Monday, 16th May - Sunday, 29th May, 2022

 

In the second half of the 9th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel we read of 3 stories in which people in desperate need came to the Lord for healing – either for themselves or for ones they loved. And we read that Jesus granted their requests and all were healed. We are surrounded by people who are in great need of healing, of one sort or another. May these verses inspire us to pray for the needy and to encourage them to seek help from the Lord.

 

Sunday, 22nd

 

‘When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.’ (Matt. 9: 23, 24)

 

“Loving Lord Jesus, when you entered that house, you did so knowing that you were bringing life and joy – and you were not deterred by the mockery of the crowd. Come among us all today and fill us with your life and your joy. And may they flow forth from us and into the lives of those who surround us.”

 

               • Give thanks for our musicians, who lead us in our praise.

               • Pray that we might have the joy of welcoming new people to our Sunday services over the coming weeks.

               • 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.

 

Monday, 23rd

 

‘After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.’ (Matt. 9: 25)

 

“Praise you, Lord, that by the power of the Spirit – the power which flowed forth from you and into the little girl - you raised her from the sleep of death to new life. Praise you for the joy which you gave to her, to her father and to her family. Empower us, Lord, by your Spirit, to do great things in your Name.”

 

➢ Pray that God’s faithful ones here might see many encouraging signs of the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

               • Give thanks for our Little Fishes, who come into St John’s week by week. Pray for a growing interest in what’s said from the bible, from both children and their parents/carers.

               • Please pray for Hannah, Rachel and our Searchlights team. Pray for all the strength and wisdom that they need as they work with the children who attend. Pray for good listening today.

               • Pray for all those attending Bethany today and for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

 

Tuesday, 24th

 

‘News of this spread through all that region.’ (Matt. 9: 26)

 

“Help us, O Lord, to see all that you are doing in our midst in these last days, and to be bold in proclaiming the Good News, so that all the world may know that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

 

➢ Pray that the joy of the Lord might be the strength of His people.

 

               • Thank God that he has provided for our church’s financial needs over the past couple of years. Thank God that he inspired the church family to be generous. Please pray that we would use wisely everything that is given.

               • Pray for Hannah as she keeps us in touch with local schools.

               • Pray for our church cleaner, Tracey. (She’ll be at St Mark’s today.)

 

Wednesday, 25th

 

‘As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”’ (Matt. 9: 27)

 

“Praise you, Lord, that these two blind men, in such desperate need of help and healing, called out in faith to you for mercy. May we, in our ministries, encourage all who are in need to pray in faith to you and to expect to experience your healing touch.”

 

➢ Pray that each member of the fellowship here might know God’s peace deep in their hearts.

 

               • Pray for the Deanery Synod being held in St. John’s tonight. Pray that the local churches in this area would support one another and work well together.

               • Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers, as they meet today. Pray for godly fellowship and a deep care for each other.

               • Mission Links: Please pray for the Betel house in Motherwell, Scotland. Pray for leaders Jimmy and Tanya as they seek to build up, care for and point their men to Christ. Pray for them to know God’s strength and encouragement.

 

Thursday, 26th

 

‘When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.’ (Matt. 9: 28)

 

“Thank you, Lord, for the gracious way in which you challenged these men, asking them whether they really did believe that you had the power to heal them of their blindness. Help us to learn from you and to challenge people with grace and gentleness.”

➢ Pray that the Word of the Lord might go forth in power and that many souls might be saved.

 

               • Please pray for Hannah, taking an assembly in the church school this morning (9am). Pray for good listening and understanding.

               • Please pray for Together Again today – for good numbers and a warm welcome for all who attend.

 

               • Persecuted Church: Egypt – please pray for the protection of believers and that those from Muslim backgrounds will be strengthened by God and encouraged to stand firm in their faith.

 

Friday, 27th

 

‘Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you;” and their sight was restored.’ (Matt. 9: 29, 30)

 

“Praise you, Lord Jesus, that by your touch and by your commanding word, the men were healed of their affliction. Thank you that, in a moment, you transformed their lives. Increase our faith and trust in you – that you are able to do more than we can ask or think or imagine."

 

➢ Pray that many here might be called to serve and to share the burdens of responsibility.

 

               • Please pray for Alice, our local CAP debt coach. Pray that she would have insight and wisdom as she visits clients in their homes, people who need her advice and help.

               • Please pray for the hall team as they pack food bags for local families, week by week. Pray that each one would be received as a gift from God.

               • Please pray for all who work in the church office, sorting out the admin and finance, so that the church can run smoothly.

 

Saturday, 28th

 

‘Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no-one knows about this.”’ (Matt. 9: 31)

 

“Help us, O Lord, not only to learn from your healing miracles, but also to heed your warnings. As we search the Scriptures, day by day, so we pray that your wisdom in us may grow, and we may know when to speak, and when to be silent.”

 

➢ Continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. Pray for God’s protection. And pray that many would seek him.

 

               • Please pray for our Coffee Morning today - pray for friendships to be renewed and for many good conversations to take place.

               • Please pray for all in our church family who are ill at this time.

               • Other local churches: St. Pauls’, Clacton – Give thanks for those who attended the recent Christianity Explored Course, and pray that they would continue to grow in their faith.

 

Sunday, 29th

 

‘But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.’ (Matt. 9: 31)

 

“As we come to church today, Lord, to worship you and to listen to your Word and to pray, so we ask that you will speak to our hearts and to our souls and to our spirits. In our desire to spread the Good News, help us to see clearly when we should speak, and when we should be silent: when we should praise and when we should pray: when we should declare with our lips and when we should declare with our lives.”

 

➢ Pray that the faithful here might be bound together with cords that cannot be broken.

 

               • Please pray that many in this parish might seek the Lord - pray for your family, your neighbours, your community - pray for vital and effective outreach into our parish. Pray for a Great Awakening.

               • Pray for all who are helping with our services today, in any way – pray that they would look to God for all they need. And pray that all who come to take part would be ministered to by God.

               • Please pray for the Gathering. Pray that it would continue to grow and God would use it in the lives of all who attend.

 

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