to this issue of Prayer Prompts. You’ll find personal and
local situations highlighted as well as national and international
issues. They’re all part of God’s world, and He
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER In
that context, let’s thank God for the FFF Foodbank & Drop-in
Centre which meets in St Mungo’s Hall, as well as the other
foodbanks in the town (at the North Kirk & the Sacred Heart
Church). Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them in
everything they do, & that they will always have enough people,
money & supplies to meet the needs of all their clients.
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER Please
pray for all the pupils and staff at the Sacred Heart Primary School,
that the staff will have the energy, commitment and wisdom they need
and that each pupil will feel part of the community and be able to
develop to their maximum potential.
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER Please
pray urgently for Sawan Masih, who was sentenced to death in Pakistan
in 2014, for ‘blasphemy’. After four years, the Lahore High
Court was due to hear his appeal last week, but there is no news of the
verdict as yet. Please pray that he will be acquitted & be able to
live his life in safety afterwards.
TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER
Today sees the last meetings of St Mungo’s Congregational Board
& Kirk Session for 2018. Please pray that everyone concerned will
be tuned in to what the Holy Spirit is saying, so that the decisions
made are in line with God’s plans for His Church in our area.
WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER Tearfund
ask us to pray for people living in internally displaced camps in Iraq.
Their living conditions have been worsened by torrential rain, which
has caused severe flooding, damaging homes, infrastructure &
agriculture. Pray for help to reach those in need, as roads are flooded
& blocked by debris.
THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER The
Penicuik churches will have a presence tomorrow (3pm) in the pedestrian
area as the Christmas lights are switched on; at the same time they
will present A Christmas Journey (a free family activity in St
Mungo’s). And the ever-popular Carol Event is back on Saturday
evening (7pm in the Town Hall). Please pray that people who don’t
normally have an interest in “church things” will be
attracted to these events & find out about the real significance of
FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER
Lord God, you are able to do more in our lives than we can ever imagine.
Forgive me when I forget that, when I’m content to muddle along, quenching your Spirit because my vision is so narrow.
Show me today what you want me to do for you, and the ways you can use me for your purposes.
Stir my imagination, and send me out renewed in faith, strengthened by your Spirit and filled with your love.
[Adapted from Nick Fawcett: Selected prayers for public worship]
SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER Many
countries in the middle east & north & central Africa have been
blighted by civil war (Syria, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo,
Mali, Nigeria . . .). Together with the effects of climate change, this
has made life well-nigh intolerable in these countries. Please ask God
to bring these conflicts to an end & also give us wisdom to deal
effectively with man-made climate change.
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER These
dire situations are continuing to force large numbers of people to flee
abroad. Most of them end up in camps in Third-World countries which
don’t have the means to accommodate them properly. Please pray
that countries in the rich west (like ours) will agree to accept more
refugees until the situations they are fleeing from have been put right.
MONDAY 10 DECEMBER
MPs at Westminster will probably be voting on the UK/EU Brexit
agreement tomorrow. Please pray that the outcome of the whole process
will be practicable, & as fair as possible to all sides.
TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER Please
pray for all the pupils & staff at Mauricewood Primary School, that
the staff will have the energy, commitment and wisdom they need &
that each pupil will feel part of the community & be able to
develop to their maximum potential.
WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER The
district of Dhading in Nepal was devastated by an earthquake in 2015.
Now CofS World Mission ask us to thank God for the amazing response to
their reconstruction appeal. The work now completed includes drinking
water schemes, schools, toilets, bridges, houses, irrigation and hydro
schemes as well as social & psychological support for survivors.
THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER Sadly,
Nepal is highly vulnerable to natural disasters; over 50,000 people in
the south of the country were severely affected by flooding in 2017.
Many lost family members, homes & livelihoods in a few hours.
Please pray for all those whose lives are affected by disasters, &
for all the agencies (in this case, including Tearfund) working to
bring help & hope.
FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER
A prayer from Tearfund:
Dear Father, thank you that you are a God of hope, who came to heal the broken-hearted.
Please give those who have lost everything all they need from your abundant resources.
And show us what our part is in helping to bring this about.
SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER The
North Kirk, the South Kirk & St Mungo’s have started
consulting about how they see the future of the Church of Scotland in
Penicuik. Please pray that everyone involved will be open to what God
is saying, so that the right decisions are taken. And please pray that
the members of Howgate Church, which is closing on Christmas Eve, will
be welcomed & feel at home, whichever fellowship they chose to
SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER The CofS is only
one part of the Church in Penicuik. Let’s ask God to show all of
us how He wants us to grow closer to Him, to pass on the love of Jesus
to the people around us, & to tell them about Him.
MONDAY 17 DECEMBER Please
pray for everyone involved at Cunningham House in Edinburgh, a homeless
hostel run by Crossreach which also supports service users with drug
& alcohol addictions as well as mental health issues. Thank God for
the number of residents who have recently moved into their own
accommodation; & pray for the Holy Spirit to sustain the health
& well being of residents & staff.
TUESDAY 18 DECEMBER Please
pray today for Crossreach’s Daisy Chain early years project in
Govanhill, Glasgow, which helps children under 8 & provides support
& advice to parents. Pray for continued funding so that they can
serve more families, & for suitable permanent premises; & pray
that those families who face very difficult circumstances will find
hope & transformation.
WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER
Let’s thank God for the SU groups in local schools (currently
Mauricewood Primary & Beeslack High School), where children &
young people who might otherwise never have the opportunity can hear
about Jesus & His love for them. And let’s pray that similar
groups will start in other schools locally.
THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) ask us to pray for their work in Sri Lanka.
Please pray that with their partner, Christian Blind Mission, they will
be able to reach over 10,000 leprosy victims through hospital services
& outreach camps, & train 600 people in injury & trauma
FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER Let’s
thank God for the faith & courage He has given to Christians in
Afghanistan, who follow Jesus despite the constant danger of being
executed for leaving Islam. Let’s ask Him to make them aware
every day of His love & protection, & to lead them to other
believers so that they have strength & reassurance from each other.
SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER Please
pray today for our fellow-Christians in Tajikistan, where the children
of Christian parents are forbidden by law from going to church or
taking part in any public Christian activities. Let’s pray for
parents & pastors as they try to find ways to build up children in
their faith. And for the politicians who enacted this repressive law,
that they themselves would have a personal & life-changing
encounter with Jesus.
SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER Let’s
each pray today (& on other days) for someone we know who
isn’t yet a Christian, that they will decide they want to follow
Jesus, & receive His promise of life in all its fullness.
MONDAY 24 DECEMBER
In that context, let’s thank God for all our local foodbanks (the
Foodstore in the North Kirk, the weekly distribution at the Sacred
Heart & FFF in St Mungo’s Hall). Please pray for wisdom for
the organisers, & that each will continue to have enough resources
to meet the needs of everyone they are trying to help.
TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER Christmas
Day! Let’s thank God again for what He has done (starting with
the birth of Jesus & culminating in the cross & resurrection at
Easter) to show us His love & offer us the full life He gives to
anyone who accepts Him.
WEDNESDAY 26 DECEMBER The
plight of the Rohingya people, driven out of Myanmar & existing in
appalling conditions in Bangladesh, is as desperate as ever. Please ask
God to change hearts so that they can go back to their homes, but this
time be able to live there in peace & without fear of
discrimination or persecution.
THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER Love
Russia ask us to pray for their work with vulnerable mums & babies.
Many of the mums have been abused & abandoned at a young age. At
the Moses Project Crisis Centre they are offered a safe environment,
where they learn to cope independently & to look after themselves
& their children. Unlike other rehabilitation centres in Russia,
the children are not separated from their mothers. Please pray that
this essential work can expand so that more families can be saved from
lives dominated by homelessness, addiction & crime.
FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER Please
pray for any families you know where there is conflict or tension;
let’s ask God to bring about reconciliation & understanding,
so that family life can be positive & joyful.
SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER Police
in Pakistan have sent a letter to leaders of Christian organisations,
warning them of planned terrorist attacks in connection with the case
of the Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy, Asia Bibi.
Please pray for the safety and security of all Christians in Pakistan.
SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER Please
pray today for the work of Médecins sans Frontières,
which is active in over 60 countries, bringing urgent medical help to
people affected by armed conflict, epidemics & disasters. As an
independently funded charity, they often operate in places where others
cannot or choose not to go.
MONDAY 31 DECEMBER
Please pray for anyone you know who is terminally ill or suffering from
a life-changing illness, that whatever they are going through, they
will have the strength they need & the hope that only God can give.
TUESDAY 1 JANUARY
Let’s pray that initiatives like the End Hunger UK petition
(which St Mungo’s supported) will bear fruit so that Universal
Credit is implemented in a way that delivers the necessary help to
everyone who needs it.
WEDNESDAY 2 JANUARY Thank
God for the difference the Broomhill Day Centre makes to the lives of
so many people in Penicuik & their families. Pray that they will
have enough volunteers & resources to continue & even expand
the work they are doing.
THURSDAY 3 JANUARY Please
pray for anyone you know who feels lonely or isolated whether because
of bereavement, family break-up or some other reason, that they will be
befriended & feel included again.
FRIDAY 4 JANUARY
Please pray for the Mugwo area of South Sudan, where 7,000 people have
been displaced after sectarian violence flared up on 16 November. These
people are in need of food, safe water & shelter. Please pray that
their needs will be met, & please continue to pray for peace in
SATURDAY 5 JANUARY
Loving God, thank you that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, you still love us and have a plan for our lives.
you that you have room in your love and your kingdom not just for
people who have done good things but also for those who have hurt
everybody and everything around them.
Thank you for the promise that there is no person and no situation that you can’t change.
touch my heart and life, and by your Holy Spirit help me to serve you
in ways that bring hope to other people and praise to your name.
[Adapted from David Clowes: 500 More Prayers for all Occasions]
SUNDAY 6 JANUARY
Let’s thank God for the Family Learning Centre at the top of
Queensway. They offer a service to individuals (adults as well as
children & teenagers) and to whole families. Please pray that as
long as the need is there, there will be enough resources (people,
buildings & money) to meet it.
use as many of these suggestions as you can, and please let me know if
there is anyone or anything you would like to see included in future
- 1 December 2018