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
MONDAY 12 MARCH CofS
World Mission ask us to pray for Patras Masih (16), who has been
falsely accused under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Following
threats of violence, he & his family, along with the rest of the
Christians in his neighbourhood, have left their homes. Please pray for
Patras, his family and the human rights organisation who are providing
TUESDAY 13 MARCH In India people
with leprosy are often shunned by their families, even after they have
been cured. The Leprosy Mission (TLM) ask us to pray for old people in
this situation, who they care for in 5 dedicated “houses of
love”. Let’s pray that the residents will experience
God’s never-ending, personal love for them, even when their
families have abandoned them. And that the families will take back
their aged relatives & care for them with love.
WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH TLM
also ask us to pray for peace & stability in Chad, which is often
hit by civil unrest & strikes. Also for early detection &
correct treatment for leprosy patients there, & for good health for
the TLM staff, especially for protection against the very real risks of
malaria & typhoid.
THURSDAY 15 MARCH
O Lord, open my eyes so that I see the needs of others;
open my ears so that I hear their cries;
open my heart so that I respond with whatever I can give.
May I not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use me to bring them to those places.
Open my eyes and ears so that today I will be able to do some work of peace for you.
[Adapted from Alan Paton]
FRIDAY 16 MARCH Our two Alpha courses are now both well under way. Please pray that God will bless everyone who is taking part.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH
God has plans for His people in Penicuik. We need to recognise them so
that His Kingdom can grow here. Please pray that all of us –
individuals as well as congregations – will understand what God
is saying to us & will respond to it together.
SUNDAY 18 MARCH Thank
God for our local community radio station Black Diamond FM, and
particularly for its Sunday-morning slot Heart of the matter, which
takes the Christian message to many people who would otherwise never
MONDAY 19 MARCH This month World
Vision ask us to continue praying for families in Bolivia, in
particular for Nancy (15), Angel (16) & Sabina (17) from Sacaca,
who are orphans & don’t have enough food &
essentials to sustain them. They do everything they can to survive, but
their community also doesn’t have access to safe, clean drinking
water. Please pray for these vulnerable children & their community.
TUESDAY 20 MARCH
World Vision also ask us to pray for Lisbania (11), who fractured her
skull after a fall & is now in constant pain. She needs
medical attention but there are no medical facilities anywhere near to
where she lives. Please pray that Lisbania’s family can find a
way to get her to a good hospital so that she can have proper treatment
& be healed.
WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH Please
pray too for Innocence, who was just 7 days old when her mother took
her own life. She is now a few months old & is being looked after
by her grandparents. She is very fragile. World Vision are providing
her with milk. Please pray for love, care & protection for
Innocence & that all her needs will be met.
THURSDAY 22 MARCH
Although we are not seeing them in northern Europe, thousands upon
thousands of refugees are still fleeing from desperate situations in
the Middle East & north Africa. Human politicians seem unable to
address the causes of this enormous exodus or to find just &
sustainable ways of coping with it. Please ask God to give them (&
us) the wisdom & the will to find the right solutions & carry
FRIDAY 23 MARCH Please pray that
the neediest people in the world will not have to suffer even more as a
result of donors withdrawing support to charities who have not dealt
properly with misconduct by some of their employees.
SATURDAY 24 MARCH
Messy Church takes place tomorrow afternoon (4-6pm in St. Mungo’s
Hall). Let’s thank God for all the families who come along
(including some new people), & pray that parents/carers and
children alike will experience God’s love for them and want to be
part of His family.
SUNDAY 25 MARCH 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.
MONDAY 26 MARCH Thank
God for all the organisations which exist to take the love of JeFRIDAY
16 MARCH Our two Alpha courses are now both well under way.
Please pray that God will bless everyone who is taking part.
TUESDAY 27 MARCH Please
pray today for our Christian brothers & sisters in the Maldives, in
the Indian Ocean. There you can be arrested for having a Bible in your
home, & it is a crime to criticise Islam. Just becoming a Christian
is breaking the law. Please ask God to strengthen anyone in prison
there because of their Christian faith, & ask Him to comfort &
encourage isolated believers.
WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH
Let’s thank God for last year’s ruling by the Islamic
authorities in Morocco that converts from Islam to Christianity should
not face the death penalty. Let’s pray that other countries will
follow suit & also that the right of Christians in Morocco to
exist, worship & share their faith will be recognised.
THURSDAY 29 MARCH Please
pray for all the pupils and staff at Cornbank 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.
FRIDAY 30 MARCH On
this Good Friday let’s take some time to thank the Lord Jesus for
the amazing love He showed each of us in taking on human form, putting
up with abuse, hatred, torture & an agonising death – as well
as being spiritually cut off from His Father when He took all our guilt
on to Himself on the Cross. He died so that we might live.
SATURDAY 31 MARCH Every
year, every month, almost by the week, the pressure on foodbanks
increases, both nationally & locally. Let’s thank God for the
help the 3 foodbanks in Penicuik bring as well as for the essential
work done in the FFF foodbank to help clients for whom food shortage is
a symptom of a long-term situation which they have been unable to get
on top of.
SUNDAY 1 APRIL EASTER DAY
Lord, we praise you for the light of Christ that conquers all the darkness in our lives.
We praise you for the love of Christ that shares our pain and fills us with hope.
We praise you for the hope with which Christ’s resurrection has filled our lives.
For now we know He is with us in the pressures we face and the darkness of our temptations.
We know that, though we were lost, now we have been found.
Though once we merely existed, now we are receiving new life.
Though once we were alone, now He is always with us.
We praise the living Christ,
[Adapted from David Clowes: 500 prayers for all occasions]
MONDAY 2 APRIL St
Mungo’s Kirk Session meets tomorrow evening. Please pray that the
Holy Spirit will guide all the discussion, so that the right decisions
are taken & we tune in to God’s plans for us.
TUESDAY 3 APRIL Despite
the cease-fire ordered by the UN Security Council, there is still no
end in sight to the slaughter of the civil war in Syria. Please ask God
to bring this horrendous conflict to an end.
WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL Please
pray for the residents in Aaron House, that they will be well looked
after & feel wanted. And for the staff, that they will be happy in
their work & have the energy they need to do it well.
THURSDAY 5 APRIL
Lord, when I look at who I am and how I live, I wonder how you can love me as you do.
But then I realise it’s not about understanding why you love me.
It’s about accepting your love for me and deciding to relax in it.
To relax in you and let the tide of love flow in with joy.
The joy of knowing that, with all my faults, you treasure me.
[Adapted from Eddie Askew: Breaking the rules; meditation s and prayers, 1992]
FRIDAY 6 APRIL
Crossreach, the CofS’s social care arm, ask us to thank God for
80 years of care & support for older people at Balmeddie House near
Aberdeen & to remember the current staff & residents.
SATURDAY 7 APRIL Crossreach
also ask us to pray this month for all the residents in their other
care homes, the clients of their day-care facilities & those with
mental health issues.
SUNDAY 8 APRIL The
Christian Blind Mission (CBM) ask us to pray for everyone affected by
life-destroying diseases like trachoma & river blindness. Please
remember the people working on the trachoma control programme in
Ethiopia & thank God for the washing stations CBM has built there.
Pray that with these facilities, as well as education, the next
generation will be trachoma-free.
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
- 10 March 2018