Guy has chosen the readings and written the daily prayers for our prayer diary for us, once again.
At this time of year, our verses come from the beginning of Acts 1, with its extraordinary account of the Lord’s return to the Father (the Ascension) and also promises looking forward to Pentecost.
‘When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew: James, son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas, son of James.’ (Acts 1: 13)
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.’ (Acts 1: 13, 14)
“Praise you, Lord, that the Eleven and the women remained constantly in prayer in those days of waiting. Praise you for their faithfulness even in times of such strain and stress. May we learn from them and raise the deepest concerns of our hearts to you, especially in times of difficulty.”
➢ Pray that those who lead God’s people here might clearly hear His voice and follow in His Way.
• • Thank God for our church family – and for all that people have done to support each other over recent months.
• • Please pray for those who are setting up and preparing in many practical ways for our services tomorrow – pray that they would do so knowing that they are serving God.
• • Other local churches: St. Paul’s, Clacton – Pray for the youth and children’s groups meeting again on-site after some time on zoom.
‘When the Day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound, like the blowing of a violent wind, came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.’ (Acts 2: 1 – 4)
“Praise you, Lord, for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit who, to this day, enables your faithful people to speak in other tongues and to proclaim the wonders of God in many languages. Fill us with your Spirit and enable us to work, to witness and to worship in ways which will touch the hearts of many.”
• • Thank God that more and more of us can meet back in our buildings – thank God for the joy of joining with other Christians.
• • Please pray for God’s help in welcoming and helping people who are new to our churches who come to our services today.
• • Let’s pray for ourselves – that we would hear God’s Word today and put it onto practice.
Monday, 7th June - Sunday, 20th June, 2021
Guy has written for our prayer diary for us, once again. (He chooses the Bible verses and writes the special prayer for the day and often adds a request. Ann-Marie and Mark then fill in the prayer points for our parish and further afield.)
Our verses in this Prayer Diary are taken from Romans chapter 5, in which, in so many ways, St. Paul reminds us that the grace in which we stand as believers is all of the Lord’s doing.
‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,’
(Romans 5: 1)
“Thank you, O Lord, our God, that even in times of great strain and stress, your people can have peace with you through Jesus. Today we pray for our many brothers and sisters in Christ, across the world, who are experiencing terrible persecution for the sake of the Lord. Give them, O Lord we pray, your peace.”
➢ Pray for God’s grace and mercy to abound in all the work done in His Name here at St. John’s and St. Mark’s.
• • Please pray that, at this time of change, we may have the wisdom and strength to respond to the needs of the community with the love of God and the message of the Good News.
• • Please pray for the Balkwill family as they attend the funeral of Jean today at Weeley (MM).
• • Pray for the Searchlights team as it meets back in St. John’s this afternoon. Pray that all the children will enjoy being back together – and also for safety and for good listening.
‘through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.’ (Romans 5: 2)
“Thank you, O Lord, that, by faith, we may now stand before you in grace – grace which pours forth from your Son, our Lord and our Saviour – Jesus.”
• • Thank our Heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit, without whom we would not have the strength to follow and serve Jesus.
• • Please pray for many to join in with Early Morning Prayers and to watch Ask a Pastor (7.30pm) – both on our YouTube channel today. Pray that God would direct people to the right things on our channel to find what they need, so they are pointed to him.
• • Pray for your neighbours and our town – for a Great Awakening. Pray that people would reflect deeply on the last year and all that has happened and turn to God for answers.
‘And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.’ (Romans 5: 2)
“Thank you, O Lord, that you have not left us comfortless, but you fill our hearts with joy. May your joy in us overflow and be a blessing to all we meet this day.”
➢ Please pray for our government – especially for those responsible for relaxing Covid restrictions. Pray for great wisdom and great sympathy and understanding for the needs of different communities across our nation.
• • Thank God that as restrictions ease more and more we are able to socialise and meet up with friends, which is so important to our mental health. Pray about who we could meet with.
• • Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers in St. Mark’s today.
• Please pray for our Churchwardens, Steph and Mark, that God would give them strength for their role. (They are sworn in this evening by the Archdeacon at a service in Frinton.)
‘Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance,’ (Romans 5: 3)
“Thank you, O Lord, for all our sufferings in the Name and for the sake of Christ. May they work in us a deeper determination to rejoice in you, that you count us worthy to suffer for the Name of the Lord.”
➢ Pray for anyone known personally to you who is suffering – at school, home or work – for the sake of Christ. Pray for the Lord’s strengthening and sustaining blessing to be upon them.
• • Please pray for Together today. Pray that more people would be able to come to the service and that some new people would be able to join. Pray for a growing sense of fellowship.
• • Please pray for Meade family as they attend the funeral of Leslie today in St. John’s Church. (SN)
• • Persecuted Church: Yemen – Christians often keep their faith secret. If they are discovered they may face the death penalty. Leaving Islam is forbidden. Please pray for those taking great risks to provide discipleship support. Please pray also that peace will return to Yemen.
‘perseverance (produces) character,’ (Romans 5: 4)
“Thank you, O Lord, that as we press on in our pilgrimage of faith, so your Spirit within us changes us, so that we shine ever more brightly for you.”
• • Please pray for all those who continue to mourn.
• • Please pray for the Little Fishes who have returned with their parents/carers - pray for safety, for good fun, and that the Holy Spirit’s love will be felt in St. John’s.
• • Please pray for the work of the church office. Pray for all the phone calls that are answered. Pray for all the emails that are sent. And pray for all the things that are produced and distributed.
‘and character (produces) hope.’ (Romans 5: 4)
“Thank you, O Lord, for the glorious gift of hope. Today we pray that your hope in us might grow and grow, even in the most difficult of situations. May your hope in us overflow to encourage and inspire those around us who are beset by hopelessness.”
➢ Pray that the Lord might surround our clergy husbands, wives & families with a ring of fire, and keep them safe from all evil. • Thank God for our church family and all that they do to help us.
• • Local churches: St. Andrew’s, Alresford – Please pray for Rev Tim Solosy as he has his first opportunities to lead and preach face-to-face in Church services.
• • Pray that all our church family would feel safe to return to church.
‘And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.’ (Romans 5: 5)
“Thank you, our Father God, for pouring out your love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus - fill our hearts with love for you this day, and may our worship be infused and overflowing with your love. Holy Spirit – point us to the Saviour and empower us for service.”
➢ Please thank God for the faith of HM the Queen and pray that the Lord might continue to direct her steps – and those of all her family – in the ways of justice and of peace.
• • Give thanks for all who get things ready for our Sunday services.
• • Pray for our Sunday Club, meeting on Zoom at this time. Pray for Hannah and Rachel as they organise it week by week. And pray that all our children and young people would grow in their faith.
• • Please pray for our various services today. Pray that many will learn of God’s goodness, want to praise him, be encouraged in their faith and strengthened to live for him day by day.
‘You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.’ (Romans 5: 6)
“Thank you, O Lord, that you died for us at just the right time – neither too soon, nor too late. Thank you that you died for us at the exact time ordained by the Father. Thank you that when you cried, ‘It is finished’, all the work given to you was perfectly completed – nothing was left undone.’
➢ Please pray for all ministers and parishes known to you who, in wake of all that we have experienced over the last 14 months, are planning to do things differently in the months and years ahead. Pray for the Lord’s wisdom and grace to infuse all their thinking and planning.
• • Give thanks for our churchwardens and all that they do.
• • Thank God that we are able to meet at Bethany with those that are mourning. Pray for Jan and John and the Bethany Team as they minister to those who have lost a loved one.
• • Give thanks that more children are now able to attend Searchlights. Please pray for strength for Hannah, Rachel and the team as they run Searchlights today.
‘Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.’ (Romans 5: 7)
“Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you died for the ungodly. Thank you that you died for those who were unworthy and unrighteous. Thank you that you died for us.”
• • Thank God for those who sit around us in church, week by week.
• • Pray that we would keep praying as a church - in many ways.
• • Please pray that many in our community would think deeply about the Good News of Jesus at this time. Pray that some would find their way to Ask a Pastor each week and find God’s answers there.
‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5: 8)
“Thank you, our Father, that you have shown the height and depth and length and breadth of your love for us through the death of your beloved Son. As we reflect upon this today, make us truly thankful.”
➢ Please thank God for the faithful and sacrificial ministry of so many retired evangelical clergy across our land. Pray that they might have a great influence for good and for God, especially when they minister in non-evangelical parishes.
• • Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers, as they continue to meet. Pray for safety, fellowship, learning, caring and love.
• • Pray for Ignite, our Youth Group, together with the leaders and helpers, meeting in St. Paul’s this evening. Pray that this group would be ever more supportive of each other. Pray for the young people and their families, who Hannah and Rachel come into contact with. Pray that seeds would be sown and nurtured.
• • Please pray for the PCC meeting this evening – for God’s wisdom.
‘Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!’ (Romans 5: 9)
“Thank you, O Lord, that we are justified by your blood and, through that same blood, saved from the Father’s wrath. May we stand in grace before you, with hearts and minds filled with praise.”
• Pray for those in our church family who are struggling with illness.
• • Please pray for your family, your neighbours, your community - pray for vital and effective outreach into our parish.
• • Persecuted Church: Nigeria – More Christians are murdered for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country, and violence is increasing. Pray for those who are mourning loved ones to know God’s peace and for change in Nigeria.
‘For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!’
(Romans 5: 10)
“Thank you, Lord Jesus, that we have been reconciled to God through your death and saved through your life. May we be ever-thankful for your boundless grace and mercy.”
➢ Pray for all those you know who are preparing for Missions, Camps and Holiday Clubs – either online or face-to-face. Pray for a mighty spiritual blessing on all their efforts and pray that there may be much fruit amongst the young ones who attend.
• • Pray for yourself, to know the best way to help those around who need comfort, advice or practical help at this time. Pray that we would be able to show God’s love in many situations.
• • Please pray for our church office and all who serve there. Pray that they would have the time to do all the things they need to, while always being able to listen to those in need.
• • Pray for Clive and the Frydays team as they continue to distribute food bags. Pray that they would reach those who need it most. Pray that they would be received as a gift showing God’s care.
‘Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,’ (Romans 5: 11)
“Thank you, our Father, that we may rejoice in you through Jesus, your Son. May your joy in our hearts overflow to bring you honour and praise and glory.”
➢ Pray that God’s Word might go forth in power and that many might respond. Pray that this may happen even as it is preached across the country this weekend.
• • Please pray for God’s help in welcoming and helping people who are new to our churches, who we meet this weekend.
• • Please pray for our coffee morning, for good attendance and good relationships to be formed. Pray for strength for all who help with it – and for just the right weather
• • Other local churches: Brightlingsea – Please pray for the resumption of their youth activities and for inspiration for all who are involved in their youth ministry. Pray for God’s blessing on it.
‘we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.’ (Romans 5: 11)
“O my soul, rejoice in the Lord always – and again I say – Rejoice!”
➢ Thank God for the working of the Spirit in so many hearts and lives, in so many ministries across the country and in so many situations. Please pray for many signs of the activity of the Spirit in our society – many signs to encourage and to inspire the faithful. And pray that, as the Word goes forth today, He may warm the hearts of many.
• • Thank God that we can meet back in our buildings – thank God for the joy of joining with other Christians.
• • Today, on Father’s Day, pray for all the dads we know – that God would strengthen them in their role. Also, please pray for the two families bringing children for a Thanksgiving at St John’s.
• • Please pray for our LAST Sunday Children’s Club Zoom meeting today. Pray that the children that have joined by zoom will want to join us in person and bring their families.
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