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Here are five things to pray, all drawn from Proverbs 1: 1-7.
You might also find them helpful to pray for your own children as they head into a new term.
Thank God for Learning
Thank God that he has provided everything we need “for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight” in his word (v1-2).
While human minds enjoy unravelling the puzzle of how the world around us works, God has not left us guessing on the question of why—he’s told us clearly through Scripture. That’s a big reason for thanksgiving!
Then pray that God would make this school a place where students and teachers…
Pray that students would learn to do
“what is right and just and fair” in God’s eyes (v3).
Sometimes it seems that our culture’s definition of right and wrong is drifting further and further from the Bible’s definition. But pray that children in these schools would be taught that what God thinks is right is indeed right; that what God says is just is indeed just; and that what God says is fair is indeed fair.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (v7).
Pray that students and teachers would come to fear God—and realise that this is far more important than all the knowledge the world offers. Pray for Christian teachers you know, and anyone else who has an opportunity to witness to the gospel—ask that they too would fear God, not humans, and so speak faithfully and courageously of Jesus.
Pray that students would learn “prudent behaviour” (v3).
Thank God for the way he uses education as an instrument of his common grace in restraining the effects of sin on society. Pray that this school would teach children “prudent behaviour”, and equip them to make choices that do good, not harm, to others as they grow up.
Ask God to teach “discretion to the young” (v4).
Kids can be very cruel with their words. So pray that these children would learn to control their tongues and speak words that are kind and patient, not offensive or mean.
Let Us Pray ...
We pray for all those who have lost their jobs, been placed on furlough or reduced hours and for all those in fear of losing their employment. We pray for those whose businesses and livelihoods are at risk at this unprecedented time. Give them your encouragement today, directly from your Spirit and also through friends and family. May your Church rise up to be people who support one another. We pray for you to strengthen them today. Build them up in heart and mind with hope and trust and remind them of Your goodness and faithfulness. Even in this time of fearfulness and uncertainty, we pray that by your Spirit you can awaken new dreams for their future. Lift the anxiety of the unexpected from their minds and give them rest for their souls we pray.
Pray by name for people you know who have lost jobs
or are concerned about current employment
St Mark's Church
Please pray for people on the fringe of the church that we have not seen during Covid. Pray that contact can be re-established.
We also give thanks that some fringe people
have become regular attendees.
Messy Church was showing great signs of growth in commitment and discipleship but recently we've seen a reduction in congregation numbers. Please pray for a period of growth for the Church.
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Emergency & Caring Services
Here are five things to pray, all drawn from 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11.
Praise God that he is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (v3-4).
Think back to emergency situations or periods of ill-health when God has comforted you. Thank God that he stands ready to comfort all those who turn to him for help.
Reliance on God
“We felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (v9).
However good our healthcare is, only God is in control of life and death. Pray that both patients and professionals would come to appreciate their own helplessness in the face of death—and turn to rely on God, who raises the dead.
Answers to Prayer
“ … as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many” (v 11).
Give thanks for the way God has answered your prayers in the past. Who else can you “help by your prayers” right now?
Comfort in Trouble
“… so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (v4).
Pray that Christian doctors, nurses, chaplains, patients & First Responders would have opportunities to share something of their own faith with those in trouble. Ask God to help them speak of the only good news that can offer lasting comfort—that Christ can heal our relationship with God so that we can enjoy life to the full, for ever. Pray by name for any Christians you know personally.
Deliverance from Danger
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…” (v 10).
God loves to deliver people from danger, including illhealth—in his grace, he often works through the skill of doctors and nurses. Ask him to use these professionals to save many lives and restore people to full health.
Local Councillors & MPs
Councillor - Tattenham Corner and Preston
Thank you for asking what I would appreciate prayers for.
Firstly, the next couple of months are critical in how we handle the coronavirus issues locally. Also our School leaders and teachers are struggling too and need our prayers. Could I also ask for prayers for the following:
Arthur Hammond, in a care home and bewildered.
Vera Robertson, very sick in Epsom Hospital.
Sally Stuart, who died on Sunday after a long struggle with cancer.
‘’I am giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on.” Joshua 1:3
As you set off walking begin with your eyes on Jesus. Say the name of Jesus; recite a Psalm; hum a worship song; speak quietly in tongues – basically anything that helps declare the Lordship of Jesus over the streets you walk on.
Flowing from your worship begin petitioning God for His Spirit to fall on the streets you walk on, the homes, businesses, schools and other churches you walk past.
Begin to get specific and pray for people and situations, the ‘people of peace’ you know God has brought you into contact with, who are opening up doors of opportunity for the gospel within your community.
As you worship and pray, leave space to listen to what God might want to say to you - then pray that back. Often God may give you promises from scripture or prophetic words and pictures;
listen for promises and literally walk these promises all over your community.
If you are prayer-walking in twos, listen to one another’s prayers and you will find yourself sparking off one another’s words and thoughts.
Know Your Land
Get (and keep) yourself informed around the area you are prayer-walking; research some of its history; some of its ongoing problems; so you can pray for breakthrough.
Get to know some of the current situations that require persevering prayer and also celebrate the particular graces that rest on the area, asking God to make your area a blessing beyond its borders.