Prayer emphasis of the month

June 2021





Thank you for praying for our Outreach Partners around the world!  In addition to the ones featured here, we want to encourage you to pray for all our outreach partners (see the list of names below):

Clark, Tim & Wakako / Japan

  • That their ministry would grow even during this time of Covid
  • That they would remain healthy

Downs, Christian & Kari / USA

  • That the Alpha courses and Prayer courses would continue to reach those who have questions and are searching
  • That they would be refreshed and encouraged

Gregerson, Ken & Marilyn / USA

  • For total healing of Ken from the pain he suffers in his hip and back
  • For the Rengao people of Vietnam, that they might continue to give their lives to Christ
  • For daughter Susan’s healing from migraine headaches

Kemp, Jim & Judy / USA & Portugal

  • That God’s word would be exalted in Portugal
  • That they would soon be able to fly to Portugal
  • That the church of Brazil would be a comfort to those suffering and point them to the Savior

O’Brien, Kirby & Jackie / USA

  • For Kirby’s team to work effectively on their projects
  • For opportunities to encourage and minister to Jackie’s students

T Family / Middle East

  • For all the planning and preparation to open a new community center
  • For the new believer curriculum being developed with a Sudanese professor
  • For struggling families in Lebanon

Watson, Tim & Joy / Russia

  • That VIP visas would be issued to all the staff of International Academy
  • For the new families participating in the Summer English Program


Westminster Outreach Partners: Brant, Bullington, Catherman, Clark, Downs, Flores, Gregerson, Hansen, Hawk, Johnson, Kemp, Maher, O’Brien, Ogata, Patterson, Reed, Rice, Ricker, S Family, T Family, Thompson, Trott, Vanderwerf, Wade, Watson, Webb, Yancey


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Five hindrances to answered prayers

Bob Owen, January 4, 2021

Have you ever wondered why God has not answered some of your prayers? We have His promises, like 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us,” but He also gives us reasons why our prayers sometimes are not answered. Here are some:

Asking with wrong motives. James 4:3, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” If we pray simply for the gratification of self and for the satisfaction of our own pleasures, the Bible says we ask amiss.

Lack of faith. Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Believing that God exists is only the beginning. Even the demons believe that much {James 2:19,20). God will not settle for mere acknowledgment of His existence. He desires a personal, dynamic relationship with us that will transform our lives. Those who seek God earnestly and intimately will be rewarded.

Unforgiving spirit toward others. Matthew 6:14, 15, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” We are to completely forgive others. We are to forgive from the heart {that is without limit) because God has so graciously forgiven us.

Discord in the home. 1 Peter 3:7, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” In 1 Peter 3:1, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over with words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” Contention and unresolved disputes in the home become a hindrance to an effective prayer life. Big Tip: Do not go to bed while still angry, Ephesians. 5:26.

Unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18, 19, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened, but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” It must be pointed out that any unconfessed sin can block the answers to our prayers. No Christian can ever be successful in prayer if he practices sin in his life.


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Why Should I Pray?

Angela Simler, November 11, 2020

We might ask: if God already knows all my needs, why should I tell Him? Prayer is an act of obedience. Throughout the Bible there are Scriptures telling us to pray. Jesus clearly stated this in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18. In His goodness, God gives us all His commands for our own good and for His glory. Prayer develops our faith and dependence on God as we learn to identify His voice giving us direction, guidance, wisdom, strength, comfort, peace, grace and much more. Our eyes are open to see Him active in our lives. A transformation happens from God being a concept to becoming a reality. 

More reasons to pray daily:

  • Because He is near. Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
  • Because He promises to hear us. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
  • Because we can reach promises. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • Because He cleanses us. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Because He heals us. 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
  • Because He gives us wisdom. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Because we love others. 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
  • Because we would receive. Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
  • Because He gives revelation. Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
  • Because He gives us His peace. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Because our prayer has power. James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
  • Because prayer increases faith. Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.