Let’s Pray: Sun 18 December – Sat 24 December 2022
Sunday 18 December
Moderator |Pray for the Moderator as he conducts worship at Joymount Presbyterian Church in the Carrickfergus Presbytery in the morning and at Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church in the Ards Presbytery in the evening. Pray that both congregations may be encouraged in their mission and ministry by the Moderator’s visit.
Worship as witness this Christmas| When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18. Pray that our Christmas worship will be a means of spreading the word as a witness to those who only attend at this time of year.
Monday 19 December
PCI global mission workers | Pray for all PCI global mission workers in this advent season, wherever they are located around the world. Pray that each will know God’s abiding presence as they celebrate the birth of Christ.
PCI Partners |Give thanks for the life and witness of churches, missions and agencies around the world with whom PCI is in partnership, and pray especially that they will be envisioned for new initiatives in the coming year.
Tuesday 20 December
International Meeting Point South Belfast |Pray that the light of the gospel will shine through the ministry this Christmas. The hope is to bless 200 different people who come into the Centre each week, but struggle financially, with a supermarket voucher. Pray for the Bi-lingual (English / Farsi) Alpha course which concludes with a Christmas celebration on 21 December. Praise God for the good discussions during the course.
International Meeting Point North Belfast | Give thanks for all who come to Teenie Tots. Pray that as the Christmas story is told during the Christmas special the wonder of God’s love will be clear to all. Pray also for the many asylum seekers who are so far from family and friends and who are struggling with deep loneliness.
Wednesday 21 December
Middle East |Pray for God’s provision and encouragement for Christian communities throughout the Middle East; and, though diminishing in size, that these communities be faithful and courageous witnesses to the gospel.
Ukraine | Pray for the ongoing co-ordination of compassionate support by Hungarian Reformed Church Aid for refugees and those displaced by the war; and for progress towards a just and lasting peace in the region.
Thursday 22 December
Mission in Ireland personnel |Pray for all Mission in Ireland personnel at this Christmas time, that they will know the love and presence of Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us. Pray also that they will experience some rest and refreshment over the Christmas season.
Mission in Ireland office staff| Give thanks for all the staff working in Assembly Buildings who help facilitate the work of Mission in Ireland. Pray that they will feel the benefit of rest over the Christmas season.
Friday 23 December
Social Witness | With Christmas coming and recent increases in household costs, many families are finding that income from wages simply isn’t enough to keep pace. This often leads to borrowing money and the accumulation of debts which they see no way of repaying. Pray for families in this situation and for organisations, such as Christians Against Poverty, who provide advice, help and hope.
Experiencing loss |Pray that those feeling the pain of loss, or dealing with trauma, whether recent or from a long time ago, would know and be assured of the hope and restoration that Jesus, Light of the World, can bring this Christmas.
Saturday 24 December
General Council | Pray for families connected with the Presbyterian Church throughout Ireland and our partner churches overseas, as together we celebrate the good news that a Saviour has been born.
Training in Ministry | In Ephesians 3:8, the riches of Christ are described as “unsearchable”, “incomprehensible”, “incalculable”, “immeasurable”, “boundless” in English versions. So many different words are used by translators because it’s impossible to describe the immensity and wonder of the riches of Christ. God has become man, Jesus Christ, the One who blesses his believing people with such riches. Praise him!