Nearly everyone reaches a moment, when the only thing he or she can think to do is pray. Prayer is a wonderful and powerful gift we all have as a way of speaking with God. Jesus himself prayed regularly. In Mark 1: 35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” What are we to pray for? Our needs, our joys, our sorrows, our cares, and our fears-basically everything. As recorded in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” And 1st Thessalonians 5:17, reminds us that we are to, “Pray without ceasing.” God answers all of our prayers, whether it is a yes, a no, or a wait, as Jesus reminded his followers that “the Father knows what you need before you ask Him,” as found in Matthew 6:8. Mother Teresa is noted for saying, “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do----I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” Pastor Kyle Bendorf has invited members of the Jefferson County Ministerial Association, their congregations and any interested individuals who would like to join him on Sunday evening, August 12th  at 6 p.m. at the Fairbury Jr-Sr High School for a prayer walk. This will include walking around the school building, along with the other school buildings as time allows, to pray for the students, facility, and staff as the new school year begins. These youth are the future and what a wonderful way to come together as a community committed in creating lasting and positive change through prayer. God gave us the best there was in Jesus. Romans 8:32 records, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” 
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