Tuesday Prayer


Due to current restrictions we will NOT be meeting in the church building until further notice. However, we will be connecting on Zoom instead. Whether you were a regular, normally came to the afternoon prayer meeting, or have never been before, you're welcome to join us.

Even if you're unable to access Zoom, you can still join with us - Praise & Prayer Outlines will continue to be posted below (these can be used at any time, not just 7.30pm on a Tuesday, but we would encourage you to pray then, or at 2.15pm, so that our prayers are combined together, creating a sense of unity even though we are apart).

Tuesday Prayer 18th May 2021


Last Thursday was Ascension Day, next Sunday is Pentecost. The ten days in between, the believers (about 120) "joined constantly in prayer." Acts 1: 14.

Jesus had told them "to wait for the gift my Father promised." Acts 1: 4 "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses." Acts 1: 8


They waited with expectancy, constantly in prayer. On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover, we now celebrate as Easter, was the feast celebrating the wheat harvest. A time to thank God for His provision.

God provided another harvest that day, the harvest of people believing in Jesus proclaiming him as their Saviour and Lord.


Filling up.

Take time now to express the desire of your heart to be filled again with Holy Spirit. Use the song "There must be more than this" (Consuming fire) to help us re-focus and express our desire for His filling.



Pray the words of this song:

Jesus, we come to lift you high,

Take every thought every word and draw them all to you.

Fill every heart until you are all we see,

Then we will worship, worship in your Spirit and be free.

Thank Jesus for His promise "I will be with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28: 20

Speak out your praise and worship.


Moving Out

Read God's plan in Exodus 6: 6-8

1. I will free you from oppression.

2. I will rescue you.

3. I will redeem you. (pay the price for you)

4. I will take you as my own.

5. I will be your God.

6. I will bring you into the land I promised.

These were God's steppingstones from slavery to freedom for His people. Pray for those you know who you want to lead to Jesus and freedom; for those you will invite to be part of the Big Question event next Monday evening.


World Concerns

Pray for peace in Northern Ireland, and also, in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Pray for Christians in India. Many pastors/church leaders have died due to Covid-19 for the church to remain strong and focussed in its mission to show the love of Christ.

Pray for Christians in Myanmar who are hiding for fear of being arrested by the military.

Pray for other situations you may know about or are concerned about.

Pray for the strength to endure and persevere and not lose heart. For the Holy Spirit to make God's presence real in very difficult situations.

Finish by thanking God for His presence with you each and every day, praying "you will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage for Christ to be exalted." Philippians 1: 20.


Tuesday Prayer 11th May 2021


Psalm 68:3-4 NLT

Let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God's presence. Let them be filled with joy. Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord - rejoice in his presence!


As we come to prayer, let's first acknowledge God's presence with us and in us through the words of the following song, and from there let's flow into exalting Him who is high over all. Use one of God's titles or attributes to focus your thanksgiving and praise, eg Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counsellor, Healer, Restorer, King of Kings...



As Joel shared on Sunday, Jesus came to seek and save the lost, spending time with sinners, outcasts, those that "decent society" and the religious looked down on. Jesus Himself said that, "the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does". (John 5:19 NLT), and He calls us to do the same.


Spend some time first of all asking God to search our hearts and bring to the surface any wrong attitudes we may have. Once we have confessed, know that we are forgiven, and move on to pray that God will soften our hearts and use us to reach all those He brings across our paths, regardless of who they are. Pray for every area of both our individual and corporate lives that reaches into the world: Food Bank, Open the Book, Renew, our neighbours, work colleagues, places of leisure, at the school gates...


Psalm 68 goes on to say, "Father to the fatherless, defender of widows - this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy." (Psalm 68:5-6a NLT).


Let us pray that the Body of Christ at BBC will become known as a place and a people where the lost become found, the outcasts are welcome, the lonely find family, the prisoners are set free, and the broken are made whole. After all, we were in their shoes once, but we were cleansed; we were made holy; we were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (I Corinthians 6:11).



Tuesday Prayer 4th May 2021


Whenever you chose to take time to pray today, whether that be in the afternoon, the evening or at a time more convenient to you, it matters not, because our God is ready to hear you.


Let us join together in prayer

Dear Lord, on this Tuesday, I pray that You give me strength to be strong for You, amid all the temptations of this world. You know that there are struggles that I will go through during the coming week. I pray that You be with me as I go through them. With You at my side, nothing will be impossible. Carry me when I am too weak. Make me an overcomer. Fill me with your wisdom. In Jesus mighty and powerful name, I pray, Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

As we listen to this worship from Hillsong - "Who You say I am". Don't just be a passive listener. Own the words and make them yours



As we continue to come before our Lord in prayer, let us open up our minds and bodies so that we can fully devote this time to Him

Holy Spirit, I invite you to tear down the strongholds in my life. Help me to overcome each and every obstacle that attempts to stand in my way. For You, Oh Lord, are my light and my salvation. What shall I fear? Break every evil chain that tries to mislead me. Help me to be focused on my present, dear Lord, and let worry fall by the wayside.

Let my heart be filled with joyful praises unto You, each and every day. Amen

Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Offer praises to the King. Nothing is ever to trivial or small for Him.


Let us now take time to give thanks and then to pray for those less fortunate than ourselves

We have suffered from Covid 19 for well over a year now. Let us give thanks that we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. That God is bringing us out of the darkness back into light.

Consider, that whatever we have been through, as individuals of a scattered church, isolation, sickness, financial problems and other things which have tested us.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3: 5-6

There are countries across the world that are still suffering the effects of Covid 19 and facing a far worse pandemic than we have done.

At this time let us pray in particular for India and the suffering that is going on in that country.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 1Timothy 2:1 (ESV)

Let us pray for:

PEOPLE SUFFERING. Those in hospital with Covid-19. Those sick at home. Those suddenly bereaved.

PHYSICIANS, nurses and key workers labouring every waking moment under impossible conditions.

POLITICIANS overseeing the roll-out of the vaccine, trying to support hospitals, businesses and hold the nation together.

PASTORS & PRIESTS, seeking to shepherd churches through this crisis, facing unprecedented challenges themselves but also with unprecedented opportunities to proclaim the hope of the gospel.


Connect


Think of just one person who you know who isn't on a journey with Jesus yet. Lift them up to the Lord and pray for them to encounter Him!

Pray the we ourselves will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit this week, as we seek to connect with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Don't be shy in asking for what you want or need. God will never make a bad choice for you.

As we come to the end of our time, lets be joyful and sing.



"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2


God Bless you all and may He watch over you throughout the coming week.


Tuesday Prayer 27th April 2021


'Church for Dummies'

James 5:13-16


There's a popular series of books that aims to help people to learn new skills with really simple instructions and illustrations. It's known as the '[insert topic here] for dummies' series. There a few examples of these below...



Their strapline is: 'making everything easier' and it's a bestselling series!

Now I'm not saying you're a dummy (even if you like the look of one of the books above!) but we could all use a little help sometimes and in the early church the first Christians often struggled with how to respond in different situations.

I often regard four verses from the bible (James 5:13-16) as 'Church for Dummies' - a set of simple instructions to the early church that says in just those verses what to do in some of the most common challenges of life, both at the time and today!

We're going to work through the passage and after each section there's a suggestion of what you might pray for, though to be honest it's not that hard to figure out (which is why I call it 'church for dummies'!):



James 5:13-16

13a Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

- Pray for some of the troubles you're aware of in your life and in the community...


13b Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

- Praise and worship God using one of this song, remembering that we are to worship Him no matter how we feel.

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14 Is anyone among you ill? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

- Pray for those we know who are unwell (especially the Elders!). Know that you are forgiven by God for anything you have done wrong!


16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

- What prayers of confession might we have to pray today? On behalf of ourselves, our church and our nation? Pray some prayer confessing to God, either privately or out loud, knowing that God hears and forgives you for ANYTHING!


For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39]

Tuesday Prayer 20th April 2021


As we listen to this first song, let us take a few moments to still our minds and focus on the words of the song.

Allow the spirit to pour out fill our minds and hearts as we listen



We start with a time of praise and thanksgiving, read through the following verses

Romans 15:13

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Ephesians 14: 16-19

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


On Saturday we had the funeral of Prince Philip, pray for the Queen who is now learning to adapt to a live without her husband, may the God of love fill her with peace at this time. We also pray for those we know that have recently lost loved ones too.

Pray for Anne Gosling and the team as Renew 127 opens this week for the plans and preparations that are being put in place. May God grant Anne with wisdom as she controls the new environment and the changes that have been made due to the current restrictions. May she feel at peace and be blessed mightily.

Pray for Joel, Kirsty and the family for their imminent move to Doncaster. We pray for peace and calmness as they prepare. Pray specifically for Malachi, Elijah, Esme & Mabel as this is a big move for them too, pray that they will feel God's protection on them, and may He fill them with excitement and peace, so they won't feel anxious.

For foodbank, for the continual work of our church members that make it so organised, successful and available to those who are in desperate need.

Finally, a song to finish to reflect on all what has been prayed today


Tuesday Prayer 13th April 2021


Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Let the words of this song help us draw close to God and continue after with a time of worshipping God in our praise and thanksgiving.



Connecting with God

This week has been a time of connecting with God. As we have been doing this throughout the last week, what has God been saying to us?


A time of prayer for our Nation

Last Friday, Prince Philip passed away just short of his 100th birthday. On watching the news and various programmes commemorating his life, what made an impression on me was how he lived a life of service and how many testified to his impact on them.

Pray for the Royal Family, especially for the funeral this Saturday - that there will be healing in relationships. As many will be watching, pray that God will speak to the Nation.

The way forward as lockdown rules continue to relax - wisdom for those in positions of influence. Church leaders, politicians, scientists, medics.


Local

Bentley community. Foodbank, Open the Book, Renew, Church members living in Bentley. Churches in the Bentley area. People who have connected with the online services.

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. (Psalm 4:6)

Let's shine for Jesus as we go through this week.



Tuesday Prayer 23rd March 2021


Psalm 37: 7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.

Psalm 446: 10 "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honoured by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world."

These two verses from the Psalms speak into our busyness and tell us to take time to be still, to acknowledge the LORD God, and focus our attention on Him.

Be still.


Love God

Speak out the names, character, and nature of God. Declare who he is.

Bring your praise and worship to God in ways in which you feel inspired.

Bring honour to Him, He is worthy.


Love People

Talk to God about people you know, your neighbours, work colleagues, friends, family. Ask God's blessing to be on them, for him to reveal himself to them, to draw them close so they may know his presence and love, that they may also be still before God and bring honour to his name.


Love Life

Thank God for his presence with you, for the breath in your lungs, for sight, hearing, smell, taste etc.

Ask for Holy Spirit filling you afresh, so you are empowered to live life in all the fullness of God.

Pray for boldness to live and speak for Jesus in all you do or say.

Be still in the presence of your Lord.

Tuesday Prayers 16th March 2021


Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Saviour, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:1-8 NIV)


Father God, we thank you for your love and tender mercy that pursued us and saved us. We thank you for the many blessings your pour into our lives day by day. We praise you that you are a God who answers prayer.


Allow the following song to lead you into a time of worship, acknowledging God's greatness, majesty and holiness:


Then, spend some time just quietly waiting for God to respond.


Having waited on God and allowed Him to speak, then move into prayer:


• For the fellowship as we move out of lockdown - for wisdom, for adaptability, for the Holy Spirit's leading

• For Bentley, pray against the forces of darkness that bind people and hold them captive. Declare that Jesus is Lord over the spirits of addiction, pornography, abuse, apathy, depression, suicide . . . anything else that the Holy Spirit shows you

• Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work, opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears; that men and women, children and young people would be convicted of sin and their need for salvation

• For those of our fellowship who live in Bentley - Amy, Mike and Nikki, Nazia, Pauline - for their protection and their witness

• For the unsaved wives and husbands of our church fellowship, praying also for the Christian partner

• For those who used to be part of the fellowship who are currently not walking with God as they once did


Finally, use the following song to speak prophetically into the above situations, that the breath of God would bring life:


Tuesday Prayers 9th March 2021


We were blessed on Sunday evening this week when nearly 180 people tuned in to witness Joel being inducted as our new minister here in Bentley. Since then, others have been watching the induction service on You Tube.

The fact is that, if we had not been in a lockdown we would probably not have reached as many people. Some of whom my not know God as their saviour.

Let us start today by praising God. Our God is such a good God. He hasn't brought a pandemic on us, but circumstances have meant that we are able to praise our God in different ways because of it. Let us bring our praises now, before Him. Not just for yesterday, but for anything that touches your heart today.


There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galataions 3: 28-29

Yesterday, was the International Women's day of prayer and this coming Sunday is Mothering Sunday. Whilst it is good to focus on our mothers, let us take time to broaden that and focus on the role that women play in our world today. Some of whom we will be aware. Those involved in mission, Janet Dalman (Japan), Sue Wilson (France) and Milixa LeFerve (Peru) Those involved in leadership, Ruth Rice (renew wellbeing), Lynn Green (Gen Sec of the Baptist Union), Ali Summers and Amy Waring (both on the Fresh Streams Leadership Team). Take time to lift some of these, or others you know of, to our Lord.

Also pray for women who are still treated as lesser persons, those fighting for a voice to be heard and particularly those who are trafficked and treated as sex objects. Those who are abused and denied the basic rights every person should be entitled to. Lift their circumstances up to our most gracious God.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

Let us take time now to reflect on God's impact in our lives. Listen to the song, join in if you wish.


As you consider the words of this song, what is God saying to you. It is not a weakness to rely on the Lord, but strength.


However, it is written 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived' the things God has prepared for those who love Him. These are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. 1Corinthians 2: 9-10

Let us bring our time together to a close by focussing on 'New Growth'. We are entering a new era at Bentley Baptist Church. We pray we are coming to the end of a pandemic which has impacted all our lives. We are coming out of Winter into Spring.

There is so much to be thankful for as we look forward to what God has in store for us.


May God continue to pour His blessing out on you throughout this week.

Amen

Tuesday Prayers 2nd March 2021


Today we'll be using the helpful P.R.A.Y. acronym from Pete Greig's book:

'How to Pray' as we Pause, Rejoice, Ask and Yield.

Pause

Psalm 46:10 says: 'be still and know that I am God' and we read that 'Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.' (Luke 5:16)

So the first thing we're going to do is spend time just being mindful of the reality that God is here.

Focus on your breathing, close your eyes, and focus your thoughts on the reality of God's presence with you. Ask Him simply to come by His Holy Spirit and fill you with His presence.


Rejoice

In the book of Daniel, chapter 6:10, we read that 'Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God'.

Rejoicing in who God is and what He has done should be the default position for His people!

Begin to rejoice by using the song: 'Bless the Lord O my soul'

After listening to this song, spend some praying prayers of Praise and Thankfulness to God for who He is and all He has done!


Ask

Archbishop William Temple said:

'When I pray, coincidences happen; when I stop praying, coincidences stop happening'

1 Thessalonians 5:7 says, very simply, 'Pray continually'.

Jesus said: 'You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.' (John 14:14)

Let's ask our good, good Father for the things we need, the things our friends and families need and the things our world needs.


Yield

Jesus lived a life that showed He was in complete submission to what His father God asked of Him - even death on the cross.

We read that He called His followers to the same principle!

knows you better than you know yourself, So God's plan for you is better than yours.

Finish this time by praying this prayer:

Father God, please be ruler of my life.

I surrender to your purposes and plans.

Guide me and make my path clear as you keep me from evil.

If there is anything in my life that you do not want for me,

please help me to open my hands and let it go.

Thank you that you are ready to put a blessing in it's place.

Tuesday Prayers 23rd February 2021


Love

Having recently celebrated Valentine's Day, coupled with the sermons of the last few weeks, and certain scriptures that are coming to my attention, God has been reminding me of His love for us and how His love helps us to love others. God loves us with a passion. Here are some well known verses to remind us of this:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)

1 John 3:1a See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (NIV)

The words of this hymn remind us of how great God's love is. Let's remind ourselves of God's love as we sing and express our love for Him, then move into a time of thanking God for his love and goodness to us, and expressing our love for Him.


A further scripture that have been on my mind recently was Jesus' challenge to Peter after the resurrection. (John 21 NIV)

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep"

Three times Jesus asked Peter the question "Do you love me?" Do we find ourselves being asked the same question by Jesus from time to time? Seems like I am being asked it lately. If we love Jesus, we will learn to love like Jesus.

Our banner a few years ago was - "Above all love". (1 Peter 4:8-11 NIV)

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

If we are to impact the community, we need to show the love of Jesus. Ask God to take us to a deeper level of love for Him, to discover new ways of showing love to people. As lockdown begins to be relaxed, there will be lost sheep looking for a fold - ask for wisdom and guidance on our next steps in caring and feeding the sheep God sends.

Also, to prepare our hearts for loving the community more. Remember our church strapline: "Love God, Love People, Love Life". Are we all living up to this?

Let's finish as we started - worshipping God and His love for us.

Tuesday Prayers 16th February 2021


A good number of years ago now, our watchword was "Live . . . in expectation". This was based on I Corinthians 2:9-10, which says:


'That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."


But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets.'


Over the last few years, God has revealed, and is still revealing, what He is doing and what He wants to do in Bentley. Do we believe Him? Are we living in expectation? To live in expectation doesn't mean we just sit back and wait for God to act. Nor does it mean that we simply get on with life. To live in expectation means to be awake and watchful, looking forward to and praying for what has been promised. Living in expectation means living like God is going to do something TODAY.


As we come to prayer, let's begin by praising God, lifting up His Name and giving Him the glory that He alone deserves.



In this atmosphere of praise and worship, begin by declaring God's faithfulness and His sovereignty - what He has said He will do, despite appearances to the contrary, for He is the God of the impossible.


Thank God for the promises He has spoken over Bentley, remind Him of them, and pray for their fulfilment - that God by His Spirit would move in every household, that the atmosphere would be changed, that men and women, boys and girls, young and old, would begin to seek answers to the deep-seated questions of their heart, and that Bentley would be a place of blessing and prosperity.


Finally, on this eve of Lent, are we prepared to live in expectation by committing to setting time aside each of the next forty days to speak blessing over and pray for the good of Bentley and its people - that heaven would come down?


Tuesday Prayers 9th February 2021



This week we have Valentines day, a day where we can celebrate our love for one another, shower those we love with gifts - or not! Do we really need one day to show others how much we love them???

Knowing we are loved is so important, to know and understand that we are loved by God, loved by our family and also that we can show love to others and especially show our love to God.

I have chosen the following verse it is always a popular verse when we speak of love and also used a lot at weddings and celebrations, as Paul spoke to the church in Corinth, these verses still speak to us today.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 NLT)

We will split the prayer time into 3 sections: -

• Praise and thanksgiving to God for His unending love, His patience, grace and mercy.

• Prayer of love for our families, some we may not have seen for a long time, for the challenges we have faced over the last year, for our Church family too.

• Prayer of love for others in our community, those who we work with, meet during the day and for those we are yet to meet.


Let us start with giving thanks to God. He loves us at all times and even with our own faults and failures. When times are good and in times of trouble, we are his children, and his faithful love endures forever.

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! (1 John 3v1 NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136 v1 NLT)


We move on to a time of prayer for our families, let us be thankful for our spouses, children/grandchildren, parents/grandparents, brothers and sisters etc.

We love each other because he loved us first - 1 John 4 v19 NLT

This last year has been a challenging one for everyone, families together and families apart. Specifically pray for those who juggle working from home, home schooling and balancing family life. We pray for our loved ones that we will all be reunited together soon. Give thanks for the technology that allows us to remain close to our family and extended family.

For our Church family too, for those who we have missed this last year, for those we have lost this last year and pray that again we will be back together soon worshiping God in our church building. To give thanks

how much our church family have stayed together during this time too and for everything that has been provided for us to enable us to worship, learn and live out God's word.

Finally, let us spend time for those in our community, for people we see during our day-to-day life. Shop workers, NHS staff and other key workers. Those who have helped us all get through this last year. How can we share God's love to others? This can be challenging with social distancing and mask wearing but with God it's not impossible.

14 "You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5 14-16 NLT

37 Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' - Matthew 22: 37-39 NLT


A good passage to finish this prayer time on is this: -

Loving One Another

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So, we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.

If we don't know where to start or how to do it, it is already written for us. The bible is full of God's love for us, and directions on how we can share our love and show love to others even if it is hard.

We love because he loved us first...

Tuesday Prayers 2nd February 2021


Use Psalm 8 to praise God. Think about who he is, remember all he has blessed us with and give him thanks.

Psalm 8

1 LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

in the heavens.

2 Through the praise of children and infants

you have established a stronghold against your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honour.

6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

7 all flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

8 the birds in the sky,

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


Prayer changes us!

• It changes us in our relationship with God.

• It changes us in how we think about others.

• It changes us in our attitudes and opinions.

• It changes us in our actions.

If it doesn't, then have we been really praying or just saying words?


God changed peoples' names to reflect his work in their lives.

• Abram      high father     Abraham     father of a multitude

• Jacob       deceiver         Israel          having power with God.

• Simon       hearing          Peter          rock

God told the prophet Hosea to name his daughter Lo-Ruhamah Not loved, and a son Lo-Ammi not my people.

This was God speaking to his people because they had rejected him and worshipped other gods. God then said if they would turn back to him they would be known as 'you are loved, and 'you are my people'.


Use the song 'Who you say I am.' And listen to God speaking affirmation over you


As we have been praying, we have been encouraged that God has led us pray His word over Bentley One of the passages is from Isaiah 62.

Never again will you be called "The Forsaken City" (Azubah) or "The Desolate Land." (Shemamah) Your new name will be "The City of God's Delight" (Hephzibah) and "The Bride of God," (Beulah) for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride. Isaiah 62: 4

Let us pray blessing over Bentley.

B - Body: Pray for good health, protection, and strength for all who live or work there.

L - Labour: Pray for work and financial security for the families and businesses.

E - Emotional: Pray for emotional health and a good quality of life; for joy, peace, hope.

S - Social: Pray for relationships with family and friends, for community life.

S - Spiritual: Pray for salvation, that many will come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for Joel, Kirsty, Malachi, Elijah, Esme, and Mabel. For the sale of their house in Torquay and the purchase of the right house in Doncaster.

For Joel as he starts his ministry, from a distance, in Bentley. For wisdom and encouragement.

Tuesday Prayers 26th January 2021


Psalm 95:1-5 NLT

Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land too


Spend some time praising God. He is worthy of all praise. He is our Saviour and Redeemer. He is the Creator and Sustainer. He is the Exalted One, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Psalm 95:6-7a NLT

Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.

Allow your praise and acknowledgement of God's goodness and greatness to move you into worship. As the following song plays, pour out your love to Him; be so focussed on Him, on His glorious majesty, that you become lost in the wonder of Him. Don't be in a rush.

When you feel the time is right to move on, begin to pray into the promises and encouragements that God has given to us over the last 3½ years as outlined by Graham on Sunday, remembering that "God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?" (Numbers 23:19 NLT).


Below are the bullet points. See under "Promises and Encouragements" elsewhere on the website for more detail.

Jeremiah 33:1-3, 6-11 - Bentley will be healed and know true prosperity and peace. Her sins and rebellion will be forgiven and Bentley and she will bring joy, glory and honour to God; and the world will know about it.

Isaiah 62 - Bentley's righteousness will shine like the dawn and her salvation will blaze like a burning torch. She will be a beacon to the world. God will delight in Bentley and Bentley will be a desirable place to be.

Jeremiah 31:7-9 - God is going to bring people back to Bentley. There will be those with needs among them, but they will come in weeping and repentance, praying; God will refresh them and be a father to them.


Prayer Points:

• That the wind of God's Spirit would blow through Bentley, bringing transformation through repentance and a turning to God

• That the trickle of the water of God's Spirit become a torrent, opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears

• Pray against the forces of darkness that bind people and hold them captive. Declare that Jesus is Lord over the spirits of addiction, pornography, abuse, apathy, depression, suicide

• For ourselves, both individually and corporately, to be willing to put in the preparation for the harvest that is to come - to mend the nets, and to enlarge our borders and strengthen the stakes and ropes (repent of any reluctance or apathy on your part)

• For the churches of Bentley - that there will be a greater unity and collaboration, particularly in the area of prayer


End with the declaration that God is here and He is at work, the Way Maker and Promise Keeper:


Tuesday Prayers 19th January 2021


As we come to prayer today let us lay aside the busyness and concerns of our day and turn our eyes to Jesus, relax in his presence and enjoy his peace


At last weeks Fresh Streams Conference the theme was Jeremiah 6:16. This has continued to be on my mind and I believe it is right that as church we also look at it:

This is what the LORD says:

"Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'


As you may know from reading beyond this point in the chapter, the people of Judah chose not to follow and they did their own thing and that resulted in years of exile.

We have been with this pandemic now for nearly a year. During that time we have not met in church to worship together, but as church our worship goes on. In our own homes, and joined together on Zoom, we continue to worship our God. We are approaching that crossroads referred to in Jeremiah, and need to be seeking God as to the way.

What does the future hold for us as God's people here in Bentley? This is a question we should all be asking ourselves.

"We are not called to walk the same ancient path to which Israel was called, but we are required to be faithful to our calling; to walk in spirit and truth as outlined in the word of God - to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and to mature in the faith that we have been taught."

Let's start today, seeking the Lord, firstly listening to this piece of music and then taking some time to be quiet. (you may say that you have plenty of time for that in these present conditions). Once the song finishes, take time to seek the Holy Spirit.

Hear what is being said to you at this time, for you and for Bentley.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 says "Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test them all: hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil"



Remember that God never tires of hearing our praise and prayer.


Praise:

Reflect on the time you have just spent and praise the Lord for revealing all His glory to you

Give thanks to God, for the fact that He never leaves us and that He can and will speak to us.

Prise Him for all the blessings, those in the past and those, through His faithfulness that are yet to come.

Praise Him for the things we take for granted. The small everyday things that get us through each day.


Prayer points:

Pray for Bentley, that there will be a transforming breakthrough, with many people coming to know the Lord.

For vision, for how we will respond to the Lord's word when we come out of this situation and are able to meet together again.

Pray for all those who are suffering, due to Covid-19. For those with ill health and for those charged with caring for them.

Pray for those in the persecuted church world-wide. Pray for those in Nigeria, a country which has moved into the 'Extreme Persecution' category on the Open Doors Watch List, published last week.

Pray for all those who dedicate their lives to taking God's word to countries which are hostile to the Christian faith, regardless of the dangers to their own lives.

It is now only two weeks until Joel takes up his position as our new minister. Continue to pray for all the family:

• for the provision of a buyer for their house in Torquay and for the availability of a suitable property here in Doncaster

• for the children and the uncertainty of a timetable for schooling that they face during Covid and the preparation of leaving friends for new schools in Doncaster

• for Joel and Kirsty as they continue to school the children at home

• for the unprecedented case of ceasing employment with Upton Vale and taking on the role of minister here in Doncaster, whilst still living in Torquay


May God bless you all and keep you safe throughout the coming week.

Amen

Tuesday Prayers 12th January 2021


Psalm 2

1 Why are the nations so angry?

Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;

the rulers plot together

against the LORD

and against his anointed one.

3 "Let us break their chains," they cry,

"and free ourselves from slavery to God."

4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.

The Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then in anger he rebukes them,

terrifying them with his fierce fury.

6 For the Lord declares, "I have placed my chosen king on the throne

in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain."

7 The king proclaims the LORD's decree:

"The LORD said to me, 'You are my son.

Today I have become your Father.

8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,

the whole earth as your possession.

9 You will break them with an iron rod

and smash them like clay pots.'"

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!

Be warned, you rulers of the earth!

11 Serve the LORD with reverent fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Submit to God's royal son, or he will become angry,

and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities-

for his anger flares up in an instant.

But what joy for all who take refuge in him!


This weeks Psalm reminds us that we need to pray for our nation and the nations. Many nations are run by leaders who do not know God and do not seek wise counsel. I recently read the book of Judges where Israel went through the cycle of worshiping false gods, selling themselves to other people, crying out to God, God brings a judge who saves the nation, then they have rest, take their eyes off God and the whole cycle starts again. It seems that many nations today go through the same cycle. Is it any wonder that so many nations rage and plot against the will of God?


Praise Points

Give thanks to God that we live in a free country (at least at the moment) where we are free to worship and share the love of Jesus. Verses 4 to 6, 12 remind us how great our God, is as does the following song.



Give thanks that despite the covid pandemic God is working in the hearts of mankind.

Give thanks for the opportunity that churches have to serve in their community (eg meeting needs through foodbanks).

Covid was no surprise to God, and what the devil uses to rob, steal, kill and destroy, God can use to bring life in all its fulness.

Give thanks that God has enabled scientists to develop vaccines.


Prayer points

• Pray for leaders - political leaders in government and opposition. Pray that they will seek wise counsel (verse 10). Pray that they will be touched by God and indeed come to know God.

• Pray for church leaders. National leaders, pastors etc. That they will continue to seek God and be guided to make wise decisions in their leading. To influence government both local and national in a Godly way. Pray also that pastors and their congregations will impact their communities at this time like never before, demonstrating the love of God.

• Pray for our front-line NHS workers, many are near exhausted, both physically and emotionally at this time, caring for those who are sick. Pray for Christian doctors and nurses that they will know God's presence and sustaining at this time - even to have opportunity to share their faith with others, especially the sick and dying.

• Pray for those who are sick or dying from covid, that they will cry out to God and come to know Him at this time.

• Pray for those who are suffering in loneliness, well-being and mental health, that God will be their light in a dark place.

• Pray for the effective distribution of the vaccines, that there will be wisdom exercised in their use and efficient distribution.

• Pray that our nation will once again cry out to God (the last time was Dunkirk 1940, effectively the UK's Red Sea moment). We are reminded several times in God's Word that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. As God's people we are reminded (verse 11) to serve the Lord with reverent fear.

• Pray that churches will continue to find innovative ways to serve their communities, taking the Good News with them. This is already happening (eg BBC Foodbank).

• Pray for our brothers and sisters in countries where there is persecution. Many are suffering, even surrendering their lives rather than denying Jesus. Over 260 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide. See https://www.opendoorsuk.org/ for more details,


Finally, give thanks to God that He is our refuge. The final line of the chapter states "what joy for those who take refuge in Him."

Tuesday Prayers 5th January 2021


New Year prayers

On Sunday we listened to the song Our God, what a great reminder and a great way to start the year.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger God You are higher than any other Our God is Healer, awesome in power Our God, Our God

God is greater, stronger, higher, healer and all powerful. And He is our God. So, as we spend some time in praise and thanksgiving let these words fill our prayers.

I have been following the Scripture writing plan on our Facebook page and have found it has really been helping with my focus over the past week. I wanted to revisit the first verse on day 1 focusing mainly on the last 2 sentences.

Isaiah 43 16-19

This is what the Lord says- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Let us not dwell on what has been before, we can't change 2020 and what has happened, what we experience shapes us but doesn't define us. Our challenge is not to get weighed down by what we have missed out on, what we have lost and what went wrong but to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, to know that God will always be doing a new thing, there is always so much more in front of us and He prepares the way.

Spend some time in prayer for those who are struggling to see God in their situation, for those who don't know Him or understand His love. We all have family, friends, Colleagues that will be angry and perhaps bitter at what is happened, but this is not healthy, we need to pray a peace over those we know and love.

Some may not have had much opportunity to share their faith over the last 9 months but there are always ways we can do it. Social media is an amazing tool when used correctly. Have a look for a positive quote to post on your news feed, you never know how much that

will help someone who is struggling, a telephone call, or facetime all ways to speak to others and share our faith.

I want to specifically pray for those who work in our education system, once again the teachers, school workers and children all face another challenging time and adding to the mix mass testing of pupils which seems a daunting task. We really need to pray for all those in education to feel a sense of God's peace over them and that they will not feel overwhelmed. We pray for their health both physically and mentally and may they be filled with the Holy Spirit so they can accomplish the task ahead of them.

For Joel, Kirsty and family as they continue with their own moving challenges, we pray that they have a buyer as soon as possible and that this time the buyer will commit fully to the purchase. For the house in Doncaster, that the family will keep this open for them until they have secured their sale and for the children that they continue to feel safe and settled as their parents take on the challenging move to Doncaster.

Finally, we pray for our Church family at Bentley, pray for all that the Church continues to do and especially as Foodbank returns after the Christmas break for those running it and those who will be in need of its service.

For the life groups, those who meet via zoom and those who keep in contact via telephone or other ways, let us all reconnect and share valuable fellowship time with each other.

Amen

Tuesday Prayers 15th December 2020


We are well into the season of Advent. Ten days to Christmas Day when we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus, God with us. Advent is also a time of expectation of and preparation for Jesus' return.


This Advent in our prayer times, we have been praying about the light of the world, Jesus, breaking into the darkness to bring hope to those lost and in despair. We have also had the challenge for us to prepare the way for the Lord.


3 Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting,

"Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD!

Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!

4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.

Straighten the curves and smooth out the rough places.

5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.

The LORD has spoken!" - Isaiah 40:3-5 NLT


V3a Listen to the voice of God. What is He saying to you?


V3b-4 Put on your work clothes, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the work God is calling you to do for Him. This is not easy work, it demands commitment, effort, and sacrifice. Working in the wilderness and wastelands of peoples lives, clearing the debris of brokenness, hurt and rejection.


V5 So that "The glory of the LORD will be revealed. The LORD has spoken."


Begin by praising God for who He is.


Thank God for revealing His glory to you.


Remember His blessings and celebrate His faithfulness.


What is God saying to you and to us His church?


Pray for the church Christmas cards as they go into homes around Bentley through New Village School and hand delivered to houses in the new estate off The Avenue.


Pray for breakthrough over Bentley in the heavenly realms.


Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any barriers in your own life and then for His help in removing them.


Pray for vision for 2021, and wisdom in implementing it, and boldness to live it out.


Continue to pray for Joel, Kirsty, and family as they prepare to leave Upton Vale Baptist Church and move to Doncaster. For the sale of their house in Torquay and the purchase of one in Doncaster. For school places for their children.


Use the song "The goodness of God" to finish with thanks and praise.



Tuesday Prayers 8th December 2020


"Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land . . . will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine . . . For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven's Armies will make this happen!"

Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7 NLT



Praise/Worship

• The Light of the World has come - He has turned our night to day

• Our Wonderful Counsellor walks with us, guiding our steps

• Our Mighty God is unshakeable. He is the Rock on which we stand

• Our Everlasting Father loves us deeply and that love will never diminish because it is based on who He is and not on us

• Our Prince of Peace fills us with a peace beyond our understanding

• His government, His Kingdom, is eternal - His throne stands forever

• God is faithful and He will bring to pass all He promises


Prayer

Our desire and prayer for Bentley is that the Light of God's Glory would dawn and that men and women, boys and girls, and young people would come to know and love our Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace, and that lives would be transformed. Let's pray that many will turn to God this Christmas as they discover that the One who came as a baby grew up to become their crucified Saviour and risen Lord.

Christmas Card Delivery: Pray that the card will not go straight in the bin but rather will grab people's attention and they will want to use the QR Code to access the website. Also, that they will contact us for more information. Pray for Tim's Life Group as they deliver the cards week commencing 14 December. Pray for opportunities for them to speak with the residents as they put the cards through the door.

Schools:

New Village School - Cards have already been delivered so they can be quarantined before being given out. Pray that the school will not forget about them, and that the staff and children (and therefore parents) who receive the cards will access the website. Pray that the children will remember some of the "Open the Book" stories and understand the true meaning of Christmas, and will talk about it with their families.

Arksey School - The Christmas website link is being forwarded to the Head. Pray that the school will indeed text the link to the student families. Again, pray that children and parents will access the website, and that the children will remember some of the "Open the Book" stories. Pray also that the staff will want to make use of the website link.

Intake School - Key Stage 1, Year 1 and Year 2 students will all be receiving a copy of the Christmas Story book "The New Noisy Neighbour". Pray that as they take them home their parents/older siblings will read with them, and that each of them will want to know more about the baby who came to bring life and peace.

Foodbank: Cards are being given to all those who will be receiving food parcels in December. Some will go to people we have been visiting over a few weeks. Pray that people will see the true meaning of Christmas and will want to know more. Pray that this will lead to good conversations as we deliver to them.

Tuesday Prayers 1st December 2020



Before we do anything, let us take time to set aside any concerns or worries that are troubling us. The business of the day. Lay it down as you prepare yourselves for a time of prayer and give it up to our Lord Jesus Christ


Let's start today by listening to Matt Redman singing Better is One Day



This week's verse is taken from Psalm 27, verse 4. It is one I am sure that we are all familiar with and speaks to us, as Christians about the certain knowledge that we have, that when our days are done on this earth, that we will spend eternity with our Lord.


Let's spend some time, just focussing on what the Lord has done for us in our lives here on earth, and then what will await us when we gaze on the Lord's beauty.


Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask from the LORD,

this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the LORD

and to seek him in his temple.

Take time to lift your praises and thanks to the Lord.


Prayer Points

Pray into next Tuesday's day of prayer. Give thanks that there is already cover for the whole day. Pray that others will be encouraged to join in. but we want to encourage as many people as possible to pray.

For the team of very creative and gifted people that have put together the "interactive" card which links to a website with a number of Christmas messages and activities for all ages; each of them proclaiming the real meaning of Christmas.

For those delivering to the specific areas in Bentley, as well as being distributed via New Village School and through Food Bank.

Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will challenge people with the Good News of Jesus. Pray for God's kingdom to be revealed.

Let us pray for Lorraine and Catherine. That preparations for this Friday's quiz evening are going to plan and that many church folk will join in to make the evening a success.


As we come out of a country wide lockdown, our area remains in the highest tier. Pray for all those who live by themselves or are isolating at this time. Pray for people's mental health, that they can reach out for help when it is needed and that we are able to identify those who may be in need of our help. Lift them up to our Lord in your prayers, along with those who are in ill health. Pray for those impacted directly by the Covid virus and those charged with making decisions regarding the future of Doncaster and of the country, that they will be guided, noy only by scientists but through prayer.


At this time of Advent may we be reminded, each one of us, of God's great promise. He is our Hope, our Redeemer, our Saviour. Pray that Hope is found in those corners of the world, where Christians live in fear and are persecuted for their beliefs.

Pray particularly for those living in North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan. Give thanks for the fact that we can speak freely about our faith.


Continue to pray for Joel, Kirsty, Malachi, Elijah, Esme, and Mabel. Particularly that they find a new buyer for their house in Torquay and that any offer can be followed up with a search for a suitable property in Doncaster (Their house here has fallen through as they no longer have a buyer for theirs). That they will continue to trust in God for all that they need. For the children as the time gets nearer for them to leave their friend and schools. For them all as they see their time out at Upton Vale and take on the new ministry here in Bentley.


As we come to the end of this time of prayer, thank God for the certain knowledge that we have not been praying alone, but with our brothers and sisters around the world, all united in our faith and belief in the one true God.


Amen

Tuesday Prayers 24th November 2020


Psalm 150


1 Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his acts of power;

praise him for his surpassing greatness.

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,

praise him with the strings and pipe,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD


Praise Points

The Psalms are a constant reminder for us to praise God and the final Psalm is perhaps the ultimate Psalm of praise. It is the only Psalm that has the word "praise" in every line. We are living and breathing so let's praise God!



Let's continue to lift up God in praise and thanks for all He has done and is doing.


Hearing God


As we fellowship in the presence of God, He speaks. What has God been saying over the past week or even weeks?


Prayer points

• For the Christmas cards that will be going into the local community

• Foodbank. We are thankful for what God is doing through foodbank meeting genuine needs in the community. Continue to pray for God's provision for this work (particularly finance and food donations).

• Schools. The work of Open the Book - that seeds sown in this work will come to fruition. For protection of staff and pupils.

• Joel, Kirsty and family - that in this time, God will prepare them for the next step both practically and spiritually.

• Churches of Bentley. That God continues to build His church in this community. That each person in the Body of Christ will seek God and hunger for God like never before.

• For the Nation:

2 Chron 7:14

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Pray for those in authority, both the church and political - that they will seek God's face.


Closing song - Gracefully broken (Matt Redman). A song of devotion to God.



Tuesday Prayers 17th November 2020


Psalm 100


A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.


4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Shout for joy to the Lord, worship him with gladness and come before him with joyful songs! This psalm doesn't need much explaining it is something we can do every day



Let us open our time of prayer today with words of joy, thanksgiving, and praise to our wonderful Father God.


Thank God, that he is in every situation, that with Him everything is possible. We don't need to be quiet about this either as the psalm starts, shout for joy to the Lord! Let us be vocal and passionate about what we are praising him for.


There is so much to be thankful for, if you can't think of something or don't feel it then give thanks for the air we breathe, for all His creations, the stunning autumn colours that we are seeing around us at the moment and the fact that we are all loved.


Whatever we are feeling at this moment, right now we know that God made us, we are his and he loves us with an everlasting love.


Take this moment in, breath in God's Love - keep reading the psalm over and over


We have heard over this last week about a potential vaccine that could be ready shortly and may well help us slowly return to a 'normal' and covid free life. Whilst this maybe quite a way off for many of us, we need to ask God to look after those who are working tirelessly trying to get this vaccine ready for mass production and to be in the situation, pray that the people have wisdom and discernment in their work.


In the meantime, we need to carry on, keeping our loved ones safe and protected, we continue to pray for those who are currently unwell due to covid and we pray for protection for those who are vulnerable.


We can also look forward, yes Christmas will be different this year, but the meaning is still the same and no less important. We need to keep our focus on the important message that Christmas gives us. The birth of our saviour who was born into the world to save us and the message of Hope, Love, Joy & Peace still apply this year


Further prayer points: -

• We pray for the preparation and delivery of our Christmas cards that will be going out to our local community

• Foodbank for those managing it and the people who are having to use this service

• Schools both primary and secondary in our local area, protection over staff and children

• Churches in Bentley, being united together to support and love our community

• Joel, Kirsty & Family with their planning and preparations for relocation.


Let us keep with us that God is faithful and true, everything is possible with Him and His love is with us forever Amen.



Tuesday Prayers 10th November 2020


As we come to pray this week, read through Psalm 42.


1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? 3 Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, where is this God of yours?"

4 My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Saviour and 6 my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you- even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. 7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. 8 But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

9 "O God my rock," I cry, why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?" 10 Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, "Where is this God of yours?"

11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Saviour and my God!

How we long for everything to get back to 'normal'. How we long to be able to meet together as family, friends, as church. Do we identify with the psalmist in the first four verses? We can still meet with God and enjoy His presence but being with others as we seek God's presence together is so special.


Think about:

• What am I missing at the moment?

• What am I longing for?


Speak to God about these things.


In verses 6-7 the peaceful streams of v1 have changed to the discouragement of raging seas. Everything is in turmoil to the point of feeling overwhelmed.

Think about:

• Am I feeling discouraged?

• Do my circumstances seem too big to cope with?

• Do I feel that God has forgotten me? V9


Twice the psalmist encourages himself "I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Saviour and my God!" v5 &11

Think about:

• Do I have trust that God is faithful?

• Am I praising Him in the midst of difficult circumstances?


Use the song 'Raise a hallelujah' and begin to worship our faithful God.


Raise your voice in praise 'louder and louder let your praises roar'. As you praise God, let hope and trust strengthen and encourage you.

• Pray for others in church, that they may know God is with them, protecting, strengthening, carrying, and loving them, whatever they are facing right now.

• Pray for God's kingdom to be revealed in Bentley, among the families, the lonely, the forgotten, the addicts, those without hope.

• Pray for the local schools. New Village Primary, Arksey Primary, where we have access through Open the Book. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, High Street, Kirkby Avenue Primary Schools. Don Valley Academy, Secondary School.

• Pray for the local shops and businesses, that they may prosper.

• Pray for God's church in Bentley that we may be a representation of the compassion and love of God. St Peters, St Philips and St James, Pentecostal church, Methodist church, Mount Hermon, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church, Bentley Baptist Church.

• Pray for Joel, Kirsty and family, Malachi, Elijah, Esme, and Mabel. That they may receive an acceptable offer on their house. For ongoing health, Joel has been self-isolating following contact with someone tested positive. For the right house for them in Doncaster.

• BBC Foodbank. For food donations/money to buy. For the safety and health of the volunteers. For those receiving help, that they may turn towards God.

• Pray about DD Tyres, who are selling the premises next to church. Is this in God's will for us to purchase?


Have confidence that God is the miracle worker who keeps his promises. Keep praising him.



Tuesday Prayers 3rd November 2020


I'm currently working my way through Acts for the second time this year. It's the book that recounts the birth of the Church following Christ's ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. I was struck by a verse which I've clearly read twice, and which no doubt I've read many times before.


It comes in Acts 9, at the end of the account of Saul's conversion, his escape to Jerusalem when his life is threatened, his acceptance by the believers there following the intervention of Barnabas; and following further threats to his life, his escape back to his home city of Tarsus via Caesarea:


"The church... became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers." Acts 9:31 NLT


It raised questions:

• Are we as church becoming stronger?

• Do I/we live in the fear of the Lord?

• Am I/we being encouraged by the Holy Spirit?

• Am I/we seeing evidence of the Holy Spirit "encouraging" belief amongst those who don't know Him?

• Are we growing in numbers?


The first two are clearly linked - the church became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. God strengthens the church as the church fears Him. Have we become too familiar with God? Do we treat Him as the Lord God "All-matey" instead of with awe and reverence, and yes, a healthy fear? Does He take the highest place in our lives? Is it Him that we seek to please? Are we distracted by worries and concerns?


Just as the first two are linked, so are the last three - the church grew in numbers through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. Although under the current circumstances, we're not aware of any numerical growth, we don't know who we might see when eventually we get to meet again; and therefore, do we obey when the Holy Spirit encourages us to step out and share our faith, to offer to pray, or anything else He might be saying to us? Do we regularly and earnestly ask the Holy Spirit to be at work in the lives of unbelievers, whether known to us or not? Are we passionate about seeing the Holy Spirit break out in our own lives, in the life of our family, our friends, neighbours, and work colleagues; in Bentley, Doncaster, and throughout our nation?


Let's use the following track to ask these questions of ourselves, asking God to search our hearts, and seeking His forgiveness if we've not "placed Him high enough".


The earth is Yours


Praise Points

• Rejoice in God's forgiveness. Dwell on His love for you and respond in worship.

• Praise Him for who He is, for his faithfulness, and for the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our lives.

• Give thanks for specific answers to prayer that have happened in the last week or so.


Prayer Points (some of these may sound familiar - but we need to persist until God either moves or tells us to stop!)

• Pray that Holy Spirit would develop within each of us a passion for the lost that would result in more boldness to grasp the opportunities He brings our way.

• Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work, opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears; that people would hear the voice of God in their dreams; that they would have a vision of Jesus and be convicted of sin and their need for salvation

• Pray against the forces of darkness that bind people and hold them captive, declaring that Jesus is Lord, and He came to set the captives free.

• Pray for the work of Food Bank. In the three months it's been operating we have fed a total of 298 people. Bear in mind that that figure represents support for some of the same people over multiple weeks, but we have visited 32 households in Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe. Pray for wisdom and strategy to reach those being helped with the Good News of Jesus - the Bread of Life.

• Pray for the unsaved wives and husbands of our church fellowship, praying also for their Christian partner.

• And as in the next couple of days we enter a second period of lockdown, pray for all those who are working on the frontline, those who are vulnerable - whether that's their physical or mental health or their job situation. Pray for our school children and teachers, who are being asked to continue "as normal".

• Pray that our Government would humble themselves and cry out to God for wisdom and direction.


Let's finish where we started - declaring God's Lordship and our total dependence on Him:


We bow down and confess


Tuesday Prayers 27th October 2020


Psalm 146

1 Praise the LORD!

Let all that I am praise the LORD.

2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live.

I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

3 Don't put your confidence in powerful people;

there is no help for you there. 4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,

and all their plans die with them.

5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,

whose hope is in the LORD their God.

6 He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

He keeps every promise forever.

7 He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry.

The LORD frees the prisoners.

8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down.

The LORD loves the godly.

9 The LORD protects the foreigners among us.

He cares for the orphans and widows,

but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

10 The LORD will reign forever.

He will be your God, O Jerusalem,[b] throughout the generations.

Praise the LORD!


Praise Points

The last five Psalms begin and end with "Praise the Lord" or in Hebrew "Hallelujah". Sometimes I just want to praise God in reading His Word and will quite happily turn here and speak the words of these Psalms.

God designed all creation to praise Him (Ps 150:6, Ps 96:11-12), but He has given us the choice to praise Him or not. Let's choose to praise God no matter what in our prayer and make it a lifetime habit as the Psalmist pledged to in verses 1 and 2.



Let's give praise and thanks for all that He has done in us, through us and in our community.


Prayer Points

Verses 3-6 remind us once again who to put our trust in - not in people of high standing, but in the Lord our God. Pray for leaders both locally and nationally at this (whether you agree with them or not in their decisions). Here are a few verses from God's Word to help us in this.

1 Tim 2:1-4

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.


Rom 13:1

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.


2 Chron 7:14

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.


Verse 6b-7 reminds us that God keeps his promises, watches over the oppressed, feeds the hungry and sets the prisoners free. There are many in Bentley and Doncaster who are oppressed in different ways through domestic violence, addiction, intimidation, poverty, and loneliness - some of it exacerbated by the current situation. Pray into these situations, some we may know about. Pray for our involvement in the community (eg through Foodbank, Open the Book, Renew).


Verse 8. Pray that eyes will be opened. That people will see the truth, that there will be opportunity for truth to break through the lies that people have perhaps listened to for years or even decades that have given a false view of who God is and who they are. Pray that God will indeed lift up those who are weighed down.


Verse 9. Pray for those who are vulnerable, for those who have lost loved ones. He frustrates the plans of the wicked - pray that the devil's schemes will fail over Bentley.


Verse 10 The Lord reigns forever! Let's finish as we began - praising God, the King forever!



Tuesday Prayers 20th October 2020


Psalm 145

1 I will exalt you, my God and King and praise your name forever and ever.
2 I will praise you every day yes, I will praise you forever.
3 Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.

4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts let them proclaim your power.
5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendour and your wonderful miracles.
6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue I will proclaim your greatness.
7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

8 The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
10 All of your works will thank you, LORD, and your faithful followers will praise you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom they will give examples of your power.
12 They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.
14 The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. 15 The eyes of all look to you in hope you give them their food as they need it.
16 When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in everything he does he is filled with kindness.
18 The LORD is close to all who call on him yes, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He grants the desires of those who fear him he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The LORD protects all those who love him but he destroys the wicked.

21 I will praise the LORD and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.

When I looked at this verse, I was originally going to focus on the first 5 verses but reading on, there was more and more I wanted to include. I found it such an amazing Psalm as David praises the Lord, He covers so much about God and who He is and what He means to him.

I wanted to start as David does in the very first verses- Exalt you my God & King and praise your name, Great is the Lord. Let us give him all our praises and give thanks.

One of the prayer focus this week is praying for Dave Miller who covers Discipleship and Leadership Training, being part of the emerging leaders team, we have learnt many things from Dave over the last couple of years, he is such a wealth of knowledge and a very passionate leader, I want to give thanks for the energy Dave has for us, the encouragement he gives each one of us and what he is willing to share, As it says in verses 4-7 about every generation passing on the knowledge of God's mighty acts and sharing the story of His wonderful goodness.

Verses 18-21 David explains to us all the wonders of God, how mighty He is, Let us focus some time on a few of these although all important look and see what draws you to give thanks / pray for

Some Suggestions:

The Lord is Merciful, Compassionate, Slow to Anger, Filled with unfailing Love, Good to everyone,

Your Kingdom is everlasting, you rule throughout the generations

The Lord always keeps His promises, is close to all who call on him, He rescues us, protect those who love him

Use these words and or verses to pray for others

For those who are struggling personally due to loneliness, depression, illness, bereavement

Pray for our local community, we have been knocked again with moving into Tier 2, prayer that Bentley/Doncaster will continue to keep to the rules to try and keep infection levels down.

For our children and youth, a lot of schools in the local area have been hit by this 2nd wave of Covid, pray for protection not just for our children but all the children and school workers and that they manage the situation the best they can.

Please continually keep Joel & Kirsty in your prayers as they begin the long process of moving to Doncaster, pray for a smooth transition for all the family, for houses, schools and that it will not be stressful but everything will fall into place in the right time.

Praise the Lord, bless his holy name forever and ever amen.


Tuesday Prayers 13th October 2020


When we enter consciously into the presence of God it is always good to bring praise and thanks, and to honour His name.

Sit quietly and think of God's goodness, holiness, love, and power. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to praise and give thanks.

Use a psalm or other passage of scripture to help express your appreciation of who God is to you.

Play a worship song to help with your worship and rest in His presence.

Come into His presence singing hallelujah,
                                  giving glory to God,
                                  saying thank you for...

After an appropriate time in praise and worship move to ask God to reveal His glory.

Habakkuk an Old Testament prophet asked God 1: v2 "How long O LORD must I call for help, but you do not listen?" Is this how we sometimes feel? Do we get frustrated that God does not seem to be listening?

Part of God's answer is 2: 14 "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."

With this promise from God pray that the knowledge of God's glory would fill your:

• Home

• Workplace

• Neighbourhood

• Friends

• Bentley

• Doncaster

Name people and places specifically for God's glory to be known. Pray in faith because God honours His word.


Tuesday Prayers 6th October 2020


Allow the following song to lead you into a time of praise to our God. All creation praises God, so let's join in. Don't be shy about lifting your voice - He is worthy. Not only does praise lift our focus to where it should be - on God - but as the song says, and as was proven at Jericho, praise brings breakthrough and tears down walls.


Praise is the Highway


In this atmosphere of praise, let us begin to declare the Lordship of Christ - particularly over Bentley, but also in our neighbourhoods and workplaces.


Remember, He is seated "in the place of honour at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or anything else - not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church." (Ephesians 1:20-22 NLT)

And, "He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6 NLT)

• Pray against the forces of darkness that bind people and hold them captive. Declare that Jesus is Lord over the spirits of addiction, pornography, abuse, apathy, depression, suicide . . . anything else that the Holy Spirit shows you

• Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work, opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears; that men and women, children and young people would be convicted of sin and their need for salvation

• Pray for those of our fellowship who live in Bentley - Amy, Mike and Nikki, Nazia, Pauline - for their protection and their witness

• Pray for the unsaved wives and husbands of our church fellowship, praying also for the Christian partner


Finally, pray for Government, both nationally and locally. "Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority . . . This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth" (I Timothy 2:1-4 NLT), remembering that "all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God" (Romans 13:1 NLT).

Tuesday Prayers 29th September 2020


As we come to prayer today let us lay aside the busyness and concerns of our day and turn our eyes to Jesus, relax in his presence and enjoy his peace



Reading Romans 8 v1-11

As we reflect on the statements in this passage let us be stirred again by the Grace of God and the wonder of our salvation and respond in thankfulness and praise.

V1-2

We have been declared not guilty! not because we have done nothing wrong but because we have been set free from the penalty of our sin!

Imagine you were in prison facing the death penalty and suddenly the door opened and you were told you you had been found not guilty and were free to go, what relief what joy! you would want to rush out to tell everyone the good news.Are we as desperate to share the good news with everyone? Do we find this a challenge?


V 3

The law was unable to save people from the penalty of sin hence in the OT sacrifices were necessary but we are set free from sin and death because God sent Jesus to take the punishment for us in a once for all sacrifice and declares us righteous.

Reflect afresh on this amazing sacrifice and be thankful


V4-5

Praise God that He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us enabling us to live as followers of Jesus and experience life and peace

Let us come before God acknowledging afresh our sins, seeking his forgiveness and asking to be filled again with His spirit .


V11

Praise God that just as Christ was raised to life so we shall be raised to eternal life


Charles Wesley sums up this passage beautifully in these words

No condemnation now I dread

Jesus and all in him is mine

Alive In him my living head

And clothed in righteousness divine

Bold I approach the eternal throne

And claim the crown through Christ my own


You might like to use his words or the song 'I am a new creation' to express your praise and worship for all the blessings we have been reminded of in this passage



Intercessions

Thanks for answers to recent prayers

Schools - that all three open the book schools responded positively to our video and look forward to the next one. Pray for this to be equally successful, we hope to record it on Oct 9th.

Prisons - that a prison prayer line has been set up allowing anyone in prison to call a free number and leave a confidential message and prayer request volunteers commit to pray for each one each day for the following month. This is to compensate for the lack of visitors because of the pandemic .Pray that the prayers will be real heart cries on behalf of the prisoners and they will experience wonderful answers.

Persecuted Christians - whilst the plight of many is still desperate Praise God that Sudan's government has agreed to end 30 years of Islamic law under which Christians were flogged and sentenced to death.

Thank God for answering years of fervent prayer for Sudan.

Pray that any attempts to return to Islamic rule will be thwarted.

Pray for Christians from a Muslim background who may still experience opposition from their families.

Church - Give thanks for Joel's visit, for God sustaining him through a very demanding weekend and that so many of us were able to meet him.

Pray for the church meeting this evening for a sense of unity and for guidance to make the right decision going forward. Pray for Joel and his family as they await that decision.


Tuesday Prayers 22nd September 2020


Prayers 1 Peter: Chapter 1


This chapter is a celebration of what God has achieved for us through Jesus' death and resurrection. It calls us to live our lives with our eyes on eternity as we are just passing through to our destination - Heaven.

The writer was known as Simon for most of his life but here he uses Peter. In 2Peter he introduces himself as Simon Peter. His two identities - Pre-Christ (Simon) and in Christ (Peter). A reminder that we are in the now and the not yet of the Kingdom. The chapter encourages us to live in and towards our new nature in Christ. Peter identifies in this letter with his new and permanent nature in Jesus. Vs3 we are born again to a living hope and vs4 our inheritance in heaven is permanent.

Take a moment to reflect and give thanks on who we are in Christ - our new identity being born again to an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading. Don't dwell on what you were - our old sinful nature - but on what we are in Christ.

Turn this into celebration - vs 6 - 9 encourages us to rejoice in this fact. Even if you are having a tough time at the moment, or even if you are not, rejoice in your salvation. We are encouraged to do this numerous times in the bible and psalms. Play your favourite worship song that celebrates and rejoices in all that God is and what he has done for us. Or use this new song:


Vs 13 - 14

Take a moment to look at your life and heart orientation. Is it fully turned to God or do we need to realign certain areas through repentance? Just ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas in our lives we need to address or things he would like to change/tweek/remove from our lives. Don't just rush this step take time to be still and listen.

Note and be thankful that our holiness is through Jesus not our own achievement and effort. However we need to move our condition towards our position (Position = holy in Jesus through his blood).


Vs 22

Love one another...

Pray for those who:

• Are going through a difficult time - physically, emotionally, mentally.

• Are preparing services and meetings this week.

• Leadership of the church at all levels and responsibilities.

• Are making decisions after Joel's visit to church at the weekend.

• People we know who do not yet have the assurance of salvation through Jesus that we have.

Finish with a time of worship - put on your favourite worship songs.


Tuesday Prayers 15th September 2020


As we come together today let us start by considering the time we spend in prayer and reflection. The time we spend praying for others and not just ourselves.

Take a few moments in quiet to still yourself before God.


This week, there is a lot going on that involves us, as the body of Christ here in Bentley. Let's start today by taking time to pray into these.

• Today, Amy, her family, friends and the church say goodbye to Simon. We are restricted by the Covid-19 requirements which means that many of us who would have wished to pay our respects are unable to do so.

Pray for comfort and peace that only the Lord can bring. That Amy and those involved will know the Lord's blessing on their lives

• Later this evening Life Group Leaders meet together to look at everything that is needed at church to enable Life groups to start meeting again.

Pray for the Life Group leaders that they will be granted the wisdom to know what biblical messages to bring to their groups

• On Wednesday the first of those Life Group meetings will go ahead

Pray that as groups start meeting together again that they will be able to encourage and support each other more effectively. Pray that they will explore God's word and benefit from the understanding that will bring into their lives.

• On Friday Joel travels up to Bentley from Torquay

Pray for safe travel throughout the journey

• Over the weekend Joel will be meeting with the church leadership, other leaders who are involved in various aspects of church life and not least, the members who make up a core of the church.

Pray for all the meetings that are taking place. Pray for Joel, for his stamina over the weekend, that the presence of God will be central in what he shares with us. Pray that discussions and conversations will provide a clarity about God's will, in the understanding as to how we should move forward as church. Pray that the Holy Spirit will invade those meetings so that the presence of God at those times is unmistakeable.


As we continue to pray let us reflect on what is going on with the psalmist as we look at Psalm 140.

I am sure that this is a familiar situation that many of us have either found ourselves in, know of others who have, or who are at the moment So, the relevance of a Psalm that was written, in all probability around 3 thousand years ago, is still as relevant to us today..

This psalm is not dissimilar to many others that you will find in the Book of Psalms

David is young and facing a time of persecution cries out to God in a time of trouble.

Are you or others that you know in a situation where they need support and are crying out for help? Lift them up to our God in your prayers, now

David doesn't ponder over what he might do in the circumstances. He doesn't seek out alternative solutions to the problems he faces. He gets straight down to it and seeks out the Lord in prayer.

Are we on occasions reluctant to bring our problems before the Lord? Do we try and sort things out in our own way, sometimes because we think we know what is best? Search your soul and mind. Our God is a great big God. Lay everything before Him now.

David was realistic. He knew that there were "wicked and violent men" and that they would always be there.

Pray now that our God will protect us from the evils which are present in this world. That by placing our trust in Him we can rise up and seek out the help that we need to best address the issues that confront us.

David was someone who persevered. He did not give up. He repeated his prayer requests to God. He acknowledged that God was the 'one and only'. There was no other God, and that He would hear his cry.

There are occasions, maybe the majority of times when we ask ourselves if God has heard our prayer? Don't give up asking and praying. Our God may not answer in the way we expect or want, but He will answer. We just have to be open to the answer that He provides. It is not just about what we ask for, but about how we ask. Our prayers need to be distinctive and meaningful to Him. Take time now to reflect on what we have sought an answer for. Has that answer already been provided by our God, but we have not had our eyes open enough to recognise it?

David, rounds off this psalm with praise. Having confidence in God's victory, not his own. Trusting that the Lord will secure justice and that His name should be praised.

Let us round off our prayer today confident in the knowledge that our God is ever present for us all. He doesn't just pop up when we need Him. He is there to receive our praise at all times, as well as to listen to our prayers of need. Let us offer up to Him now our praise and thanksgiving for all He does in our lives, and remember that in our time of need, He will be there for us.

Amen


May God give you courage in the face of uncertainty. When you know what you need to do, but doing it is hard, may you find strength in God's Grace, comfort in God's Presence and Hope in God's Word. May you remember that God is always there.

God bless you all throughout the coming week


Tuesday Prayers 8th September 2020


This week's Psalm 139 is perhaps one of my favourites because it reminds me how much God knows us, watches over us and has plans for us. All our days are written in His book, before one of them came to be.


Praise Points

Give praise to God because He is worthy of all praise all the time. This song which is based on Psalm 139 reminds us of how He watches over us and won the victory at the cross over all our sins.

Give thanks that He does know the end from the beginning and therefore knew Covid-19 would come from the beginning of time and that what the devil seems to be using to steal, kill and destroy will ultimately be used to bring glory to God. We can trust God always.

Prayer Points

The Psalm starts with the psalmist knowing that God has searched, known and discerned His ways and finishes with the psalmist asking God to continue search, know and even test and see if there is any offensive way in him. God searches and knows us anyway but when we ask Him to do it, I believe He shows us what needs to change in us. Ask God to search our hearts, that He continues to change us and renew our minds to become more like Jesus (Romans 12:2).

As we change and become more like Jesus, God can use us better to impact others. Pray that God will help us to reach out to others who He wants us to reach - God will no doubt have laid specific people on your heart.

Pray for breakthrough in the church - that each of us will continue to grow in our relationship with God and that others including our neighbours, work colleagues, friends and families will see more of Jesus in us. Jesus in us will inevitably lead to a demonstration of God's power in us and working through others.

Pray for the life groups that will soon resume meeting together. That God will indeed go behind and before us in watching over us. That there will be a desire to meet together like never before and a hunger for God's Word and growth in each life group member.

For the continued blessing on foodbank in meeting spiritual needs as well as the physical need. Jesus is the "Bread of life". Whoever comes to Him will never hunger or thirst again. Pray that those receiving food will indeed encounter Jesus.

For Open the Book. Despite the restrictions on school presentations, that God will give wisdom and creativity in the production of videos to be shown and that schools will respond to using these in assembly.

As God has blessed us our desire is for God to bless others. In closing, give praise to God for every blessing poured out on us. No matter what our circumstances, God is worthy to be praised.


Tuesday Prayers 1st September 2020


As we say hello to another month and especially as this is a pivotal month for a lot of people, I feel that we need to dedicate this time on some specifically focused prayer.


There are a lot of our young people and adults that are returning to school this week, they return to something quite different to what they have known before.


We can use this time to pray into their lives that now more than ever they will be protected by the Lord.


Some specific prayer points

• The apprehension of the children and young adults on what to expect. - May the Lord give them peace and prepare their hearts.

• Returning to friends that they haven't seen in nearly 6 months. The lack of social contact again can cause issues.

• For the staff, the teachers, classroom assistants and to all who work within the schools and colleges.

• For the parents who have kept their children safe and secure during this time that they can feel a peace in the knowledge that their children will be safe and secure.

• For the children who haven't been safe, may they now feel secure again.

• Mental health issues that may well have arisen during this lockdown also seeing a member of family ill or even dying from a covid related illness and what kind of impact this will have long term on a child's development.

• For those who are starting school for the first time or are changing to a new school. Not just the usual challenges await.

• For those who will be preparing to take exams this coming year, let them not feel overwhelmed by the task ahead but help the teachers to help the children find a comfortable way of getting through.


Not only are the schools and colleges returning this week, we also prepare for the young adults who will be starting University in the next few weeks. As we prepare them to either leave home for the first time or return to another quite different year.


The government have a lot riding on the return of schools, and it must be right. We need to trust in the Lord that He ultimately has the control and will protect our loved ones during the transitional time.


We all have family members or friends of family that will be affected by this situation this week and month, so lift up those you know and love, child, youth & adult to the Lord, we pray protection over them, encourage them that the Lord is with them and no matter what they find they have to deal with, Jesus is walking alongside them every step of the way (and in front when he prepares the way for them).


A couple of bible verses we can use as our focus: -

Ephesians 6: 10-15 (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


Isaiah 43:1-4 (NIV)

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush[a] and Seba in your stead. 4 Since you are precious and honoured in my sight and because I love you.


I would also like to take some time in prayer today to pray for Amy Lanelly for the recent loss of Simon.

We give thanks for Simon's life and that he is now with the Lord but we also pray for Amy that she will feel the Lords loving arms around her and that she would feel his peace during this difficult time.

Please continue to keep Amy and the family in your prayers over these coming weeks especially as they prepare the funeral of Simon.


Voice of Truth - Casting Crowns


Trust in You - Lauren Daigle


Tuesday Prayers 25th August 2020


Praise is always the best place to start - it lifts our focus to the One who is worthy of all praise, the One who sits on the throne. Allow the song to lead you into a time of praise and thanksgiving. Lift your voice to your Father God:

• God has brought us out of darkness into Light

• Death has been conquered

• We have access to the Father - our filthy rags have been exchanged for the Robe of Righteousness

• Jesus has ascended on high and the Holy Spirit has come

• God is with us and in us


King of Kings - Hillsong Worship


Ephesians 2:4-6,10 NLT

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. . . For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Matthew 8:5-10,13 NLT

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, "Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain." Jesus said, "I will come and heal him." But the officer said, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this,' they do it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, "I tell you the truth, I haven't seen faith like this in all Israel!". . .Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, "Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened." And the young servant was healed that same hour.


II Corinthians 10:3-5a NLT

We are human, but we don't wage war as humans do. We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.


Prayer:

As we come to pray, let's acknowledge and believe that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places; we are under authority and therefore have authority, and we are armed with spiritual weapons, "for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

• Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work, opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears; that people would hear the voice of God in their dreams; that they would have a vision of Jesus and be convicted of sin and their need for salvation

• Pray against the forces of darkness that bind people and hold them captive. Declare that Jesus is Lord over the spirits of addiction, pornography, abuse, apathy, depression, suicide . . . anything else that the Holy Spirit shows you

• Pray for the work of Food Bank. In just two weeks of being open the number of people helped rose from seven to 31. Currently, we are doing home delivery rather than people coming into the premises - pray for wisdom and strategy to reach those being helped with the Good News of Jesus - the Bread of Life

• Pray for Open the Book. The team are not able to go into schools, but they are creating videos that will go onto USB drives that can be played in individual classrooms. Pray for the team's protection health-wise as they meet to record the videos. Pray also for inspiration and creativity as they put the stories together. Pray that the schools would be open to this and even welcome it (only one has responded positively so far)

• Pray for Renew 127, that contacts made before lockdown will not be lost - Anne is doing a sterling job of keeping in touch with everyone. Pray for wisdom as to when and how 127 should re-open, and for God's continued protection over the premises

• Pray for your named three unsaved people (see Tuesday Prayers 14 July)

• Finally, pray that in the coming days and weeks your eyes, ears and heart would be more and more attuned to what God is saying and doing


"Father, your Kingdom come in and through me, Amen!"


Build Your Kingdom here - Rend Collective


Tuesday Prayers 18th August 2020


As we come to prayer today let us open up our hearts to prepare ourselves to come into His presence confessing our shortcomings, reflecting on the privilege of prayer and being thankful and praising God for who he is and all that he has done for us.


Use the words of this song to help us


Read Philippians 1v 3-11 in your preferred version

Paul is writing to the members of this church in Philippi while he was a prisoner in Rome and he is remembering them with thankfulness and joy. His prayer is that God is at work in them even though he cannot be with them, that they will keep on growing and they will be united in love growing in their knowledge of Jesus, gaining insight and discernment to choose what is best growing in righteousness as they develop their relationship with Jesus.


As we reflect on this passage let us use this model to pray for ourselves

• that God will be transforming us more and more into the people he has called us to be

• And for members our fellowship being thankful for each other and the support we have that we would be united in love

• growing in faith and in our knowledge of Jesus though we cannot meet together

• seeking the Holy Spirits help to grow in holiness and righteousness.


We can pray with confidence because God's faithful.

• Allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts.

• Be specific, ask God for exactly what we need him to do because he is always ready to listen and answer.



Spend some time now praying for your particular concerns ( family, the ongoing problems related to Covid, the sick etc )


You might also like pray for the people in prison and our persecuted brothers and sister


Prisons

• The lockdown has been very difficult for both prisoners and those working in prison

• Volunteer visitors being no longer allowed has lessened the opportunity to share the gospel and detrimental to the prisoners they support.

• Many prisoners, because of the virus are being locked up in their cells 23 hours a day so there is no structure to the day ,no education or work or bereavement support for those who have lost loved ones, this is increasing the many mental health issues already in the prison.

• Some chaplains who are vulnerable have not been able to go in at all.

• Normal regular visits are not taking place and they are sorely missing human contact and friendship.

• We can pray for people who write to prisoners for wisdom and that more people would see this an opportunity to share Gods love and for the prison fellowship organisation as they grapple how to overcome these difficulties.

• Pray that God will intervene in the lives of prisoners as they spend so much time in isolation that they would turn to the Bible and learn of Gods love for them


Persecuted Christians

One example to give us an idea of the difficulties they face based on information from Open Doors

In India last year over 43000 christians experienced persecution ranging from social ostracism beatings, sexual abuse, imprisonment and murder. India is only one of many countries where similar things are taking place let us pray...

• For those who are being ostracised by their families for becoming Christians many being turned out of their homes and villages.

• Pastors and congregations whose churches have been destroyed.

• For safety for those who have to meet in secret.

• For the hundreds who are suffering in prison and labour camps in appalling conditions.

• Pray for protection for organisations working to provide aid and support.

• That Governments would have a change of heart and adjust their laws to allow freedom of religion.

• For Christians to endure and be strengthened in their faith in spite of threats and intimidation.


Tuesday Prayers 11th August 2020


PRAYERS (based around John 14-16)

Having just spent a long weekend in the Yorkshire Dales and the lakes we saw lots of rivers and waterfalls - Aysgarth falls was particularly lovely.


Rivers are described as constant but ever changing (or perhaps that was the sea?). It got me thinking about God as our constant in a world that is always changing. Who would have thought last year we would all be meeting on Zoom (who had even heard of zoom 12 months ago) but through it all we have a God who is our constant.


Spend a moment reflecting of ways we describe God's unchanging character: The Immutability of God is the fancy word for His unchanging character. Consider the verses below:

• Malachi 3:6 "For I the Lord do not change;

• James 1:27 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

• Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

• Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

• 2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself.

• Psalm 102: 25-27 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.


Turn these verses, and others that you have thought of, into a time of praise.

The Lord is our rock; the Alpha and the Omega; the unchanging one; the same yesterday today and forever.

In John Chapters 13 to 16 Jesus prepares the disciples for some big changes. I imagine the disciples would have happily carried on as they had been for many more years but Jesus tells them that he is going to leave them. He comforts them and throughout the chapters he tells them not to be afraid, troubled or worried.


Jesus tells them he is going to prepare a place for them and that he will come again and take them to him Chapter 14.

Take a moment to adjust our perspective in light of this. We know what Jesus was talking about and what he accomplished for us on the cross so that we can be with him.

Take some time to think about the cross and the promise in the empty tomb. The fact that Jesus will return and take us to him. Allow that reality to impact on our life and situations now. Who do we know that does not yet know Jesus and this reality? Pray for those friends and colleagues that pop into your mind.


Read vs 12 and underline the word BECAUSE.

12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

What a mind blowing statement. Do we believe it? Because Jesus was going to the Father we can do greater works - Jesus goes on to say:

13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.


What are we asking for? Will what we are asking glorify God?

As a church we have been praying for Bentley and Doncaster to be impacted with the power of God - for revival. Putting those things together what are we to expect? Because Jesus is now with the Father, We can do greater things and if we only ask in Jesus name he will do it if it glorifies the Father.

Let the reality and Truth of those words sink in. Perhaps our church experience doesn't reflect that reality but it is right there in the words of Jesus. Let us pray with boldness and confidence for God to be glorified in Bentley and Doncaster. Expand our vision to the whole of the UK and the World.


But how we ask?

Jesus adds yet more comfort to the disciples and explains more how this might be possible. Chapter 14

25 "These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

And chapter 16

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:

It is to our advantage that Jesus is in Heaven?!? What we have now with Holy Spirit is better than if Jesus had stayed on the Earth.


Wow...

Are we living that reality?


Spend some time in worship and allow the reality of Jesus words to impact our lives.

• Are we allowing the Holy Spirit in our lives to teach us and lead us.

• Letting him sustain and feed us to grow good fruit in our lives.

• Are we allowing Him to direct us so that we might see those greater things?

• Directing and leading us to the glory of God.


Now for the rest of the week live in that awareness and let's be bold with the Truth.


Tuesday Prayers 4th August 2020


Faith and Faithfulness

This week the focus is on our Faith and Faithfulness and our prayer will be summed up in the worship music at the end of this session.

Pray that God will be your strength today and every day.

PP* At this time it is especially easy to lose sight of what is most important in our lives, God.

Many people dislike asking others for help. Sometimes it's because we don't want to feel like a burden, sometimes we don't want to be turned down, sometimes we just want to control everything.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help in fact the Bible encourages it. We won't get far in life trying to live off of and do things in our own strength. Say yes to God, not just today but every day.

When God puts us in a situation, He wants us to ask for help. It's never meant for us to do God's will by ourselves. God is the one who guides us in the right path.

12. Exodus 18:14-15 When Moses' father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, "What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?"


PP* Not everyone copes well and we need to remember those who are struggling, struggling with depression and anxiety, loss of worth, not communicating with friends, pushing God to one side.

During these times we need to keep our faith. It's not wrong to be asking God for help. It's great to be able to offer Him praise and thanksgiving, but there are times when all we want from God is help. So, don't push Him aside, but call out to Him.


PP* It's not easy, but God is with us. Our faithfulness needs to be rooted in Him

The bible is full of stories where people have called out to the Lord and put their trust in Him

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means "son of Timaeus"), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."

So, they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you."

50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."

52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:46-52)


27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. (Mark 5:27-29)


We are encouraged to call out to the Lord. There is power and freedom in Jesus's name

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honour Me."

(Psalm 50:15)


"I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies".

(2 Samuel 22:4)


In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help;

He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

(Psalm 18:6)



PP* Believing that we can do everything leads to failure. Trust in the Lord. Sometimes God will help us by doing things Himself and sometimes God helps us through other people. We must never be afraid to get wise counsel and help for big and seemingly small decisions from others. We can trust that whatever our situation, that breakthrough is on the way.


PP* Asking for help doesn't mean we are weak, but it means we are strong and wise. Being proud is a sin and that is why many people fail to ask for help even when they desperately need it. Continually ask the Lord for help and strength daily. We must realise that it's impossible to live our Christian lives without Him.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

(John 14:13-14)


Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

(James 4:10)


The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

(Proverbs 16:9)


Take time to pray into the Prayer Points (PP*) above, but also remember to give praise for what God is doing in people's lives



If you prefer or wish to pray into this week's Psalm, a short one then it is copied for you below.


Psalm 134

1 Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD

    who minister by night in the house of the LORD.

2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary

    and praise the LORD.

3 May the LORD bless you from Zion,

    he who is the Maker of heaven and earth


In this short Psalm we learn that the life that blesses God is a life that is blessed by God. The very act of praising God is a blessing in itself, plus God promises to add his own blessing to it. Our whole lives are meant to be worship - every thought, every word, every action. As Christians we are called to live a life that brings praise and honour and blessing to God. And when we do, we will also know God's blessing on our lives.

Perhaps the best summary of this psalm are simply the words from the hymn: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!" "Praise God!" - that is us blessing God. "From whom all blessings flow!" - that is God blessing us.

Let us lift up our God in praise



Tuesday Prayers 28th July 2020


Psalm 133

1  How good and pleasant it is

2  It is like precious oil poured on the head,

      running down on the beard,

   running down on Aaron's beard,

      down on the collar of his robe.

3  It is as if the dew of Hermon

      were falling on Mount Zion.

   For there the Lord bestows his blessing,

      even life forevermore.


This week's Psalm 133 reminds us of the importance of unity. God delights in His people when He sees unity in families and especially in His family. Unity is so important that Jesus, before being arrested, prayed that His followers would be as one just as the Trinity are one (John 17:20-23). Maybe unity is what made Jesus so "good and pleasant" to be with, because He was one with God. Unity was a key component in the growth of the church at the very start (see Acts 2:1, 42-47).

To what extent do we show unity in our relationships both in our family units and as church? Unity is clearly a "good and pleasant" attraction to others. How do we as individuals and church demonstrate unity to others?


Praise Points

Give thanks to God that we have become "United with Christ". The Bible has much to say on this. Rejoice and remind ourselves of how united with Christ we are (or should be). We are: created in Christ Eph.2:10, crucified with him Gal.2:20, buried with him Col.2:12, baptized into Christ and his death Rom.6:3, united with him in his resurrection Rom.6:5 , and seated with him in the heavenly places Eph.2:6; Christ is formed in us as believers Gal. 4:19 and dwells in our hearts Eph.3:17; that as church we are in the body of Christ 1 Cor. 6:15; 12:27; Christ is in us 2 Cor.13:5 and we are in him 1 Cor. 1:30; the church is one flesh with Christ Eph.5:31-32; that we gain Christ and are found in him Phil.3:8-9.(ref: Crossway.org)


Prayer Points

In this time, unity can be a struggle. We have probably heard on the news how domestic violence has increased throughout the nation since start of lockdown. No doubt this will have affected our own area. Pray for peace in our neighbourhoods, that God will move by His Spirit in those situations where there is disunity within families. For protection of those who are vulnerable, that relationships will be healed and restored.

For the church family. Separation can lead to division if we take our eyes off Jesus or stop receiving/giving input to others. Pray that we will all fix our eyes on Jesus, keeping Him at the centre of our lives. That our desire to meet together (via Zoom/Skype etc) will not wane. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us that meeting together is important. There are no lone rangers in the Kingdom of God.

For unity in church across this nation. The church is the "bride of Christ" (Ephesians 5:25-27). Pray that the church will be as one just as Jesus originally prayed that it would become.

For unity in the Nation. The state of the nation can to some extent be measured by the state of the church. There are many divisions across the nation primarily because many do not know Jesus - even within the church. Continue to pray that God will speak to leaders in our nation - for those in government, the church, those in positions of influence.

One of the key features of this time we are in are the many worship songs that have been recreated on YouTube using voices and instruments from different locations compiled together. Despite the physical separation, the unity in worship has continued because He is worthy to be praised.



Tuesday Prayer 21st July 2020


The Fresh Streams conference came to my mind this week, all the way back in January when we were all looking forward and anticipating another full and exciting year. January 2020 now seems a long time ago. Looking back at my notes from the conference which this year's theme was 'Courage' the first session was led by Cathy Madavan who looked at the following verse from Philippians 1:27-30


She spoke about having the courage to stand firm. I would like us to take some time and pray into this verse today.


Life Worthy of the Gospel

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[e] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. Phil 1:27-30


V27 - The first 2 words start with whatever happens. Jesus knows that life isn't plain sailing but we should always live our lives in the knowledge and love of God and stand firm, Cathy used the image of a 'weeble' a toy from the 1970's ('Weebles wobble but they don't fall down') It is trusting in God and feeling secure in our faith that helps us to keep bouncing back when things go wrong and trials come our way. Having the courage to stand firm especially in difficult times.


V28 - Let us not be scared by challenges that come our way as God is always with us, It is for God to deal with the opposers, it is for us to show love and compassion where ever we can.


V29 - As followers and believers of Christ, we must live in Him during the good times and we must live in Him during the trials. We all experience highs and lows but we must stand firm

BR> Ephesians 6: 10-17 Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. We must wear our full armour of God and stand firm.


V30 - Paul says to his beloved friends that "You're having the same conflict I had when I was with you and even now as I am writing to you" We read all what Paul experienced and the suffering he had but we can look and see how he rejoiced in Christ through all his trials, his patience over the years of suffering, his optimistic attitude and trust in Christ through it all and they could be encouraged and so should we.


Praise Points

• God is Love, His love is unconditional, He will never leave us or forsake us, let us be thankful for this

• Give thanks that no matter what happens in our lives He is our Rock & firm foundation

• Let us be thankful for all He provides for us.


Prayer Points

• Help us to show God's love to others in the way we act and treat people and let us not be frightened in carrying out the good work of the gospel.

• We pray for those who have lost loved ones or are currently ill, pray that they will see God at work in their lives.

• Pray for the Government as we progress with the easing of lockdown and how we adapt to new measures taken for prevention and control of the virus.

• Take time to speak out your personal prayers to the Lord.


To finish a couple of songs to reflect on



Tuesday Prayer 14th July 2020


Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."


Acts 1:4-5,8 (NIV) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."


Acts 8:1,4-6,26-31,35-40 (NIV) On that day, a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road, the desert road, that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch . . . This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?" And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and travelled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.


Let's apply these readings to our current situation: At the end of his time on earth, Jesus commissions his followers to go and make disciples. They are to do this "throughout the earth", but first they must wait in Jerusalem (their home turf) until they are baptised with the Holy Spirit. This takes place as we know some 10 days later, and subsequently we have Peter's great sermon and 3000 being added to the church (Acts 2). In the same chapter we read that "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved". God blesses them, many are healed, and people are saved. But then opposition comes.


Opposition and persecution force the believers to leave Jerusalem and they are scattered throughout the known world. However, they do not go into hiding, but instead they tell of the good news of Jesus wherever they find themselves. Suddenly the Great Commission, "to go into all the world", is being fulfilled.


At the moment we are unable to gather in the church building, but rather than lamenting the fact and wishing things were different, perhaps this is the kickstart we need to share the good news wherever we find ourselves - with our unsaved family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, at the checkout, in the hairdressers (those who've been fortunate to get appointments) . . . the possibilities are endless if we are open to the Spirit of God.


Holy Spirit


Praise: Spend some time just praising God for who He is, for his faithfulness, and for the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our lives.


Pause: Ask God to fill you once again with His Spirit (we're leaky vessels and need to be constantly filled), then wait quietly to allow God to share His heart.


Pray:

• Pray that Holy Spirit would develop within you such a passion for the lost that would result in more boldness to grasp the opportunities He brings your way ("send a revival, start the work in me")

• Determine to pray for three unsaved people by name on a daily basis (these people may already be on your heart; if not, ask God to show you who)

• Pray for Bentley, that God would fulfil all He has spoken over the area

• Pray for the Church in Britain, that compromise and complacency would be done away with and a clear witness be given

• Pray for our nation, that men and women, children and young people would become conscious of sin and the need for salvation, and cry out to God


Hosanna (I see the King)


Tuesday prayers July 7th 2020


Psalm 130

I feel this is quite a relevant Psalm for our current situation

Read it through once or twice asking God to speak to you


V1-2 'out of the depths I cry to you O Lord' ' let your ears be attentive'

The Psalmist is feeling despair and isolation and so calls out to God for mercy. Crying out to God turns our attention away from ourselves to the only one who can help.

Let us thank God that we know that He is always available to us and ready to help.

We know that there are many at this time who are finding the distancing difficult and suffering from mental health issues and loneliness.

Pray that they will reach out to God to receive his comfort and strength.

Pray for counsellors who are supporting them.


V 3-4 'If you O Lord kept a record of sins who could stand? with you there is forgiveness.'

Spend a moment or two searching your heart and confessing any thought, word or action which you know to be wrong and rejoice in His wonderful forgiveness.


V 5 'I wait for the Lord and in his word I put my hope.'

Reflect and call to mind all the reasons we have to hope and some of the promises in his word which give us this hope e.g.

• My grace is sufficient 2 Cor 2 v 9

• I will never leave you or forsake you Heb 13 v 5

• I go to prepare a place for you John 14 v 2

• Nothing can separate us from the love of God Rom 8v39

Thank God for his faithfulness and all that he has done for us

The words of the song based on Heb 6v18 may help - Anchor - Hillsong Live



The hope we have in God holds us fast just as an anchor holds a ship

V 6
'My soul waits more than a watchman waits for the morning'


Imagine a night watchman faithfully keeping guard through the long hours of darkness longing for first light intense longing BUT with confident expectation knowing that dawn will come. We can have that same certainty; we may say How long O God? but we know that he will answer in his own appointed time

V7 'Israel put your hope in the Lord for he is unfailing love'. Israel was Gods chosen people but we also as Gods chosen people can rely on his unfailing love and redemption

Praise him.


Intercession

I have suggested several topics please concentrate on those which God lays on your heart today.

You might like to use the song as you begin to intercede

Eternal Father gracious king (Lord in your mercy). Tim Chester Phil Moore


Church

• For guidance as the leaders make decisions about calling a new minister, when to restart services in church , plans for food bank hoping to start again soon

• our children and young people

• People who have been watching the on line services to be challenged and respond

• Those preparing for the online service this coming Sunday


Schools

• Heads teachers in our local schools coping with all the new restrictions and reorganisation

• Staff, children and families to stay well

• Pupils who are suffering fear and anxiety as a result of COVID 19

• Extra help for children who have fallen behind


COVID 19

• For people grieving the loss of a loved one

• Pray for those involved in medical research to find an effective vaccine and for pharmaceutical companies be able to provide sufficient

• Cry out to God about the global impact on financial markets, economies and businesses

• Pray against a second spike as we reduce restrictions

• For peace for those fearful regarding future employment and sufficient income to provide for their families and those whose mental and emotional wellbeing has been affected


Effect world wide

•Pray for the poorest African nations like Niger where the virus has the potential to be catastrophic

•For the many people coping with the pandemic whilst living in unsanitary slums where good hygiene and social distancing is impossible and where there is no clean water supply, soap, adequate toilets or health care

• communities ( eg parts of Brazil) where communities are facing starvation as food distribution is disrupted, there are food shortages and increased prices

•Many people in Zimbabwe and other parts of S Africa are desperate and at risk of disease because of a vicious drought which is fast becoming a humanitarian emergency

•For Christians In parts of Asia who are neglected when aid is distributed because they are seen as the lowest in society

•In Bolivia 80% of the people rely on casual work which has decreased as shops, markets and restaurants are closed

Tuesday Prayers - 29th June 2020


Psalm 145

Read verses 1-3

The Psalm starts with a declaration of praise. Just praise because of God's greatness - it is the only right response.

Let's start with focusing on praise for our God, not simply because we enjoy praising, because we have a God who is worthy of our praise. Just a glimpse of his greatness is enough to bring forth praise from us.


Read verses 4-7

It reminds us of Habakkuk's prayer 3:2

LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

We are encourages to meditate, think on, God's splendour, majesty and mighty acts. To declare his awesome deeds to each other. You could begin by thinking of God revealed in the bible - how he created the world in 7 days, delivered Israel from the Egyptians - crossing the red sea on dry land and sustained them in the desert for 40 years before bringing them to the promised land.

Then... take a moment to think what God has done in your life. Take a moment to meditate on the cross and all that Jesus accomplished because of his love for each of us. Think about who you could share God's mighty act with - who is God bringing to your mind to pray for and share Jesus with?

Take time to join with Habakkuk and David in the Psalms asking for God to move in our nation: to make his name and deeds known.


Read verses 8-9

This is true in all situations we find ourselves in no matter how we might feel.

Just worship


Read verses 10-13

Lord let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven. Pray that we have opportunities to share Jesus and make known the glorious splendour of His kingdom.

God give us the right perspective of eternity and help us apply that to our lives now. That we might understand what it means when you said: (Matthew 16:25) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Lord we need more of you in our lives and we need to build up treasure in heaven not here on Earth. Teach your church at Bentley how to lose our lives for you and build up treasure in Heaven.


Read verses 14-21

We see God's heart in these verses for the humble of heart and those that are broken/falling.

Take time to pray for those we know in the church and outside that are broken/falling. Pray that their ears are open to hear Truth; their eyes opened to look to Jesus and their hearts softened to receive the Truth. Ask God how you might practically show his abundance of steadfast love and mighty deeds.


Finally pray that the church has God's heart for the poor and broken. That we would act in the knowledge of both the fear and steadfast love of the Lord. That as a church praise and worship would be always on our lips forever and ever.


Amen


Tuesday Prayers - 23rd June 2020


Whenever you chose to take time to pray today, whether that by in the afternoon, the evening or at a time more convenient to you, it matters not, because our God is ready to hear you.


The song at the centre of our prayers today has been provoking my thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks and I hope that it does the same for you.


Today there will not be a lot of direction for this prayer session. There has been so much going on in our world in recent times. Enough to occupy our thoughts and provoke the need to pray into and to seek God's guidance as to their impact on our lives as Christians.

Close your eyes, let the Holy Spirit talk to you and let the passion of this song wash over you.


Our God never stops working, even when we are not sure He is. He is always moving in our midst. He touches every heart.

He is our:

• WAYMAKER (God gives us direction)

• MIRACLE WORKER (God is our healer and comforter)

• PROMISE KEEPER (God never breaks His promises)

• LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS (God is the light in the darkness that can never be extinguished)


Are their barriers, preventing you from connecting with God?

Take time to bring before God all those things that trouble you, things that have been brought to the forefront of your mind through current turmoil and events both in this country and across the world. Things that you can't, or don't feel comfortable talking to others about. Our God is not shy and can't be shocked. Bring them before him now.

Take time to give praise and thanks to God for everything that you have and that you can be grateful for.

Why not end your prayer session by listening to and meditating over the song again.


May God bless you in everything you do in His name.


Tuesday Prayers - 16th June 2020


This week's Psalm, 127, has spoken to me many times in the past, reminding me to ask what and who am I building with. I have observed people build their lives on many different things, such as wealth, health & fitness, sport, hobbies, holidays, partying; even building around friends and family. None of these things are necessarily bad, but if they take God off the throne then things start falling apart, particularly at this time when many of these activities are no longer possible, including collapse of businesses and loss of wealth. In these times, I believe many, both inside and outside of church, are asking what really matters in life. For some during this lockdown period, many of the things their lives have been built upon have collapsed around them.


Psalm 127: 1 says, "Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain". Are we allowing God to build His house in our lives? Are we building a "temple of His Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Is Jesus the "cornerstone" of our lives? (Mark 12:10).


God's Word reminds us many times to ask ourselves what we are building our lives upon. Eg the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7:24-27), storing up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21), building with various materials tested with fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Psalm 127 reassures us that if we put God first in our lives and allow Him to build, then our work is worthwhile and purposeful, and not endless toil.


Praise Points

• God knows us and loves us and continues to watch over us. Let us be thankful that He has kept us safe and never leaves or forsakes us

• Give thanks for Jesus our Cornerstone who laid the foundation in our hearts and for allowing us to work towards building His kingdom with Him.

• May our hearts continue to overflow with thanksgiving, continuing to "Rejoice in the LORD ALWAYS" (Philippians 4:4) because He is our Rock and firm foundation no matter what circumstances we are in.

• That in these times of uncertainty, God is our certainty. As we dwell in Him, we can rest in Him.


Prayer Points

• All who are ill, particularly those suffering from the virus. For those who are still having to self-isolate or are isolated. That their physical needs will be met and they will come to know God through the circumstances.

• All who are providing essential services - doctors and nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare workers; the police and fire services; postal workers; banks; local councils; delivery drivers. That they will all know God's peace in this time.

• The Church: BBC, local churches, the church nationally and internationally. That through this time, only what God is building will remain. That we will be prepared in our hearts to let go of anything that stops us building alongside God. Ask God to search our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24). Pray that we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

• Government, both nationally and locally - that things that are ungodly will be torn down and what is Godly will remain and be built upon.

• Our Nation - that people will reflect on their lives, what is important, lasting, and eternal. That God will speak into their lives in whatever way possible. For those who have lost much to be able to rebuild on firm foundations that are God-based.

• Pray also for peace in this time in our nation and around the World. As we have seen over the last week, there is much unrest and anger around.


This song reminds us that God is working in this time. The nations are being shaken, but God is still God and we need to be still, focus on him and know that He is God.


Where o where's Your presence o God?

In this dry and weary land?

So many people drifting away,

How we need to understand;


You're still God;

Even when we're unbelieving.

Still God;

When we're desperate for our healing.

Still God, still God, You're still God.


You're still God;

Even when our friends desert us.

Still God;

Even through the things that hurt us.

Still God, You're still God;

So I will be still and know you are God.


Where o where's Your Kingdom O God?

We have let holiness go.

So many idles litter our land;

We've got to let this nation know.


You're still God;

When the government has no answers.

Still God;

When the media lowers the standard.

Still God, still God, you're still God.


You're still God;

the plans we make are worthless.

Still God;

When we lose our sense of purpose.


Still God, still God;

So I will be still and know you are God.


When will Jesus really be seen

Through the church that bears His name?

Agents of His kingdom, His peace,

In the world for which He came.


You're still God;

Even though you were rejected.

Still God;

Though you were ridiculed, deserted.

Still God, still God, you're still God.


You're still God;

Though you suffered execution,

Still God,

You're alive and Christ our champion.

Still God, still God;

So I will be still and know you are God.


Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Godfrey Birtill / Geraldine Latty / Gill Birtill / Tim Lomax


Tuesday Prayers - 9th June 2020


Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


A verse that has been brought to my mind recently. I sometimes find it too easy to get stressed and anxious, in my work, my overthinking mind! And my understanding of this pandemic that we are currently in.


Simple answer given to me - PRAY, (Paul's advice was to turn our worries into prayers) speak to God, tell Him of my worries and anxieties and He will give me peace.


Our circumstances may not drastically change in that moment but knowing that God is in control and that our hearts and minds will be guarded, can take that anxiety away.


I have been reflecting on the situation that the world has been through in the last 3 months or so. Sometimes it just feels too surreal that it could be actually happening and that in 2020 we have been tied to our homes and having to live our lives in a very restricted way that none of us have ever experienced before and yet one thing that hasn't changed, hasn't gone away or been restricted in any way is God, His presence, love, guidance and peace is with us eternally.


Even though our situations can be difficult we can give thanks. When we used to meet on our Tuesday prayer meetings, it was always good to start with prayers of thanksgiving, things that we are grateful for, there is always something to be thankful for: -

•Family and friends that are safe and healthy

• that you are not alone and are loved

• For work either protected at home or for those who are front line and key workers.

• Maybe even thankful that a certain coffee house and fast-food chains are finally open!! 😀


Pray in EVERY situation

• For those who are currently ill, present them to God and ask for His healing power to flood through them.

• For the Government, pray that they would be guided by God's wisdom and that the decisions made are right for the Country.

• For families that are struggling through this pandemic, the decisions having to be made of sending children back to school and returning to various workplaces. Pray for their safety and protection.

• For your own personal prayers


By presenting all our prayers to God, we are given the peace of God.

PEACE of God of which is beyond our understanding God's peace is different from the world's peace

John 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

True peace comes from the knowledge God is in control


I really liked the message version of this verse too: -





6-7 Do not fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.




  


Tuesday Prayers - 2nd June 2020


Shout to the North


I chose this song for our worship a couple of Sundays ago, and I was reminded of it once again this last week as I read Isaiah 43. Although this passage is about Israel, there is so much of it that can be applied to us.


Reflections on Isaiah 43:1-13

Verse 1. God is our Creator. He formed us. Each of us is unique. He has ransomed us - paid the price to redeem us from the kingdom of Satan. We are His - He knows our name. Take time to praise God for His love for you. He created you, and He doesn't make mistakes!

Verse 2. God is with us, no matter what we are going through. When we feel like we're drowning or being burned up, we need to keep our eyes on Him. He is with us, and He will carry us when we're too weak to walk under our own steam. Praise God for His constant presence. Look back at times past when you have been aware of His guidance and protection, and give thanks. If you're struggling at the moment, feeling overwhelmed, remember that He is with you. Hand the situation to God and leave it with Him - let God deal with it and ask Him to fill you with His peace and assurance.

Verses 3-4. God the Lord Almighty and Holy One is our Saviour. We are so precious to Him that He traded the life of His Son for us. That's how much God loves us. Take time to dwell on God's love for you and respond to that love in worship.

Verses 5-7. "I will gather you and your children . . ." Let's trust Him for the lives of our unsaved family - that He will bring them to Himself from wherever they might be. Begin to name before God those you care about that are not currently walking with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to them, to convict them of their need of a Saviour.

Verses 8-12. We are called to be witnesses to those who are blind and deaf to the love of God. We need to demonstrate to a lost world that there is only One True God. He is the only One who can save. Ask God to so fill you with His Holy Spirit that His life spills out to everyone you meet. Pray for opportunities to share your story* of God's transforming power in your life with your family, your neighbours, work colleagues, the check-out operator at the supermarket . . . wherever you find yourself. (* "Practice" your story so that you can share it in a couple of minutes - ask for the Holy Spirit's help with this. "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" I Peter 3:15).

Verse 13. God has always been and always will be (otherwise He wouldn't be God). We are safe in His hands. When He does a thing, it stays done! Praise God for His steadfastness, His protection, and His awesome power.


God I look to You


Tuesday Prayers - 26th May 2020


Psalm 107

Each verse shows God's judgment, and after repentance, his mercy, grace and love. The big theme of this Psalm is the sovereignty of God in all situations - God in in charge. We are going to read each verse and let us lead us into prayer and worship. You can read the whole psalm before if you like before taking it a verse at a time.

Verse 1-3

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. Take a moment to thank God for his goodness and love towards us. You might have a favourite worship song with these themes or you could listen to one of the suggestions below. Use this time of thanks and worship to focus on him - vs3 we may feel scattered at the moment but we can join together in worship and thanks.

Both these songs declare the sovereignty and love of God.

Forever (Give Thanks to the Lord) - Robin Mark:

His Love Endures Forever - Micheal W Smith:


Read each section first and allow it to speak to you. How is it leading you to pray? The following are just a few ideas to guide you in prayer for each section of the psalm.

Verses 4-9

God without direction we can wander aimlessly. But when we seek you and your direction for our lives and that of the church, you are faithful to us.

Let us take a moment to ask God to give us clear direction for our lives. What is God bringing to our minds - it might be a lifestyle choice he wants us to change, how we deal with others, forgiveness we need to offer or receive. Take a few minutes to still our hearts and listen to what God is saying to us as individuals.

Now take a moment to listen to God's way forward for the church. Pray for the church leadership that they would be united in hearing God's way forward. That the vision for the church is centred in the heart of God.

What did God say to you? Write it down and consider if this is something to share with others.

God wants us to cry out with our needs to him - he can save and direct us. Jesus let you be the longing of our souls.


Verses 10 - 16

Many people are in darkness and the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction. God bowed their hearts in order that they might turn to him. God is sovereign and works all things for his good purpose.

The world needs Jesus to set them free. Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free...

Pray that those we are in contact with who do not know Jesus recognise the situation they are in. We are to be the light in their darkness Luke 8:16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Pray for your friends and family who are not yet Christians - ask God how you can be the light in their darkness.


Vs 14

When they cried out to God he BURST their bonds. This is dramatic and explosive.

God we want to see you move through this nation - to BURST the bonds of oppression. You have, in history, turned nations back to you when people have cried out in their distress. Lord this nation needs you. Have mercy on us.


Verses 17-22

Sometimes our own choices and sinfulness cause suffering. Take a moment to confess anything that God brings to mind that is wrong. Finish this with praise and worship as we recognise that God has sent out his Word vs20 - Jesus. Jesus has restored and healed us of our affliction - he nailed our sin to the cross. Rest in the assurance we have in Jesus as our Lord and saviour.


Verses 23 - 32

God is sovereign over nature. Lord it feels like the world is in a storm right now. Pray for the opportunity that this situation presents to the church. How are we to show the wonderful deeds of our God. Some people are searching for answers at this time - are we ready to respond with the love of God. People's courage is melting away as they are faced with things beyond their control or understanding - people are at their wits' end. But the Lord calmed the sea and brought them to their desired haven.

God fill us with your peace in the midst of the storm.

Take a moment to pray for this pandemic. That the church would rise up to be a voice of hope and calmness in the midst of the waves. Pray that the situation would lead people to God who is the only one who can bring us ultimately to a safe harbour.


Verses 33- 43

Conclude with praise and awe for the Lord our God. God is in control - he is sovereign over all. God we want the reality of vs 35-38. Meditate on these verses for yourself, the church and the country:

He turns a desert into pools of water,

    a parched land into springs of water.

36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,

   and they establish?a city to live in;

37 they sow fields and plant vineyards

   and get a fruitful yield.

38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,

   and he does not let their livestock diminish.


"When God is our Holy Father, sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, and immutability do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe and gratitude. Sovereignty is only tyrannical if it is unbounded by goodness; holiness is only terrifying if it is untempered by grace; omniscience is only taunting if it is unaccompanied by mercy; and immutability is only torturous if there is no guarantee of goodwill." Ravi Zacharias


Finish with listening to the following: Save us oh God -


Tuesday Prayers - 19th May 2020


Let us prepare ourselves for our corporate time of prayer today. Whatever you are going through and wherever you find yourselves, let us set aside time to clear our minds and focus on the presence of God, the One who is above everything, Our Lord, the King of Kings.

Yes, you may recognise this from my last prayer time with you, but for me it is worth repeating. Whilst God is always there to hear our prayer, we do well to honour Him by not just squeezing our time for God into a convenient slot for ourselves between other calls on our time. Draw near to God.


Prayer Point

Pray That the Church Will Be a Light - Romans 12:2

"A scared world needs a fearless Church." These words of A.W. Tozer could not be more relevant than in today's circumstances.

When trouble comes, we (the Church) should look different from everyone else. We should respond differently. In doing so, we will shine a light in a dark world that is without hope and peace, something most people are reaching for right now.

While the world spreads messages of fear and uncertainty, we are instructed not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. That means we don't let the world tell us how to respond, we let the Word of God be our guide.


Psalm 123 is one of the shorter Psalms in the Bible, with only four verses and would have been sung by those travelling for a feast day in Jerusalem. A song sung as they looked to the Lord for mercy in their affliction. Sung in preparation for meeting with God and His people.

v1 - Where to look

O God, enthroned in heaven, I lift my eyes toward you in worship

v2 - How to look

The way I love you is like the way a servant wants to please his master, the way a maid waits for the orders of her mistress.

We look to you, our God with passionate longing to please and discover more of your mercy and grace

v3 - The reason why mercy is needed

For we've had more than our fill of scoffing and scorn. This mistreatment by the wealthy elite

v4 - The request for mercy

Lord, show us your mercy! Lord show us your grace! (TPT)

As we pray, we can look no higher than to the heavens and focus on our Lord and Saviour. Our eyes rest on the presence of the Lord to meet our needs. Let us come before the Lord our God, humbly, not proud, and not seeking Him in our own strength. Let us seek His mercy and grace, for however hard we try, we all come up short.


Praise

Give God praise for all he has done in your own life

Give God praise that, whilst we recognise that many people have lost their lives to Covid 19, that at this time the death rate is falling

Give God praise in the everyday things in life. Things which we can take for granted, but that are created by the hand of God for our benefit.


Prayer

Lasting fruit - John 15:12-17

Pray that even during this time of on-line church we can touch the lives of more people than ever and that we can play our part in making disciples. People that have never entered our church buildings will begin to act and live like Jesus. Fruit that will last

Pray for Leaders (Locally, Nationally and throughout the world) - Timothy 2:1-3

We can show love and support by praying for all leaders in the following ways:

Pray that every leader would operate with wisdom, strength and guidance from God.

Pray for peace for all leaders.

Pray for cooperation among all leaders.

Pray for supernatural understanding and decision-making ability regarding COVID-19.


Return to end with our initial Prayer Point

Pray That the Church Will Be a Light - Romans 12:2


May God's Blessing be with you throughout all you face and do in the coming week.

Amen


Tuesday Prayers - 12th May 2020


This song has been on my mind all week (have not sung it in years) yet so relevant at this time. He is faithful, unchanging, ageless, rock of peace, Lord of all. We can depend on Him and call out to Him again and again. He's our rock in times of trouble and lifts us up when we fall down, through the storm his love is an anchor. He is our only hope.


Reflections on Psalm 122

V1-5

Do we rejoice when we go to the "house of the Lord"? Do we give thanks and delight in being in His presence? What a privilege to be able to call out to Him again and again. We may not be able to meet together in a building, but we are never far from the "House of the Lord" when we walk with Him - indeed He lives within us. Jerusalem was a place of regular pilgrimage for God's people. Thank you, Lord, that we can meet with you as often as we desire to.

V6-9

There is a peace that passes all understanding for all those who love Him. Whatever our circumstances, are we living in peace? Peace is a part of the message we have for the World, especially in times of trouble. At this time, many people are perhaps stressed, anxious or depressed, but God is our Rock in times of trouble. Pray for peace in our communities and the nation. Where possible, how can we take peace into situations (eg in our phone/zoom conversations and other communications). V8 'For the sake of my family and friends I will say "peace be within you"'.


Praise Points

• God knows us and loves us and continues to watch over us. Let us be thankful that He has kept us safe and never leaves or forsakes us

• May our hearts continue to overflow with thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all His provision. An attitude of gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

• That despite not physically meeting together, we are still able to be together through technology and that others from outside church are now connecting to online services. Recent surveys indicate that more young people are now connecting to on-line services. Church is at last going outside the physical walls of a building.

• For the work at St Peter's in meeting the needs of food supply in Bentley


Prayer Points

• All those who are ill, particularly those suffering from the virus. For those who are having to self-isolate or are isolated. That their physical and spiritual needs will be met at this time.

• All those who are providing essential services - doctors and nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare workers; the police and fire services; postal workers; banks; local councils; delivery drivers. That they will all know God's peace in this time.

• The Church. BBC, local churches and the church nationally and internationally. That through this lockdown there will be a growth in all our individual walks with God. That we will be prepared in our hearts for what God has next for the Body of Christ. That we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

• For Muslims in this time of Ramadan that Jesus will be revealed.

• Government, both nationally and locally - for wisdom, compassion, but above all a turning to God

• Our Nation - that in all the chaos and fear we will seek God.


Tuesday Prayers - 5th May 2020


Be Still


Psalm 121

1 I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!

3 He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. 4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

5 The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. 6 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

7 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. 8 The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

This Psalm seems to fit in well with our current situation, it is part of a few Psalms called songs of ascent. They were sung by those who journeyed and ascended to the temple for the annual feast.




In my bible the Psalm starts with a theme: We can depend upon God for help. Pilgrims must travel through lonely country to their destination, they are protected, not by anything created but by the creator of everything.


We can feel that sometimes we are on a long lonely journey especially at the moment, even though the journey may not be an physical one, the uncertainty of the situation, the lack of control we have on our lives and the strict measures that we have to undertake in our everyday life.


This song gives us a strong assurance of 4 stages that God is help and protection to keep both Israel and individual believers safe from harm.


GOD - Helper (v1-2), Keeper (v3-4), Protector (v5-6), Preserver (v7-8)


Keep these 4 words in our minds as we read through this Psalm and go into a time of reflection and praise.


Let us give praise and thanks to God our helper, our keeper, our protector and our preserver.


Let us give thanks that God is working in our lives, although we as Church are apart, we can still be very much together, we have the technology for online prayers, services and meetings, we can keep in touch with each other, via telephone, text, messenger etc..


Please take a moment to pray for those who may not receive as much contact with people as others as they are social isolating or unable to get out. If God lays a person on your heart, please pick up the phone and get in contact, they just might need to hear from you today.


Pray for the Government as they have the discussions and make a plan of steps to start to work a way out of the lockdown and relax the measures that have been in place recently, pray that they will have wisdom in the decisions they make, that they are right for the country.


Pray that we (the country) will remain patient, that as plans are made, we don't step out too soon, we need to trust in the Lord, keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He is our Helper, Keeper, Protector & Preserver.


Amen


Tuesday Prayers - 28th April 2020


Broken Vessels


Lately, I've been looking at this song from a slightly different perspective. Please hear me - I don't for a minute believe that God brought about Covid-19, but I do believe that He can and does use any and every situation for His glory and our good.


Perhaps as church we've been "broken and scattered", exiled as it were, so that we draw closer to God, seek His presence above all else, and find out what He is calling us to as individuals, couples, family and church. We've been "set free" from the safe, comfortable familiarity of meeting in a building on Sunday morning, or gathering as Life Group during the week, so that we learn to look outside of our four walls.

• Praise God that in His mercy He came looking for us when we were lost, broken, blind and empty-handed. In His Amazing Grace, He put us back together again, restored our sight, healed our wounds, and filled us with His Holy Spirit.

• Thank Him for His faithfulness. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us, and He is able to bring about His purposes in His perfect timing - we just need to trust.

• Ask God what we need to let go of (dreams, expectations, gifts, talents) so that our empty hands can be filled with what He longs to give us.

• Examine our thoughts and hearts to see if there's anything we need to be set free from (attitudes, behaviours, habits, secret/unconfessed sin).

• Let's lay ourselves down so that God can raise us up again, mended and whole, not to "return to normal" but to step up and step out - that the world might see His life in us.


Finally, I've been reminded that when Israel was exiled to Babylon, God told them to "work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare." (Jeremiah 29:7). So, let's pray for our nation, that in this time of crisis people will turn to God, seek His face in repentance, and make Him Lord. Let's also pray that during this season of Ramadan many Muslims will come to know Jesus. Our God is not small, but maybe our vision and prayers are. Pray for great and good things to happen - in our neighbourhoods, in Bentley, in Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, in our nation - and that they happen by God's power and for His glory. Greater things have yet to come . . .


God of This City

Tuesday Prayers - 21st April 2020


We are going to start prayers today with a reflection on the song Lament for the nation and from there move on to a reflection on Jesus our Lord and King.

We should be honest with our feelings in our prayers and this song seems to get it just about right - certainly for where I am right now. Let's use the song to focus our minds and hearts on our Lord and King of Kings who holds us all.



Lament For The Nation

Have mercy on us

O Lord hear our cry

Rend the heavens

And come down to us

Let Your light shine

In our darkness and fear

And draw us back to You again


POINTS TO CONSIDER FOR VERSE 1:

• Have mercy - love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way. Remember blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52 who cried out for Mercy from The Son of David - Jesus. Jesus asked him what he wanted him to do for him. Boldly, yet honestly Bartimaeus replied, "Rabbi, I want to see." What are we honestly and boldly asking God for? This could be an obvious request just as asking to see was obvious for Bartimaeus yet Jesus still asked him what he wanted.

• Rend the heavens - we have just enjoyed celebrating Easter. Remember the temple curtain was torn in two to show is the way into God's presence was now open.

• When it all seems dark around us; when we watch the news and there is little hope; when we focus on the waves and the storm; we need to take time to seek Jesus - his light - and draw back to his presence.


Have mercy on us

O Lord hear our cry

Revive our hearts

For the glory of Your name

And let Your ways be known

Let every knee bow down

And draw us back to You again


POINTS TO CONSIDER FOR VERSE 2:

• Revive our hearts. With all the things in the world at the moment, we can feel overwhelmed and hope can fade from our hearts. Pray that God keeps the peace in our hearts as we keep our eyes on him.

• Let our hope in the risen Jesus and the way we conduct ourselves through these current problems bring Glory to God. Our faith and certain hope in a sovereign God should be lifting up His name at this time.

• Let your ways be known. Help us to act and speak in wisdom during these difficult times. God's ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts.


POINTS TO CONSIDER FOR THE BRIDGE:

• Take time to ask God for those times and things that have captured our hearts; to those things that have drawn our attention away from Him.

• Confess and repent of the times we have not placed God at the centre.

• Conclude with asking God to stir in us a real desire and love for Him.


Psalm for consideration is Psalm 24 - The King Of Glory

Let us take time to move our thoughts towards celebration and praise.

The Earth is the Lord's.

Celebrate and give thanks for the wonders of creation.

Declare with thanks and certainty that God is sovereign - He holds the whole world in His hands.

In him all things hold together.

God is in control.


Vs 3-6

Thank God for the cross. Spend time to consider what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.

Jesus is our righteousness.

Spend some time listening to God. What does God say to you through the cross.


Vs 7-10

Who is this King of Glory?

Spend time praising God.

Grab a pen and paper and write down everything God is.

You could post your thoughts on facebook.


Conclude with this video.


Tuesday Prayers - 14th April 2020


Let us prepare ourselves for our corporate time of prayer today. Whatever you are going through and wherever you find yourselves, let us set aside time to clear our minds and focus on the presence of God, the One who is above everything, Our Lord, the King of Kings.

Listen to, and let your mind take on the words of the attached song: Let Your Kingdom Come by Pete James.


Maybe you want to listen again?


Whilst this is based on the Lords Prayer, something with which I am sure we are all familiar, why not take some time to reflect on and pray into some specific points:


We were made in perfect love

Helpless we were lost, heaven sent the rescue plan of God

Through the love of Christ, we are found and born into new life

King of endless love, here on earth just as in heaven above let your will be done

Wake our hearts and let your kingdom come

We are watching, we are waiting

We're believing, let your kingdom come

Father in heaven, your name is holy

Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory

God of salvation, unfold your story

Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory

For ever and ever Amen


Our Psalm this week is Psalm 118

It can be no coincidence that this Psalm is brought to us in this week following Easter when Jesus rose from the dead.

You may wish to read this through in your own time throughout this week.

Whether now or later reflect on the fact that this Psalm starts and ends with the declaration that

'The Lord's mercy endures for ever'

The psalmist encourages himself and others to trust in God,

We must glorify God for his goodness, his goodness to us, and especially his goodness to us in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Himself believed in and received this unending mercy and proclaimed it with His disciples in the upper room. The same mercy, that loyal love, covenant love, and lovingkindness that never ended for Him, is also given to us, His people.


This is a psalm filled with familiar verses

v6 The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?


v16 The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!


v24 This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Prayer Points

• Continue to pray for Christine following John's funeral today, that at this time in particular she and the family will know God's presence in their lives, stronger than ever.

• Pray for all those who at this time are making difficult decisions, whether they be personal, local or national, in relation to the Covid-19 virus. That they will know and seek God's will in their decision making.

• Pray for all those whose loved ones and family members have died during this time. That whatever they are going through, that they will turn to the Lord for comfort.

• Pray for those Christians throughout the world, who even during this time of crisis are still being persecuted. Pray particularly for the families of those recently murdered in their homes in Nigeria during the Covid-19 lockdown there.

• Lift your own prayers up to the Lord


Praise Points

• Praise God in your own personal circumstances.

• Prise God for all those who have been close to death, and have survived during this outbreak.

• Praise God, that even whilst we are in a lockdown state we can still meet with the risen Lord and that Jesus can break down any fears that we face and bring us His peace

• Praise God for 'His mercy endures for ever'.

   Amen

Tuesday Prayers - 7th April 2020


Reflections on Psalm 117 (the shortest of Psalms)

V1 Even though many of the nations and peoples are going through tough times now, we can still praise God. There is not a single nation that has not been affected by this virus, but the Psalmist says "Praise the Lord, ALL you nations, extol him ALL you peoples." So that especially includes His people.

V2 We have a Father whose love is so great towards us, is enduring even when we fail Him. God is so faithful to us for ever and ever. Can we not help but praise Him?


As we approach Easter, let us prepare our hearts and fix our thoughts on Jesus and all He achieved on the cross for us - that "divine exchange" that took place

Jesus has taken my rebellion and independence and I have restored daily fellowship with God.

Jesus removed my darkened heart and I have received a new heart, alight with God's desires.

Jesus removed my sinfulness and now I daily put on Christ's robe of righteousness.

Jesus removed the power of sin and now I have a power and passion to live in holiness.

Jesus has taken my shame and now I radiate His glory everywhere I go.

Jesus removed the curse I deserved. I daily walk by the Spirit, experiencing God's blessings.

Jesus has taken my sickness and I now live in divine health.

Jesus has taken my poverty and I now live in abundance.

Jesus has taken my sorrow and regret of what could have been; now hope fills my heart daily.

Jesus has taken my anxiety, now joy and peace guard my heart.


Praise Points

• God knows us and loves us (Romans 5:8)

• May our hearts continue to overflow with thanksgiving for all that He has done for us. An attitude of gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

• Remind ourselves particularly this week that God sees us through the blood of Jesus and dressed in robes of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)

• That despite not physically meeting together, we are still able to be together through technology.


Prayer Points

• All those who are ill, not just those we know of, but all those who are suffering at this time, whatever that illness might be

• All those who are providing essential services - doctors and nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare workers; the police and fire services; postal workers; banks; local councils; delivery drivers

• The Church. BBC, local churches and the church nationally and internationally. That through this lockdown there will be a growth in all our individual walks with God. That we will be prepared in our hearts for what God has next for the Body of Christ.

• Government, both nationally and locally - for wisdom, compassion, but above all a turning to God

• Our Nation - that in all the chaos and fear we would begin to seek God

• The Nations - as mentioned in this short Psalm that many nations and peoples will return to God and give praise to Him.

Tuesday Prayers - 31st March 2020


Reflections on Psalm 116

The Lord hears our prayers, He is so responsive that we can always reach out to him even if we are in a place of despair, we can call on His name.

The Lord is kind and merciful and protects us. We are encouraged to walk in His presence, He will see us through these difficult times.

His love and protection is everlasting. 'Our God is full of compassion'

We are precious to God and He stays close to us even in death, we need to stay true to Him and be thankful for all He has done and will do, we need to live our lives as God intended.




Even when we are frightened or worried about the uncertainty of our current situation, we need rest in the presence of the Lord, be filled by his spirit, dive into his word and be comforted by His love and compassion.

Be blessed that our God is faithful and trust in His word.


Praise Points

• Give thanks that God is in control as we trust in Him, He never leaves us, and His love is unfailing • His beauty in nature is being revealed to us in a different way as our lifestyle changes - Praise God for all that he provides us
• We trust in the Lord that His plan for us is good

• Give thanks for the modern technology that life doesn't have to be lonely even in isolation

Prayer Points

• Leadership - The government, healing & protection, wisdom & discernment to carry the country through this season.
• Those who are 'key workers' serving and protecting the nation, may God bless them all mightily and give them protection, may all of us show compassion and thankfulness in all they do.
• Pray for Christine Daniels and the family after the passing of John, pray for peace and that God will carry them through this difficult time
• Those who are currently ill, those who we know and those who are struggling with the virus and other health conditions.
• Our loved ones, friends and colleagues that are isolated and not in contact with many people


We are not 'stuck' at home, we are 'safe' at home

Stay home, stay safe and continue to pray and worship the Lord

Tuesday Prayers - 24 March 2020


Reflections on Psalm 115

V1   Whether we fail or succeed, God alone is worthy of glory and honour. He never stops loving us, and He remains faithful to us and to His promises.

VV2-3  Because those who don't know God are blinded to Him, they will doubt His existence and question our belief. But God is far above human minds and human intellect and can only be understood spiritually, and only by those whose spirits have been brought to life by His Spirit.

VV4-8  We are made to worship, and if we don't worship God then we will make our own objects of worship; but there is no life in them. They cannot speak, see, hear, smell, feel or walk. And those who make them, or trust in them, are just like them - dead!

Our God is very much alive - He can and does speak; He sees each one of us; He hears our prayers and responds; our praise and worship rises to Him as incense, a pleasing aroma in His nostrils; He walks beside us, and carries us in His arms when we are weary.

VV9-11  God is our helper and shield. He has proven He is trustworthy, and therefore He can still be trusted.

VV12-16 God has not forgotten us. He has blessed us and will continue to bless us, no matter who we are. The only "qualification" is that we fear (have a healthy and holy respect for) Him, our wonderful, creator God.

VV17-18 The dead (those who trust in idols as well as those who have died without believing in Him) cannot worship Him. But we can and should worship the Lord, forever, giving Him praise for who He is and all He has done. Praise and worship can be our only response to this great God who loves us so much.


Praise Points


• God knows us and loves us
• He is faithful and can be trusted
• He has not forgotten us and will bless us as we keep our hearts and minds, our worship focused on Him


Prayer Points


• All those who are ill, not just those we know of, but all those who are suffering at this time, whatever that illness might be
• All those who are providing essential services - doctors and nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare workers; the police and fire services; postal workers;
banks; local councils; supermarket and other essential shop workers; delivery drivers
• Government, both nationally and locally - for wisdom, compassion, but above all a turning to God
• Financial and economic institutions - for wisdom
• Our Nation - that in all the chaos and fear we would begin to seek God


  

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