Some thoughts for prayer

 

November Prayer Focus

 

This month we are having ‘a season of prayer.’ Throughout November the church will be open Monday to Friday, from 7-8pm, to enable those who can manage to join in an hour of prayer.

 As we emerge from the difficulties and restrictions which Covid-19 has placed upon us for the last 18 months, we are seeking God in prayer for the way forward at Fetteresso. We remember again that before Jesus carried out the work God had given him to do, he sought his Father in prayer. He calls us to do the same. 

This season of prayer coincides with COP26 when our world leaders are joining together in Glasgow. They too are seeking a way forward for the world in the face of climate change, exploring ways to halt and reverse the devastating effects of climate change caused by mankind’s lack of care.

God created a beautiful world for mankind and from the beginning God gave man the task of caring for the earth. 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  
Genesis 2v15. 

Jesus came to earth to live among us and show us how to live, love and care for each other.

Jesus said “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22v37-39.

Jesus has promised us his Holy Spirit to teach and help us.

“ But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 14v27.

Before his journey to the cross Jesus spent time in prayer and preparation asking his disciples to keep watch with him.  

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26v40-41

The young people of the world are challenging our politicians and our generation to waken up to the reality of climate change, calling us to act and not just talk, while there is still time. Our Lord also calls us to work while it is still day. 

 “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. “
John 9.v4

Will Jesus find us sleeping on the job? 

It would be great to see you for that hour of prayer. While some may not be able to join us in person at the church, please consider setting aside the hour at home to join with us in prayer.

 

Forgive us, Father God, forgive, 

When we do not care for the world 

Nor live, as you would have us live. 

When we squander precious resources, 

Closing our eyes to the mess we have made

When we focus upon ourselves in greed,

Covering our ears to the cries of those in need.

Help us care for all you have made, while we still have time.

 

Forgive us Lord Jesus, when we fall, 

Taking our eyes off you,

Closing our ears to your call.

Challenge us, change us, 

In your image, remake us.

Open eyes that are blind, 

And the ears of all mankind. 

Help us make you known, while we still have time.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, come,

Teach us how to watch and pray.

Fill us now with life anew, 

Help us work while it is day.

Teach us to love,

As Jesus would love, 

In all we do and all we say. 

Help us shine his light and love in the world, while we still have time.

Amen