Prayers for January 2020
Week beginning 5th January 2020
Pray for the world
Please pray for Mulanje Mission Hospital as they strive to improve the facilities available to them this coming year. Increasing space for resuscitation, installing solar powered medical equipment and upgrading the children’s ward are three priorities named. Give thanks for the continuing dedi-cation fo the staff including doctors, nurses and other pro-fessionals.
Presbytery Missionary partner Pray for the work of Dr. Ken Ross in Malawi at Zomba Theological College as he trains people to be ministers there. He also works at the Nile Theological College in South Sudan, the Giffen Institute of Theology in Kanyama refugee camp, Kenya; and the beginnings of a theological department in the Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocam-bique. Pray he can learn the many languages and dialects needed to do this successfully and thank God for his dedication to teaching Christian theology in this part of the world.
One in every eight people in our world is hungry yet one third of all food produced (1.3 billion tons) is never consumed. .Pray we, as God’s people, listen to a calling to rethink and try to remedy the causes of hunger. Pray for people who experience persistent hunger, especially children. Ask God’s love to guide our steps as we work together to end hunger and food waste.
Week beginning 12th January 2020
Text for January 2020
2 Chronicles 7:14
If they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.
Pray for our country
Give thanks to God for all youth organisations starting back after the Christmas break. Thank God for the leaders and helpers who give freely of their time. In West Lothian Voluntary organisations are being encouraged with the launching of a Voluntary Organisations Modernisation and Improvement Programme which has a focus on supporting these organisations to become more sustainable.
Young Carers Awareness Day raises public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role. Pray for greater support for young carers as they struggle to cope with duties at home and school work.
Lord, continue to have Your hand on this nation and provide the leaders with the wisdom to guide us in the right direction. Even if they are not believers, Lord, I ask that You speak to them in different ways so that they make decisions that honour You and make our lives better. Pray they continue to do what is best for all people in the country, that they continue to provide for the poor and downtrodden and have the patience and discernment to do what is right.
Week beginning 19th January 2020
Pray for our church
Sunday Stars and Sunday Club are having a joint outing this month. Pray everyone will enjoy the time together as they ‘Bowl and Dine’ at Deer Park, Livingston.
Give thanks for the leaders of Sunday Stars and Sunday Club as they plan age appropriate learning experiences for the children and young people from now until June.
Pray for all the young people sitting Prelims this month. Ask God to bless them at what can be a taxing and tense time. May His presence placate them and enable them to perform to the best of their ability.
Give thanks for the skilled workmen who installed our new ramp at the front of the church as this has greatly improved our access to the building.
US men are having a night out together. Pray they will enjoy each other’s company.
Give thanks for those who volunteer in the Open Door and serve the public cheerfully and willingly.
May God the Father, who called us from darkness into light, make us true bearers of God’s light. May God the Son, who redeemed us by His precious blood, empower us to follow His example in serving others. May God the Holy Spirit, who is Lord and giver of life, strengthen us to endure the shipwrecks of life and reach the shores of salvation. May the Almighty and Merciful God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless and protect us, now and forever. Amen
Week beginning 26th January 2020
Give thanks for our Prayer Group who faithfully meet each week and ask God to richly bless each one of them.
Pray for our next Messy Church service on 26th January where the story of Joseph will be our focus.
Pray for all those in our community facing uncertain times, May they feel You loving arms around them, supporting them at all times and giving them strength daily.
Lord Jesus Christ, when all are deaf with the business of life, and we feel endlessly remote from all that gives us reason to live and courage to go on, we turn to You, our Saviour and our Friend, to speak the words of regret and fear that weigh us down and hold us back. When joy should have been our garment, we chose the darkness of envy. When mercy should have marked our speech, we chose the words of judgement. When gentleness should have graced our actions, we chose the harshness of the desert heart. Our hope is vain, unless we turn to You. So now we come, ashamed, resentful, knowing that we’re broken, but finding words, admitting failure sticking in our constricted throats. Help us say, ‘Forgive me, Lord, forgive me now’. Unworthy we may be, but unloved we are not. In the first month of this new decade turn us round, recalibrate our lives so they are measured in gentleness and service, and keep Your steady hand upon our shoulders, in all the days to come. Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary