January Prayer Diary 2021
"I love you O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:1-2)
Pray for missionaries abroad including:
Ruth and Levi Nyondo at Kileni Schools in Mzuzu, Malawi. Levi asks for the following:
· pray for us as we are very worried about COVID impacts to our students,
· pray for continued peace is Sudan and Ethiopia,
· The College of Theology has embarked on a project of erecting a library – pray that some Samaritans come to help us, and
· Pray for protection of old people in Malawi who are being killed as they are suspected of being witch doctors. (Psalm 91: 1-16)
Caroline Whyte in Tank – for the staff, pupils, and families as they too are impacted by COVID poverty.
Give thanks for
· the Bible Society’s ‘Bible 2020’ app as 5 million Bible passages have been shared globally by almost 240,000 people in 133 countries.
· this source of comfort and strength to many, especially during the pandemic.
· the decision to continue into 2021 and pray that many more people will read the His Word daily.
Praise God and give thanks for
· the continued privilege of worship both in the church and online during the pandemic.
· all those who make it possible to open each Sunday, whether it be on the door, operating sound and vision or cleaning after and between services.
· the Advent services including the children’s service where 32 children and parents gathered.
· Benjamin as he faithfully led worship throughout 2020, and as he embarks on a series on Joshua this month.
· the leaders and boys of the BB, whose meetings had resumed before Christmas. Pray that restrictions will soon be lifted so that their meetings can restart soon.
· the Sunday School, Messy church and Jump for Joy children and families and pray that they too may meet soon.
As we look back on an extraordinary year
· praise God for the prayerful generosity of Open Doors supporters which has kept hope alive for so many persecuted believers.
· pray for wisdom for Open Doors staff to discern how best to strengthen the persecuted church in 2021, to keep sharing Jesus, no matter the cost.
· Pray for those persecuted Christians being supported – including those in North Korea, the recently released 344 children abducted from their Nigerian school and those involved in the horrific attack on a Christian village in Indonesia last month which brought such devastation to people’s lives.
· God will give strength to our doctors and nurses as they cope with this new strain of COVID-19 and will keep them safe.
· the National Health service will be not be overloaded in the coming months.
· the scientists and lab technicians who have developed vaccines and for all who deliver the vaccination programme.
· carers who support vulnerable people in their own homes,
· key workers in so many different jobs.
· the work of the church’s social care provider – CrossReach.
· all staff and partner agencies as they show the practical side of our Christian faith by reflecting Christian love to those they support.
· a blessing on those receiving care – may they know God’s peace and joy in their lives
Give thanks for the vision of those who founded CrossReach 150 years ago.
Pray for our church and the wider community, including
· our members and adherents – especially those who have been unable to attend Sunday worship. Ask for a blessing on them as they listen at home online or via CD.
· the sick, those recovering from illness, those awaiting operations and those on the road to recovery.
· the housebound and those in care homes who are struggling due to restricted opportunities for visiting.
· whose have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet.
· parents who will have to undertake home learning with their children. Grant them wisdom and patience.