“If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)
Prayer is the linchpin of all we do at All Saints because, apart from Jesus Christ, we can do nothing (John 15:5), but “with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27). We pray for each other in many ways:
- in the Prayers of the People at worship;
- through our Healing and Intercessory Prayer ministry; and
- through our Prayer Network.
Prayers of the People
God has so composed the body ... that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (I Corinthians 12:24-26)
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. (I Timothy 2:1)
During public worship, we always set aside time to pray for the Church and for the world. We pray for those who are in "trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity"; for those who are pregnant; for those serving in the military; and for any other concerns or thanksgivings brought to our attention.
We read aloud the names of people for whom we are praying. They also appear in the Sunday bulletin, with a brief summary of their concerns, so we can pray for or rejoice with them throughout the week.
Healing and Intercessory Prayer Ministry
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
Jesus healed people, blessed them, and worked miracles as he travelled around, preaching the Good News of God’s forgiveness and love. We know from experience that God still loves, forgives, heals, blesses, and even works miracles today.
No matter what is troubling you, no matter how you suffer or have been hurt, whatever your need or concern, the Healing and Intercessory Prayer ministers at All Saints Church will pray for and with you, your family, and your friends. We will at all times respect your wishes regarding confidentiality.
You can find a lot more about the All Saints Healing Prayer Ministry here.
When is Healing and Intercessory Prayer available?
Teams of prayer ministers (identified by yellow name tags) will pray with you privately and confidentially for any concern you wish to bring before the Lord:
- at Communion time during each Sunday morning service, in one of the side chapels;
- the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Prayer Room (across from the Great Hall);
- every Wednesday at the 12:10 p.m. Eucharist in Saint Mary’s chapel (prayers and anointing with blessed oil);
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Sometimes it is helpful to have a lot of people praying for you; sometimes it is good to know that someone is praying around the clock; sometimes both.
Many people have generously volunteered to spend part of their prayer time interceding with God on behalf of anyone who asks us for prayers. In cases of sudden, urgent need, it can be good for a large number of people to "storm heaven"; in other cases, having just a few "prayer warriors" keep a concern steadily before the throne of God is fruitful. We will establish with you how best to lift up your request in prayer. Everyone involved will, of course, respect your wishes regarding confidentiality.
How to ask for prayer
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
God loves to answer the prayers of His people. We especially hope you will let us know so that we can pray for you as you face stressful events or transitions in your life, whether medical (e.g., illness, injury, hospitalization, surgery, pregnancy), financial (e.g., loss of a job, sudden unexpected expenditures), personal (career decisions, faith issues; military deployment; bereavement or grief; travel), or relational (e.g., difficulties dealing with others at home or at work; divorce, care of aging family members), or any other situation you would like prayer for.
We also want to rejoice and give thanks with you for blessings and answered prayers: healing or recovery from illness or injury; finding or starting a new job; safe return home from travel or deployment; or any other cause for rejoicing.
- Tell one of the clergy, an usher, a greeter, or a healing prayer minister.
- Send us your prayer request using the Prayer request form.
- Write down your request and put it in the collection plate (you can use the yellow contact card in the pew rack in the church).
- Ask someone you know and trust to pray with you and for you. Most people will say yes!
- Call us at 301-654-2488.
Along with your request, please furnish your phone number or e-mail address so we can clarify your request, verify a spelling or pronunciation, and follow up.