Fortnightly Prayer Diary
Monday, 22nd November – Sunday, 5th December, 2021
Guy has chosen the Bible passages and written a prayer for each day for us, once again. He says…
At this time of year, when we have just had Remembrance Sunday, all our verses for prayer are taken from Joshua 1, in which the Lord encourages Joshua to be very courageous as he prepares to lead God’s people across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land.
‘“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”’ (Josh. 1: 8)
“Help us, O Lord, to be a faithful and obedient people. May we be a people of the Book, departing from it neither to the right nor to the left. And as we walk in your Way, so we pray that you will open the heavens and pour down so much blessing that we will not be able to contain it.”
• • Please pray for the Haskell family as they attend Joyce’s funeral today at Weeley Crem. Pray that the hope, which we can find in Jesus, will bring true comfort. (SN & MM).
• • Please pray for the recipients of our Parish Christmas leaflet, that many who read it will want to come to church over the coming weeks and hear His Good News.
• • Pray for Little Fishes - for good friendships with all the families.
‘“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”’ (Josh. 1: 9)
“Today, O Lord, we pray for anyone we know who is afraid, even terrified. Use us, O Lord, to remind them of your love and your power to conquer every foe. May our prayers for them be powerful and effective.”
• • Please pray for effective outreach and ministry, especially to children and young families.
• • Pray for our Stewsdays team as they prepare meals, lay tables and welcome the diners. Pray for good numbers and good fellowship.
• • Thank God for Tracey, our cleaner for all our buildings. Pray for her as she keeps both churches and the hall clean and tidy for us.
Wednesday, 1st December
‘So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:’ (Josh. 1: 10)
“Thank you, Lord, for all those who hold positions of leadership and responsibility in our Parishes and in our Deaneries. May they be given courage to take the difficult decisions and to lead us forward with confidence.”
• • Pray that the peace of Christ might rule in the hearts of His people here at St. John’s and St. Mark’s.
• • Please pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in St. John’s today as Great Clacton Jnr School attend their Christingle service.
• • Please pray for our Wednesday Worshippers, as they meet today for their First Wednesday Special, “Advent Reflection”. Pray for visitors to be welcomed and for godly fellowship.
‘“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own’”.’ (Josh. 1: 11)
“Thank you, O Lord, for the parallels which we so clearly see between this story of Joshua and your people crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land and the story of our Lord Jesus crossing the river of death in order to claim His inheritance – the Promised Land of everlasting life. By your grace, as we study the Old Testament, help us to see clear sign-posts to the New.”
• • Pray that the Word of Christ might dwell richly in the hearts of all at St. John’s and St. Mark’s.
• • Please pray for our Together service today. Pray that the numbers would continue to grow and many would find it helpful.
• • Persecuted Church: Maldives - Although viewed by most as a luxury destination, behind this lies an oppressive regime set on keeping the islands 100% Muslim. Pray for a change of attitude among government officials and the president towards Christians.
‘But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: ‘The Lord your God is giving you rest, and has granted you this land.’”’ (Josh. 1: 12, 13)
(The Reubenites, Gadites and Manasseh were to be given lands to the East of the Jordan, where the people already were. But all the fighting men would have to cross the Jordan with their brothers to conquer the lands to the west.)
“Help us, O Lord, who live in peace and safety, to be constantly aware and battling in prayer for those who are on the front-line in the fight against the foe. Help us to be constantly alert to the needs of our brothers and sisters, in this country and overseas, who are at war against the enemy. May we be generous with our time and our resources as we seek to support them.”
• • Please Pray that many in this parish might seek the Lord.
• • Please pray for those that have recently lost a loved one. Pray for them as they approach their first Christmas without their loved one, that the Lord’s hand of peace will be upon them.
• • Please pray for our links with the local schools and all that Hannah does to maintain these. (Today children and staff form Whitehall will be coming to St John’s to rehearse for their Christmas services, which take place next week.)
‘“Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, fully armed, must cross over ahead of your brothers. You are to help your brothers”’ (Josh. 1: 14)
“Bind us together, Lord, with cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together – not only to those who are close at hand, but also to those who are far away. Make us fervent in prayer for all who are standing firm for Christ and suffering for their faith.’
• • Please pray for all in our church family who are ill at this time. Pray for God’s healing and his strength to persevere in hard times.
• • Please pray for the hall team. Thank God for all that they do in helping those in our community who are struggling. Pray for them as they prepare for a busy time at Christmas. Pray for Ti as he coordinates all of this.
• • Mission links: Give thanks that Catherine Porter has found suitable accommodation in Japan. Please pray that she settles in well and makes friends with her new neighbours. Pray for God’s strength, as she has already started giving harp concerts again – that people will be blessed by her ministry.
Sunday, 5th - Advent 2
‘“You are to help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they, too, have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them.”’ (Josh. 1: 14, 15)
“Today, O Lord, we pray for all our persecuted brothers and sisters across the world. We pray for those who live in daily fear of discovery by antagonistic authorities. We pray that today, your Day, they may know your Power and your Presence and may be strengthened in their resolve to live and shine for you.”
• • Thank God for Ti and the team at Alpha, who served over so many weeks. Please pray for those who came to Alpha - for God’s hand to be upon them to give them a desire to come to something else.
• • Please pray for your family, your neighbours, your community - pray for vital and effective outreach into our parish.
• • Please pray as the first of our Christmas services takes place today with Christingle in St. John’s (2 & 4pm). Pray for Hannah, Mark and the team of helpers. Pray for just the right number of families to attend, for safety with candles, etc, and that the Good News of Christmas would be shared.
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