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Why does the prayer have power?

A prayer seminar was held in November on the territory of Zalesia, which was attended by representatives of six churches of our union. Kolomyya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, Sarny, Kiev and Novograd-Volynsky were represented there. It was a great time of communication, testimony and edification. We prayed for each other and thanked God for His great deeds in our lives and the lives of our churches. We also prayed intensely for all those churches that our union consists of, but for some reason nobody came to the seminar from that churches.

Pastor Plyva Igor prepared interesting lessons. The main questions of the seminar were: “Why is our prayer powerful?” and “How does it reach to God?”. We were talking about the passage from 1-Corinthians 14:15: “What is then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also”. Often we forget about this Person and we hope a lot for ourselves regarding prayers. We are self-confident and we think that we know exactly what and how to say to God. But the Scripture teaches us that only the Holy Spirit can direct our prayer and reveal to us how to talk to Our Heavenly Father. At the seminar there was a great opportunity to analyze our hearts and see who we put our hope in. So, despite the fact that one have been with God for a long time, he or she understands how little he or she knows about Him. The result was more and more gratitude born in our hearts to Him that He did not leave us alone in this world, but He gave us His Holy Spirit to teach and guide us.

During the seminar representatives of every church told us about needs, problems, worries, thanks and joys of their church. Then we all prayed to God for His mercy and help. This was a wonderful and valuable time when we got closer to each other through prayer and could feel the unity at least a little bit as it would be in heaven.

In the evening we gathered together and sang the glory to our God, for He deserves it. Then we just talked to each other about what God does in our lives and sang praises to Him again. It is not often in our daily life that we can find time for such fellowship and worship, but this is important and necessary!

We pray for all of you and each other! We invite you all to the next seminar, which will be in March. Our Lord is worthy of all the glory and our prayers to Him. Also our country and our churches need someone to pray for them. These seminars give opportunity to do both.

Ira Plyva

 

Pray for Ukraine

  • About Ukraine, and rather of its leaders and about ourselves – Ukrainians, to fear God and serve Him;
  • About the summer season Christian camps 2016 – the special time of sowing and reaping. At the campground of Zalesie every week will be held camps for friendly churches within our region;
  • About the presentation of the Gospel in Central Asia, in the Crimea, and among the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine;
  • About the ministry to orphans and graduates of orphanages in the Rivne region. For many years (more than ten) by the dedicated servants (Ruslan Kovalchuk, Bondarchuk family and many volunteers among them) are fulfilling such ministry in orphanages of the Rivne region. Family of Alexander and Valentina Bondarchuk from the church “Source of Life” in Zdolbuniv for many years helping to graduates of boarding schools to get adapted in this difficult world;
  • About the Gospel sharing with teachers through Christian magazine “Word to the teacher.” Currently, there is a constant leader of publication in the team – brother Arkady Sloza, a member of the church “Reconciliation” Rivne. Please feel free to contact him!
  • About 50 students of the fourth set of School of Bible preaching, for their 3-year training and ministry in their local churches. Pray for the teachers: Alexander Kalinskiy, Andrey Rezunenko, Taras Prystupa, Benjamin Portansky, Vitaly Rozko and others;
  • About soccer club “Nadea,” of its head coach Alexander Gonchar and his assistants, so that the Gospel could have reached the hearts of boys who attend training.

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