Prayer Focus

Prayer Gatherings

An evening of prayer on the first Wednesday of each month 8.00 pm – 9.15 pm in St John’s Hall.

Prayer: every Monday morning 8.30 am – 9.15 am in the Church (Soldiers’ Chapel).

Prayer in the Waiting Room: every Thursday morning 6.45 am – 7.30 am in St John’s Hall. Come to pray for the life of the Church. Tea, coffee and toast served 7.30am

Please pray for:

OUR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
• Thank God for those who have volunteered to run the youth aspect of our Church family for 12 months and pray for Paul Holden as he takes over the role in September.
• Pray for the members of our clergy team and office staff as some of them take a break during August. Ask that wherever they may be, they will feel refreshed and strengthened for the work God has planned for the coming months.
• Young people will be returning from Soul Survivor. Please pray that through this happy time away they will have committed their lives to following Jesus.
• Pray for those who will be receiving important examination results and making decisions for their future.
• Pray for those not able to take a holiday, for whatever reason, and ask that they may feel loved and supported by our Church family and community.
• August can be a quiet time for shopkeepers. Give thanks that we have such a diversity of shops in our village and pray that the community will support them, enabling them to continue trading.
• Pray for the maintenance work which will be carried on throughout our Church buildings this month, asking especially for safety as different workmen come onto the site.

WIDER CHURCH
• Pray for the work of the Mothers’ Union in Knowle and worldwide. May the members be drawn closer together wherever they meet.
• The Barnabus Fund channels money from Christians, through Christians and for Christians, and acting on behalf of the persecuted Church makes its needs known throughout the world and the injustice of their persecution known to governments and international bodies. Pray that through the Holy Spirit the work of the Barnabus Fund will make a difference to those persecuted for their faith.
• Continue to pray for the work of Tearfund as they work tirelessly to help communities around the world escape the worst effects of poverty and disaster.
• Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Archbishop has a vision that every Christian has the potential to share their life – transforming faith in Jesus with those around them.
• Pray for those young people embarking on a gap year of Christian service in different parts of the world, asking for safety in travel, good health and experiences which will be helpful to others and possibly life changing for themselves.
• CMS is working throughout the world, but needs particular prayer for their two mission partners working in North India in the area of anti-trafficking. They have currently had to leave due to a troubling situation. Pray that there will be peace and safety, especially for Christians, as work is carried out to eradicate trafficking of local citizens.
• Clergy in country parishes sometimes have as many as six Churches in the benefice for which they work. Ask that God will strengthen and encourage them as they bring God’s word to different areas.

OUR COUNTRY
• Brexit is in our news daily. We hear opposing opinions, conflicting data presented, private conversations leaked, doom and prosperity envisaged. Whilst the rule of law and fair government are a key to a thriving society, Jesus asked that people love each other selflessly. Pray especially for people in positions of authority and influence that they would live out values that bind society together.
• At this time of year there are many national and international sporting events. There are Christians involved at the top of most of these sports, praying that they will have the opportunity to share their faith naturally with their fellow sports stars. Pray for them, that they will demonstrate a motivation in living for their God and not for personal fame or fortune.
• The weather this summer has been good for crops. Pray for farmers throughout the country and give thanks for the abundance God has provided for us. Pray that we do not take it for granted.
• The Grenfell Tower disaster has brought a variety of social issues to the surface. Pray for those made homeless, that they would be quickly housed in a place they are comfortable in calling “home”. Pray also that the issues surfaced would not be forgotten over time, but individuals, companies, councils and governments will learn lessons and find productive ways to apply their learning• Pray for those travelling on our busy roads during the holiday season, thinking especially of drivers caught up in traffic delays. Ask God for safety in travel.

OUR WORLD
• The needs of our world are frighteningly obvious to all, with the creation of weapons of mass destruction but no peace with our national or international neighbours. There are still thousands drowning in the Mediterranean as they flee from war torn countries. Ask God to touch our hearts with the things that are important to Him.
• We are told that Cholera cases in the Yemen could double over the next six months. This coupled with the fact that there have been 10,000 civilian fatalities so far, brought on by the war in this country, makes bleak reading in our news. Pray for the people of Yemen.
• This year has seen an increase in terrorist attacks in many countries. Pray that light will shine through the darkness.
• Thank God for the natural resources he has given us and the beauty of our world. There is so much we take for granted. Think about something today that God has given us for free.
• We are all Children of God, but His children still suffer violence and abuse due to their colour or creed. Pray that racial hatred will soon be a thing of the past.

MEDITATE
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord: trust in Him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun”.   from Psalm 37

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