Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Today is the International Day of Prayer
for the Persecuted Church. The event calls us to pray for the immediate release
of Christian prisoners of faith in Eritrea, including 173 who have been
detained for more than 10 years. You can read more and find free resources at: http://www.releaseinternational.org/idop-november-2017/
In many countries, Christians are harassed,
discriminated against, slandered, unjustly accused, summarily arrested and
sometimes imprisoned, beaten, exiled or killed. Violence comes both from
governments and religious extremists. Your prayers can focus on four groups.
Individuals – Pray that they:
strong in faith and trust despite physical and psychological abuse
be able to forgive those who persecute them or who fail to support them
experience and know love, joy and peace from God (Romans 8:28-39)
walk humbly in their identification with Christ’s sufferings
be fruitful witnesses to others
be able to balance standing up for their rights, yet responding in grace and
Spouses – Pray that they:
with the sense of loss and isolation
with caring and providing for children alone
full of faith and hope
any intimidation from police or other aggressors
Children – Pray that they:
protected from long term psychological/emotional harm and bitterness
protected from abduction or the “corrective teaching” some States try to impose
know and experience the love of God
Converts – Pray that they:
help to grow spiritually
protected and provided for should their family or community turn against them
have the courage to lead others to know Christ
A Call to Pray & Act on Behalf of North Korean
Defectors, including a 4-year-old child
On 4 November Chinese police arrested 10 North Korean defectors,
including a mother and her 4-year-old son. They are now being held in Shenyang
Police Station Detention Centre, from where the Chinese authorities plan to
re-patriate them to North Korea. The South Korean Embassy in Shenyang has
requested that the 10 North Koreans are not re-patriated on humanitarian
grounds, but are permitted to complete their journey to South Korea where they
will be received. If these defectors were to be re-patriated they would
certainly face severe punishment in the form of imprisonment with a high
possibility of torture and even death.
the 10 defectors to know the Lord’s presence and protection, especially for the
4-year-old child. Most of them are Christians.
the Lord’s authority to be manifest in this situation and that His will be
the Chinese authorities to heed the pleas of the International Community and
review their policy on repatriation of North Korean defectors.
world leaders to be convicted to take the recommended action of the UN enquiry
report on North Korea.
all other defectors, for the North Korean people in general and especially
Christians in North Korea to receive justice and freedom from oppression as is
their human right.
to your MP and urge them to take action to secure their freedom
to China’s Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Liu Xiaoming, Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL. Respectfully express
your concern about the situation and ask the Ambassador to make representation
to his government for the release of the detainees on the grounds of human
Andy & Michelle’s Prayer Letter
Please see the noticeboard in the coffee
lounge for the latest copy of Andy & Michelle’s Prayer Letter.
continue to remember them in your prayers, in particular:
lot has been happening and Andrew has been struggling to maintain discipline on
his studies in this final term of the year. Please pray for focus to study well
(even if that means declining other ways of serving for this season of his
love and prayerfulness as we lead the Youth Ministry. We would be doing it with
very little experience up our sleeves… (What a good way to be humbled by God!)
in God to grow amidst the uncertainties of the coming year and wisdom on what
the next step would be for Michelle
knees and back have been giving problems in the past few months. Please pray
for discipline for us to set aside time for exercise!
Prayer – prior to the Sunday morning service
It has been the custom for the preacher and stewards to meet in prayer prior to the Sunday morning service. An invitation is now extended to all those who wish to join in prayer. Room 3 at 10.15.am.
At Centenary: Monthly prayers for Boston and Zion in the lunch club room at on the 1st Friday of each month from 10.30am
If you have a specific prayer request for the prayer chain or prayer wall, please speak to John H. or one of the stewards
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Prayer for the day -
(This will take you to 'The Methodist Church Website')
Loving God, I want to trust you, but I’m scared of getting hurt.
I want to follow you, but my weakness makes me stumble.
I want to soar high, but my doubts keep me firmly on the ground.
I want to run far and fast but I lose strength at the first hurdle.
I want to walk with you, but I grow tired so quickly.
Give me the courage to face my fears.
Give me the patience to follow where you lead me.
Give me the stamina to keep going when things are tough.
Give me a new strength. Amen
Based on Isaiah 40:31; Christy-Anna Errington, Methodist Youth President, 2010/11
From ‘Run the Race’ the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2011/2012
Give me enough tears to keep me human,
Enough humour to keep me wise,
Enough setbacks to keep me humble,
Enough accomplishments to keep me confident,
Enough patience to teach me waiting,
Enough hope to teach me trusting,
Enough friends to give me love,
Enough memories to give me comfort.
I want to thank you for what you have already done in my life.
I am not going to wait until things in my life look better –
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry –
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears –
I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves –
I am not going to wait until I get the job –
I am not going to wait until the job gets easier –
I am not going to wait until I understand every experience
in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day.
I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.
Most of all, I’m thanking you, God…
because you haven’t given up on me.
THANK YOU GOD
A PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE
Lord, guide me in the decisions I make today, large and small.
Help me to weigh the effects they will have on others;
Grant me courage in those which are difficult.
Give me time to think before I act.
In all that I say or think or do this day,
Inspire me with your love and lead me into your truth.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen