Prayer Diary


A cutting remark…..plans that fail….fears and doubts…..a sudden crisis. Who do you turn to for help?
Your personal Encourager. God who helps us deal with issues such as fear, doubts, loneliness, temptation and bereavement etc
From his book” Your personal Encourager” by Selwyn Hughes.
From time to time everyone needs encouragement. Some of the most remembered moments in my (Selwyn) own life have been those when, overtaken by a pressing problem and feeling deeply discouraged, someone came alongside and stimulated my faith with a God-given and reassuring word. It is gratifying when we are caught up in the throes of discouragement to have a friend who comes alongside and says something or does something that is encouraging, but what do we do when such a friend is not available. Every Christian ought to know how to do what King David did. He relied wholly on God and what he learnt about Him. It is imperative that we know what parts of the Bible to turn to in time of testing, and to know also how to talk ourselves into a new mood of optimism and faith. The things we tell ourselves greatly affect the way we feel– and this is why we must learn to fill our minds with the truths of God’s eternal and unchanging Word. God challenges us so we might be brought to the place of complete and utter dependency upon Him. God not only lifts the standards to great heights, but also provides the power to reach up to them. (Extracts)

November 1st (Friday) Pray for leaders and participants in the Circuit Youth Camp at Masiye Camp that the Holy Spirit move hearts to know Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If any man is in Christ he is a new creature the old has passed and new has come.”

November 2nd (Saturday) Pray for or join the faithful who meet every Saturday to pray. Quarterly meeting at Barham Green Methodist Church at 2pm.
Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of councilors there is victory.”

November 3rd (Sunday) Pray for J. Makuyana that his message will uplift all and Scripture comes alive. Do not have our minds occupied with other things. Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than a double sword.”

November 4th (Monday) Pray for the lonely. No Christian is ever without the friendship of God and to have a friend I need to be a friend. Identify the lonely at Hillside Methodist Church. Romans 12:13 “Share with God’s people who are in need, practice hospitality.”

November 5th (Tuesday) In prayer for those who are fearful. God gives us the assurance that these fears can be overcome by trusting Him. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, self discipline.”

November 6th (Wednesday) Pray for all who harbour a spirit of unforgiveness. Forgiveness is an action of will, you decide to forgive and God will supply the power. Matthew 6:12 “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us”

November 7th (Thursday) Pray for those who have lost/or have no their jobs. As Christians our worth lies in the fact that we belong to God. The loss still hurts and we are shaken but not shattered. Psalm 112:7 “..His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

November 8th (Friday) Keep in prayer all those in the ministry who are moving to new areas that they are warmly welcomed. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman not ashamed, handling accurately the true Word.”

November 9th (Saturday) Pray for families in conflict that they feel confident to ask for help from the leaders of our church. Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God and no root of bitterness causes trouble and many defiled.”

November 10th (Sunday) Bless Rev. Muza as he shares the message today and the congregation come hungry to be uplifted spiritually by our Lord. Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of Thy Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

November 11th (Monday) Pray for the Circuit ministers, Revd. Dr. Mugwidi, Revd. K. Muza, Revd. M. James, District Bishop Revd M.Ncube in their God-given task. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “God our Saviour, who desires all men be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

November 12th (Tuesday) Bearing in mind Rev. Mugwidi’s serious health issues, pray that with correct treatment he will soon be back to full health. James 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders to pray and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

November 13th (Wednesday) Pray even when we feel God is far away. A common reason can be we fail to take the time to maintain our relationship with Him. Jeremiah 29:13 -14. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”

November 14th (Thursday) There are many in our congregation with sight problems, pray for them by name if possible and do not take your own good sight for granted. James 5:16 “……The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

November 15th (Friday) Many students are writing or have written exams and we pray their efforts will be rewarded especially those leaving to find employment or higher education. Proverbs 1:5 “..hear and increase in learning a man of understanding acquire wise counsel.”

November 16th (Saturday) Nothing is as revealing of our dedication to Christ and His cause as our attitude towards money. Pray all giving will be in gratitude for what He has given to us. Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down…”

November 17th (Sunday) Pray that the assembly of your people to praise and worship the Lord be with eager anticipation as Mrs.T Chigwada brings us His message. Psalm 111:1 “Praise the Lord…in the company of the upright and in the assembly.”

November 18th (Monday) Prayer for our country must be in our thoughts and hearts all the time bearing in mind that our conduct be according to His Word. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to all…..”

November 19th (Tuesday) Pray for of Christians who are perplexed by the prosperity of the ungodly. Psalm 73:16-17 “When I tried to know all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.”

November 20th (Wednesday) Let this be a day of praise and thanks. There is so much to thank Him for in spite of circumstances. Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name, Worship the Lord in Holy array.”

November 21st (Thursday) Pray Hillside Methodist Church is not guilty of: Revelation 2:4 “I have this against you that you have left your first love.” Note they had not lost their love, but left it. Love cannot be recovered until sin is confessed and God’s forgiveness sought.

November 22nd (Friday) We pray for the needy who once again collect their rations and we thank the donors for their faithful contributions. May it be like Elijah being fed by the widow and bowl of flour did not run out. 1 Kings 17:15-16.

November 23rd (Saturday) We thank the Lord for the many Bible Study groups, praying each one discovers the joy as His treasures unfold urging us on. 2 Peter 1:19 “We have the prophetic word made more sure, to which we do well to pay attention….”

November 24th (Sunday) How blessed we are to gather in His house with no fear to worship and praise the Lord led by Mr. B. Masunda. Daniel 6:26 ”for He is a living God and enduring forever and His Kingdom is one which will never be destroyed.”

November 25th (Monday) We continue to pray for a good rainy season to ensure an abundant harvest and farmers be prepared. Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease”.

November 26th (Tuesday) Pray when facing bitter disappointments bringing the issue to God remembering He can take that and make it work for us. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”

November 27th (Wednesday) Pray for all those teachers opening up Scripture for the children and youth that He become a living reality in their lives. Psalm 25:4 “Make me know Thy ways, O Lord, Teach me Thy paths.”

November 28th (Thursday) We pray for our city Bulawayo, the mayor and all councilors and their responsibilities to do the best with resources to hand. Colossians 3:24 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”

November 29th (Friday) The holiday season is upon us and we pray as His family we set out entrusting our journey to Him and drive with care. Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord before me, He’s at my right hand and I will not be shaken.”

November 30th (Saturday) Pray for all stewards, our secretary, Patience and caretaker, Simon and show appreciation for their work done. Romans 12:11 “Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.”

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