8th December 2019
The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it…judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
- Consider what decisions and alliances are currently before you, your local church and the church and nation nationally. Pray that those involved will hear and heed the word of God.
- Pray for the persecuted church especially in this month those in Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Syria. Pray for the family of Javed Masih in Punjab who was brutally killed by his boss for daring as a “lowly Christian” to work for someone else. Javed sought work elsewhere after his boss refused him a loan to pay for his disabled son’s medical treatment.(Prayershield of Release International)
- God of Advent hope, you kept your promise to send a Saviour into the world, but no one expected that Saviour to be born in a dirty stable to an unmarried mother. You have promised your Son will return, but how will your church recognise him? We so often fail to recognise you or identify your Spirit. Enable us and all your church to develop a sensitivity to you, so that we may learn to interpret your will and to know the Christ in whatever guise he appears. (from Prayers for Today’s World)
- Our Father, we thank you for the Bible which tells us the Christmas story. Thank you, too, for the writings, centuries before, which tell of the coming Saviour and King. Thank you for those who toiled and gave their lives so that we could have the Bible in our own language. help us to understand your Word and to treasure it as you speak to us from it, preparing our hearts for Christmas.(for the second Sunday of Advent)
O Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world, look upon us and have mercy upon us; thou who art thyself both victim and Priest, thyself both Reward and Redeemer, keep safe from all evil those whom thou hast redeemed. O Saviour of the world. (St Irenaeus 1130-1202)