8:26 Prayer

Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.”

We may feel weak. We may not know what to pray. But when we pause to pray, the Spirit of Jesus gives us a voice.

Will you pause at 8:26 AM and/or 8:26 PM each day this week to pray for our church? You can pray for someone in particular. You can pray for direction for our church. You can pray for vision for our leaders. Pray for whatever you feel led to pray. Whatever you pray, it makes a difference.

Finally, will you share if prayed (a simple “I prayed this morning/tonight”)? Perhaps you might want to share what you prayed? If you will, simply scroll down to “Leave a Reply” and enter a comment (along with your info or else it won’t post).

(Please don’t share something personal/confidential. Thanks to Scott F. for the idea to do this.)

41 thoughts on “8:26 Prayer

  1. Praying that we as a United Methodist Church will truly live out our motto: Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors and that all who enter our doors will feel welcome and that they belong.

  2. They say there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. That’s a bunch of hogwash. The only absolute certainty I’ve ever experienced has been that prayer is always answered. Perhaps not easily discerned, nor immediate nor easy to accept, nevertheless answered. Every time. Taxes can be ignored. And we know that death can be overcome. I pray that you can find peace that is available through the gift of prayer.

  3. I pray that God helps us, as a community of St. Mark’s, to hear His word and understand His will so that we may be visible, approachable, and welcoming to those around us, such that they can also receive this amazing gift of God’s word and the Holy Spirirt and in doing so that we may help to build His kingdom. Amen.

  4. Thank you for your prayers. A hearty amen to all of them!
    This morning I first gave thanks for how God is speaking to our church, and people are listening and responding. It’s amazing to see.
    I asked God to continue to speak to us and that more and more of us would have ears to hear.

  5. On Monday night, I prayed for God to watch over Bill Keith in his battle with cancer.
    Tonight (Tuesday), I prayed for our church and especially our ministers – Brian, Ross & Suzanna.

  6. I joined my prayers with the prayers of the saints of St. Mark’s this morning.
    I listened and found myself praying for those who are hurting in our church. I prayed that God would bind up their wounds, heal and comfort them.

  7. praying for world leaders. Thankful for teachers at New Briton & Riverside. So thankful for Steves rehab progress. So grateful for my children & grandchildren

  8. I pray for our grieving community…

    Bill Keith was a man of unwavering faith. I cannot imagine the number of people who came to understand the love of God because of Pastor Bill’s ministry.

    Well done, good and faithful servant… Well done.

    Thank you, God for sharing your loving servant with the people of St. Marks.

  9. Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is error, truth;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    And where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    Grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled, as to console;
    To be understood, as to understand;
    To be loved as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


  10. my alarm goes off at 8:26 every morning and no matter where i am, I stop to pray. it feels so comforting to know that Ross and my church friends are praying w me as well. I praise God for each of you and know that God is working thru us today to spread love, peace and a warm smile.

  11. Amen!

    The power of our community joining in prayer is overwhelming! I have had coworkers and friends ask about my 8:26 am and pm alarms… I have had good dialogue about the role of prayer in my life…

    It is good to BE the church! Amen.

  12. Amen, friends. Seriously, amen. God has heard every one of these prayers, and God will act.
    Angela and I prayed together this evening. Angela prayed that God would bring that “something” to life in our church, that thing that makes church movements ALIVE. Just like Romans 8:26 says, she couldn’t articulate what that was, but God knows. In the name of Jesus, let it be.

  13. I pray for those who pray – for those who take the time to read the prayer chain emails and lift up our family in prayer, and for those who are setting their phones to remind them to pray each day. May we grow in our faith, both personal and collective.

  14. Earlier this evening, I felt led to pray for those who are praying. When I logged on here to share my prayer, I struggled with the right word to describe the focus of my prayer. If I had been praying for those who teach, I would have said I prayed for teachers. If I had prayed for people who run, I’d be praying for runners. But what about people who pray? Are they to be known as prayers? Or would that be confusing? In the end, I settled for “those who pray.”

    Later, though, I began to think about this strange and wonderful coincidence of our language. When we pray, we become pray-ers. Through prayer, we become prayer. By lifting our prayers to God, we also become the prayer, sharing our hearts with God and with our sisters and brothers around us.

    Anyway, that’s where my prayer went tonight. I went from being a pray-er to praying for the pray-ers to believing that each of us is living our own prayers as we touch and love and support other pray-ers and their prayers.

    Now I’m going to bed. Good night, friends and prayers..

  15. Oh God,

    It’s been an exhausting week. So many ups and downs. So many challenges. Yet you have remained constant through it all. You have been with me – even when I have ignored you…

    You are always with me – I am sorry that I forget that and fail to follow. Please forgive me. Please continue to bless me and those from The Current who are partnering with me in prayer.

    Thank you. Amen

  16. “When we pray, we become pray-ers. Through prayer, we become prayer. By lifting our prayers to God, we also become the prayer, sharing our hearts with God and with our sisters and brothers around us.” Whoa. I have never thought of this. When we pray, we are doing an action–listening, lifting up thanksgiving, petition, confession. We’re also becoming the action. We’re being tranformed into an offering of thanksgiving, and a presence of help and forgiveness. Pray-er and prayer. Yes.

  17. I read this in phrase in Psalms today (repeated in Psalm 42 and 43): “Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God.” Before this proclamation, the pray-er says, “Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside?” To me the pray-er and the prayer say, “God, if I hope in you, there is no doubt that I will find myself giving thanks down the line. Hope in you, God, never leaves me empty-handed, though I feel empty-handed right now.”
    Hope in God, St. Mark’s! We WILL give thanks if we do.

  18. Today, In the midst of chaos, confusion, and pain I spent time with PEOPLE with “disabilities.” I was reminded about the importance friendship, laughter, and honesty.

    Lord God, thank you for creating ALL of us in your image.

  19. I am way too busy…too stressed…too overwhelmed…to pray!

    If it is true that when we pray we become the prayer, what are we when we let busyness, stress, and a full agenda dominate our lives?

    Lord, I am sorry. Help me be still and hear your voice. Let me become the prayer. Amen

  20. There are places where Your fire is dim at St. Mark’s, God. By your Spirit, may the flames of renewal burn hotter in all dimensions and at all levels. Hear our prayers, Lord.

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