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on second and fourth Mondays at 7.30pm in the church hall. A
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YOU LIKE to have Christians from churches in Midlothian praying for you
or for someone you are concerned about?
to just this need our local presbytery has set up three local Prayer
for prayer are passed around churches by phone; and individuals
groups pray confidentially for the people & situations
they’ve been told about. If you’d like to put a
to the prayer chain, either for yourself or for someone else, please
contact Bill Webster (tel. 672347 or e-mail email@example.com).
Contact Bill or Margaret if you would
like a pastoral visit, whatever your request.
We are here to help.
or 01968 672347
to the this issue of Prayer Prompts. Some situations we’ve been
praying about for a while; others are new. But they’re all part
of God’s world, and He cares about them all.
TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER
Lord, I come to you, bringing the baggage that I have carried with me for most of my life.
I come, bringing my concerns and my worries, and the questions I still have no answer for.
I come, with the frustrations and emptiness that sometimes cripple my life and ruin my days.
come into your presence, you who are the bread of life. Thank you that
I can trust your promise that you will give me your healing and your
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
[Published prayers adapted from David Clowes: 500 more prayers for all occasions]
WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER The
Brexit situation seems to have reached an impasse. Please continue to
pray that a solution will be found which people of different opinions
& priorities will be able to accept as fair & practical.
THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER
Let’s each pray today for our neighbours, that, whatever their
position at the moment, they will come to know Jesus personally &
experience His love in their everyday lives.
FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER Friends
of Chitambo is a Scottish charity which supports health projects in
Chitambo District, Zambia. They supply radios to outlying clinics,
support staff training & provide books, tablet PCs & medical
equipment. Please pray that this life-changing provision will thrive.
SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
Let’s pray today for the people of South Sudan. A peace agreement
last year brought a long civil war to an end, but if a deadline to
agree on a new government is not met in the next few weeks, war could
return. Please pray that the obstacles that are still obstructing an
agreement will be overcome.
SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER Please
pray for the residents in Aaron House (where some of our members live),
that they will be well looked after & feel wanted. And for the
staff, that they will be happy in their work & be able to do it
MONDAY 7 OCTOBER St Mungo’s
Congregational Board meets tomorrow evening. Please pray that the Holy
Spirit will guide all the discussions, so that the decisions we make
are the right ones.
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER
Tomorrow Rev Nick Bowry will be inducted as the new Rector at St James
the Less Church. Let’s thank God, & ask Him to bless this new
ministry – a vital part of His Church in our community.
WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER
Our recent visitors from Eastern Himalaya Diocese asked us to pray for
particular areas of their life & work. So let’s ask 1) for
outreach to be effective, 2) for church planting to flourish & 3)
for enough people from the First World to take up jobs as volunteer
THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER And please
pray specifically for the ministry of one of our visitors, Rev Nirwan
Subba - particularly in the areas of healing & evangelism.
FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER Tomorrow
sees an important meeting to consider how the Church in our area can
best engage with the thousands of people who are going to be living in
the new houses to the north of the town. Please pray that everyone
present will be open to God’s wisdom in this matter.
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
Lord, I’ve tried to worship you in my own strength and in ways that pleased me.
I’ve relied on myself and on what I do.
But it hasn’t worked, and I can’t do any more on my own.
Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit; renew my whole life; transform me
by your grace, so that by your Spirit I can serve you, know you and
love you as my Saviour and Lord.
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER Thank
God for the many carers, both paid and unpaid, in our community. And
pray that they will always have the strength, support & resources
MONDAY 14 OCTOBER Tearfund ask us
to pray for vastly improved sanitation & hygiene in the Third
World, where one in ten people still drink from a contaminated water
source, 2.3 billion people don’t have a toilet, & 892 million
people have no sanitation facilities at all.
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER
Let’s thank God for hundreds of local initiatives where people
are creating their own access to clean water supplies. Tearfund reports
an example from the Central African Republic, where one village fought
against cholera infection by building six latrines; they are going to
continue until everyone in the village has one.
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER Please
pray today for the members of Midlothian Council, (including the local
Penicuik Councillors – Andrew Hardie, Debbi McCall & Joe
Wallace), that they will make the best use of their resources and
exercise wisdom & fairness in everything they are responsible for.
THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 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.
FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER
Lord, we pray for those who are trapped by the darkness of fear;
for those facing a time of uncertainty, or illness, and the fear that comes from not knowing;
for those in hospital, and those undergoing unpleasant treatment;
for those who wait through dark days of anxiety.
Lord, we pray for those in the darkness of doubt;
for those who long to believe, to have faith to trust;
those with questions they can’t answer, and for those whose faith
is all in their heads, and not in their hearts, where you also meant it
Lord, in the darkness, come with your light.
We bring these prayers in the name of Jesus, the Light of the world.
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER Please
pray today for the work of UNICEF, set up over 70 years ago to promote
& protect children's rights & their well being. It operates in
190 countries, including Yemen, Syria, Myanmar & those European
countries that have taken in significant numbers of refugees.
SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER UNICEF’s
work is both short- & long-term. It provides nutrition &
life-saving food; education; emergency relief for children; protection
from climate change; vaccines; & sanitation, hygiene & safe
water. Please pray that they will always have the resources they need
MONDAY 21 OCTOBER
St Mungo’s Kirk Session is meeting tomorrow evening to discuss
where we are as a fellowship & where we’re going. (This is
part of a periodic Local Church Review). Please pray that we will
listen to what God is saying to us & embrace His plans for our
congregation and His Church in our area.
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER Let’s
thank God for the local foodbanks in Penicuik & around Midlothian,
and pray that they will always have enough resources to meet the ever
greater challenges they are confronted with.
WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER The
Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) ask us to pray for their work in
Madagascar. Let’s thank God for flights which deliver medicine to
remote communities (35 minutes by air; 3-4 days by road) & for
airborne mobile eye clinics (With one flight, an optometrist can do 160
consultations in a week).
THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER MAF
flights also help build the Church by bringing pastors & lay people
together for essential training. This has contributed to 150 new
churches opening in the last 10 years. Let’s pray that this
growth will continue.
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER Wars
& civil wars are still raging in the Middle East, much of Africa,
parts of Asia & even eastern Europe. Please ask God to overrule the
human selfishness, greed & fear that are at the root of many of
these conflicts, so that current enemies can be reconciled & live
side by side in a just peace.
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER
The Bethany Christian Trust does amazing work over much of Scotland.
Much of their funding comes from grants, & they ask us to pray that
they will be awarded vital funds for community support &
development, winter care shelters, housing support in Fife &
general fundraising campaigns.
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) ask us to pray for 2 aspects of their work in
India. Today let’s pray for the self-help groups they have formed
to enable people affected by leprosy to earn a secure living, essential
to their inclusion in mainstream society. Please pray that these groups
– some of which have grown into larger-scale co-operatives
– will be sustainable & grow.
MONDAY 28 OCTOBER TLM
also ask us to give thanks for new partnerships with the Indian
Government & other local organisations in community development,
early detection of leprosy, & in combating discrimination against
people affected by the disease.
TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER This
month Crossreach ask us to remember Rainbow House in Glasgow, a safe
& supportive environment for adults recovering from substance use.
Please pray for help for the residents as they address the issues they
face; for healing for families & relationships where there has been
hurt; & for strength, energy & enthusiasm for the team in their
WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER Crossreach
also ask us to pray for their Children’s Care & Education
Services, provided for children & young people with additional
support needs who are looked after away from home. Let’s pray
that the service users will feel safe & loved, & that they will
have a deep sense of hope for their future.
THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER
Let’s thank God for the charity Mercy Ships, which has been
bringing life-changing medical help to some of the world’s
poorest communities since 1978. They have helped transform the lives of
over 2.4 million people, & have assisted national governments to
improve health-care delivery in every country they have visited (See
www.mercyships.org.uk). Please pray that they will always have enough
money, resources & volunteers to meet the needs of everyone who
depends on them for help.
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER
In Angola, the government is enacting a law which will make almost all
the Christian churches in the country illegal; in one province, all the
buildings are already closed. Please ask for wisdom for church leaders,
and pray that, whatever happens in terms of buildings & legal
recognition, the Church in Angola will continue to grow (albeit
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER In July
the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh were devastated by floods
& landslides. Immediate aid in the form of food, medicines &
water purification tablets was provided, but in the poorest communities
– many of them Christian villages – it will take years to
get over such a disaster. Local people ask us to pray intensely for a
full & sustained recovery in their area.
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER Please
pray for everyone at the Friends’ Meeting House (who gather in
Valleyfield House on the first Sunday of every month), asking God to
give them all the vision, love & energy they need to help build His
Kingdom in our area.
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
- 3 October 2019