Monday, 27th July - Sunday, 9th August, 2020
Guy has written our prayer diary for us, once again. His theme this time is based around Bible verses taken from Hebrews 12 – where we are encouraged to fix our eyes upon Jesus alone – and to expect (even welcome) God’s discipline – as a sign that we truly are members of God’s family.
‘In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.’ (Hebrews 12: 4)
“Father, hear the prayer we offer; Not for ease that prayer shall be;
But for strength that we may ever, Live our lives courageously.”
• • Thank God that He is ever present and close to us. Pray for those who especially need to know and remember this truth today.
• • Please pray for our country as we move forward. Pray for wisdom for those in the government as it makes decisions that will affect our future, and pray for understanding from all who are affected.
• • Please pray that we would have God’s wisdom as a church, as we plan for how things will change over the coming weeks.
• • Please pray for our ‘Thought for the Day’ series, on YouTube every weekday during the month of August - pray it would encourage believers and it would have success as a means of outreach too.
‘And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:…’ (Hebrews 12: 5)
“Father, forgive us when we forget that we are your sons and heirs – not by natural descent, not by human decision or will – but born of God. Forgive us whenever we are so overwhelmed by the pressures of this world that we forget the promises of the next. Forgive us whenever we forget your word of life. Forgive us and cause us once again to raise our gaze to heaven.”
➢ Please pray for any retired ministers known to you, as they prepare to provide cover in many parishes across the country, as church staff take their summer holidays.
• • Thank God that he is loving, faithful and forgiving God. Thank him that he has watched over us, as individuals and as a church family, over recent months.
• • Pray for our buildings as we open them up to our hirers - pray for wisdom and safety for all who use them.
• • Please pray for our country as it tries to emerge from this economic crisis. Pray for those who have been affected the most.
‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,’ (Hebrews 12: 5)
“Help us, O Lord, to expect and to accept your discipline – whatever form it might take and however long it might last. Help us to understand that your rebuke is a word of love, conveyed with affection.”
➢ During this summer season, please pray that many may be caused to reflect on the path of their lives, begin to read the Scriptures and seek for God.
➢ Pray that God’s people here may shine as lights to the local community.
• • Thank God that it doesn’t matter how far some have wandered away from Him, that he is never too far away for us to come back to Him. Pray for someone you know who has wandered.
• • Pray for our families, for those that don’t yet know Christ as their Lord and Saviour – pray that they will hear His “knock”. Pray that there would be a Great Awakening among families and friends.
• • Please pray for our online ‘Thought for the Day’ that it might touch someone deeply who has maybe not tuned in before. And pray for all those preparing and recording these at the moment.
‘…because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.’ (Hebrews 12: 6)
“Help us to understand that you discipline those you love, that they might be strengthened in the faith and better prepared for the next challenge. Help us, even, to welcome your loving hand of discipline as a sign of our sonship, as a sign that we are truly heirs of the Kingdom.”
• • Thank God that He has met our needs over this pandemic and enabled us to reach out into the community with food parcels and practical acts of love as well as with His Good News.
• • Give thanks for Clive and his team of helpers as they pick up food through “Foodshare” and deliver to the needy. Pray for strength for the team and for good contacts.
• • Persecuted Church: North Korea – Thank God that Open Doors trained about 4,000 North Korean Refugee Christians online in China last year. The Holy Spirit is working in the safe houses where they live and they are seeing many people come to faith.
‘Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.’ (Hebrews 12: 7)
“Today, O Lord, we pray for all those whom we know and love who are enduring hardship – of whatever form.
Give them the strength they need to endure and to triumph.
Bless them in abundance with every spiritual blessing.”
• • Thank God for his everlasting love. Pray that we would reflect it.
• • Please continue to pray for the “Thought for the Day” series.
• • Please pray for our office team - the last regular publication (the Summer Prayer Card) goes out today - the Newsletter and Prayer diary restart again in September. Pray for a chance for catching up and for rest during the next few weeks.
‘For what son is not disciplined by his father?’ (Hebrews 12: 7)
“Thank you, O Lord, that we are sons and daughters of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Thank you that there is no higher calling than to be called a son of the Most High, a son of God. Let us learn to rejoice in our inheritance of faith as members of God’s family.”
➢ Pray for rest for all who are feeling weary.
• • Once again, pray as we prepare for tomorrow’s services, both in our buildings and on YouTube. Pray the many would join us.
• • Please continue to pray for those you know who live alone and maybe now are venturing out - pray for safety and wisdom.
• • Pray for other local churches – especially for local ministers, many of whom are tired after a very full few months. Pray for good rest.
‘If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline) then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.’ (Hebrews 12: 8)
“On this day, O Lord, a day devoted to you, may your people in our church, your people in this nation, your people across the world rejoice that you have called us and blessed us with your Spirit. May we proclaim with humility and gratitude that we are children of God - and may the many to whom we witness be drawn to your Kingdom.”
➢ Pray for God to be at the heart of His people’s praise at St. John’s and St. Mark’s today.
• • Thank God that we can lean on each other at this time. Pray that we would gain God’s strength through our church family.
• • Thank God that throughout this pandemic we have been united as a Church family. Pray that this would continue into the future.
• • Pray for visitors to our church services today – both our live and YouTube ones – that they would know that they are welcome.