Hillside Methodist Church PRAYER DIARY
[Quotations from the Bible are taken from the Contemporary English Version.]
April 1st (Wednesday) Let’s pray today for our Circuit Ministers and District Bishop (pictured). The unprecedented circumstances call for working in imaginative ways. Pray that with the use of phones and social media apps, they will be able to minister to the church and community.
Day and night we sincerely pray that we will see you again and help you to have an even stronger faith. We pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus will let us visit you. 1 Thessalonians 3 v10-11.
April 2nd (Thursday) Pray for all who are suffering loneliness, in our own extended families and in our community. Let’s remember to phone someone and chat . . . and listen.
I am lonely and troubled. Show that you care and have pity on me. My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. Psalm 26 v16-17.
April 3rd (Friday) Pray for those who will find it even more difficult to manage during the lockdown: informal traders, employees whose place of work is forced to close, and many more. Many people in Zimbabwe are already living ‘from hand to mouth’.
If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? James 2 v15-16.
April 4th (Saturday) Thank God for the many people who share his love with us, especially nurses, doctors and other medical staff. Pray that those with the means to do so will find the necessary resources for the hospitals and clinics.
Love is kind and patient, 1 Corinthians 13 v4 (part).
Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. John 15 v12.
The Hillside Methodist Church Prayer Diary can also be emailed to you (if you just ask). There is usually a print edition, which would be distributed at the door of the church on the last Sunday before the beginning of the month, but unusual circumstances have made this unnecessary.
The Prayer Diary has changed its format this month for two reasons:
(1) it is no longer constrained by the space available on a sheet of A4 paper, because we are not making a printed edition for the foreseeable future;
(2) events are unfolding rapidly and it is difficult to see far in advance how we might best make our prayers relevant to the situation of the church and the world around us.
So I plan to issue the Prayer Diary in weekly instalments instead of monthly.