Prayer Requests – 19th May 2013

Things for you to pray for this week …

 

  • give thanks for the Oftsed report judging the lower school to be “Good” and pray for the staff to continue to work hard for the benefit of all the children. Pray for the strong Christian ethos to be maintained
  • school and university students, taking and preparing for exams. Pray they would be able to consider what God wants for their future and not be overwhelmed
  • the funeral for Richard Carter’s father, John, in Portsmouth on Thursday
  • pray for all who have been bereaved
  • that God would enable Christians to speak with understanding and  confidence in him as they explain God’s design for marriage and relationships. Pray for the House of Lords to state the many problems of the ill-considered attempt to redefine marriage and to reject the Bill (There is a debate and vote on 3rd June). At the same time pray for members of parliament to keep working towards just and fair treatment for all members of society in a way that does not prevent individuals expressing their sincerely held convictions
  • that God would be at work among the leaders of the nations, especially as they aim to hold peace talks to discuss strategy in dealing with Syria. Also pray for the church and citizens of Pakistan, Guatemala, Libya, Syria, North Korea, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Burma
  • for Bethany  White as she prepares to go to Japan, with OMF for a  mission trip this summer. She hopes to be prepared for future long-term work with OMF. Please consider whether you could help with her finance (Talk to Martin or Brian) and pray for the training, culture/language barrier and the people she will meet. Thank you
  • Asha and Sangster (and son Timothy) are in Bangalore. Sangster recently took a whole service and preached at the Presbyterian Church. They are continuing to evangelise through Christianity Explored and a Bible study group. and ask for our prayers for those who come
  • for a clear understanding of the identity of Jesus, God the Son and for the work of God the Holy Spirit in our lives to make us more like Jesus and bring glory to God the Father