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
FRIDAY 1 JUNE
Father God, thank you
for being so ready to forgive me whenever I turn to you
and honestly acknowledge your power and my need.
praise you for the joy of knowing that no matter who I am or what I
have done or failed to do, I can experience the joy of forgiveness and
Thank you for every person who has shared your
love with me and for every person who shows the reality of the love of
Jesus in what they say and do.
Thank you in the name of Jesus,,
[David Clowes: 500 prayers for all occasions, adapted]]
SATURDAY 2 JUNE The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) in Thailand ask us to pray that medical students
taught at their Rehabilitation Centre will recognise leprosy when they
see it, reducing the delay before patients receive a correct diagnosis
& effective treatment.
SUNDAY 3 JUNE The
Rehabilitation Centre also cares for marginalised & disabled
stateless patients. Please pray that they will be granted official
permits, safe travel & timely access to all surgery or treatment
MONDAY 4 JUNE St
Mungo’s Kirk Session meets tomorrow evening. Please pray that the
Holy Spirit will guide all the discussion & decisions so that we
move in the direction that God wants us to & become the church He
wants us to be.
TUESDAY 5 JUNE An outbreak of
ebola has been reported in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC); as of last week 27 people had already died. Around 90% of
ebola cases prove fatal; please pray that this outbreak won’t
spread any farther, particularly into more densely populated urban
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE And please ask God to
bring peace in the DRC, a massive country riven for years with civil
wars and local uprisings. Pray that its citizens will be able to live
their lives in peace & that the enormous potential wealth of the
country will be harnessed to the benefit of everyone.
THURSDAY 7 JUNE
Lord, I praise you, the one true living God,
who fills the whole universe with life, love and meaning.
Lord, it is your love that takes the people we are and makes it possible for us to become the people we are meant to be.
I praise you for your love that sets us free from everything that holds us,
and brings us out of darkness into your glorious light.
I will praise you everywhere I go, as long as I live.
[Adapted from David Clowes: 500 prayers for all occasions, 2003]
FRIDAY 8 JUNE Please
pray today for anyone you know who has been bereaved, asking God to
give them His comfort & strength, & to enable them to feel His
peace even through their loss.
SATURDAY 9 JUNE Recent
events have made communal strife in Israel/Palestine even more acute.
Please pray that despite everything that has happened over the last 70
years, Jews & Arabs will find themselves able to live beside each
other in mutual forgiveness & in justice & peace.
SUNDAY 10 JUNE Although
the civil war in Syria seems to be coming to an end, the atrocities
& injustices that set it off haven’t been addressed; & no
credible plans seem to be in place for physical reconstruction, far
less to enable a peaceful society to develop. Please ask God to turn
around this situation that human decision-makers are either unwilling
or unable to resolve.
MONDAY 11 JUNE Rev
Linsay Downs, the Rector at St James the Less Church, is moving in July
to Banchory. Let’s thank God for all He has done through her
during her time in Penicuik and wish her His continued blessing in her
new calling. And let’s pray too for the congregation at St
James’s as they plan & pray about the future.
TUESDAY 12 JUNE This
month Tearfund ask us to pray about three serious situations. Today,
please pray for the people of Adamawa in north-east Nigeria, where an
outbreak of cholera has killed 12 people & infected more than 130
others. Please pray for communities in this war-torn region, that the
outbreak will be swiftly contained
WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE
Please pray today for people in the Sindh & Balochistan provinces
of Pakistan, who are currently facing extremely high temperatures &
water shortages due to the effects of climate change. Pray that God
will be with those who are suffering, & that these conditions will
THURSDAY 14 JUNE Please
continue to pray for the people of Burundi, where a new constitution
has just been voted in. Pray for peace & stability, & for the
agencies doing all they can to help the many families there lacking
FRIDAY 15 JUNE Pray for the residents
in Pine Villa Nursing Home in Loanhead (where some of our elderly
members live), 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.
SATURDAY 16 JUNE Please
continue to pray for the people of South Sudan, where 3 years of civil
war have led to a situation where 50% of the population urgently need
food & security. Over 1.1 million people are starving or on the
verge of famine. And the situation is getting worse. For more info, go
SUNDAY 17 JUNE
Father God, we have received your love in abundance, but have not always been loving to each other.
You have been kind to us, but we have been hard-hearted.
We have turned our backs on the pain of the lonely and the agony of those who feel broken or lost.
We have come to you so many times for forgiveness but have refused to forgive people who have offended us.
Help us in all we say and do to emulate the generous, loving nature of Jesus, for His sake and not our own.
[Adapted from David Clowes: 500 prayers for all occasions, 2003]
MONDAY 18 JUNE Next
Sunday Messy Church is having its traditional early-summer barbecue.
Let’s thank God for new families who have recently come along as
well as for others who have come back after a gap. Please pray that
they will all feel welcome & that they will experience God’s
love for them in a personal way.
TUESDAY 19 JUNE The
United Mission to Nepal report that last month a major fire destroyed
17 houses in 1 of the most remote villages in the country. 90 people
have been left completely destitute. Emergency needs have been met, but
please pray for long-term recovery as well as for safety for harvest
workers braving high altitude & severe weather, & for the
elderly who remain in the village during the harvest.
WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE Let’s
thank God for the FFF Foodbank & Drop-in-Centre & the crucial
help & assistance it is giving to so many people in & around
Penicuik. Also for the considerable support it is now receiving from
many local businesses. And please pray that there will always be enough
volunteers, & for wisdom for Mark & the trustees as they
continue to develop the project to meet ever increasing & widening
THURSDAY 21 JUNE
We pray for everyone whose desperation leads them to risk dangerous journeys over land and sea:
those escaping brutal wars,
fleeing religious persecution,
or whose lives have been shattered by climate disasters and economic ruin.
us to look beyond our own fears and concerns to the needs of those who
have nothing, risk everything and depend on the kindness of strangers.
May our hearts be opened,
our leaders challenged
and our self-interest confronted,
in Jesus’ name.
[Adapted from Christian Aid]
FRIDAY 22 JUNE
Let’s thank God for the excellent sheltered accommodation at
Cowan Court, & let’s pray for the residents, that they will
be able to enjoy their continuing independence and also benefit from
the community facilities offered there if they want to.
SATURDAY 23 JUNE
Please continue to pray for the Rohingya people, driven from their
homes in Myanmar last year. More than 850,000 refugees are stuck in
camps on the border of Bangladesh, in what is now the fastest-growing
refugee crisis in the world. Many others have lost their homes but
remain in Myanmar. Please pray for short-term food & shelter, &
for a long-term solution which will allow them to live in dignity &
SUNDAY 24 JUNE The annual
children’s holiday club (this year with the theme
‘team-builders’) will take place in the North Kirk from
6-10 August. This is a great way for primary-school children to find
out about Jesus. Please pray that lots of them will come along &
experience His love for themselves.
MONDAY 25 JUNE
It’s quite common in China for Christians to be imprisoned for
short periods because of their faith; but in Yunnan province much
longer sentences (up to 13 years) have recently been handed down.
Please pray that this policy will be reversed & that God will
strengthen & sustain everyone who has been caught up in it.
TUESDAY 26 JUNE
Please pray that all the congregations in Penicuik & the
surrounding area will fix their eyes on Jesus so that we work together,
encouraging, helping & complementing each other as He wants us to,
& taking His message as one Church to the communities we live in.
WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE
This month World Vision ask us to pray for 3 children in Zambia: Please
pray today for Alice (6), who is unable to walk, talk or hold things
properly. Her mother has died, she lives with her father & the
family are very poor. Please pray for healing & comfort for her.
And also for Modester (12), who has had sickle cell anaemia all her
life. Her father died when she was born, & frequent admissions to
hospital have disrupted her education; please pray for healing for her.
THURSDAY 28 JUNE Please pray today for
Lweendo (10), who has had heart enlargement problems since birth. His
family is struggling to raise funds for his ongoing treatment. Please
pray for healing for him, & for his family to be able to earn
enough money to keep up with his medical care.
FRIDAY 29 JUNE
Let’s thank God today for the national counselling service
offered by Crossreach. It covers one-to-one counselling for children
& young people, perinatal counselling, relationship counselling
& family therapy. And let’s pray that it will be fully
resourced, so that everyone who comes for help can receive it.
SATURDAY 30 JUNE
The Leprosy Mission (TLM) ask us to pray for their work in Myanmar.
Their greatest challenges are low priority for leprosy; lack of
infrastructure & expertise (leading to a high disability rate
because of late detection); & stigma & misinformation in
communities. Please pray that God will enable them to overcome all
SUNDAY 1 JULY TLM Myanmar
also ask us to pray for a new project focused on inclusion in
agriculture, market-places & micro-finance. Please pray that people
with disabilities & those affected by leprosy will be enabled to
earn an income through the activities generated by this project.
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 June 2018