Monthly Prayer Diary

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Sunday 1st Today is All Saints Day! Thank the Lord that we are all part of “the cloud of witnesses” past and present, locally and worldwide. Saints are not just the famous: Saints are people who make the living Christ visible to us. Praise God that we all know someone saintly whom we love and admire, as our Lord’s love shines through them.

Monday 2nd Telling the Truth has become vital in a world corrupted by false assertions and fictional conspiracy theories. On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, pray for all courageous reporters who put their lives at risk for the sake of the truth, and pray for their protection.

Tuesday 3rd Pray for the successful completion of the emergency lighting, fire and smoke alarms, so our Sanctuary can reopen for worship. Give thanks for all those who work on our Sunday worship video and give thanks that it is a blessing to so many. As we open our halls to some users, pray that they will feel both safe and welcome.  

Wednesday 4th After yesterday’s Presidential and Congressional Elections, pray urgently for USA, that justice and truth may prevail, no false accusations or fraud be successful, and for a peaceful outcome, led by people who wish to unite, not divide, their fine country.

Thursday 5th Ask God’s blessing on the work of our new donation point for families in need, opening today in our church. Pray for our volunteers who will run it and for the families who will receive much needed supplies.

Friday 6th  “Let not your hearts be troubled.. I leave you a gift--Peace of mind and heart” (John 14.v.1&27). This is National Stress Awareness Day and Week. We all know many people who suffer stress; choose one to pray for now, asking for the Lord’s peace to permeate his/her heart and mind—and don’t forget to request Jesus’ peace for yourself.

Saturday 7th Give thanks for the work of our minister, Cheryl, for her spiritual leadership, cheerfulness, imagination, creativity and hard work preparing the weekly worship video and supporting the lonely. Pray for God's encouragement as she prepares different services for Advent and Christmas. 

Sunday 8th On our Remembrance Sunday as we gather for online worship through our worship video we  give thanks to God for the lives of those who have died in war, remembering all the joy they brought to families and friends, and all the good things they did for their home and their country. We ask God to be close to those who are still facing danger each day, to give courage to the armed forces, and compassion to all who help others. We ask God to comfort all who are grieving the loss of someone they love, and ask God to help you play your part in working for peace in the world.

Monday 9th “Defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1. 17) On World Orphans Day, thank God for so many generous families in Africa looking after thousands of AIDS orphans. Pray for God’s blessing on the Christian work for orphans of Franciscan Missions and of Crossing Borders NK, protecting orphaned children of North Korean refugees in China.

Tuesday 10th Pray for our Adult Education programmes and all those who wish to learn more about the Bible in their journey of faith. Lift in prayer all those who lead and come to the Zoom meetings of “Learning Together” and all those who join Val on Monday mornings.

Wednesday 11th  Today is the annual Remembrance Day. Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth. In every act of remembrance, we honour the memory of the fallen and pledge to care for the living. We pray that our new Remembrance Garden which is open this week brings a peaceful time of remembering to everyone who walks through it. We will remember them.

Thursday 12th  The use of widespread surveillance of every aspect of our lives (including credit- and bio-data) was raised in a report to the C of S General Assembly. Pray for wise control of the use of such data, in order to protect our individual human rights.

Friday 13th Today is World Kindness Day. Commenting the work of The Guild, Moderator Dr. Martin Fair commented, “You show us the way of the extra mile... different from how so often things are in the world!” Pray for God’s warm blessing on the Guild’s future projects, bringing kindness into the post-Covid-19 world. We pray too for all our Guild members here in our church who miss meeting together and give thanks for all they have achieved for others, through their loving service.

Saturday 14th Today is Diwali –the Hindu Festival of Light, when Hindus joyfully light candles and give presents; pray that Christians and Muslims may share with Hindus and Buddhists a deep desire for God’s light to illumine our world and take action to bring about peace, especially in India.

Sunday 15th  In a world sadly short of hope, ask God to re-shape our attitudes. Pray for Our Lord’s help and wisdom to “see each day as a gift, whatever the circumstances, trying to make the most of each day” (Rev Dr John Chalmers).

Monday 16th   On the International Day for Tolerance, in Anti-Bullying Week, bring before our loving Lord anyone you know who has experienced bullying, and pray for God’s intervention to help all work to halt and eradicate it in every school.

Tuesday 17th On International Students Day, thank God for the blessing of so many lively, thoughtful and often generous young people from across the world who come to our university cities. Pray for them to find friendship in these times of self-isolation and restricted personal contact, and that Covid-19 may not harm their educational experience.

Wednesday 18th  Give thanks for the work of our Church Centre Coordinator, Carole, as she continues to support Cheryl, the Property Committee and the Covid-19 Task Group in preparing the Church Centre for reopening. Pray for Hugh, our Church Officer, as he returns from seven months’ furlough and begins working with the new Covid-19 protocols.

Thursday 19th On World Toilet Day, pray for the success of international toilet-twinning initiatives. We remember in our prayers the billions of people around the world, who do not have access to safe sanitation facilities and as a result face illness, humiliation and even death. We pray today for access to adequate means of sanitation facilities for everyone.

Friday 20th   On Universal Children’s Day, remember Jesus’ words “Unless you become as a little child.” Pray that we may begin to look at the world, the universe, and Jesus with the eyes, the excitement and the adoration of a child, so that Jesus’ light may grow in us.

Saturday 21st Since the beginning of the Pandemic, God has revealed to us the dedicated loving work of those who care for the old and disabled. On Carers’ Rights Day, in National Family Caregivers’ Month, pray for God’s love and strengthening for all who are involved, asking that our society and government will value their vital work and reward it fairly with just wages and improved working conditions.

​Sunday 22nd Thank God for the Bible-based Trauma Healing Programme of the Scottish Bible Society. Trauma Healing is a unique programme which can help local churches provide a compassionate response to traumatised people in their communities. We pray for the lives of people who are experiencing emotional difficulty who are being helped by this important work  

Monday 23rd Experts warn us that Covid-19 lockdowns are producing a mental health crisis, leading to a huge increase in self-harm and suicide. Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Day; thank God for the work of Christian Chad Varah, and pray for rich blessings on the work of the telephone listening organization he founded, the Samaritans.

Tuesday 24th Give thanks for the work of our Pastoral Care Group and its Convenor, Annette, as they keep in touch by telephone with our congregation and support lonely people finding life hard in the pandemic. Let us express our gratitude for much-appreciated flowers which they organise weekly with the help of the Flower Committee.

Wednesday 25th 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, pray for God’s blessing on all victims and all who work to end this evil. We pray for the work of Women’s Aid here in Edinburgh, that all victims are able to access appropriate support.

Thursday 26th Obesity undermines the health, self-respect and confidence of many individuals, but is often linked to deprivation and social inequality. On Anti-Obesity Day, pray that our own and our leaders’ responses may be compassionate, insightful and constructive, not exacerbating individual’s guilt and low self-esteem.

 Friday 27th At the launch of Christian Aid’s new report, “Building Back With justice; Dismantling Inequalities after Covid-19”, our Moderator, Dr Martin Fair, urged our leaders to “prioritise issues of justice, equality and care for creation”. Pray for those in power to act on the report’s recommendations, including “a comprehensive 12-month cancellation of debt...for 76 low income countries”.

Saturday 28th “We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders” (GK Chesterton) At the start of National Tree week, give thanks for the glory of our deciduous trees, displaying such amazing colours in Autumn. Pray that we may speak out against destruction of treasured trees and support the planned reforestation of Scotland.

Sunday 29th On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we in the Church of Scotland are asked to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel, who have called for an ecumenical vigil for justice and peace and for sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people, whatever their religion or race. 

Monday 30th Give thanks for our organist, Andrew, and the Praise Band, whose singing and instrumental music have been an appreciated part of the Sunday videos. Ask a blessing on their planning of music for Christmas.