Prayer Focus August 2018
Prayers for August 2018
Week beginning 5th August 2018
The Year of the Young People theme for this month is very appropriately Education. Ask God how we can strengthen our links with the local schools to support both staff and pupils. Pray for those you know who are awaiting exam results and ask God to be with them at this stressful time. Finally pray for those just starting nursery and school for the first time and those making the transition from primary to secondary education.
Thank God for our church and congregation here in Uphall South as we celebrate 120 years since it was first planted on the Main Street. Give thanks for the ministers, Elders and other members who have served so faithfully in the past and for those continuing to do so now.
Heavenly Father, Help us to remember that we are all different in our understanding and our learning. But we share a common bond with one another, we are loved by You for our uniqueness and individuality. We pray for all the children who do not have the privilege of a free education or a school to go to due to war or due to poverty. May we all walk in God’s light of compassion and understanding so that one day we can teach the next generation the very nature of God himself. Help our children to use the knowledge and guidance they receive at school to have the ability to show patience and kindness to those slower to learn than themselves and give them the understanding to realise that God entrusted us all with different talents and abilities. Amen
Week beginning 12th August 2018
Text for August 2018
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19
Ask God to bless our Showstoppers Holiday Club this week. Pray for all the volunteers from both churches and ask for patience, understanding and love to be shown to the children who attend. Give thanks for this annual opportunity to work together with Strathbrock Church providing a joint outreach to the youth in our community.
Give thanks for the work of Compassion, the UK charity which is passionate about empowering all children to overcome the obstacles poverty puts in their way. Pray for Lorraine Rose who is preparing to go to Uganda with the charity this August and ask God to keep her safe. Think about whether God is calling you to be involved with this charity.
We give You thanks and praise at all times O God for you are the Creator of all and You fill us with hope. You have brought us from death to life and from darkness into Your light, through the Resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. We thank You that in Jesus we have seen Your promise of fullness of life for all peoples made flesh and come among us, and that in Him we see what we must do to bring your peace and justice to this world through the proclamation of the gospel in word and action. To You we lift up our hearts, O God, and give You thanks and praise through Jesus Christ, who with You and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns one God, now and for ever, Amen
Week beginning 19th August 2017
19th August 2018, is World Humanitarian Day. Pray for God to be with the innocent civilians around the world who have become caught up in conflicts, and also thank God for the humanitarian workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives to help in these desperate situation.
As our children and young people return to school after the summer break pray for all the teachers, classroom assistants, janitors, cleaners and cooks who week after week work to create a learning environment to be proud of in our local schools. Thank God our children are so well looked after and nurtured to be all they can be now and in the future.
A prayer for this week:
Dear Lord. We pray for all peacemakers, for peoples and lands divided, for families – and children – suffering because of war. May there be a spirit of compromise, an abandonment of both ego and lust for power and domination. Help all embroiled in conflict to see and cherish the humanity of others and to see the Divine spark in the eyes of others. We ask a special blessing upon the Holy Land, for an end to violence and a new day, a new dawn, on the soil where Jesus walked. Eternal Father, we pray for those whose life is blighted by loneliness, for those who are facing possible bad news, for those who are anxious or hurting, unable to sleep, who find little comfort, for those who are dying, and for the bereaved. We give thanks and pray for our loved ones departed, for those who inspired us and shaped our life. May we with them one day sit at Table, forgiven and restored, at the feast in Your eternal Kingdom. These prayers we offer in Jesus’ Name Amen.
Week beginning 26th August 2017
Pray for our own church in Uphall as we also begin a new session. Ask God to guide us as we think about the issues facing the Church of Scotland and to show us the path He has planned for Uphall South to meet the needs of our congregation and our parish.
Thank God for our Sunday Stars and Sunday Club leaders and pray for the children and young people under their care this session. Pray they will enjoy time together and continue to gain knowledge about our faith and particularly about the love of God.
As some areas in Britain are experiencing water restrictions after the beautiful weather we have had, remember the many millions of people in the world who are continually faced with not only water shortage but also dirty and diseased water sources. Pray for world leaders to work together to help provide clean water for all. Thank God for our plentiful clean water resources.
Almighty God, You have taught us that without love all our doings are worth nothing. Send Your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary