16th December 2018
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)
- Father, through John the Baptist you tried to prepare your people for the coming of Jesus. Will you prepare us too? Prepare our hearts and minds that we may know what to look for in the coming of Jesus Christ into our world… May we show the joy of the Advent message in our lives day by day. Through him who came at Christmas time.
(from Prayers before Worship)
- The Leprosy Mission Trust India takes care of elderly people severely disabled by leprosy in its five Snehalayas (houses of love in Hindi) spread across three states of India. These people were rejected and abandoned by their families due to disabilities and stigma associated with leprosy. Pray that the residents of the Snehalayas develop an intimate relationship with God. Pray that they experience God’s everlasting love, even when their families have abandoned them.
- Give thanks for the joys and successes that the residents and staff have experienced individually and as a team at Whinnieknowe Care Home for 24 older people in Nairn. They acknowledge God’s hand in these circumstances and ask us to direct praise to him for them.
(CrossReach Prayer Diary)
- God of Advent hope, here in our community is the place we practise Christian principles. It would be so comfortable to have certainties; to know exactly what we ought to do and how to do it, without having to think hard about what the Bible means. Help us to take the trouble to study your word, to benefit from all scholarship and to learn for ourselves your word for today, so that people may see in our lives obedience to the eternal truths contained within the Bible. (Prayers for Today’s World)
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (Good News Bible)