Guidelines for Prayer Requests
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
prepared June 2019
by Pastor Scott C. Egbers
Prayer is an important part of our life together as a congregation. In faithfulness to our Lord Jesus, we seek to pray without ceasing, to pray for each other, and to pray for anyone in need.
To that end, anyone may request prayer from First Lutheran Church. There are three avenues of prayer that can be requested:
Prayer can be requested from the pastor. Pastor Scott has a daily prayer list. All prayers are kept strictly confidential. Contact Pastor Scott at (217) 323-2850 or by calling the church office.
Prayer can be requested from the prayer circle. The prayer circle is a group of people that are willing to pray at any time. They have a calling chain to pass the prayer request around. Contact the church office to have the prayer circle pray. (Note: Pastor is on the prayer circle so any prayer requests going to the prayer circle will also go Pastor Scott.)
Prayer can be requested from the congregation as a whole. These prayers are public and will be included in the prayers of the church every Sunday morning. They are also compiled into a prayer list so that everyone may pray for them. (Pastor Scott and the Prayer Circle pray for the prayers on the prayer list daily.) Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to regularly pray for the people on the prayer list.
When placing people on the congregational prayer list, a length of time will need to be specified. If the prayer is for an indefinite amount of time, then the Administrative Assistant will periodically check with the person making the prayer request to find out if continued prayer is desired.
A prayer request does not have to include details of why prayer is needed. It can be good to be specific about what the prayer is for, but if it is a private matter, the prayer can simply be for the person.
**Pastor Scott may decline any prayer request if the request is inappropriate or contrary to what we teach and believe as a congregation.