“You know the value of prayer: it is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it.” [Sir Thomas Buxton]

General Prayer Points – 6 May 2020

  • Praise the Lord for his generosity and kindness as He leads and guides you. Remember His encouragements to you this week (through people, Bible, prayer time) and give thanks to Him!
  • As Scotland is at the polls today (6 May), pray for the candidates elect to carry out their calling with diligence, compassion, justice and fairness.
  • Pray for the sick, for LC to receive a long-awaited correct diagnosis and to start the treatment to ease the debilitating pain, pray for his loved ones to have peace, hope and trust in you Lord. Pray for LM that she will be miraculously healed and will not need another operation. Pray for her peace of mind and trust in Christ.
  • Pray for the bereaved, who lost loved ones this past week, especially losing a young grandchild. Pray for T and C and their family to find consolation and peace in the Lord.
  • Give thanks for our Online Alpha Course and for the Youth Alpha Inspire are running! Pray for God’s guidance for the leaders and God will use the sessions to reach the hearts and minds of guests with the Good News of Christ and with His saving grace.
  • Pray for our Cluster Group churches, and their leaders and members to know God’s gracious leadership and guidance:
    • Murrayfield
      • for the lighting refurbishment in the sanctuary;
      • for the reception of their online Christian Service;
    • Stockbridge
      • for their involvement in Christian Aid Week will be a blessing;
      • for their brothers and sisters in India;
    • Palmerston Place
      • for their stewardship campaign, looking at time and talents, as they share their ideas of what the Church should look like after Covid 19;
      • for wisdom as to know when to start children and youth work back in-person and not simply on-line.
  • Pray for God’s blessing and guidance for our building refurbishment starting on 7 June. Pray for good, committed workmanship and ‘on-time’ completion of the work.
  • Pray for the persecuted Christians and the suffering church in Comoros. Comoros islands are a small group of island between Madagascar and Africa. Only a very small percentage of the 870,000 people in Comoros are Christians – about 4,200 people. Sharing your faith in public draws legal consequences, as evangelism by any religion except Islam is illegal, and converts to Christianity can be prosecuted. In some parts of the country extremist groups threaten Christians with violence. Many Christians are pressured to keep their faith private, living out their faith in secret. Some 30 years ago or so persecution of Christians was very sever in Comoros, while the situation improved a great deal then as Comoros is making progress in stability and democracy, the country is back among the top 50 countries where persecution of Christians is severe. this is due to the rise of radical Islamic tendencies among the population at large and the government’s pressure on all religious groups except Sunni Muslims. The government believes the freedom of religion in the constitution is for foreigners, not for Comorians. Pray that the Lord will strengthen the small community of Christians in Comoros and add to their numbers. Pray for peace hope and tenacity they need to follow Christ in the face of persecution. Pray for Christians who are walking alone, carrying their faith as a secret, to be lifted up and to persevere in the trials of isolation and lack of community.