Fortnightly Prayer Diary

Monday, 26th April - Sunday, 9th May, 2021

 

Guy has written our prayer diary for us, once again.

As we prepare and look forward to the easing of lockdown, all our verses for prayer are taken from Isaiah chapter 51. They encourage us to ‘look to the rock from which we were cut’, to have every faith in the Lord - especially in dark times - and to have great hope for the future.


 

Friday, 7th

‘For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool.’ (Isaiah 51: 8)

 

“In days, O Lord, when so many are living simply from moment to moment, give us a fresh insight into the glorious and eternal truths of our faith – truths which will far outlast the passing reproaches and insults which assail us. Make us a people of joy and hope as we look with confidence to a future spent in your majestic Presence.”

 

Pray for any churches known to you who are financially hard-pressed. Pray that they look to the Lord in their time of need and remain confident that he will answer in the right way.

 

              • Pray for yourself, to know the best way to help those who need it.

              • Please pray for our church office and all who serve there.

              • Pray for Clive and the Frydays team as they continue to distribute food to those who need it, showing God’s love.

 

Saturday, 8th

‘But my righteousness will last for ever, my salvation through all generations.’ (Isaiah 51: 8)

 

“Thank you, O Lord, that your righteousness will endure for ever and your salvation through and beyond every generation. Make of us a people of hope - sure hope in you, our loving Lord, forever the same.”

 

Please pray for all who are preparing to preach tomorrow across the country. Pray that they may hear clearly the voice of the Lord, as he speaks through his Word, and may convey what they hear with clarity and compassion.

 

              • 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. Michael’s, Kirby & All Saints’, Gt Holland– for wisdom in what to start up again and when.

 

Sunday, 9th

‘Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old!’ (Isaiah 51: 9)

 

“Today, O Lord, we pray that you will arise and show yourself to many in our land – to many who are desperate to find someone who is good and true and loving and reliable. Show yourself to many who have known you in the past, but who have lost touch with you. Show yourself to many who are searching for the meaning of life. Show yourself to many who are lost and who long to find the way.”

 

              • Thank God that we can meet in our buildings and online today – 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.

 


Fortnightly Prayer Diary

Monday, 10th May - Sunday, 23rd May, 2021


Guy has written our prayer diary for us, once again… 

In this Prayer Diary, each day is preceded by the one verse – II Peter 3: 18 – which calls upon us all to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. And, each day, there is a prayer for our work amongst the working people of our nation. These prayers take up themes from the Spring edition of Crossway, the Church Society Magazine – articles written by people including Andy Brewerton. 


Monday, 10th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, help me to grow in grace, I pray. Help me to grow as a Christian, knowing that all that I have, which is of true and lasting value, comes not from myself but from you.” 

➢ Pray today for the millions of our fellow-citizens who would regard themselves as ordinary, working people, often in dull, routine and in many cases poorly paid jobs. Pray that we might see them more clearly and value them more greatly. 


• Pray for Bethany and those that attend as they meet today. 

• Please pray for the Martin family as they attend the funeral of Anthony today in SJC (PS). 

• Pray for the Searchlights team as it meets back in St. John’s this afternoon. Pray for safety, for fun and for good listening. 

• Please pray for all those who use St. John’s today as we have a lot going on in the church, with Little Fishes as well as the above. 


Tuesday, 11th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, help all your people to grow in grace. Help us to grow as Christians, entirely dependent upon your mercy for present life and future salvation.” 

➢ Ask the Lord’s forgiveness for those times when the church has ignored the needs and significance of ordinary working people. Pray that we may do better in the future. 

➢ Please pray for Her Majesty, the Queen, and for all the Royal Family, at this time of mourning. May they, each one, know the loving presence of the Lord and look to him for strength. 

• Please pray for the Seymour family as they attend the funeral of Gladys today in St. John’s Church (SN). 

• 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 for your neighbours and our town – for a Great Awakening.  


Wednesday, 12th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, as we grow in your grace, so may we radiate your life, light and love into the communities in which we live and move and have our being. May we be a sweet influence for good and for God.” 

➢ Please pray for working people whom you know. Pray especially for those who do not yet know Christ and ask the Lord how these folk might be reached. 


• Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers in St. Mark’s today. 

•Pray for those in our church family who are struggling with illness. 

•Pray for both churches today as the electric meters are replaced in both St. John’s and St. Mark’s. Pray that all will go well and there will be no problems arising. Give thanks for our buildings! 


Thursday, 13th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, may we never be content to remain as we are, but desire to grow in your grace, day by day. May we long to be changed by you so that we may better reflect your glory in the world.” 

➢ Pray for a real moving of the Spirit among churches which have, historically, focussed on the wealthier groups in society. Pray that they may see the working people who surround them and desire to reach out to them with the love of Christ. 


• Give thanks for our church family and the love that they show. 

• Pray for the Deanery Synod, representing local churches, tonight. 

• Persecuted Church: Iran – Thank God for openness of many Iranians to the Gospel, and that despite fierce persecution, new believers keep coming to faith. 


Friday, 14th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, thank you for the blessing of your grace and favour, so freely given and yet so entirely undeserved. We pray that you will shine upon us, Saviour - shine and fill our lives with your light divine.” 

➢ Pray today that we may all see those areas in which we are evangelistically weak, or even misguided. Pray that the Lord might give us the grace to admit our shortcomings and to change the ways in which we work. Pray today for the ongoing work of the Christian Institute, as they seek to bring Christian influence into many areas of our secular society. 

• Pray for our work with local schools – especially for Hannah. 

• Please pray for Little Fishes today - pray for safety, for good fun, and that the Holy Spirit’s love will be felt in St. John’s. 

• Pray for the work of the church office and all who work there - especially on a Friday when there are lots of things to do. 


Saturday, 15th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, inspire us to pray more fervently for your people in our parish and area. Give to us a deep desire to see your light shining more brightly where we live, in stark contrast to the darkness which surrounds us.” 

➢ Please pray that our efforts to reach working people might be sensitive and inspired by the love of Jesus. May we be constantly aware that Jesus spent so much of his time amongst the poor and needy – and may we learn from him. • Thank God for the work of our finance team and pray for them this morning as they meet to discuss the finances of the Church. 

• Local churches: St. Andrew’s, Alresford – Please pray for Charley as she still has to socially distance whilst waiting for her vaccine. 

• Pray for those preparing, filming and putting together our YouTube services and meetings. Pray that the technology would work! 


Sunday, 16th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“On this your Resurrection and Sabbath Day, Lord, may our grace-filled praises fill the air and touch the hearts and the lives of all who hear. 

➢ Thank God, that he created all men and women in his image and he desires that none should be lost. Pray that we, may turn towards those who are over-looked and under-valued.’ 

•Pray for our NHS, giving thanks for the magnificent work over the past year and praying that some of the pressure may diminish. 

• Pray for our Sunday Club, meeting on Zoom at this time. Pray for Hannah and Rachel as they organise it week by week. 

• Pray for all watching our YouTube services today and joining us in our buildings. Pray that many will learn of God’s goodness. 


Monday, 17th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Thank you, Lord, for your Word of life, by which we are instructed in your Way. Help us to grow daily, daily as we feed upon your Word and increase in knowledge.” 

➢ Please pray today for all those working people who are considering a possible call into ordained ministry. Pray that they might not be put off by secondary issues, but may know that if God is calling them, he will enable them. 

• Thank God that we are now able to open up more things as a church – pray for our Little Fishes Monday group today. 

• Pray for our country today as more Covid restrictions are lifted -pray for safety and sensible behaviour – and respect to be shown. 

• Pray, once again, for Searchlights – for good attendance, good fun and good engagement, especially when the bible is being taught. 


Tuesday, 18th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Give to us all, O Lord, a longing to grow in knowledge of you and of your Way. We pray that, every time we open your Word, you might open our eyes to see you more clearly.” 

➢ Thank God for the continuing faithful ministry of so many retired evangelical clergy across our land. 

• Thank God for our partnership with other local churches. 

• Please pray for the Deanery Chapter (local clergy) meeting today, for an important discussion about how to resource and support the C of E churches in this area. Pray for God’s wisdom 

• 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. 


Wednesday, 19th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Loving Lord, help us never to be content with our stock of knowledge of you, but always to desire to know you better. We pray that you will continue to add to our store-room of knowledge all that we need to live more faithful and serviceable lives.” 

➢ Please thank God for the many faithful people who are today ministering in working-class parishes. Pray particularly for those who are known to you personally. Pray that the Lord might encourage and strengthen them, especially when they are ministering to small numbers. 

• Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers. Pray for safety, fellowship, learning, caring and love among the whole group. 

• Pray for Ignite, our Youth Group together with their leaders and helpers, meeting in St. Paul’s this evening. 

• Pray for young people – especially for those who are taking exams at this time. Pray that they would know God’s peace. 


Thursday, 20th 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“As our knowledge of you grows, O Lord – our knowledge of your grace and mercy, your truth, your power to save, your love, your joy and your peace – may we not keep what we know to ourselves, but share freely with all who long to hear.” 

➢ Please pray for all those in working parishes who are seeking to develop their pools of leaders. Pray that they might be able to find suitable training materials and might have the determination to press on with the training, overcoming the challenges. 

• Thank God for the wonderful work of Clive and our Frydays team, who have adapted to the circumstances of the past year and helped many in need. Pray for them as they plan for the future. 

• Please pray for your family, your neighbours, your community - pray for vital and effective outreach into our parish. 

• Persecuted Church: Bangladesh marks 50 years of independence this year, yet freedom for Christians is decreasing. We pray for all Christians so be able to practice and share their faith freely. 


Friday, 21st 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Thank you, Lord, for all that you have graciously revealed of yourself to us, by your Spirit. Thank you for the way in which you have changed, and are changing, our lives. Thank you for all that is past and for all that is yet to come.” 

➢ Please pray that the Lord might give confidence to those who have always doubted their ability to lead in groups. Pray for a work of the Spirit, especially in those you know, to accept the challenge of leadership, in the knowledge that the Lord is with them. 

• Pray for yourself, to know the best way to help those who need it. 

• Please pray for our church office and all who serve there. Pray especially for them when they are the first point of contact for many people seeking information or help from our church. 

• Pray for Clive and the Frydays team as they continue to distribute food to those who need it, showing God’s love. 


Saturday, 22nd 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, as so many across our nation prepare to preach and teach your Truth, we pray that you will inspire and excite them anew with the messages you have laid upon their hearts, and enable them to proclaim your Good News in ways which engage and capture the imagination of all who hear.”

➢ Please pray that church leaders who are trying to develop leaders in their congregations might be both patient and determined. May they be convinced that the Lord longs to see more of his people in active service. 

• Thank God for our church family – and for all that people have done to support each other over recent months. 

• Please pray for our young people today as they enjoy a day at Birch Hall. Pray for unity and good friendships to be formed. 

• 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. 


Sunday, 23rd 

‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.’ (II Peter 3: 18) 

“Lord Jesus, as you spoke to your servant, Samuel, when he was still only a child, so we pray that you will speak to all the precious young ones in our church families and fellowships today. May their hearts be thrilled as they hear the old, old story – the old story which is, for them, so very new.” 

➢ Praise God that he wants all his people to grow in the grace and knowledge of his Son. Praise God that he will empower and enable all who call upon him to use their gifts to the full. 

• Thank God that those of us who can, can meet in our buildings and those that can’t can join in online today – thank God for the joy of joining with other Christians. 

• Please pray for yourselves and each other as we meet today at a joint service for our APCM, when we remember God’s goodness over the last year. Pray for wisdom, unity and love to abound. 

• Let’s pray for ourselves – that we would hear God’s Word today and put it onto practice. Pray that this would be a characteristic of our church over the coming year.