounds 'crazy'

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Gladys Ketner has pneumonia in one of her lung lobes.  She is breathing okay, so symptoms are 

minimal. Let's all pray for her healing.

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Okay everyone, stay dry!!  Pray for those that may be experiencing water in their basements or leaky roof

   May the Lord meet their needs.

Night and sleep well!


Oh yea, don't forget to stop by the church tomorrow, between 10-12pm for coffee, donuts and conversation!

Harvest Prayer for Revival:

January 10, 2024 - Praying for Revival (Day 10): When God Doesn’t Respond

Many believers today are getting desperate. Seeing the moral and spiritual free fall in the world around us and the declining condition of the Church in our land drives us to cry out to God. We need Him. We need His manifest presence. We need revival in the Church and spiritual awakening among the unbelieving. We need our nation to be restored to its Kingdom calling as a mighty, gospel-sending station to the world.

According to Scripture, the precursor to any great movement of God is always humble, repentant prayer.

Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking to learn that some things in our lives prevent our prayers from accomplishing what is so desperately needed? Wouldn’t it be devastating to find out that all our hard work in prayer is doing nothing to advance the Kingdom?

While Scripture contains hundreds of positive promises regarding answered prayer, God also outlines many things that will hinder our prayers. No one prays perfectly, and God is not playing with us. He does not make intercession so unattainable that only the super-spiritual can be effective. He understands our weakness. But He is also very clear about those things that can hinder our prayers.

Are we willing to evaluate the effectiveness of our prayer lives? And when God shows us areas of need, we can turn to Him in repentance and take the necessary steps to adjust our lives to encounter Him afresh in prayer.

Oh God, I praise You that You established this nation with a Kingdom calling to spread the gospel to the world. I rejoice at how the Holy Spirit is drawing more and more people to pray for revival and spiritual awakening. Help me to encounter Jesus in fresh ways in prayer that will revive and restore my soul. May my own church see more people praying with greater faith and belief than ever before, seeking God for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit throughout our nation.

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St. Matthew's EC Church

5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


We are learning to live and love like Jesus. 

We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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