I was challenged by this quote from E. M. Bounds who wrote:
“Walking with God down the avenues of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.”
What is it that others see when they look at us? As men and women of faith who can also struggle with the challenges of life and our practice, I think back to the many times I’ve met the day in my own strength and power. Prayer often came at the end of the day when I found myself frustrated, exhausted, angry, and spent.
My prayers were often a venting session towards God. I wasn’t listening. I didn’t ask God for what He wanted to show me in the situation. I struggled to be quiet. I offered a lot of free advice without trusting the One who made me and knew me best.
Prayer is a practice that goes much deeper when we truly open ourselves to God. It changes us. It can give us a different way to look at our situation and our circumstances. I have to honest … there are times I still vent. But then I take a deep breath and I say, “I’m ready to listen. Lord, give me your eyes in this situation.”
Know that your prayers make a difference in this ministry. May you also sense our prayers for you.
~ Christy Secor DNP, RN, CDWF, NCF Professional Ministries Director
June 2019 Prayer Calendar
June 1 – We are grateful for the work of Bonnie Hann, National Campus Staff minister with NCF the last 15 years. Bonnie has been led to a new calling of service in nursing. We ask the Holy Spirit to continue to lead her in her new role.
June 2 - Pray for the new graduates who are stepping into nursing jobs throughout the country. Pray for wisdom and gracious mentors who will support their transition into professional practice.
June 3 - Praise God for the strong response to our May Membership Special! Pray for Lisa Carlson who oversees Membership Services as she handles these memberships and follows up with members who have questions along with other projects to support NCF’s ministry.
June 4 - Ask God to prompt those he is calling to give generously this month, the last month of NCF’s fiscal year, and to erase NCF’s financial deficit. Pray for a blessing to meet the needs of all NCF staff who work with ministry partners to fund this work.
June 5 - Pray for contacts with students and nurses at University of MN and in Rochester, MN that could lead to NCF ministry beginning in these vital places.
June 6 - Praise God for more than 50 nursing students who made decisions to follow Jesus through the ministry of NCF in 2018 - 2019!
June 7 - We thank God for Professional Ministries Director Christy Secor and her creative work to lead NCF Nurse Ministry. Ask God to energize Christy and lead every step as she supports the leaders of nurse groups.
June 8 - Pray for wisdom and direction for the NCF International Congress planning team as they continue to meet throughout the summer in preparation for the conference that will be held in Denver, Colorado in July 2020.
June 9 – Pray for God’s blessing as the mentorship pilot for new graduate nurses begins in the Twin Cities. May God use these relationships to encourage and build each of us in our practice and in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
June 10 - Pray for faculty advisors and student leaders over the summer break to rest and rejuvenate. Pray that they will stay rooted and connected to Jesus so that they can return with fresh vision in the fall. Ask God to speak through their quiet times with Him.
June 11 - Thank God for continuing to work in Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner’s husband’s life after his severe traumatic brain injury in October 2018. Ask God to continue to lead the Shoffner’s as they search for what God has for him in these unexpected days of disability.
June 12 - Praise God for the 1,600 nursing students who have been part of more than 125 NCF student groups in the 2018-2019 school year!
June 13 – Pray for Jessica Harper, NCF’s Marketing and Communications Manager, to be able to use her new position within NCF as an opportunity to encourage her nursing friends to have spiritual conversations with their patients.
June 14 – Pray for God to continue to move within our professional nurse groups as they meet throughout the summer.
June 15 - The Journal of Christian Nursing staff is thanking God for his healing and strengthening of two contributing editors who have experienced health challenges this year.
June 16 – Today we remember fathers and lift them up in prayer. There are those of us who can praise God for the fathers we had. There are others who find their relationship with God the Father a struggle because of their fathers. We ask for strength, courage, and connection for our fathers. May they reflect Jesus Christ in their daily walk with Him. We also ask for healing in relationships where hurt and distance are a reality. We thank God for being the all-loving Father He is and for what He wants to teach us as His children. May we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts that are open to His truth.
June 17 – Pray for Christy Secor, NCF’s Professional Ministries Director, as she leads a workshop and small group at the Midwest Faculty Conference. Pray for refreshment for all who will be attending the conference and that each participant would sense God’s presence with them.
June 18 - Pray for NCF Student Ministries as we seek to fill openings for our team of National Campus Staff Ministers for 2019 - 2020.
June 19 – Pray for nurses who face barriers within their organizations to provide spiritual care for their patients. Pray for wisdom and courage to have open conversations within nurse practice councils and those in management.
June 20 – Pray for wisdom and blessing as the plans for our July Journal Club comes together. May our discussion be a source of encouragement and support to nurses across the country.
June 21 - Praise God for new nurse groups springing up around the country. Pray for the leaders of these groups to hear Jesus’ voice and ask the Holy Spirit to bring nurses to be ministered to through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
June 22 – Pray for times of rest and refreshment for all of NCF’s staff as well as protection for our health. May God give us direction, guidance, and wisdom as we evaluate our ministry from the past year and plan for the year ahead. Pray also for faculty members who need rest and encouragement amid new student orientations, faculty advising, teaching, clinical, and research.
June 23 – Pray for the appropriate contacts to be made for nurses in other countries who wish to attend the NCF International Congress in July 2020 and are requesting a visa. May God grant each one favor in the eyes of their government to be able to participate in this event.
June 24 – Pray for nurses across the country who are in transition. May they know deeply God’s love and care for them in whatever situation they face.
June 25 - Praise God for calling Jen Wojtysiak to be the new NCF Student Ministries Director (SMD) as Tim Lin, current SMD, moves into another leadership role with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Jen, an Associate Regional Director with InterVarsity, has been involved with student ministry for 15 years. Ask God to richly bless Jen and her family and lead her as she steps into the new NCF role.
June 26 – Pray for students and nurses who are juggling the demands of family and work while also completing their educational requirements. May they find strength as well as support and encouragement as they lean into this season of their life.
June 27 – Pray for our faith community nurses who work to meet the needs of individuals and communities where they serve…often in a volunteer capacity. May God provide support, affirmation, and vision in the work they do.
June 28 - Pray for Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, NCF National Director, as she seeks God’s will and leading for NCF.
June 29 – Pray for our Journal of Christian Nursing contributing editors who are meeting this weekend to seek God’s leading as they continue to develop future plans. May this be a time of fellowship and connection not only with each other but with God as well.
June 30 – Pray that as men and women of faith we learn how to care for ourselves so that we can be more present in the care we provide to others. May we be open to providing compassion to ourselves as well to our teams and those we serve.