Prayer Focus February 2018
Prayers for April 2018
Text for April 2018
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8 What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.
Week beginning 1st April 2018
This month the Year of the Young People concentrates on equality and diversity and have suggested we use the prayer below written specifically for this.
Dear God, We pray for all those in our world suffering from racism, sexism and religious discrimination. For the individuals who are silenced for expressing their beliefs. For the people who feel marginalized within society. Please help them remain positive despite physical and psychological strife. Help them to forgive those who persecute them or who fail to treat them with respect. Forgive us, Lord, if we consciously or unconsciously share in the conditions or in a system that perpetuates injustice. Please enlighten all Your disciples that discrimination does not only come in the form of lowering others but it demonstrates itself in the process of granting of privileges to select groups of people as well. Guide lawmakers and those at the head of government to make decisions that grant all individuals equal status under the law. In Jesus name we ask this. Amen.
Week beginning 8th April 2018
Give thanks to God for our farmers and in particular those involved in the lambing season. Ask God to give them the strength and endurance they need to work through the difficult long days and nights looking after their flocks.
The Scottish Bible Society asks us to pray for the Pakistan Bible Society as they set up medical camps in villages and remote areas. Working alongside doctors and nurses, they offer health care and spiritual nourishment to many people who cannot afford hospital expenses.
This National Bowel Cancer Awareness month. Pray for all those affected by this disease and thank God for the medical teams who look after them. Thank God we now have a very successful early detection programme and for the much improved survival rates because of this.
Almighty God The world reverberates with Your praise, Resonating with Your love, and with the wonder of Your resurrection. Death could not hold You and in Your life is our life, decay is not the final word, for You are the everlasting word, the eternal source of all goodness, all kindness, all mercy and all love. Thank You that You sing over us this morning, quietening us with Your love, enlivening us with Your grace, encouraging us with Your tender care. Remind us again to be grateful for all You are, all You have done and for all You are doing through us and through others to bring Your kingdom closer. Amen
Week beginning 15th April 2018
Pray for a good attendance at the meeting on 18th April where we will be discussing plans for this summer’s Holiday Club. Ask God to bless all those who attend and to guide them along His path for our children when making decisions.
Pray for the Kirk Session which meets this week and particularly for Alex Brown who was an Elder in his previous church and has agreed to serve Uphall South in the same capacity.
Creator God, around us lie so many signs of promise. The dark days of winter are firmly behind, and lighter days, and warmth, and buds, and colour have returned, Amongst the signs of spring are lambs gambolling in the fields - they too have a lightness and quickly convey to us the special nature of life. So for this season and the world around us that year on year still takes our breathe away in wonder and awe, we fall silent and offer You our praise. We rejoice and bless Your name. Accept our worship. In scripture we read of Your love, Jesus the good shepherd willing to lay down His life for the sheep. Yet in our lives we can be slow to respond to it. Jesus’ sacrificial love to us is not matched by ours to others. At times, like meandering sheep, we choose our own path, we go our own way whenever it pleases us, we concentrate on satisfying our desires, we behave selfishly not only towards others but we forget You and all You have done for us. In Your mercy, forgive us. You love us while we stray from You and forgive us as we turn back to you. Lead us and guide us we pray through Jesus Christ, the good shepherd who loves His flock. Amen
Week beginning 22nd April 2018
As Brexit looms closer, pray for our politicians to work together and bring about the best possible outcome for our country. Pray they can set aside individual differences and work for the good of all the people they serve. Ask God also to be with the leaders of our European neighbours whose decisions will influence the future relationship between Europe and the UK.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Strathbrock Church as their minister Rev. Kenton remains long-term sick. Ask God to be with him and with the congregation and pray for his recovery. Give thanks for the Rev. Graeme Smith (Locum) and the Elders who are working hard to ensure the church meets all its commitments during this difficult time.
Lord, thank you that we are a family in Christ. Help us to share his love and legacy with everyone that we encounter. May we lavish Christ’s abounding goodness upon our families, friends and colleagues. Holy Spirit, come and equip us in our workplace, guide us in our school life, and inspire us in our neighbourhood. Thank you for choosing to use us to bring your kingdom here on earth. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary