“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Sometimes, people may feel alone, needing additional support and prayers in a situation they feel they cannot control. Always on the lookout for ways to connect with and pray for the community, the Witness Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Athens brought the idea of a prayer box to the church leadership.
They agreed it would be a wonderful way to touch base with community needs, and a member of the church volunteered to build it.
“We all know the need is out there,” Pastor Woody Meredith said. “People may not be coming to church, but when they face a crisis, they often turn to God. They may feel alone. We just felt that we wanted this additional way to reach out and support people who are hurting.”
Community members can write down their prayer requests and place them in the locked box and can do so anonymously. Prayer requests are collected on a regular basis, and church members will pray for those needs.
They can range from family or relationship problems to health or job concerns. No request is too small.
The prayer box is on the church campus near the Cain Family Building and is accessible from 405 E. Corsicana St. and 306 E. Tyler St. entrances to the church. First Presbyterian Church is one block east of the Henderson County Courthouse square.