Prayer Journal

Thy Kingdom Come 2022 is coming – 26th May – 5th June
Have you picked up your booklet from the Welcome Desks in the Kirk or the Offering House?

Thy Kingdom Come is explained in this way on the website…..www.thykingdomcome.global
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

Since its start in May 2016 God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. Christians from 172 countries have taken part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. According to our annual survey findings an astonishing percentage of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and a significant number of people join in for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
• Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
• Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
• Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.’

Daily Devotions for Thursday 19th May, 2022

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from Father God

Reading : ROMANS 7 verses 5 and 6

Meditation : take time and consider this part of the Bible this morning.
A Human nature. Sinful desires.
Living in the way of the Spirit.

What do these words mean for you today?
What encourages and challenges you?

And then pray in response – as your day starts

Pray your own words of confession and of faith to the LORD God.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Midday
Pray God’s blessing on God’s people in Somalia.
Father God…hear our prayers and bless your Church we ask.

Evening

Reading : read this short passage again from ROMANS 7
Reflect on the words behind the truths at the end of your day
and Pray in response to God as your day ends

O LORD, hear our evening prayers
As we return our thanks to you
For all your good gifts to us!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Devotions for Wednesday 18th May, 2022

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from God, the Three in One

Reading : ROMANS 6 verse 23

Meditation : prayerfully consider these words this morning
Wages of Sin.
God’s free gift.

What words stays with you?
What is your response to God’s Word today?

Then pray in response to this God of ours
Praying honestly…..humbly……

In Jesus’ name
Amen and amen

Midday
Pray God’s blessing on the government of Somalia
O LORD, hear our prayers and bless this land real good we ask.

Evening
Reading : read the closing verse again from ROMANS 6
Reflect on the words you read and then pray in response

LORD God, merciful God, our God, hear our evening prayers
As we pause in your presence
As we confess our sins
As we receive from you forgiveness and cleansing
As we name others before you
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Daily Devotions for Tuesday 17th May, 2022

Upper Room day – time-out with God

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from Father God

Reading : ROMANS 6 verse 22

Meditation : consider this verse as your day starts.
Set free.
Slaves of God.
Eternal life.

What do the words mean for you in your life at this time?

Take time to Pray in response to the LORD our God
Honestly
Humbly
Asking….seeking…..receiving…..


In Jesus’ Name
Amen.


Midday

Take time to listen for God to speak with you at this time of day
‘Thy Kingdom come’ Father God
LORD our God…thank you.

Evening
Reading : read the set verse again from ROMANS 6
Reflect on the words…. And then pray to this God in response

Lord Jesus, Son of God, Giver of rest,
Hear our evening prayers,
As we return our thanks to you.
As we look back on our day
As we trust you for tomorrow
As we now rest in You this evening
Amen and Amen.

Time-Out Tuesday

As a Church we usually set aside a Tuesday each week and provide a place with space – the UPPER ROOM – a place for time-out in our busy days above the Kirkgate Cafe. This is a safe place for you to be.

As we journey further into 2022, the Upper Room will be open this Tuesday 7.30am-7.30pm – and perhaps this will be a place for you to visit – as a place to pause and pray in particular for the situation in Ukraine and our world at this time. We are joining with 24-7 Prayer across the nation and the world in this venture.

* To find a quiet space for yourself to be still in a busy world
** To pause and pray with God – the God of all comfort, wisdom, mercy and hope
* To listen to God – Father Son and Holy Spirit – in these times

There will be opportunities to pause and pray with others – at 8am – 12 noon – 7.30pm – and John and those who gather will be glad to share these with you as we turn in prayer with others.

You are invited to visit the Word for Today as you walk the grounds around the Kirk building – the focus these days is on the Lord’s Prayer and there are helpful posters – starting at the Offering House.

You are also invited to use the bench at the top left of the Kirkyard (under the large tree – weather permitting) to pause and pray – to be still with God – to ask, seek, knock, wait and receive.

You are also reminded of the Prayer Wall available on the Kirk website under the Prayer tab – a place you can bring your prayers – and ask for prayer from the Prayer Team if appropriate. At this time of war in Ukraine you may want to add your own prayer for our world at this time.

The Daily Devotions are taking us to a daily time of considering God’s Good News with God’s written Word in the book of ROMANS during 2022 – and you may want to pause to pray with others at the start of each day. This is available on the Kirk website blog and our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter from 7am- and in the church magazine.

And – don’t forget the brief Sunday morning Reflection at 8am…..and the upcoming Thy Kingdom Come prayer venture.

May we each and all experience time-out with the Living and True God – whenever – wherever – as we journey through these days of May 2022.

Daily Devotions for Monday 16th May, 2022

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from Jesus, Saviour and Lord

Reading : ROMANS 6 verses 17 and 18

Meditation : take time to consider these words and truths this morning.
Thanks be to God!
Set free!

What is God teaching/reminding you today from His written Word?

Pray in response to what you have read

Thank you God for sending Jesus!
Thank you Jesus that you came!
Holy Spirit may you ever work in us
Setting us free
Making us more like Jesus
Giving us an attitude of gratitude!

Amen and Amen!

Midday
Pray God’s blessing on the country of Somalia
O LORD, hear our prayers and bless this country real good we ask

Evening
Reading : read these words again from ROMANS 6.17 and 18
Reflect on the truths behind the words here and then Pray in response

As this day closes
Thank you God for sending Jesus!
Thank you Jesus that you came!
Holy Spirit may you ever work in us
Setting us free
Making us more like Jesus
Giving us an attitude of gratitude!

Amen and Amen!