The LORD will give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him ‘Immanuel’. By the time he is old enough to make his own decisions, people will be drinking milk and eating honey.
Isaiah 7: 14-15
We give you thanks that you are active in our world.
We can’t always see the signs that you are at work,
sometimes your timescale is different from ours,
but you are always working
and you don’t need us to nudge you into doing something.
Sometimes we are the ones who need nudged.
We can’t be bothered
We think we’re too busy.
Forgive us, and make us ready to do your work
Give strength to hands that are tired
and to knees that tremble with weakness.
Tell everyone who is discouraged,
“Be strong and don’t be afraid!
God is coming to your rescue.”
Isaiah 35: 3-4
We pray for all those who are tired and weary –
weary from caring for others
weary from trying to make ends meet
weary from coping with pain and illness
We pray for those who are discouraged –
because of repeated knocks and setbacks
because through age and illness they cannot do what they did
We pray for ourselves that we may know your strength
to keep going
to help others
to be witnesses to you
The Spirit of the LORD will give him wisdom
and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.
He will know the LORD’s will and honour him,
and find pleasure in obeying him.
He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;
he will judge the poor fairly
and defend the rights of the helpless.
Isaiah 11: 2-4a
We pray for all in positions of authority
here and in every other land:
may they strive for peace and justice, truth and honesty,
wholeness and fullness of life for everyone.
We pray for those who desperately long for peace and justice
who live with fear, poverty or abuse.
We pray for ourselves
that we will strive as best we can to make it the kind of world
you want it to be
- There are still quite a lot of people work in Dumbarton, in shops and offices around the town. Give thanks for the work they do.
- Pray that they will find fulfilment in their work. Pray for those who have ‘issues’ to face at work (whether coping with personality clashes, uncertainty over the future of their job, or dealing with the public)
- Pray for good relations with management, colleagues and clients/customers
NB Next Prayer diary will be available on Sunday 4 September 2016