Men’s Prayer Group — Elizabeth City, NC


The Men’s Prayer Group meets every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at Grouper’s Restaurant in downtown Elizabeth City, NC located at 400 South Water Street. Men from several area churches and ministries gather to study the Bible and pray with and for one another.  All men are welcome to come.

Join us for Sunrise Prayer at the Waterfront.  Here is a view from the pier at Grouper’s.

Elizabeth City Waterfront MPG

Come by boat if you like:

Elizabeth City Harbor Boats MPG


AND STILL HE COMES…On the Occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the Elizabeth City Men’s Prayer Group

Perhaps you’ve read, or even thought about, alternate history… you know… What might have happened if the Atomic Bomb didn’t work? OR What if Kennedy had not been assassinated? OR What might things be like if the telephone had never been invented? This type of thinking is called UCHRONIA; fiction that proposes things that might have happened differently.

Roger Caillois wrote a novel, Pontius Pilate … in the following was proposed:

“On this particular occasion Pilate’s day began with the usual meetings, he was experiencing his typical moodiness, there were reflections on a restless night and bad dreams… and there was all the stress accompanying all these people, all these Jews, crowding his city… potentially problems and disorder threatened. And all things there was this obscure, determined, Galilean the priests were demanding be put to death. Pilate goes out to the priests and the crowd and holding his arms spread he announces: ‘I don’t see it. I see nothing wrong… let this man have his freedom!’ he declares… and Jesus goes home, he keeps preaching, he dies an old man widely praised for his wisdom; and a generation later he is all but forgotten… Christianity never emerges.”

Brothers, with faith and confidence we know the real story. We can choose to live in the reality of the promises of a risen Christ, promises of a divine life. We realize our destiny guided by the Holy Spirit within each of us. No doubt, our lives have been ones all too often focused on our own desires, subverting our lives from stepping into the destiny Jesus made for us. But we “AWAKE,” we turn, we return and return and return to learning to work with Him on what He wants to get done in our lives and the world around us. We grow in our confidence in Him.

There is no place He will not go with us or be with us. There is no space where Christ whispers to us, “…I can’t go there with you.” Brothers, this awareness is the source of our joyous Christian confidence… this is what we model when we become a more loving person. You see, this is TELOS; unselfish sacrificial love, love for the other person. This is Jesus in our lives…

• When Jesus was but a child they tried to find and kill Him… And still He comes!
• When crowds threatened Him and His own family tried to stop Him… And still He comes!
• When He was crucified, dead, and buried with a large stone rolled against the guarded tomb… And still He comes!
• When for 2,000 years the world fails to hold Him down, eliminate Him, silence Him…And still He comes

And you trust Him, you love HIM!!

Let’s put this another way… let’s put this in the Christian context of our membership in the Men’s Prayer Group and our life’s journey:

• When you have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, a bad year… And still you come!
• When you lose a job, a career, your financial foundation, your home… And still you come!
• When you lose a child, a spouse, a relative, a friend… And still you come!
• When you really have to carry your cross, lose your health, your heart breaks, and all seems lost… And still you come!

Brothers, the Pilate story you just heard… the wrong story… unfortunately, that’s the story for the majority of people on this Earth… their lives are untouched by Jesus Christ… their lives are untouched by good Christians like us. So this Easter week we realize the sacrificial love of our Lord. God’s only Son is about to raise you up, the sting of death will be removed, and Jesus will live within YOU… and those lost souls require our attention, our love, our own kind of TELOS… And still we come!

Shared by: George C. Stonikinis, Jr.

NFL Player Don Carey, III Presentation

Don Carey III Current NFL Player


Sunday, June 24th 6 p.m.: NFL player Don Carey III, author of It’s Not Because I’m Better than You, will be speaking at Forest Park Church, Elizabeth City. Redeemer is partnering with Forest Park to present this powerful Christian speaker and message. 9-year NFL veteran and current NFL player Don Carey III overcame considerable challenges to make it to the NFL. Through his life experiences on and off the field, Don has learned considerable insights about pursuing and achieving dreams in life. He has made a commitment to inspire and help people reach their goals. His new book “It’s Not Because I’m Better than You” is impacting readers everywhere. He is coming to Elizabeth City to share in person his story and to inspire people. His message is for everyone and is especially relevant to youth and young adults. Don will be signing his book and inviting attendees to donate to The REECH Foundation, a charity started by Don and his wife Lakeisha.

Church of the Redeemer and Forest Park Church are partnering to present this event to our community. Towne Center Health, Men’s Prayer Group, Montero’s Restaurant and Danny Glover Law Firm are also sponsoring this event.

Lesson on Prayer

The Temple as a Model for Prayer:

  • Entering the Gates with Thanksgiving
  • Coming into the Courts with Praise

Psalm 100:4-5   4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 140:13  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.

  • Kneeling at the Altar with Confession and receiving Forgiveness

Psalm 51:1-12  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.  6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.  7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.  9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

  • Making our requests known to God in the Holy Place

Philippians 4:4-7   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Contemplation and Listening in the Holy of Holies

1 Samuel 3:10  And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

Psalm 46:10   “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Revelation 3:19-21  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.



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Prayers for Healing, Protection and Family

Prayer for Protection and Healing

 Heavenly Father, I praise and thank you for all you have given me. Please cover me with the protective, precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, and increase your Holy Spirit in me with His gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, hunger for prayer, guidance and discernment to help me know your will and surrender to it more completely.

Father please heal my negative emotions and any wounds in my heart and spirit. Send the sword of your Holy Spirit to sever and break all spells, curses, hexes, voodoo and all negative genetic, inter-generational and addictive material, past, present or to come, known or unknown, against me, my relationships and family, finances, possessions and ministry. Father I forgive and I ask forgiveness for my sins and failings and I ask that my whole person, body and mind, heart and will, soul and spirit, memory and emotions, attitudes and values lie cleansed, renewed and protected by the most precious blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

In the name, power, blood and authority of Jesus Christ I bind and break the power and effect in or around me of any and all evil spirits who are trying to harm me in any way and I command these spirits and their companion spirits in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to leave me peacefully and quietly and go immediately and directly where Jesus commands them and never again return to me or my family.

            Dear Holy Spirit please fill up any void in me to overflowing with your presence and great love. All this Father I pray in the name of Jesus Christ by the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Amen

A Prayer for the Family

 Lord Jesus, I ask you to touch and bless all the members of my family. Pour out your life, your love and your joy upon each and every one of us. Protect my family from all harm – physical, spiritual and emotional. Send your Holy angels to be with us as we go through the day.

Forgive me if I have rashly judged any member of my family. Replace my judgment with compassion and understanding. If any family member has hurt me, help me to forgive them with love and compassion. If I need to say something to someone by way of correction, please show me how to do it so that it leads to healing and a better relationship. Give me the grace to listen calmly to any corrections directed at me.

Show me the blessings that have come to me through my family, and give me the love, discipline and humility to pray for them as often as possible.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for my family. Immerse us with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Fill our minds with Your light; fill our bodies with Your health; fill our wills with Your guidance; fill our hearts with Your compassion; and above all, fill us with Your own love for people, and for Your creation. Make us like Jesus in every possible way. Amen.