Prayers for the week commencing Sunday 1 August 2021
Pray Philippians 4:6-7 over our church and beyond: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Amen.
Pray for our city as we head into another month of lockdown. May God bring safety and healing upon our city. May he bless and keep all who are suffering with COVID and the many front line workers who are treating them. May God sustain and protect them all.
Pray that the Lord will comfort those who are experiencing extended separation from loved ones due to COVID restrictions. Pray especially for those unable to gather with family for significant life events like new babies, birthdays, baptisms, weddings and funerals. May God bless them in these difficult times with His presence and peace.
Pray with thanks for the recent Christianity Explored in Simple English course and the way in which God is transforming lives by His Spirit. Pray that the group will continue to grow in understanding and trust of the Lord as some start the Disciples Explored course on 5 August (the course is open to all, see Events section for details).
Youthworks (CEO, Craig Roberts)
It looks unlikely that face to face scripture and camping will be returning any time soon. Please pray for staff who have all lost hours/pay, that they wouldn’t be discouraged, but use this slow down time wisely to train, prepare and be better equipped for ministry post-lockdown. Pray for wisdom for Craig Roberts as he navigates a second significant cash crisis that is looming with Youthworks sites closed to ministry. Praise God for the impact Ministry Support Team, Yr13 and Youthworks College are still having on local church ministries to our children and youth. Praise God that his word is not chained by any lockdown (2 Tim 2:9)
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Raise up your great power, Lord, and come among us to save us; that, although through our sins we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your plentiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the sufficiency of your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen
Mission and Aid Partners
ARCHBISHOP MASIMANGO KINDU DIOCESE – DR CONGO
Praise God for the outcomes of the General Synod which was held in Kindu with 80 delagates from 13 Dioceses over seven days.
Pray for the implementation of all decisions taken from the 9 Working Commissions (Evangelism, Theological Education, Social Work, Mothers’ Union, Public Education, Parish Life, Administration and Canon Laws, Finance Sustainability and ongoing training of church leaders in different Archdeaconaries).
Pray for the new Diocese of KALIMA approved for creation from the Diocese of Kindu during the General Synod; pray for the electoral Synod which will take place in Kindu in September to choose the two candidates to send to the House of Bishops for
them to elect the new Bishop of Kalima in January 2022. Pray for the requirements to be met for the new diocese to finish building a house for the Bishop and provision of a vehicle for him to visit parishes and one years’ salary.
Pray for pastors, evangelists, catechists and other church workers to consider the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for mission; pray for provision during this crisis as their churches are closed and collections have stopped. Pray for God to open ways for them to be able to survive.
Pray for equity in COVID vaccines. Many Congolese have no access to vaccines and no idea when vaccines will be available; pray for reliable information to inform the population, and that people will follow guidelines to prevent transmission.
Pray for new students at Beroya Bible College in September, for the safety of their families left behind and for the teachers to teach the Word of God with boldness.
Pray for the Lord’s intervention in the very difficult situations that exist due to lasting insecurity in the eastern part of the country where homes are being burned, people killed or abducted and attacks from terrorists continue from groups such as ADF muslims and other army groups. Pray for the DRC military and UN joint operations to restore peace and pray for political stability.