PrayerNet - May 2024                   

‘Questioning God!’                                             Wednesday 1st to Saturday 11th May

‘’Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, do you not even care that we are going to drown?”’ Mark 4:38 (NLT)

Jesus and his disciples were crossing the lake, but a storm had risen that struck fear and terror into the hearts of even the fishermen amongst them! Jesus was sleeping and oblivious to their fear of impending death. They woke him with a question, “…don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” At the very time when faith was needed most – they panicked and questioned their trust in their teacher! Now, many today, looking at all the wars and suffering of our time, seem to be in crisis of faith and question God – ‘don’t You even care?’ If this is how you feel – take hope from the fact that you are praying now! This is a moment to restore our faith! The sins of the world are the cause of the pain the nations of the world are suffering but, of course, He cares – and He had shown it and will continue to show it!

Pray for our children at school who are sitting important exams this month. Ask God to quieten their minds and pray parents may be able to give reassurance to those who are anxious. Pray for those for whom school attendance is a trial and pray for wisdom and understanding amongst teachers and other staff.  Give thanks for a God who cares and loves us and hears and answers prayers. We praise him for answering prayers for those in our fellowship who have been very poorly or hospitalised in recent months. It's such a joy to see several of our members back with us for both worship and weekday meetings.

Give thanks for our Worship Services each Sunday and as we are challenged by the current series of sermons around giving ‘All for Jesus’, pray that each of us will examine our work for God in the Church and respond to the many jobs that have been vacant for some time now. Pray what else can I do for my Saviour?Pray for Graham every day - for all his work amongst the congregation and in the village. Pray for Angela and her work - both amongst the elderly and housebound and in the leadership of Oasis.

Pray for our Sunday Worship which will be led by Keith and Ida on Sunday 12th May. Please continue to use their Easter Prayer letter as an inspiration for meaningful prayer for them.

‘Questioning faith!’                                                            12th to Saturday 18th May

‘When he woke, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down! Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was great calm. And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”’ Mark 4:39(NLT)

Jesus’ question and challenge is put at a time and in circumstances that are hardly likely to increase faith! And so it is, that we are all asked, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?’ Our Christian values and norms are being challenged and re-written by many seeking to maintain the popularity and acceptability of Christian faith and practices. Many have turned our Christian work into no more than social justice and yet the Christian message and mission is about Salvation and Redemption in spirit, soul, and body. Let’s pray for the work of Christians in the mission fields.

Let’s pray for farmers in Scotland, who have been hit by the cold and wet spring. The bad weather has threatened new-born lambs and left fields too wet to plant crops, which could have a substantial impact on farmers’ livelihoods.

Let’s pray for people in our country who are suffering from the high cost of living. Let’s thank God for food banks and other charities that provide a lifeline to people in need and ask for His blessing on the volunteers and donors that support them.  

Pray for our nation of Scotland at this time of political uncertainty. The situation offers an opportunity to restore Christian values, but it will take great courage and political skill to deliver this. Pray for our nation’s spiritual health and wellbeing.  

Let’s pray for all the innocent people who have been caught up in the war in Gaza. Most of the population have been displaced from their homes, many of them having to move multiple times. All are affected by a serious lack of food, water, and medicines. Pray for the many who have lost whole families and, cry out in prayer along with those who have cried out all their tears! Let’s also remember people in Israel who have been affected and pray to God for a lasting ceasefire very soon. Pray for the hostages and their families – pray that their spirits may be sustained, and faith and hope endure!

Pray for the Ukraine/Russia war. Pray for the peacemakers working to resolve the issues – and pray that Russian and Greek Orthodox leaders may play a fuller part in seeking to bring peace to both nations.

Pray about the wider implications of the brutal war in Gaza – for the growing sense of injustice which is causing real pain and suffering for Palestinians and fuelling public protests and personal attacks on Jews. Pray for the concerns of Jews who no longer feel safe in our Western countries.

Pray for peace – peace!

‘Good question!!!’                                            Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th May

‘And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, “Who is this man that even the winds and waves obey him?”’ Mark 4:41(NLT).

In the last 2 weeks we have considered and prayed over the questions of faith the storms of war, suffering and cultural desolation raise within us. However, we now turn to a great question – ‘who is this man that even the winds and waves obey him?’  We know him to be God’s Son; the one whose ‘Name is above all Names‘; Emmanuel – God with us’; Prince of peace; Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! However, Jesus asks Peter who had spent 3 years with Jesus: ‘Who do you say that I am? Peter replies: ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’  He is, ‘the master of the storm’, the ‘Saviour of the world,’ and He is the one to whom heaven sings: ‘all blessing and honour and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb for ever and ever.’ (Revelation 5: 13) In the storms of war and unbelief – have faith in HIM!

Let’s pray for all those whose lives are suffering upheaval due to climate change. In Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi, heavy flooding has killed many people, displaced more than 200,000, and caused widespread destruction. In Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger and Chad, there has been a soaring heatwave that has caused sickness and fatalities. Let's ask for God's help in doing what we can to prevent climate change!

Pray for the young people in our Church. They are faced with a different culture from that experienced by the older generation and their challenges are many and difficult. However, give thanks for their faith and desire to know more about faith and salvation. Pray for the time the spend together that it may be full of fun, faith and fellowship. Pray again for the expanding group CambusBairns – ask God to bless the children but also the adults as they seek the best for their children or grandchildren and pray they may grow in faith also. Give thanks for the Steeple News, its message from Graham and for the articles of faith and witness. Ask God to show each of us what contribution each of us could make. Pray for the forthcoming edition – may it be a blessing!

 The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will meet in Edinburgh from 18th to 23rd May. Pray for the new Moderator Rev Dr Shaw Paterson and all those who will be presenting reports. Pray for all the commissioners, including our minister, who will be attending in person or online. Pray that among the necessary business, the Church will speak prophetically to the nation and the wider world and make decisions that will honour God and bring glory to His name. Pray for Holy Spirit’s wisdom and power to impact the Assembly and for the renewal of our national Church.

Your request??                                                                      24th to Friday 31st May

‘You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!’ John 14:13-14(NLT) ‘But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted.!’ John 15:7 (NLT)

Prayer – our turn to ask the question! However, our texts give us some deeper insight into how prayer works! We will be granted our request provided we are living ‘in Him’ and ‘He in us’! Effective prayer requests depend entirely on our relationship with Jesus. Here is the importance of our spiritual health and our daily walk with Jesus. It stands to reason really that if we are spiritually healthy then our concerns, wants desires, cries, pains will be in line with His will and with His agenda. ‘Talking the walk’ is the stuff of successful praying!

Let’s remember all the refugees in our country, many of whom may never be able to return to their homelands. In the last few years, Scotland has seen people arrive from Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Afghanistan, as well as Ukraine more recently. Let’s pray for those who are building new lives here, that they may feel welcome and able to participate fully in their local communities. 

Give thanks for and pray each day for all those seeking to bring peace to our world through their mediation. Pray for the leaders on all sides of conflicts – show your faith and trust in God by not doubting He cares – but by praying for the peacemakers – “Blessed are those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”  Matthew 5:9(NLT) Prayer is the exercise of faith!

Singing is also such a vital and spiritually refreshing part of worship. Pray for the launch of God Welcomes All, the Church of Scotland's new hymnary supplement. This new collection features over 200 hymns and songs in a wide range of styles by writers from Scotland and around the world. The majority have been written in the last 20 years and with a focus on hospitality and welcome, the book features contemporary themes such as creation and the climate crisis, lament, healing, pilgrimage, ageing and dementia, migration, and reconciliation.

Recently, our Compassion sponsor child, Felix, withdrew from the sponsorship scheme because his family circumstances had improved so that he no longer needed the extra support. We thank God for this improvement in his family and wish him well in his continuing schooling. We have chosen another child to sponsor – called Narcisa. She is 8 years old and lives in Ecuador, in South America. We have had our first letter from Narcisa and she tells us her favourite subject at school is maths, she likes playing ball with her brother and her favourite meal is chicken and rice. Please pray for Narcisa, her mother and brother that our extra support for her benefits her life and family.