“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” Mark 9:24
Pray that we would be quick to depend on Jesus. Pray that we would know our need to depend on him even for our faith. Pray against the pride of assuming we can continue in faith without prayer. Pray that God would cause us to know the great joy and peace that comes from bringing our unbelief to him.
Give great thanks for the work of Crossteach in North London as they seek to help young people engage with the Christian faith. Praise God for the students coming along to the 5 weekly lunch clubs they run. Give thanks they come from believing and non-believing backgrounds. Pray that God would be at work as they teach the story of Joseph, that the students would gain a better understanding of Jesus and would see He is a King worth trusting in.
Pray too for the opportunity coming up for the Easter Experience. Pray as Yr 7 pupils come to investigate the Easter story, that they would understand what Jesus achieved on the cross.
Meeting together tonight for Life Explored from 7.30pm – The Joyful God
“God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).
Give thanks for the opportunity Life Explored has provided for church family and guests to dwell on our understanding of God and the idols we replace him with. Pray that as we reach the final week tonight we will all be astounded by the promise of the joy of relating perfectly to God for anyone trusting in Christ. Pray that people will come back and those guest who have joined us for Life Explored would want to come back as we begin to look at Colossians together.
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
At the start of another week, pray that we would be those who entrust our fears, anxieties and hopes to the Lord. Pray we can be intentional about trusting God with the things occupying our minds. Pray that we would remind ourselves of the many reasons we have to trust God with these things, so that they wouldn’t become bigger to us than God himself.
Meeting together this afternoon at 4.30pm – Mark 9:2-29
Give thanks for all of God’s provision to Trinity. Give thanks for the way that God has taught, convicted, challenged and transformed his people at Trinity by his word. Give thanks for those who have and continue to give themselves in selfless service. Give thanks for the relationships that have been built in our church family. Give thanks for the ways God has provided the financial resources we have needed as a church. Pray that God would continue to provide exactly what we need as a church and that he would be building his Kingdom through Trinity in the ways that will most glorify him.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Afghanistan, where being anything other than a Muslim is illegal. Pray for courage and protection for secret Afghan believers who face death if their faith or baptism is discovered, as happened to several believers in 2016. Pray for change to take place within the country, that it might become more open to religions outside of Islam. Pray too that stability and peace would be established in Afghanistan.
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“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34-35
Give thanks that Jesus Christ willingly suffered and died that we might have life. Pray that today we would carefully examine our lives to see the obvious and less obvious areas we may be holding back on denying ourselves. Pray that we would ask God for his Spirit’s help to loosen our grasp on those things and to see the life we have in Christ now and in eternity as so much more valuable. Pray that we might be truly repentant of the ways we have deliberately set aside this teaching of Jesus.