Happy new year from Bellshill Central Parish Church

Dear God, Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.

We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways. We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.

Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence. We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”

Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing. To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for general election

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the opportunity to vote – to hold those in power to account,to freely exercise our values and beliefs.Please give us wisdom as we do so,and grace as we interact with those who disagree with us.We thank you for all the candidates in this election – for those who will serve in Parliament,for those who will govern our country.Fill their hearts with compassion and a desire for justice,so they will attend to the cries of the poor and oppressed.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Prayer for St Andrew’s Day (30th November 2019)

Loving God,

We think of Andrew, called first among your disciples,
Leaving his nets to follow Jesus, leaving his life behind to answer your call,
We thank you for Andrew, an example to all who follow you
Trusting blindly in your promise, trusting in a better life with you

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, spreading the gospel in times of persecution and hostility
When the church was young and regarded with suspicion
Inspired by the Holy Spirit to convince others of the good news of Jesus Christ
Disregarding danger and hardship, doing your will as your disciple, your apostle.

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, remembered on his cross, tortured and put to death for his faith,
Confessing Jesus bravely in pain and fear, trusting in him to the end, leaving us the legacy of God’s good news
We thank you for Andrew, a warning for us to remember those tortured and persecuted today, to remember why you sent your son, to remember Jesus as the prince of Peace

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, whose message travelled to the farthest corners of the world,
Whose message is heard here in Scotland, whom we remember when we search the sky for our answers
We thank you for Andrew whose message is heard in Russia and Greece, in Europe, Asia and Africa, remembered as one of your first servants
To make disciples of all nations, to make us all follow the Prince of Peace

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

God of all nations, you have sent us Andrew the apostle, inspired by your Spirit to spread your news, let us find his courage to follow you, let us find his passion to be your witness, let us be your disciples.