PrayerNet

September 2021

 

He is coming to get you!                                         Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 7th September

‘Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. ……………. When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me where I am.’  John 14:1-3 (NLT)    

This month let’s understand more about our Church vision ‘Living connected lives’. We start with understanding how much God wants to be in relationship (connectedness) with His creation and with each of us. A recurring theme throughout Scripture is that humans keep going away from God – but God keeps coming after them and wanting a relationship (connectedness) with them. Here in our passage Jesus promises that He will come and get us!! 

Give thanks for Jesus’ work in your own life! Lets begin this month’s prayers by examining our own lives at the moment and ask ourselves how far from Jesus we have strayed. Lets take time in contemplation and prayer to re-connect our lives with His life-giving Holy Spirit and rejoice in His love and His desire to be with us. Give Him a welcome today and each day this month.

Pray every day for our Cambusbarron church fellowship:  Angela, our Wellbeing worker says: Although we had planned to try to recommence our groups next month, the current rise in Covid cases might delay us doing so. Pray for wisdom to make the right decisions for the safety and wellbeing of everyone, as the burden of this responsibly lies heavy on our shoulders. Pray for courage for those experiencing on-going anxiety caused by this pandemic. Pray for those in our Church fellowship who have the responsibility of caring for loved ones. Pray that those working with me may be guided to offer appropriate on-going support. Pray for the spiritual wellbeing of those who have missed the fellowship and interaction with other Christians. Let other church folk know you are praying for them.”

Pray for Graham and the Strategy Group as they plan for our future: Give thanks to God for the ministry we receive and continue to support Graham in prayer every day this month. A Strategy Group is beginning work this month – reviewing our situation in light of the impact of Covid on our fellowship and community; considering our role within the Church of Scotland plans for transformation; reviewing how we deliver ministry and spiritual support in our fellowship; seeking only God’s best plan for us in ‘our church mission’. The Group have asked for your prayers daily as they carry out this planning. 

 

Our ‘forever home’ – with Him!                          Wednesday 8th to Tuesday 14th September

‘Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. ……………. When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me where I am.’  John 14:1-3 (NLT)    

In times of fear and uncertainty a child sleeping in the dark cries out – then is reassured by a parent replying, ‘Its OK, I am here!’ What reassurance comes from the sound of the nearness of the protective, loving parent. God wants us to stay connected with Him each day and hour – and His nearness will reassure us. Take time to be in His presence, talk with Him and share with Him all your concerns – then leave it all in His hands.

Pray for COP 26 and for world repentance:  As we said last month - Tackling ‘global warming’ is a spiritual issue! Yes it is, but it is also a profoundly political and human issue and each of us must take some realistic part in raising awareness, pressing for urgent and radical changes that involve our own personal actions, sacrifices and changes. Pray that whole societies and communities may repent of selfish behaviours and ‘do right things’ as God would have us do in looking after His creation.  Ask God to show you what you can do. The Young Christian Climate Network, supported by Christian Aid, is currently staging a relay from Cornwall (where it started in June) to Glasgow, due to arrive in time for COP26 in November. Will you join them in prayer each day and each step of the way until the COP26? Pray for those for whom the effects of ‘global warming’ are an imminent reality – for the 41 million people who are on the edge of famine, due to the combined effects of climate change, war and Covid. Pray in faith, believing your prayers will be heard and make a difference and pray God will move amongst those governing and leading.   Pray for those who are living in the midst of the destruction caused by the Haiti earthquake pray God will hear the prayers of the hungry, the desperate and the needy. Pray those helping may be able to bring comfort, respite, relief supplies and above all, love and hope!

Pray for the people you know who are serving God and helping people around the world.  It is easy to be overwhelmed by the vast scale of problems and disasters around our world, BUT we can overcome this by singling out people and situations and focusing our prayers on them. There are people working hard in difficult areas of the world who could be encouraged and uplifted by your prayers right now! Missionaries have often spoken of the times they felt the presence of God and at that same time they were certain that people were praying for them and along with them – lets be ‘prayer partners’ with some of God’s workers today and every day of this month!

 

You are ‘well connected‘!!                                  Wednesday 15th to Tuesday 21st September

Jesus told him, ‘ “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you have known him and have seen him.”’  John 14:6,7 (NLT)

To live in relationship with Jesus our Saviour is to be personally introduced to God the Father and staying ‘connected’ to Jesus in every part of our day and our thoughts. Our daily walk with Jesus ensures we are living God’s way, living in truth and having access to abundant life through Him! Consider your daily walk with Him – pray for His nearness.

Praying for our local community and our own Church!

In Scotland we are being warned of the rise in cases of Covid and we face the possible reintroduction of some restrictions. There are rising numbers of instances of Covid in Cambusbarron. Pray for patience and perseverance to get us through the autumn and winter. Pray to our God who gives life more abundant. Our young people: We are preparing short videos to be used in the October services about Sustainable Goals and COP26 issues. Pray we may all engage with this activity and learn together.

Our Church Services: Now that we are able to have more people attend Services we face the challenge of serving and ministering to those who feel able to attend whilst still reaching out to the isolated and housebound who have appreciated the online or disk versions of the Services.  Blending the various approaches and needs presents its own challenges for Graham and those assisting. Give thanks to God for their willingness to work with Graham to deliver these Services in these different formats – and pray for Graham as he continues to minister in these circumstances.

Pray for our spiritual growth as a fellowship of God’s people: As a church fellowship our primary mission is to tell out and live out the Good News of Salvation and to make disciples for Jesus our Lord. Any mission of any kind begins with marshalling the resources, equipping the people, allocating appropriate roles, utilising available skills, rigorous training and personal development of all personnel - and working within a plan. Our Strategy Group will be thinking about these priorities and will recognise the need for willing, fit, developed and gifted Christians to carry out the mission. It will be clear that we need, above all, to deepen our understanding of our faith and our Bible and grow as Christians so that we are ready for mission! Lets pray that we may find the right programmes for spiritual development and Bible understanding and create a band of people ready for the tasks ahead.

 

ASK – why wouldn’t you?                                         Wednesday 22nd  to Thursday 31st September

‘You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask in my name and I will do it!’ John 14:13 (NLT)
Pray BIG: It is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of issues facing our world; facing the church world-wide; facing those persecuted and those oppressed for their faith; facing those still fearful of the Covid pandemic and still reluctant to venture out into society, but also dreadfully lonely. Jesus says there is a direct connection to the power of God to deal with what seem to us like ‘God-sized’ issues. If we ask God, through our connection with Jesus, then God will positively answer our prayer. Let each of us enlarge our faith, think BIG and take our world’s biggest challenges and our worst fears to God in prayer – lets pray!      

Pray for Afghanistan: Sadly the events in Afghanistan were never going to be just the withdrawal of our people, our armed forces and Afghans in danger. We have left behind a significant Christian presence in what has recently been one of the fastest growing Christian communities in the world. It is impossible for us to understand or share their plight and in these situations our faith in God’s grace and mercy must urge us to pray for our fellow Christians. Paul says when one of the parts of our body suffers pain every part suffers! We must feel the pain of our fellow Christians and pray for them - then pray some more! Pray for all the people of Afghanistan, including any new government. Continue to pray for the world leaders as they grapple with the situation.  Pray for any ‘left behind’ that they may be protected by God’s grace. Pray for all the human rights issues that will now be at greater risk - pray for the women and children and ask God to hear their prayers as they cry out from whatever faith background. Pray for our military families as they come to terms with the outcome of our intervention in Afghanistan over the past 20 years and as they re-assess the meaning of the ultimate sacrifice paid by their loved ones. Pray for those who have been badly injured and traumatised as a result of serving in Afghanistan. Through the power of prayer - support them.

Are we asking? Our world news is full of stories of: (1) wild fires raging in America, Europe, China and Australia across vast swathes of forests and destroying whole towns in their paths and depriving people of their livelihoods and ways of life; (2) Floods caused by rising sea levels, global warming and tsunamis have devastated vast areas, causing great loss of lives and livelihoods and (3) Earthquakes causing destruction of whole communities and degrading the lives of those who had very little in the first place. Nature seems to be having its revenge for mankind's neglect and greed. Are we asking God for His help? We need real change in human behaviours – and only God’s Holy Spirit can move that fast and with such power! Pray for God’s intervention in our world! Pray BIG! 

 

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