to the April 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 cares about
Monday 10 July
Other matters have recently dominated the news on TV & in the print
media in the UK; but the horrendous civil war in Syria (with major
effects in neighbouring countries) rages on in many parts of the
country. Please pray that peace will come soon; that the millions of
refugees will find a permanent home somewhere; & that society can
be re-built on a just foundation.
Tuesday 11 July
Let’s thank God that our call to Rev John Urquhart to be our next
minister has been confirmed, & that he will be inducted on Thursday
10 August. Let’s pray that God will richly bless John in his
ministry here; and let’s each ask God too to show us the plans He
has for us – how He wants us to serve Him & help build His
Kingdom in Penicuik.
Wednesday 12 July There may
well be an element of sadness for John and the people at Craigmillar
Park Church as relationships built up over the past seven years change
or come to an end. Please ask God to help him & his previous
congregation through this time of transition into the exciting new
beginning we are all being called to.
| Thursday 13 July |
Lord, you are so amazing!
When I am lonely, you promise to be with me.
When I am difficult, you are patient with me.
Lord, you are my special friend who never lets me down.
I’m sorry for the times I have let you down
and for the chances I’ve missed to show your love and care.
Forgive me, and by your Holy Spirit, help me to know the joy of beginning again.
I ask this in the name of Jesus.
[Published prayers adapted from David Clowes: 500 more prayers for all occasions]
Friday 14 July
The religious authorities in Morocco have ruled that Moslems who leave
Islam should not be punished. This goes against classical Islamic law,
according to which such people are to be killed. Let’s thank God
for this dramatic change, & pray that many other leading Islamic
authorities will follow suit.
Saturday 15 July
At the same time it is still illegal in Morocco to be a Christian,
& the Church there (which is growing) has to meet secretly in small
groups. Please ask God to protect them, & pray that there will soon
be full freedom for people of all faiths and none in Morocco.
Sunday 16 July
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.
Monday 17 July The
Brexit negotiations have begun. Please pray for wisdom & goodwill
on all sides, so that an outcome that is fair to everybody & is in
line with God’s purposes is achieved.
Tuesday 18 July
Please pray for our friends in Howgate Church, and for their Minister,
Ian Cathcart, asking God to give them all the vision, love and energy
they need to help build His Kingdom in our area.
| Wednesday 19 July |
Lord, you really are amazing!
It doesn’t seem to matter who I am or what I have done,
you still want me to know not just that your love is for me, but that you have a plan for my life.
Lord, you really are wonderful!
doesn’t seem to be important to you whether I work with my hands
or with my mind – you still want to live in my heart and work
through my life.
Lord, you are utterly incredible.
seems that you have room in your love and in your kingdom not just for
those who have done good things but also for those whose words and
deeds have hurt everything and everyone.
Lord, I ask you to touch my heart and life,
and by your Holy Spirit, help me to serve you in ways that bring hope to others and praise to your name
Thursday 20 July Today
let’s pray for the many holidays & summer camps being run
this year by SU, that they will have all the resources & volunteers
they need & that they will help lots of children & young people
to find Jesus for themselves.
Friday 21 July Please
pray this month for two aspects of the Rankeillor Initiative, run by
Crossreach: today the Anchor Project. This provides temporary supported
accommodation for men in recovery from drug/alcohol misuse in shared
flats in central Edinburgh. It aims to help people move on to a
more independent lifestyle by providing both practical and emotional
Saturday 22 July Please pray too for the
Edinburgh Homelessness Prevention Service (EHPS), which Crossreach is a
partner in along with other agencies & the City Council. It
supports people who have recently been made homeless, anyone who
has received a notice to quit their current accommodation or people
fleeing domestic abuse or other forms of abuse. Please pray that this,
as well as the Anchor Project, will have the staff & resources to
meet all the needs they are confronted with.
Sunday 23 July
The Scripture Union (SU) was founded 150 years ago. It is now active,
introducing children & young people to Jesus, in 130 countries.
Let’s thank God for everything He has done through this amazing
organisation, & pray that He will continue to bless & use it in
the years to come.
Monday 24 July The 2017 Penicuik
Children’s Holiday Club gets under way a week today (mornings of
31 July – 4 August in St Mungo’s Hall). It’s for
children who have just finished any year of primary school. Going on
past experience, it will be loads of fun. Please pray that lots of
children will come, & that for each of them it will be (at least) a
step on the road towards knowing Jesus for themselves.
Tuesday 25 July
This month World Vision ask us to pray for healing for children &
young people in Kenya. Today please ask God to heal Sheril (8), who has
learning difficulties, & poor mobility caused by polio; &
Joyvine (9), who has been blind for 5 years, & who lives in an area
where there is no school for blind children.
Wednesday 26 July
And please pray today for Barrack (1 of 6 children in a one-parent
family), who suffers from painful & itchy body rashes which doctors
have been able to cure; & Job (17), who is epileptic and confined
to bed because of swollen legs; his widowed mother struggles to earn
even a basic living.
| Thursday 27 July |
Lord, in a world of rushing feet, teach me to be still.
When I am surrounded by greed and excess, teach me to be content.
In the middle of angry and demanding voices, teach me to be gentle and wise.
When those around me have eyes and ears for their own desires,
teach me to remember the needs of others.
In the crush of self-centredness and self-sufficiency, teach me to stand aside and trust in you.
Teach me to focus on you, and to walk in faith – always.
Friday 28 July
Zimbabwe has a population of 13 million, of whom 1.2 million are
orphaned children. A staggering statistic. Please pray for all the
agencies trying to cope with their needs, including Tearfund & its
Saturday 29 July Please pray for our
friends in St James the Less Church (and in St Mungo’s, West
Linton), as well as for their Rector, Lynsay Downs, asking God to give
them all the vision, love and energy they need to help build His
Kingdom in our area.
Sunday 30 July Today is Hugh’s
last Sunday as our Locum Minister. He has devoted himself to us for a
much longer period than he could have reasonably expected at the
beginning, & we thank God for his thoughtful & committed
teaching & for his very considerable & greatly appreciated
pastoral input over almost three years.
Monday 31 July We
also want to thank God for sending us Rev Yvonne Atkins as Interim
Moderator over the last two years. She has given generously of her time
& energy, guiding our Kirk Session & Congregational Board with
wisdom & commitment as well as overseeing the needs of her own
fellowship in Musselburgh.
Tuesday 1 August 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.
Wednesday 2 August The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) in Niger ask us to pray for good rain in 2017.
Niger has often suffered from poor rainfall which has lead to bad
harvests, keeping the majority of the population (who live on the land)
Thursday 3 August TLM Niger also report
that their country’s security is constantly threatened by attacks
from Boko Haram. They ask us to pray that God will bring about peace,
& give the government wisdom on how to tackle the current conflict.
Friday 4 August
This month the Barnabas Fund ask us to pray for Christians in Sri Lanka
who are subject to physical attack not only by Buddhist, Hindu &
Moslem extremists but also by police & local government officials.
Please ask God to protect them & to give special wisdom &
courage to their leaders.
Saturday 5 August Please pray
for anyone in our community who is finding it hard to make ends meet,
that they will have their material needs satisfied.
Sunday 6 August
And in that context, let’s thank God again for the FFF Foodbank
& Drop-in Centre which meets in our Hall on Mondays & Fridays.
The Foodbank is one of a number sponsored, supported or hosted by
churches locally, & the high (& growing) demand for their
services shows the considerable need there is.
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|Published - 4 July 2017|
Updated - 15 July 2017