Prayers – June 2019

‘I urge then, first of all, that requests ,prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’ 1 Timothy 2:1-4

In this time of political confusion, we pray for wisdom for those involved in selecting the next Prime Minister. We ask, Lord, that the candidate chosen will provide strong, wise leadership for our country.

We pray for a speedy conclusion to the Brexit issue, one which allows our country to move forward positively. As we remember the end of the last World War, give thanks for the years of peace in Europe. Let us ask the Lord to bless the other nations within the E.U., may we be able to build harmonious relations with them in the future.

As we continue to study the 1st book of Corinthians, let us ask the Lord to help us live lives which are pleasing to Him. May we not do anything which will cause others to stumble or fall. We pray that we will bring salt and light to the world, showing God’s presence everyday, revealing His goodness and reflecting His light. We give thanks to the Lord for His concern for our nation and for the opportunity we have to bear witness to the love and mercy of a loving Father. Our desire is for our country to turn again to the Lord and not be led astray by worldly concerns.

Let us thank the Lord for bringing Rev. Chris and Sarah safely through their pilgrimage, may He continue to bless them as they return to their roles within His church. As we move into the Summer, we pray that, through the Holy Spirit, the path forward will be revealed.

Please continue to lift up to the Lord those people within the church who are being challenged by outside situations. Help us to support one another with prayer, by listening, by being available. We are one body, nobody should be struggling alone.

Finally, give thanks that the church in Sri Lanka is able to meet again, pray for their protection and safety. Bless the Pastor who forgave the perpetrators of the bombing. ‘ Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.’ Romans 12:17-18

May the Lord reach out to those men …..He wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of Him. ‘ Do not be overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.’ Romans 12:21

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13