A prayer for the world
Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes
when I make time with You a priority in my morning.
Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You
and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart
as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen. Traci Miles, crosswalk.com
A prayer of the church
I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. Nehemiah 2.17-18
During Lent, we are studying the book of Nehemiah. Last week, we heard about the struggling community of Jews who had returned to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon. We heard how Nehemiah prayed to God, and then asked for permission from the Persian king to leave his court and go to Jerusalem. This week, we hear how Nehemiah surveys the ruins, and then persuades the people that it is indeed God's plan that the city and its walls should be rebuilt.
Later, it turns out that rebuilding is actually the easy part; the greater challenge is restoring the spiritual life of the nation: encouraging everyone to turn wholeheartedly back to God, to stop abusing and exploiting their weaker neighbours, and to live righteously as a community.
Pray that we may collectively feel the hand of God upon us in our mission as a church, and that everything we do in our community may be a testimony to our faith that God speaks to us, and our obedience to his commandments.
Prayers for St George's
We have our next day of prayer on Saturday 24 February, from 8.00 am, with worship from 7.00 pm. Please come along for all or part of the day.
Church is open for prayer on Wednesday evening, from 6.30. If you can't be with us for any reason, please pray with us at that time. Let us know you are praying,or pass on your prayer requests, by calling or texting 07799 305313.
Pray for our Lent study course, beginning on Tuesday evening. Please come along – these sessions have been great times for drawing closer together as a fellowship and building one another up in faith.
Pray for the people of Heaton Churches Together, meeting at St Gabriel's on Tuesday for the first of our Lent lunches.
Pray for Newcastle Street Pastors, whose AGM is at St Nicholas's Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon, and particularly for Solomon, out with the team on Friday evening. Street Pastors also have training in listening skills on Wednesday evening. Pray for your minister, who with Street Pastors Coordinator Paul Waugh is putting on an information event for students at Coach Lane on Thursday.
Pray for Margaret Storey, who has done so much good work with communities in Nicaragua. She will be at St Cuthbert's for a faith tea with friends on Wednesday afternoon.
To join us in prayers for individuals please go to our Prayer Board, any requests you may wish to share with us will appear there.