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Prayer Resources2021-04-11T10:34:06+01:00

Let’s Pray

These Three remain … Faith, Hope and Love.  This is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to draw congregations and their members together in God to express his life and witness in this moment.

Pray, in the Spirit, on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

(Ephesians 6 v 18)

To Help Us In Our Prayers

Hope at Easter

  • Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! May this worldwide affirmation by Christians on Easter Sunday set the tone of our walking in hope and by faith in days of uncertainty. May we be people of hope, not of despair, placing our trust in the Lord who reigns over all.
  • The Moderator plans to be with the congregation in Portrush on Easter Sunday morning. Pray for congregations as they make plans to return to their buildings, with the necessary restrictions in place, and pray especially for congregations in the Republic, for whom the restrictions remain in place.
  • Pray for our political leaders in both jurisdictions. Pray for political stability, and confident, principled leadership from our governments. Pray for the grace to disagree well. Pray strongly against those who would bully or intimidate those with whom they differ.
  • As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, give thanks for the message of hope this brings. We pray for hope for the future, as we look ahead into another uncertain year. We trust in God for his guidance and provision as we travel this way.

PCI

  • Social Witness: Pray for those living with mental health issues at this time, which are exasperated greatly by the loneliness and isolation of the current Covid-19 crisis. Pray that they will find a listening ear and seek the appropriate professional help. Give thanks for all who give of their time to provide Mental Health Services.
  • Great Victoria Street, Belfast: Pray for the congregation of Great Victoria Street which was glad to meet together in-person on Easter Sunday. Pray for the minister, Rev William Harkness, the kirk session and members as they seek God’s guidance, pray and plan for the future of the congregation’s work in Belfast city centre.
  • Rev Graham Stockdale (Prison Chaplain in Maghaberry): Pray for Graham and all involved in PCI’s prison chaplaincy work. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and for prisoners to find hope and new life in Christ.
  • General Council: The Moderator will offer a pre-recorded service of worship this Easter which may be used in congregations across the Church. Pray that this would be a blessing to many. Thank God for the provision of technology to enable us to meet online.
  • Training in Ministry: Ministry students have had a busy semester. Teaching has been online, and many have faced additional demands with home-schooling, disrupted routines, and isolation. Pray for them and their families that they will have opportunity for refreshment over Easter, with a clear focus on the hope of our Lord’s resurrection.

Our Children & Youth

  • Pray for children and families as life returns to a more normal routine in coming months. Give thanks for families growing in faith together this last year and ask that they continue to follow Jesus every day.
  • Young People have lost so much this past year. Pray that as we progress, churches and ministry organisations will be able to provide them physically, emotionally and spiritually restoring experiences.

Global Mission

  • Middle East: Give thanks that JETS continues to provide training for church and para-church leaders, award Christian theological degrees and contribute to the planting and strengthening of churches throughout the Middle East. Pray for staff as they work to keep students engaged with their courses during online learning.
  • Indonesia: Give thanks for the launch of a new speed boat partially funded by a grant from PCI to help one of our partner churches reach its many members located in remote locations across the North Moluccas islands.
  • For Peter & Valerie Lockwood and Stephen & Angelina Cowan. Follow links for more detail.

For Ballynure Presbyterian Church and Community

Pray for our Ministry Team, elders and members as we seek to serve one another and our community at this time. Pray that our in person and live stream services and other means of communication would bring encouragement, that God’s Word would work in our hearts and lives.

Pray for families who have recently been bereaved, that they would know God’s comfort and strength. Remember those who have relatives suffering from the virus at home or in hospital, that they would know strength and healing.

Pray for wisdom for our leaders at Stormont and for the advisers who guide them.

For those in our congregation who are caring for the sick and vulnerable

Here’s the first names of people connected to our congregation who are serving us in this way: Alexandra, Alison, Gillian A, Gillian D, Esther, Diane, Denise J, Denise W, Janet, Joanne, Joe, Lynne, Mark, Nicola (and no doubt others we are not yet aware of). Pray for them by name! They need the Lord’s strength, compassion, patience, wisdom, peace, healing, rest, and much more…

Life in Hospitals and Care Homes and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Pray for patients in hospital and residents of care homes at this time when the need for additional measures to ensure safety from spread of infection can be upsetting, asking that God would bring a sense of his peace and a freedom from fear and anxiety.

Pray for those who serve in the NHS, that they would have the resources and the strength they need to care for patients.

Pray for those with mental health challenges who feel isolated and anxious, asking that God will bring peace and calm and that they will receive every possible support.

Pray for other aspects of the wellbeing of society, such as healthy relationships, neighbourliness and care for the most vulnerable, asking that God would enable the flourishing of our life together despite lockdown and social distancing restrictions.

Global Mission

Asia Link

Relief efforts continue in India. When India imposed lockdown in late March with just four hours notice, it caused a humanitarian disaster ...

TearFund

We work through local churches to unlock people's potential, helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves.

Pray for our village and surrounding area, for farmers and workers in the agri-food business under pressure, for local shops and the school, for our neighbours (name them before the Lord), for those most alone and vulnerable.

Pray for those who are on furlough or who have lost their jobs, for those whose businesses are under severe pressure and strain, people for whom the future is very uncertain – that the Lord would provide and guide.

Pray that we would grow closer to the Lord during this challenging time, that we’d grow more like Jesus, that we would live for the things that God says matter most – loving Him and loving others.