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
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER
South Sudan has been embroiled in civil war for most of its short
history. Since 2013 more than 400,000 people have been killed & 4
million have had to flee their homes. Now there is widespread hunger
because the economy has collapsed. Please ask God to bring a lasting
FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER
Thank you, Lord,
for the bare essentials that I so often take for granted –
like clean water and a safe, hygienic toilet.
Teach me contentment.
Help me to count my blessings, not my woes.
[Tearfund Prayer Diary]
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER Please
pray today for the work of UNICEF, committed to protecting children
worldwide from hunger, disease, war and the consequences of natural
disasters. It is active long-term in 190 countries as well as in the
current emergencies in Africa & the Middle East (severe drought;
civil wars) - see www.unicef.org.uk
SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER
In Russia 9 out of 10 children leaving orphanages turn to drugs,
alcohol, crime or prostitution if they are left to cope on their own.
Some even commit suicide. So let’s thank God for the work of Love
Russia, which provides mentors, transition houses, educational &
practical support & a crisis centre for mums & babies –
essential life-saving help for hundreds of young people. And
let’s pray that it will have the resources to maintain &
expand its work, for the needs are still enormous.
MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Let’s pray today & tomorrow for our local congregations
– of all denominations. Please thank God for places where there
is growth, & ask God that other congregations will learn from them.
And let’s pray too for places where new initiatives need to be
tried – that the courage to step out will be found.
TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Today let’s pray for congregations where there is fragility &
loss – that the people will be able to look to God & trust
Him, even in vulnerable situations. And for places where difficult
decisions need to be made, that God will give wisdom, & the courage
to follow through.
WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Let’s pray today & tomorrow for our communities. Please pray
for pupils & staff at nursery, primary & secondary schools in
& around Penicuik. And for local healthcare practices, hospitals
& care homes.
THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Please pray today for all councillors, community leaders, MSPs &
MPs. And also for change in our communities– especially where
there are inequalities to be challenged & where vulnerable people
need more help.
FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
Part of a prayer from Susan Brown, this year’s Moderator of the CofS General Assembly:
When we’re afraid of what lies ahead, when we feel overwhelmed by the task of pointing people to your love and mercy,
remind us that you are the living God, still at work, still planning and promising.
When our heads go down, lift our eyes, so that they look into yours
and see there a love that will not ever let us go.
[Patrick Sayle: Lord, send me your Spirit]
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER Please
pray today for the Church of Scotland at national level: that the
General Assembly will discern where God is leading us & that its
committees will be effective in putting His plans into action. And that
we will help bring about God’s justice through engagement with
the world of politics.
SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER There
are lots of denominations around, but only one Church – the
universal Church with Jesus as its King. Let’s pray that
throughout the world & at every level, Christians will keep their
eyes firmly on Jesus, find ways of telling other people about Him,
& pass on His love to the people they come into contact with.
MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER Some
2.3 billion people still have no access to a safe, hygienic toilet
& almost 850 million don’t have clean water near their
home.Tearfund ask us to pray that governments & donors will take
firm action to improve access to water & sanitation dramatically by
2030, to reach U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6.
TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER
Lord, stir up in me a righteous anger about the things in this world that grieve you.
When I feel helpless to tackle the big issues, show me the small steps I can take to make a difference.
Use me to sow love and bring justice.
Thank you, Lord, that whatever I give back to you, you multiply.
WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER The
Brexit negotiations are scheduled to finish this month before the
proposed agreement is put before the parliaments of all 27 remaining
members of the EU. Please continue to pray that an agreement will be
reached that is both fair & practicable.
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
There are currently hundreds of Alpha courses running up & down the
country, including the Penicuik Alpha on Thursday evenings. Please pray
that these courses will help many people come to faith in Jesus &
that others will find their faith deepened & enriched.
FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER
In northern Nigeria, a pastor, his wife & their 3 children were
burnt to death when Fulani herdsmen set fire to their house on 28
August. Others died, almost 100 houses & many churches were
destroyed & hundreds of cattle were stolen. Please pray that the
survivors will have grace from God to forgive their attackers, &
that He will provide for their practical needs, as so many have lost
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Moslems & Christians have been severely persecuted in Myanmar for
over 50 years, simply because they profess a different faith from that
of the ethnic majority. This has culminated in widespread ransacking of
Christian areas & the expulsion of around 1 million of the (Moslem)
Rohingya people. Please pray for a complete change of attitude by the
government of Myanmar towards its Moslem & Christian citizens.
SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER
Father, forgive me every time I fail to love my neighbour as much as I love myself.
I’m sorry for every thoughtless word, every selfish thought, every unkind deed.
sorry for the times when I’ve refused to be open to your Spirit
and haven’t allowed Him to make my life new.
I’m sorry for the times when I’ve refused to do something you were telling me to do.
Father, open my eyes, my ears, my heart, my mind, and make me into the person you meant me to be from the very beginning.
I ask all of this in the name of the Lord Jesus,
[Adapted from David Clowes: 500 prayers for all occasions]
MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER Thank
God for the many carers, both paid and unpaid, in our community. And
pray that they will always have the strength, support & resources
TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER There are
civil wars & insurrections raging right now over several
continents, but notably in the near & middle east (Syria, Iraq,
Yemen, Afghanistan) and central Africa (South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad,
Mali, Central African Republic, Congo). There seems no human way out of
some of these conflicts; please ask God to bring them to an end.
WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER Sunday
is the pre-Christmas Messy Church (4-6pm in St Mungo’s Hall).
Let’s thank God for this family-friendly way of telling people in
our community about Jesus & pray that everyone who comes along will
experience His love for themselves.
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER Tearfund
ask us to thank God for the way in which individual solar panels,
bought through self-help groups, are lifting people in Tanzania out of
poverty, transforming their communities & reducing the negative
impacts of climate change.
FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER Please
pray today for the residents & staff at Crossreach’s Rainbow
House in Glasgow, which provides residential rehabilitation for men
& women recovering from substance abuse. Pray that the residents
will experience complete freedom from addiction as well as the healing
God can give them for their emotional pain.
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
Let’s thank God for Oversteps Care Home in Dornoch, run for the
past 60 years by Crossreach. Pray for wisdom & energy for
each member of staff & volunteer, & ask God that each resident
will feel loved & respected.
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER Please
ask God to show all of us in His Church how He wants us to tell our
friends, neighbours, relations & workmates about Jesus & how we
can share His love with them – not just as a body of His people,
but also as individuals.
MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER We
all have times when life is difficult; but God wants to help us through
these times. So let’s ask Him to show us anyone He wants us to
share His love with particularly today or in the next few days.
TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER Lothian
Presbytery meets this Thursday. Let’s pray that in all the
questions they wrestle with, some of them vital to the life of the
Church, they will have the wisdom & power of the Holy Spirit to
take the right decisions & carry them through effectively.
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ask us
to thank God for the tremendous success of their new community based
diagnosis & rehabilitation strategy. And they ask us to pray for
the mental health & inner wellbeing of people stigmatised because
they are affected by leprosy or some other disability.
THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER TLM
in Congo also ask us to pray for their nation as long-delayed
presidential elections approach (scheduled for 23 December). And for
the population, experiencing hardships as the economy declines. Please
pray too that zero transmission of leprosy in DRC will be achieved with
major stakeholders working together.
FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER Please
pray for anyone in our community who is finding it hard to make ends
meet, that they will have their material needs satisfied. And
let’s pray that at government level policies will be developed
which properly cover the needs of individuals & families who are
unable to support themselves.
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.
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 November 2018