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We're Closing

Our Prayer Page will be closing on September 10, 2021. The site will be permanently removed from the internet and will no longer be accessible to anyone. We have built a way for you to print a record of your prayers to PDF or hard copy. If you would like to do so, then go to the Groups page and select My Prayers. Just below your picture on the My Prayers page is a button that reads Print All Prayers. Selecting this button will create a printer-friendly log of every prayer you've ever submitted on Our Prayer Page - this is a single collection of every prayer you ever submitted to any group and any prayers you submitted to your My Prayers page.

Our Prayer Page was launched in 2017 and it has been an exciting 4 years of praying alongside you. Thank you to all of you who contributed in prayer, in encouragement and in giving financially. We have learned that running a website like this is a full time job in today's economy and regulatory environment, and we are no longer able to devote the time necessary to upkeep and develop the site.

We will always remember these 4 years that God blessed us with - 4 years of praying with brothers and sisters from across the globe!

Our Testimony

by Sharon Watkin with Ben Watkin (July 24, 2018)

Our Prayer Page was born out of a seed of faith. That seed was a simple dream placed within a stay at home mom and a systems engineer dad. The dream went something like, “Lord is it possible you could use us, and what little we have, to bring unity to your church in a world that seems so divided?” To our empty hands and open hearts, God answered, “absolutely.”

Fast forward a year later to a month that rocked our world. We sat 36 weeks pregnant in a courtroom as our first foster child had their parents' rights terminated. Our plans of fostering many children, shattered. Our new calling, adoption. One week later, Ben was laid off from his job. 2 weeks after Ben lost his job, we welcomed our 4th child, a baby girl, into the world. Through that month we came to realize that our hopes of starting our own business from a secure financial footing were close to shattered. After months of applying for jobs while putting in overtime to work on a startup, God gave us clear instruction to end the job hunt and move forward with no financial security and to trust him for every penny. We began focusing 100% on our startup. Our comfortable life quickly became unworthy of social media posts, and drove us to our knees crying out to God for help.

By God's amazing provision, Ben and I were both asked to be leaders at our local BSF classes just before our world collapsed. At that time we had very full schedules between work, fostering, and the pregnancy, but out of faith that God would provide time for both of us to step into that level of shepherding others, we said “yes.”

As Bible study quickly approached, we quickly became a family of 6 in the middle of an adoption, out of a job, and working hard to build a startup. We sat down to chat one afternoon (as we do many days) and I shared with Ben how I desired to lead my ladies in intentional and efficient prayer the upcoming year. I presented these problems to him that I wanted to avoid:

1) There isn't an organized way to see all of the prayers from each person for the year. Last year as a group member, I spent a lot of time approaching women or emailing them to hear about prayer updates.
2) I would sometimes forget faces as I'm praying for women, or names if they aren't wearing their name tag. I'd love to have a face next to the prayer as I'm praying for them.
3) The process of receiving ASK's and distributing them to the group has been inconsistent from leader to leader (i.e. they are emailed at all different times of the week, or the leader forgot the papers to hand out, etc). With this, I'd like all of the latest prayers to be accessible anytime of the week by simply visiting the website.

What he created for me is a "web app," or basically a website with a specific purpose. Since he is also very involved in BSF, he knows how intentional BSF is and he did not want it to feel at all like a "social media" experience. He designed something that is very simple and beautiful so that it can help others settle into a time of intentional prayer.

The only issue is that it wasn't scalable. It could host 100 users, not a million. We faced a major decision. Do we leave it as it is and let it continue blessing the small groups that are using it or do we rebuild it so that anyone, anywhere can use it? The second option would take a lot of time and money, but God was crystal clear about leading us into that great unknown.

Vision after vision, and miracle after miracle, have brought us to this moment of giving Jesus our "five loaves and two fishes." There is so much more we'd love to build, but all we have to offer is our best from what we've been given. We've sacrificed everything in every area of life to follow God in this. Please pray with us that it multiplies miraculously and spreads intentional prayer across the globe.

Great Ministries

We have been immeasurably blessed by the following ministries. Please check them out for both spiritual help and spiritual health!

Focus on the Family

Prayer. Counseling. Daily Broadcasts. If you are in need of immediate support call Focus on the Family and speak to one of their licensed counselors. They will set up 1 free hour of counseling with you on the phone. They will also pray with you and help you find a licensed Christian counselor in your area.

Website: www.focusonthefamily.com

Phone: 1-800-A-FAMILY

Email: Help@focusonthefamily.com

Set Free Ministries

Deliverance Ministry.  Are you in need of deliverance from depression, addiction, abuse, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, or hopelessness? Set Free Ministries will provide you with a full day of counseling for free to help you receive freedom in Jesus' name.

Website:  www.setfreeministries.com

Phone: 616-726-5400

See also: www.warriorssetfree.com

Life.Church

Online Prayer. Online Church 24/7. Submit your prayer request and one of their staff members or volunteers will reach out to you via email to pray for you. Or go to church online at any time!

Website:  www.life.church

How We Love

We're so thankful to How We Love for granting us permission to use their Soul Words list to populate Build-a-Prayer with dozens and dozens of unique emotions.

Click here for their printable PDF of Soul Words

Please check out How We Love to learn more about their mission:

We believe in the inherent truth that broken relationships are the result of a subtle or serious departure from God’s principles. When we understand and engage with God’s relational truths ALL things are possible, no matter how deep the hurt or how rooted the issues. Our mission is to facilitate restoration, renewal and healing in broken relationships.

Website: www.howwelove.com

Reading Recommendations

by Ben & Sharon Watkin

These are some key books that have strengthened us in our prayer journey; and we found a wonderful way to recommend them as well as fund more features for Our Prayer Page. If you purchase one of these books through the links below, then Our Prayer Page will receive a monetary referral reward not just for the book, but for anything else in your cart! We pray that God's blessing is over the timing of these purchases and that Our Prayer Page can receive some additional funding from these great reads. Please note, generous contributions are still our primary need, but this is an above & beyond way to help as well.

chronological bible

This Bible rearranges chapters (and even verses!) according to the timeline of history. You'll read David's Psalms right alongside his trials; or follow the Judean exiles as powerful dynasties rise and fall all around them; and so much more! It is a powerful way to meditate on and pray through God's Word.

prayer & culture

Billy Graham's daughter, Ann Graham Lotz, has a convicting and powerful message for a culture that has placed religion on the back burner.

pregnancy & birth

God is the God of miracles! Learn to declare victory over the trials involved in pregnancy, childbirth and recovery and see a modern day miracle unfold in your own family.

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