Prayer For Today
Prayer for Today is a quarterly companion publication to UCB's The Word for Today. It is a magazine style resource that is full of feature articles on local, national and global issues that affect us, our community, our nation and our world. It also contains prayer initiatives, ideas and real life testimonies to encourage and equip people to pray and to act in their families, communities and cities by showing the love of Jesus. The last section is used to pray daily for different aspects of the life of our nation and the work of UCB.
Encouraging you to pray for change may/june/july 10 free global day of prayer 2010 join the biggest prayer meEting in the world! JONATHAN OLOYEDE: ‘Imagine… one million Christians praying for revival!’ DAILY PRAYERS: Unite in prayer for themes & initiatives HOW TO PRAY: General election SUSA: Being salt & light in Politics & government PLUS: Day of Prayer for the Armed Forces, G8 Summit, Redeeming our Communities, Refugee Week, World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk, real life testimonies and resources… UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS ucb.co.uk working with prayerforum.org Editorial Board: James Aladiran Celia Bowring Editorial Coordinator: Lyndall Bywater Natasha Ruddock Margaret Clarke email@example.com Alistair Cole Ian Cole Design: Share Creative firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Holloway Rachel Kerry Deb Lawes Jonathan Oloyede Chrissie Wilkinson Editor: Carl Brettle email@example.com The Team Welcome to the very first edition of Prayer for Today. A companion publication to The Word for Today, it is our hope that you will enjoy the magazine style articles in the front of the publication and then use the last section of Prayer for Today to pray daily for different aspects of the life of our nations and for the work of UCB. It took 23 years for UCB to complete the first aspect of the vision to see National Christian Radio in the UK; the next phase of our work is to work tirelessly with and alongside others to press toward a revival of faith right across our nations. We hope you enjoy this first edition. Carl Brettle - Editor With our compliments This magazine prayer resource is produced by UCB free of charge through the generosity of our supporters. At the sole discretion of UCB, as a gift to the body of Christ, permission is given to churches and Christian organisations to copy up to a maximum of 52 daily excerpts per year. Excerpts must acknowledge Prayer for Today as the source, give the UCB address and inform that free issues of the magazine are available for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Prayer Forum Website Acknowledgements Prayer contributors: Armed Forces Christian Union www.afcu.org Christians Against Poverty www.capuk.org CARE prayer guide www.care.org.uk Global Day of Prayer UK www.globaldayofprayer.co.uk; www.transformations-ireland.org Redeeming our Communities www.redeemingourcommunities.org.uk Revival Media – Linda Owen www.revivalmedia.org The Roar - John O’Brien Turning the Tide www.turning-the-tide.org Viva www.viva.org World Prayer Centre www.worldprayer.org.uk 24-7 Prayer www.uk.24-7prayer.com All articles and daily prayers will be featured on the Prayer Forum of the British Isles and Ireland website. Its aim is to connect Other contributors: Christians across the British Isles and GOOD NEWS – courtesy of Margaret Leighton Ireland, encourage them about what God is – free copies available from Mrs M Leighton, doing and equip them to prayer effectively. PO Box 6, Carnforth, LA5 9GS Register online: www.prayerforum.org. On the cover MAY / JUNE / JULY 2010 ucb.co.uk 4 20 Global Day of Prayer – Christians around the globe uniting to pray on Pentecost Sunday, 23rd May How to pray: General election – Why and how to pray for the elections 8 22 One million Christians praying for revival – Praying the Lord’s Prayer at Noon SUSA: Being salt & light in politics & government – Vision to see more Christians engage in politics and government Features 2 Looking for God online 11 Be still and know that He is God 12 God in the Military 14 World Refugee Week 2010 16 Viva’s World Weekend of Prayer 18 Praying for the G8 and G20 Summits 26 Bringing God’s love to our streets to heal those in need 27 Miracles still happen today 28 What’s happening at UCB? 30 Prayer and partnership to see our communities changed 32 The Power of Prayer: How simple prayers can change lives 34 The Big IF – Scottish churches rise to prayer challenge 37 Creative prayer 39 Daily prayer points contents LOOKING FOR GOD ONLINE Mark Johnston Please pray: CB’s LookingforGOD.com website seeks to introduce God’s love to people who don’t know Him. If someone is wrestling with big issues and questions, or wants to follow Jesus; they are put in touch with a Christian mentor in their area who will provide support. The ultimate hope is that people will look to Jesus, be introduced to a local church family and begin the adventure of following Jesus. that the great news of Jesus is presented clearly U Please pray with us and be part of this exciting adventure as we seek to harness the power of the internet to help bring Jesus to people that are Looking for GOD online. for local churches seeking to reach out to people, that they might use the LookingforGod website as a tool in their work for our team of mentors, that they might faithfully walk alongside those that are looking for God; that new mentors will step up to the mark for all those across the UK looking for God and haven’t yet found Him. That God will use LookingforGod.com to help those that are searching. To find out how your church could begin using the website or how to become a mentor, contact Mark Johnston. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your LookingforGod website, it is truly amazing. I found it most interesting and filled with the power of Jesus! To any serious searcher for God, it must be the best answer on the planet!! I am happy to give it my full support – it is truly wonderful. Esmond 2 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Your LookingforGod.com website is inspirational, I have renewed my commitment to Jesus and my intention is to trust in Him and be led by Him. Thank you. Trevor R Testimonies ‘Come home… all is forgiven’ - God feature Join the biggest prayer meeting in the world! Global Day of Prayer Pentecost Sunday 23 May 2010 â€˜If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their landâ€™ 2 Chronicles 7:14 4 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Jane Holloway, UK GDOP Co-ordinator T he vision to call Christians from all denominations to unite for a day of repentance and prayer began in Cape Town in 2001, when a South African businessman called a stadium prayer meeting to which 45,000 people gathered. News of this vision spread to other cities and nations across the whole of Africa. By 2004, all 56 nations of Africa took part in the first continental Day of Prayer. An invitation was then given to all the nations of the world to join in with a Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) on Pentecost Sunday. The Global Day of Prayer movement has seen millions of Christians unite in a day of repentance and united prayer since it began in 2005. In 2009, believers gathered in every country of the world on Pentecost Sunday, where people met in stadiums, open fields, community centres, churches, city centres, government buildings and private homes. On 23 May 2010, God is again calling the nations to embark on this prayer journey with Him. It is a call to respond to His invitation in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways so he may hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land. Here in the British Isles, we had about 100 united prayer events take place last year, which included every London borough hosting a prayer meeting. There was an endorsement from the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, for GDOP across the UK, ‘…by offering prayers for your communities and nations you are continuing a long-standing Christian tradition of prayer and action for the common good and I am pleased to send my best wishes and support’. Gordon Brown Highlights from 2009 Unity: Every place spoke of the joy of meeting together with other Christians across the denominations. ‘The reports from Northern Ireland speak of the encouragement at the growing unity among local churches taking part’. In Ipswich, 3000 Christians gathered as most of the churches closed their morning services. Transformation: In Luton after praying a great deal for the police on Wednesday during our 10 Days of Prayer sessions they were notified by Bedfordshire Police ZERO Burglaries, ZERO Vehicle Crimes, ZERO Robberies. There had been rioting in Luton last Sunday, so they thank God for answering their prayers and giving us this encouragement. Church participation: York Minster hosted its fifth GDOP prayer event when Christians climbed the ancient walls of the city and prayed there at 5.45 pm. Hundreds and hundreds of watchmen from churches of every spectrum joined in prayer as trumpets blew to trigger different attitudes of prayer’. After which 1200 gathered for a two hour dynamic prayer celebration. Repentance: The time of repentance was sobering, but a shift was experienced during the prayer for the Holy Spirit to come. Isaiah 64:1 was quoted with the emphasis on the “OH! …That You would REND the Heavens and COME DOWN!” Creativity: ‘Banners were held high, shofars and trumpets resounded Gods’ praise. Picnics and cream teas provided a gathering place from which to pray. Creative prayer stations and interactive prayer rooms enabled all the generations to take part.’ ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 5 How can you get involved? You could: The Global Day of Prayer follows the three parts of the beginning of the church: pray during the 10 days up to Pentecost with the 10 day Prayer Guide Ten days of constant prayer leading to Pentecost, pray using the special prayer on Pentecost Sunday (The Prayer for the World) with your home group, with friends, in a church service or at any united prayer event that is being organised on Pentecost Sunday in your area One day of prayer witnessed by the whole city (using the only essential requirement – the Prayer for the World), and 90 days of blessing. pray the Lord’s Prayer at Noon. Please join us wherever you are in prayer ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters covers the sea’ Habakkuk 2:14 Join with us and pray for Global Day of Prayer on pages 42 and 43. 66 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday The Global Day of Prayer is a web-based initiative. For a full list of all events across British Isles and downloadable prayer guides go to: www.globaldayofprayer.co.uk The Road To Wembley 2011 ...with an army of 1 million praying! Dr. Jonathan Oloyede, the Convenor of the Global Day of Prayer wants to soak the UK in prayer. “Our vision is to saturate London and indeed the nation in prayer through corporate and continuous intercession all year round. We believe that this would enhance or precipitate Evangelism and Mission all over the Nation. We believe that if we all UNITE we would achieve so much more together.” To this end The Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) have secured West Ham Football Stadium as a ramp up event for Wembley 2011. Although, the West Ham date is Sunday 30 May 2010 (Bank Holiday weekend) the Global Day of Prayer would run prayer events from Pentecost Sunday (23 May) in the boroughs and churches around the M25 before the grand finale at West Ham. GDOP London is increasing the emphasis on Evangelism and will use the stadium event to mobilise thousands into the Great Commission. One million Christians in the UK and globally would be mobilised to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12noon every day until 2011. The organisers’ vision is to intensify their efforts and take the project up another level after 2010 to Wembley Stadium in 2011. Christians in London are now gathering momentum as the GDOP invites churches in the capital and across the nation to choose an annual date(s) to pray 24 hours for London and the UK. GDOP is challenging believers to set their mobile phones to 12 noon every day and say the Lord’s Prayer, which should only take 40 seconds. If people everywhere cultivate this habit, it could catalyse a national movement towards the healing and deliverance of our land as stated in the bible - 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” You can personally begin giving now through your mobile phone by texting PRAY to 82540. The Global Day of Prayer is not just about the day itself it’s about a continuous movement of prayer. Join this movement of prayer as we: • Mobilise 1 million Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12noon every day until we get to Wembley Stadium. • Ask every church/network in the capital and nation to choose dates to pray 24Hrs for London and the UK. • Hold a borough or regional Pentecost celebration on Pentecost Sunday in every part of the UK. • Push towards a City/Nationwide Prayer Gathering at West Ham FC on 30th May 2010. Due to some internal challenges within West Ham Football club and their current premiership crisis the previous date for the Global Day of Prayer has been unavoidably moved from 30th May to this new date 13th June 2010. BOOK YOUR PLACeS NOW!!! SUNDAY 30 MAY 2010 from 2pm - WeST HAM UTD FC Green Street, Upton Park, London E13 9AZ (Nearest tube: Upton Park) For more information about the work of the Global Day of Prayer - www.gdoplondon.com Alternatively, phone 08456 528 600 to get involved or email to email@example.com ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 7 feature Imagine… One Million Christians Praying for Revival! When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. Jonathan Oloyede, GDOP London T hese are words from the lips of one of England’s most historic figures; John Wesley. I wonder what he and his brother Charles would say of London and the UK in 2010. Perhaps they would say... ‘just like the old days; drunkenness, wantonness, violence, lawlessness and greed abound.’ Or perhaps they would say “come on soldiers of the cross, get up and do something about the mess around you! We did something in our generation and you can too!!” 8 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday That’s why we are asking one million Christians to be part of a movement for true and lasting spiritual change by setting their alarm clocks and mobile phones to noon every day and joining with others in praying the Lord’s Prayer over London and the nation. Forty seconds is all it takes but the impact will be immeasurable. It’s not just the minute pause for prayer, but the power of UNITED PRAYER across the British Isles. This daily habit can kick start personal and corporate revival. As people simultaneously pray the Lord’s Prayer, we believe that it will help us open the heavens and create something of God’s presence breaking out on our streets, in estates, offices, whole neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities. Set against massive social, financial and spiritual upheaval and the barrenness and fractured nature of much of our society; we are crying out to God ‘Our Father in Heaven...Your Kingdom Come AND Your Will be Done in our Nation. Heal our Land!!’ Plans are already well underway for this year’s Global Day of Prayer London at West Ham football stadium on 13th June, which is hoped to draw over 20,000 Christians. There will also be city-wide Prayer celebrations during the weekend before Pentecost. This allows churches to unite locally in the boroughs as well as gather corporately in the stadium. To keep the prayer momentum going, GDOP London wants to see as many churches as possible commit to praying 24/7 for London and the United Kingdom. All churches need to do is sign up for one day of the year, or even one week, and find 24 people in their church willing to pray for one hour each. With a pivotal general election on the horizon, praying for communities, the capital and our country couldn’t come at a more important time. This coming election could determine the next 40 years of Britain’s destiny. The church needs to take the bold step of raising her game in the spiritual contest for the United Kingdom. The country is at a crucial juncture in her history and only prayer and anointed action will avert imminent disaster. Let’s arise and burn with the fire of the Holy Spirit and prayer. Set your clocks and mobile phones to 12 noon, NOW, and join this movement of national transformation. For more information, or to register with GDOP London, go to www.gdoplondon.com or call 0208 8539529 or 08456 528 600 UCB radio. What do we have… and will you love it as much as others do? Features the ‘top 20’ in contemporary Christian music, great live discussion on life’s ‘big issues’, regular news, traffic and travel and loads more to put a zing in your step. “Thank you so much for your music and teaching. I’ve not stopped being blessed by them. Keep up the powerful and fantastic work!” - Fionnuala Listen on DAB digital radio* or online at ucbmedia.co.uk/uk * check ucbmedia.co.uk/dab for DAB coverage in your area If you prefer your music from the oldies but the goodies, then UCB Inspirational has your name on it, with a great blend of music from years gone by, right through to present day. Join Anne Henderson and the UCB Inspirational team on DAB digital radio and online at ucbmedia.co.uk/ inspirational “Thank you… you have lifted me. Been reading the Word for Today for a long time, but now I really love inspirational music! Thank you Lord for bringing UCB radio into my life”. - David UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS Be still and know that He is God David Robinson D ear struggling child of God, be still and know that He is God. Be still, be confident, and be assured that all is under His control. He has not forgotten you. Know this; nothing has gone wrong with His good plans for you. It’s when we do not hear His voice that our minds overflow with fears. It’s then when we tend to lose our confidence in God. Beloved, every believer goes through this. his fears. He said, ‘Go tell John, the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.’ This same Lord is the one who says, ‘Be still and know that I am God’. He is saying the same to you. He says, ‘I healed all who came to me of whatever disease or sickness they had’. Just as these words calmed John the Baptist’s greatest fears, so let them Take John the Baptist, the one who had quieten your heart. Be still and know declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God that this sickness will not lead to death; who would take away the sins of the world. rather it is to a life that will be far John preached in the power of the Holy more fulfilling for you. Spirit but he doubted when he was in the darkness of a dungeon. In his despair he With all that’s within me I know that God sent messengers to Jesus asking, ‘Are heals and sets his children free; it was you the one who should come or should for this reason Christ died to save us. Be we look for another?’ Darkness, whatever like the birds, beloved, start singing God’s its cause can bring irrational fears upon praises this side of the new dawn that even the strongest. The enemy sends his awaits you. ‘God did not give you a spirit tormentors in darkness, for that’s his style. of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1v7 KJV). God has Now look at how Jesus dealt with John’s given you the power, through love, to live in enquiry; how He in love sent a message of perfect soundness of mind. hope that would cause John to overcome ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 11 God in the MILITARY Val Hall I t comes as a surprise to many people that there are Christians serving in all of our Armed Forces, and that over 600 of them of all ranks are serving members of the Armed Forcesâ€™ Christian Union (AFCU). The roots of the AFCU can be traced back to the founding of the Army Prayer Union in 1851, and its focus is to prayerfully support and serve all members of the British Armed Forces. Anyone who believes in prayer to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and who is willing to pray regularly for the spiritual welfare of the Armed Forces, is welcome as either a Serving or an Associate member. Associate members are not part of HM Forces, but have a concern for the spiritual well-being of Service personnel and their families. Their prayers are greatly valued and there are opportunities to meet with 12 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday others in existing prayer groups or to pray individually for serving members and the work of the AFCU. We have recently seen an increase in the number of people asking for specific prayer, as well as an increase in those willing to testify to the difference that such prayer has made in their lives. We are seeing God at work in the military, and we would like to invite you to join with us on Thursday 24th June, when we are holding our 5th annual Day of Prayer for the Armed Forces. Find out more about the Armed Forces Christian Union at www.afcu.org.uk and the Day of Prayer for the Armed Forces and praying for our forces at www.pray4ourforces.org.uk FORCES PRAYERLINE Do you know someone in the armed forces or are part of them yourself and would like to help promote this service, please call on 0845 60 40 401 to get free posters and promotional cards. UCB Ads.indd 6 22/03/2010 08:36:03 From a Chaplain: From a parent: We continue to be indebted to you all for your prayer ministry. Let me encourage you by saying that your prayers really matter. They were such a great encouragement during my time in Afghanistan last year and have continued to provide a shield and support to my ministry and family. Our son was on patrol with one of the Guards battalions when he got separated from the rest during a fierce firefight. He had his head down and was in radio contact with the Company Sergeant Major (CSM), but the CSM told him that they could not identify where he was, and that he would have to stand up and show himself so that the patrol could rescue him. He prayed for protection and felt Godâ€™s peace come upon him, and the Spirit nudge him that it was time to stand up. Bullets were flying all around, but as soon as he stood up the CSM radioed that they had seen him and to get down again. The patrol was able to extricate him without taking any injuries. From a second Chaplain (based in Afghanistan): Thank you so much for all your prayers. There is such a spiritual hunger out here. We have run out of Bibles and are short of all sorts of Christian literature as the soldiers are taking literature out to the front line to read. There is the bizarre sight of soldiers wearing pink rosary beads; this gives such great opportunities for others to ask why they are doing this, and to be told about Jesus. Testimonies ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 13 A ccording to estimates in 2008, there are 41.2 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights around the globe. World Refugee Week 2010 Jude Simion, Refugee Highway Refugees are just like you and me. However, millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in order to escape persecution or war in places such as Iraq, Somalia, Zimbabwe, and North Korea. When they flee; they are forced to abandon everything they know and love. Separated from loved ones and belongings, they carry the trauma and painful memories which cripple them for the rest of their lives. Many spend years in refugee or internment camps. Sunday 20th June will see the celebration of World Refugee Sunday 2010 and the start of Refugee Week until Saturday 26th June. This is a period of prayer in which churches are encouraged to focus, pray and support refugees and related issues. How can you help? Get involved and PRAY! Pray for over 40 million refugees and displaced people who are desperately in need of protection. Pray that God would protect them from harm and fear. Pray for the emotional struggles that they may be feeling being away from their loved ones and related post traumatic issues. Pray for Godâ€™s intervention in their home countries for positive circumstances so that refugees can return in safety to their homelands. For more information on refugees and Refugee Week/Sunday, go to www.refugeehighway.net 14 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Pray for the churches and agencies who are involved in refugee ministries, for Godâ€™s guidance and resources to help refugees. World Weekend of Prayer 5-6th June 2010 Prayer for children at risk Jesus said ‘….for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…..and he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.’ Mark 10 v16 What an opportunity and encouragement to lay our hands in prayer on behalf of the many suffering children in our world today. This year on the first weekend of June you can join with over 3 million people around the world to pray for children at risk. For more information about how to get involved where you are or for prayer resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.viva.org Viva is an operating name of Viva Network.Viva Network is a company limited by guarantee no. 3162776, registered charity no.1053389, and registered in England at Unit 8,The Gallery, 54 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1LF, UK Vivaâ€™s World Weekend of Prayer A ll over the world, children are suffering. In cities everywhere there are projects doing great work to help them, but a lack of money, people and time means there is a limit to what they can achieve alone. We need to work together. At Viva, we are creating ways for people to work together to help children at risk. Childcare workers, local churches, governments and international charities are joining forces to form city-wide networks, sharing their knowledge, experience and resources to provide the care that is so desperately needed. The unity, quality and impact of work for children at risk are increasing, and our joint action is changing the lives of over one million children around the world. 16 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday But thereâ€™s more. It is not just the people working directly with children at risk who can work together. Worldwide, Christians have the ability to unite to form a network of likeminded people with the power to bring about real change for these children. This power is called prayer. Every year, Viva organises the World Weekend of Prayer. Over the first weekend in June (5-6th), Christians throughout the nations, come together to pray that children all around the world would know the love of Jesus in their everyday lives, and be able to claim for themselves Godâ€™s incredible offer of abundant life. We also pray that as a result of our prayers more people will be mobilised to manifest the love of God to this generation. We believe that prayer works. The Bible says that: ‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results’ (James 5:16) and if this is true of just one individual, imagine what we can achieve when millions of us pray earnestly for children at risk! children at risk themselves are given the opportunity to pray, and to see for themselves what amazing things can happen when they do. This is also a chance for their voices to be heard, and for church and project leaders to really understand that their children’s opinions do matter. Last year, more than two million people across 90 countries took part in the World Weekend of Prayer. In Latin America alone, 17 countries and an incredible 185,000 people were involved. Thanks to these weekends, hundreds of thousands of people were made aware of the dangers that children face around the world, and were inspired and mobilised to carry on praying long after the weekend ended. Most importantly, the World Weekend of Prayer is a chance for us to see God move. And every year, He moves mountains; children are healed, individuals are stirred into action to respond, projects receive unexpected funding to increase their impact, and more children are saved from a life of hunger, poverty and neglect. Join with us to make our prayers for children at risk even louder. But this weekend is about much more than just us as adults praying for children. Through the ‘praise parties’ that are hosted by projects in Viva’s networks, the To find out more about the weekend and how you and your church can get involved, please visit www.viva.org/WWP.aspx ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 17 PRAYING FOR THE Ian Cole, World Prayer Centre, Birmingham G8& D uring the weekend of 25 - 28 June 2010, the G8 and G20 Summits will be held in Canada. The G8 will meet in Huntsville and the G20 near Toronto. The nations making up the G8 are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States of America. National leaders will also be invited from the European Union, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The G20 consists of the above nations plus Argentina, Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Turkey. Discussions will focus on the world economic situation. G20 SUMMITS At the same time, the Canadian Council of Churches has called the religious leaders of the world to a multi-faith conference. Those attending will include the Dalai Lama, the Aga Khan and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. With this enormous gathering of principalities and powers, we call all Christians to pray for these leaders; to exalt the Lordship of Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords; to pray Psalm 2; that The G8 agenda, will be to address previously any attempt by these powers to hinder the unresolved issues, African aid, world trade advancement of the Kingdom of God will and development and other major global be removed and that righteous decisions issues. The Canadian Prime Minister, who will be made at the summits. is a Christian, will chair the G8 Summit with the desire to advance Canadian values and More information and prayer points for interests world-wide. the G8 and G20 Summits will be featured on the World Prayer Centre website. www.worldprayer.org.uk Who Cares? Prayerline Prayerline 0845 0845 456 456 7729 7729 (UK) (UK) 1890 940 300 (ROI) 1890 940 300 (ROI) (local rate call, calls from other networks may vary (local rate otherwill networks may vary andcall, callscalls fromfrom mobiles be higher) and calls from mobiles will be higher) All calls treated confidentially by trained volunteers All calls treated confidentially by trained volunteers You You can can also also text text in in your your prayer prayer request request to to UCB UCB Prayerline. Prayerline. Begin Begin your your text text with the word PRAY and send it to 83737 with the word PRAY and send it to 83737 (Texts cost 25p + 1 standard text) (Texts cost 25p + 1 standard text) UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS ucb.co.uk/prayer ucb.co.uk/prayer how to pray for the general election Dan Boucher, CARE T he task of praying for the General Election is one that Christians should embrace enthusiastically, knowing that they are engaging with an area that is close to God’s heart. It’s an interesting biblical fact but there are actually very few things in scripture that we are specifically required to pray for. Government is one of them (1 Timothy 2; 1-4). This means that those of us who are fortunate enough to live in democracies have every reason to pray both about the government of the day, and about the electoral process that could result in a change of government. What should we pray? The truth is that it’s hard to pray for government if we don’t know what government is for, not according to the media, but according to God’s Word. The key New Testament passages that define government are Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 1 Peter 2:13-14 and Titus 3:1. Their combined meaning can be summarised as saying: government is God ordained and its purpose is to create a framework that promotes righteousness and restrains unrighteousness that we might live quiet lives and the church can get on and do 20 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday its job so that people might enter into relationship with God. Sadly, however, all too often governments fail to fulfil their God-given responsibility; as Isaiah 10 says, ‘woe to you who make unjust laws.’ In light of the God-given responsibility bestowed upon government and its failure, all too often, to discharge this properly, the task of praying for an election is really about asking God to be gracious and provide Britain with a government that makes just laws that promote righteousness and restrain unrighteousness. Specifically we need a government that will support and uphold: A the value of human life from conception to natural death B the importance of the family as God’s institution for raising children and the fulfilment of husband and wife C the best interests of the poor, widows, orphans and aliens D the freedom of the Church to get on and do its job of saving the lost and also being a prophetic voice to society, including government etc. As well as praying for the election generally, it’s also important to remember that we all have a special salt and light responsibility to vote prayerfully. Some Christians say (sounding rather holy) ‘None of the parties represent Godly policies and so regrettably I won’t be able to vote at this election.’ This is a cop out. The good news is that whilst there are some bad people in politics, there are also some very good people, many of whom are committed Christians and even if you find yourself having to choose the least bad, you still carry out a very strategic salt and light function, contributing to delivering the country from the least good! In all this we need to pray for God’s wisdom and discernment. I do hope that you make the most of the fact that we don’t live in a dictatorship this election time: that you pray for our nation that God would give us a wise and enlightened government and that you prayerfully and carefully cast your own vote. Enjoy! If you want to access CARE’s prayer election guide you can download it from www.makethecrosscount2010.net/ get-involved. If you want to find out more about the key election issues from a Christian point of view then visit CARE’s election web site www.makethecrosscount2010.net prayer points 1 2 3 Pray that God would sustain all Christians standing in the election and their families, and give them good success. Pray for church election hustings that they would be well attended and really ‘wake-up’ candidates to the importance of the Church. Pray that during the election, key Christian policy concerns would be centre stage to good effect: marriage, abortion, poverty/social breakdown, the importance of the Christian Voluntary sector, the freedom of the church. 4 Pray that God would provide us with a government that generates laws that promote righteousness, restrain unrighteousness and let the church get on with doing its job. 5 Pray that Christians across the nation would rise up at this time and take their voting responsibility seriously, do the necessary research, pray and vote with discernment. ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 21 feature 22 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 23 24 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday MICK’S TESTIMONY My time on earth is getting mighty short. I have cancer which has spread all over my body, but I can’t grumble as I am 82 years old and the Lord has been with me all the time. I was healed two years ago. I wanted a new hip joint and couldn’t walk. The doctor said I was ‘too old’ for a hip operation. I said, ‘Don’t worry, we have a healing meeting on Monday night’ which caused him to burst in laughter and shake his head. Monday night in a flash of a second I was running and jumping and everybody was cheering. Ten weeks ago, I got that terrible ‘Arthri tis’. A young lady said to me ‘Sit on that chair’, and she laid hands on me and prayed for 20 minutes. I got up and did away with my powerful painkillers and I haven’t had that terrible pain since. I’m telling you this because God said ‘By My stripes you were healed’ and God is not a liar, so I am standing on His promises. There is nothing too hard for Him. I expect Him to do what He says and He will. Mick S, London Testimony Can you help us reach the next milestone? A Direct Debit* is a simple and cost-effective way for you to invest in spreading the Gospel throughout the UK. For example, it costs only 50p to give someone a copy of The Prayer For Today, so a Direct Debit of just £5 per month could ensure 120 people recieve The Prayer For Today each year! You can help by completing the Direct Debit form at the back of your Prayer For Today and, if you are a UK taxpayer, the Gift Aid section too. *Standing Order for ROI, equivalent amounts in Euros Mark Marx, Causeway Coast Vineyard H ealing On The Streets’ was launched Easter 2005 by Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. God has taken the desire of a local church to simply reach its own community with God’s love. It has caused it to become a movement spreading right across Europe, and as far away as the slums of Kibera in Kenya, and Sierra Leone in West Africa. Every weekend hundreds of trained teams comprising of Christians of all denominations are joining together on the streets of their cities and towns to show God’s love by offering prayer for the hurting, the broken, and those who are far away from God. ‘ The ‘Healing On The Streets’ model is a simple but beautiful way to reach out on the streets of your town or city. It enables you to connect with your community every week, powerfully expressing God’s love in the market place, whatever the weather. This gentle ministry works within a loving, and compassionate environment, full of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It creates stepping stones for people to connect with God and be healed along the way. We begin by kneeling together, and leaning into God, praying until His presence comes. We then simply invite people to sit on chairs and then kneel alongside to pray for them. Every week people who might never step into a church building are encountering Gods love on the streets, meeting Jesus, and being healed. For more information on ‘Healing on the Streets’ and more stories of healing, visit www.out-there.org BRINGING GOD’S LOVE TO OUR STREETS TO HEAL THOSE IN NEED MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN TODAY! As a healthy, fit teenager, I grew up loving God, loving life and loving sport. However, as I reached adulthood, I noticed that my legs didn’t seem to be the same length – trouser legs hung differently, and I found standing still uncomfortable. My legs had grown unevenly, and the difference in length was almost an inch (2cm). For many years, this wasn’t too great a problem; lopsided was normal for me! However, in my forties I started to get a lot of pain in my right knee. I could no longer run, and even swimming was becoming painful. After seeing a consultant, I was prescribed a 2cm raise for my left shoes, followed by surgery on my right knee. These interventions helped; but I longed to be healed, so frequently asked God to heal me. Two years ago, having almost given up hope of being healed, I chose to believe that my healing would come soon. I bought a pair of hiking boots which could not be raised; I needed some new trainers, but felt I should wait. Then in May 2009, I attended training for ‘Healing on the Streets’ in Birmingham. The leader asked if anyone present had one leg longer than the other. Praying in Jesus’ Name, he commanded my leg to grow. All of us watched as my left leg grew 2cm! God healed me! It’s wonderful and I’m most grateful to God for His love. Sue Harvey Testimony ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 27 what’s happening at UCB Carl Brettle 2 009 was nothing short of a miracle year for UCB. After 23 years of faithfully standing on a vision to see National Christian Radio across the UK, the breakthrough came in style with both UCB and Premier Radio acquiring a National License on the DAB (Digital Radio) platform. Since the early days, UCB has expanded. We currently have: five Radio Stations UK, Inspirational, Gospel, Bible & The Word is Music; a television station called UCB TV; The Word for Today and the Word 4U 2Day. Then there’s Prayerline, OneHope, UCB2GO and Looking for God. All together UCB is touching the lives of approx. 2.5 million people per month through one or more of its initiatives. Looking forward there is a huge amount to do. Although it sounds like we are connecting with a lot of people, we’re only reaching approx. 4% of the population (96% to go). 28 28 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday The big challenge ahead of us is to get this newly acquired National Radio License working to full capacity and introduce UCB UK to the 17 million homes that now have a DAB radio. We are feeling that God is about to do something unprecedented in the UK and we want to be ready to both report, and support, the New Believers this move of God will bring into His Kingdom. There’s loads of ways you might be able to help introduce UCB to your friends, neighbours, family and church. To have a good look at all the things we do, visit our website ucb.co.uk This page will be a regular feature in Prayer for Today and replaces the old UCB Global Prayer newsletter. The aim is to bring you news from UCB UK and from other UCB’s around the world allowing you to effectively pray into each and every situation that arises. redeemingourcommunities.org.uk/manchester In partnership with Contact: email@example.com Doors open 6:30pm for 7:30pm start Admission Free C ommunity howCaSe C ommunity S S howCaSe C elebrating S uCCeSS and i nSpiring F utureS The Velodrome, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ and i nSpiring F utureS Wednesday 30th June 2010 Wednesday Wednesday 30th 30th June June 2010 2010 C elebrating S uCCeSS C elebrating S uCCeSS and i nSpiring F utureS The The Velodrome, Velodrome, Stuart Stuart Street, Street, Manchester, Manchester, M11 M11 4DQ 4DQ C ommunity S howCaSe Admission Admission Free Free Doors open 6:30pm for 7:30pm start Doors open 6:30pm for 7:30pm start Contact: Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com In In partnership partnership with with redeemingourcommunities.org.uk/manchester redeemingourcommunities.org.uk/manchester ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 29 PRAYER and PARTNERSHIP TO SEE OUR COMMUNITIES CHANGE Debra Green n June 3rd 2008 over 1,000 people ‘Ogathered for a Redeeming Our Communities event at The Velodrome in Manchester to consider the issue of gang violence in our major cities. Sadly, over 80 young people across the UK lost their lives due to knife and gun crime in 2008. People gathered from across Manchester and many travelled from other cities to consider this serious issue and we heard from Senior Police officers and those involved in various community project based initiatives. ‘Through the promotion of working and praying together, raising awareness and targeting troubled spots with appropriate action we made an agreement that Manchester would no longer be known as Gunchester. Less than twelve months later the Manchester Evening News published an article “Is this the end of Gunchester?” “The total number of gunshots in the Metropolitan and Trafford divisions - the heart of gangland - fell from 62 in 2007 30 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday to 19 in 2008. The number that were gang-related dropped from 38 to three” (Manchester Evening News 29-01-09). ‘Chief Constable Bernard Lawson from Merseyside attended the event in Manchester and requested a similar night in Liverpool which led to the launch attended by 4,500 people at the Echo Arena in June 2009. Since then, we have heard about many examples of new community projects and have seen the launch of ROC Conversations in Maghull with other local events planned during 2010. ‘After hearing the vision of Redeeming Our Communities Nichola Kirkham was inspired to set up a ROC Café project for young people in South Yorkshire. They have seen a 35% reduction in crime and she received an MBE for her work and a second Café opened in Sheffield. More ROC Cafes are in the pipeline for 2010.’ now. Like Nehemiah we are motivated by our concern for our broken communities but concern has to express itself in prayer and then action rather than moaning, judgement and apathy.’ Our vision of how we would like our communities to look can become a reality. In 1994 as I reflected on the needs and challenges of the city of my birth I wrote these words: Debra Green, Director of Redeeming Our Communities, founded in 2004, said “In our dreams and visions we see crime rates dropping, violence decreasing, drug dealers disappearing, prostitution declining and apathy diminishing. We see business booming, housing improving, schools flourishing and hope rising.” ‘I am convinced that this is the time for Today, many of these aspirations are a daily churches and Christians to pray for their reality in Manchester and it has been my local community and then to be prepared to privilege to work with other UK towns and be the answer to our own prayers. My recent cities towards this end. experience has confirmed that working For more information about Redeeming our together with the police, fire service, local Communities and forthcoming events, go to authority, education and other stakeholders is the way forward and the door is open right www.redeemingourcommunities.org.uk ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 31 THE POWER OF PRAYER: HOW SIMPLE PRAYERS CAN CHANGE LIVES Prayer saves lives. I know, because without prayer, specifically the simple prayers of a couple of people who didn’t know any better, I most probably wouldn’t be alive. Pastor Paul Lloyd ‘M y story begins with two men, both change my life and set me free. If you will with histories of crime, drugs do that, then I will serve you for as long and violence, and both friends of mine as I live. I’m so sorry for how I’ve lived and who had become Christians in unusual the things I’ve done. Please save me...” circumstances. In the middle of a meeting that they had to talk about their new-found ‘I’ve come to understand since that faith, a request was made of God. They evening that God answers our prayers in asked that one of their mates, someone very practical ways and that He has, in they knew well, not a stranger, would fact, had the thing we needed in the come to know Jesus. It’s a request that pipeline even before we asked for it. many people have made, and many more However, we have to ask or the answer should. It was simple and specific. Within is not activated. My next prayer was for three days, I was knocking on one of help to break my unbreakable addiction; their doors, unknowingly responding to and a door was opened for me to enter promptings and circumstances that would into a Victory Outreach Recovery Home radically change my life forever. in London. Located in over 35 countries worldwide, with almost 500 Churches ‘It was a warm July evening in 1995 and and ministries operating primarily in the I was a 27 year old heroin addict. For over inner-cities, Victory Outreach International 10 years my life had been spiralling out of provides answers to prayer in unique control. All that was waiting for me was ways. It has at its core a belief, that God a life-sentence because of the gang answers prayer and can, and does, love the violence and crime, or a death-sentence unlovable and change the “unchangeable”. because of the drugs. No hope, no future, People like me. no way out. That is until prayers were prayed; first theirs, and then shortly afterwards mine. My prayer was simple and specific too; “God I believe you are real, and I’ve been told that Jesus can 32 32 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday GOD IS YOUR Shepherd, Physician, Provider, Rock, Counsellor, Teacher and Saviour. He is the Bread of life and the Light of the World. He is El Shaddai – the All Powerful and the Nourisher of His people. He is Yahweh Shalom – wholeness, security, well-being, prosperity, peace and friendship. It teaches people that a relationship with the living God is the most important thing that anyone could have. And that prayer is the way that the impossible becomes possible. ‘Prayer not only broke my drug-addiction, it helped me to graduate the nine month program. Prayer keeps me clean and free to this day. Prayer restored my relationship with my family. It took me on extended missions to India and the Middle-East. Through prayer I have seen bodies healed and lives changed. Prayer brought me a beautiful, Godly wife, and saved the life of my unborn daughter. It gave me a son. Prayer gave me the opportunity to become the Senior Pastor of a wonderful Church in Manchester where I see people from different backgrounds and nationalities become everything that they were created to become. Prayer works’. GOD IS always with you; He sanctifies you, goes before you; carries you, blesses your work, leads you, delivers you and has compassion. He comforts you and gives you rest. The Lord is your refuge, is gracious and merciful and is forever faithful. He is your strength and your Redeemer; your light and your salvation. Copy courtesy of GOOD NEWS. Pastor Paul Lloyd is the senior minister at Victory Outreach Manchester, which also has a Men’s Recovery Home. For more information, visit www.victoryoutreachmanchester.org ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 33 33 IF The big ’ ‘ Scottish churches rise to prayer challenge Paul Davie, Alpha Scotland L ocal churches, mission and prayer organisations gathered together on February 6, as the ‘Big If ’ Year of Prayer for Scotland was launched officially at St Paul’s and St George’s Church in the heart of Edinburgh. Pete Greig, pioneer of the 24-7 global prayer movement, and Alpha Prayer Director stood with leaders from many organisations and denominations to affirm what was developing in Scotland. He delivered the keynote address to the 450 who attended the special ‘Big If ’ prayer evening, following on from the sellout Alpha Scotland Vision Day and a 24-7 prayer training track that afternoon. He commented, ‘what we are doing today is happening not just here but all over the world. God is calling His people back to intimacy in prayer, so we can see a new wave of mission, justice and social transformation’. 34 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday The ‘Big If ’ movement was formed by a partnership between Alpha Scotland, the Evangelical Alliance Scotland, Care Scotland and Prayer for Scotland, and inspired by a key business leader, senior pastors and ministers. The year of prayer was developed from two ‘Big If ’ prayer days in 2009, which brought together over 70 key leaders. Prayer for Scotland Director, Jean Black, said ‘We picked the “Big If ” title from 2 Chronicles 7:14 and it has quickly become the recognised banner of this growing prayer movement in Scotland. We are now working together to make it ‘when my people pray’ rather than ‘if ’. Although the year started officially on February 6, the prayer year started organically on January 1, from a spontaneous challenge and response from two Scottish church leaders. Pastor Michael Rollo, Larbert Pentecost Church, one of the first to sign up his church for a week of prayer, said, ‘As leaders we can talk forever about what we should be doing but I felt it right to ask “what will we actually do from today’s gathering?”’ Whiteinch minister Alan McWilliam, Glasgow took up the challenge by offering to take a week of 24-7 prayer from January 1. This was followed up by Larbert Pentecostal, ‘Firestarters’ Youth and now other churches and groups are joining in. Unbroken prayer has not stopped since. Senior Pastor at MBC Edinburgh, Karl Martin said ‘I am tremendously challenged by what’s happening and we have called our church to season of 40 days of prayer from February 9 till Easter; but we are taking a break each Sunday.’ Alpha churches were encouraged at the Alpha Scotland Vision Day by Alpha Scotland Director Paul Davie to join in however they could, ‘We’d love to see 50 Alpha churches taking a week of 24-7 prayer this year, but more important is just to pray, whether it’s an hour, a day, a week or a month!’ Other events are planned including joining the Global Day of Prayer on May 23, St Andrew’s Day prayer on November 30, and the 12 noon ‘Lord’s Prayer’ initiative each day. For more info visit www.scotlandprayer2010.org ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 35 36 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday creative prayer P raying can be difficult: you may not know what to pray about, where to start, or which words to use. Sometimes you may feel too tired, or not be in the right ‘mood’. If so, this page is for you! We want to help you to be creative in prayer and to reignite a passion to engage with God. Please contact us if you have any good ideas of your own, so we can feature them. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer is all about communicating with God. There are literally hundreds of ways to communicate with other people through words, pictures, music... Why not try some with God? The Lord’s Prayer An obvious place to start when we pray, but surprisingly we don’t always think of it! Jesus gave us a brilliant model for prayer: it’s a good idea to read the whole passage in Matthew 6: 5-15, where Jesus advises his listeners how to pray. This brilliant prayer includes all aspects of prayer: praise, thanks, praying for God’s will, confessing sins and asking for forgiveness, and help to forgive others. In addition, asking for what we need, and for help in situations of temptation. Why not take some time to: 1) read each phrase, and 2) think about it. 3) You could even re-write each phrase in your own words… Example: Father in heaven, hallowed be your 1‘Our name.’ God that we have a Father Who 2 Praise is Lord over all earth and heaven, and worship Him for all that means and all He has done for us…so you could re-write this as something like, Lord, I thank You and praise You 3‘Dear for all Your creation. Thank You that You are my perfect Father, and love me more than even the best earthly father ever could. Because of all this I want to praise Your name!’ You will probably come up with something different, depending on what aspects of the phrase stuck out for you personally. Have a go with the rest of the prayer. You should find you never pray the Lord’s prayer parrot-fashion again! To find out more creative prayer ideas, go to www.prayerrequests.co.uk or the resources pages of www.prayerforum.org. Source: www.prayerrequests.co.uk ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 37 Be connected with Christians across the British Isles & Ireland Be encouraged by stories of answered prayer Be resourced to pray Be linked into global prayer networks Join us in prayer to see transformation across our nations Register to receive regular updates www.prayerforum.org 38 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday MAY Sunday 2nd May Psalm 119:165 Praying for the UK Pray: for the prosperity and peace of our capital cities: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, and the other cities near to where you live; that those in leadership, in government, commerce, education, health and community life would demonstrate commitment and integrity. Monday 3rd May Philipp. 4:19 City infrastructures Pray: that those responsible for maintaining vital infrastructures in our cities and towns will work cooperatively; for the smooth running and safety of services such as the provision of power and water, public health and security, education, communications and transport. Tuesday 4th May Ps. 60:12 Disadvantaged areas Remember churches and ministries working in the most disadvantaged areas of our cities. Pray: for God to grant success to Christians reaching out with the love of Christ into the toughest communities. MAY MAY Saturday 1st May Lam. 3:22-23 Praying for the british isles and ireland Almighty God, we intercede for all the cities of The British Isles and Ireland; for Your hand of mercy to be outstretched over all people who live and work in them. As Your Church grows in unity, may the Holy Spirit move powerfully through our urban communities, transforming them through Your mercy and grace. Amen. Wednesday 5th May Ps. 121:7-8 Prevention of terrorist attacks Pray: that God will continue to demonstrate His mercy to us by protecting our communities from terrorist attack on so many occasions. Ask Him to grant discernment and knowledge to police officers as they investigate suspicious and threatening situations in order to arrest guilty individuals. Source: CARE ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 39 yday r e v E s ord W g n i g a Encour UCB FROM O A G IF T B R A DI A D L A ION ON NAT DO YOU NEED A LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT? The Word For Today is a collection of Bible based notes to encourage you each day. They help you to get into Godâ€™s Word and include references for reading the Bible in a year. Call 0845 60 40 401 to get your FREE copy of The Word For Today or tick the box on the form at the back of Prayer For Today. 40 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Thursday 6th May Praying for the General Election Pray for the General Election being held today, for a good turnout, all those involved and for Godâ€™s will to be done. Saturday 8th May Prov. 22:6 Christians in Education Give thanks: for the work, past and present, of the Association of Christian Teachers (ACT). Pray: that as their membership base grows and stronger links are made with like-minded organizations. (christian-teachers.org.uk) Sunday 9th May Prov. 5:12-14 Christians in Education Pray for Schools events that are taking place all over the UK in the next two weeks, bringing together Christians who are involved and concerned about education in their area. Pray: for God to inspire churches and individuals to work together closely to support staff, students, schools workers, governors, parents and friends connected with local schools. Source: CARE Monday 10th May Matthew 25:29 Christians in Education Praise God for the opportunities that exist for Christians to be involved with so many aspects of school life. Pray: for schools workers, local clergy, groups bringing drama, music and other activities, those delivering RE and SRE lessons and volunteers helping with the practical needs of many schools. MAY Friday 7th May Coloss. 1:9-11 Blessing Christians in Education Confess: where we have failed to prayerfully support Christians working in education. Bless: someone you know working in the education system with the prayer in Colossians 1:911. Declare: an open door into our education system for Godâ€™s Spirit and Word to move. Tuesday 11th May Coloss. 4:5-6 Christians in Education Remember Christian religious education teachers and other staff who have spiritual oversight in their schools and colleges. Pray: for those working with Fusion, UCCF (Universities and Colleges Christian Unions) and other groups helping students to develop their Christian faith and witness in their colleges and universities. Wednesday 12th May Praying for UCB Continue to ask the Lord for favour for UCB as they continue to work towards a revival of faith within our Nation. ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 41 Global Day of Prayer – 10 days of prayer MAY Thursday 13th May REVIVE Give thanks: for the leadership of the church and the churches in your community; ask God to bless them. Pray: for life and unity across the Church; for fresh movements of prayer so that the Church may be the House of Prayer God desires it to be. Friday 14th May REVEAL Give thanks: for the truth of who God is and ask that His character would be exalted and honoured in our lives. Pray: for Holy Spirit to expose every area of idolatry in our lives and in our land and for the exposure of every false thing spoken about God. Saturday 15th May Rule Give thanks: that God’s Kingdom is unshakeable. Pray: for His Kingdom to come and be made a reality in our own daily lives; for transformation of villages, towns, cities and our society; for God to influence our justice system, prison service and police service. Monday 17th May PROVIDE Give thanks: for God’s provision, care and protection for us. Pray: for all carers young and old; for personal strength, encouragement and support for them as they serve with compassion and love; for our health service and all who work within it, for your local GP surgery and staff. Tuesday 18th May FORGIVE Give thanks: for the work of the cross and for God’s forgiveness in our lives. Pray: for recognition and repentance from sins that bring division, hatred, anger and violence within families and communities; for prodigals to return to God and know His love and forgiveness. Wednesday 19th May RECONCILE Give thanks: that relationship is important to God and His desire is that we are reconciled to Him and have healthy relationships with those around us. Pray: for God to restore relationships between men and women, to bring reconciliation Sunday 16th May TRANSFORM Give thanks: for God’s will for our lives, in marriages, to renew relationships that it will continue to transform and between children and their parents impact us. Pray: for a genuine change and to deepen trust. of hearts and mindsets to lead to a deeper level of trust in God and with one another; for God’s people to bring the influence and blessing of Christ into every aspect of society. 42 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Thursday 20th May LEAD Give thanks: to God for His help and strength in times of temptation. Pray: for God to forgive us our greed and materialism that has impacted our economy; for God to lead us in His ways of righteousness and justice and generosity within our own personal finances. Saturday 22nd May glorify Give thanks: to God for the amazing privilege of worshipping Him freely and that His Kingdom continues to impact our lives daily. Pray: that as Godâ€™s Kingdom and power come, the emerging generation will be impacted to fulfil His promises throughout the earth; that Jesus would be honoured openly, worshipped extravagantly and glorified globally. Friday 21st May OVERCOME Give thanks: to God that we are overcomers because of the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Pray: for all those struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, that the Holy Spirit would fill them with hope and peace; for those trapped in patterns of addiction, for courage and strength to break free. Sunday 23rd May 2 Chron. 7:14 Today, millions of Christians from every nation around the globe will participate in the Global Day of Prayer. Confess: that as a nation we have not humbled ourselves, prayed, sought His face and repented of our wicked ways. Pray: that God, in all His mercy, will hear our cries today and forgive us and heal our lands. Source: Transformations Ireland Alarm off. Kettle boiled. Prayer time. UCB on. Great day. Robbie Frawley, UCB Presenter Wake up to the UCB family every weekday morning on UCB UK from 6-9am. Join us on DAB digital radio* or online at ucbmedia.co.uk/uk *visit ucbmedia.co.uk/dab to check for DAB coverage in your area. UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS 43 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday MAY Monday 24th May Praying for UCB Please pray for our generous supporters and partner ministries. Without them UCB would be unable to function. Friday 28th May Matthew 6:33 Blessing those helping people in debt Give thanks: for organisations like Christians Against Poverty UK helping those in debt. Pray: for God’s provision of finances and resources for these Tuesday 25th May Psalm 31 organisations to continue being light People in debt in desperate times. Bless: those you Many people fall into debt through know struggling with their finances, unavoidable circumstances. Living with that God will meet all their needs unmanageable debt can cause anxiety, according to His glorious riches in depression, isolation, relationship Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). breakdown and even suicide. Pray: for God to provide for those who have Saturday 29th May John 14:6 fallen into hardship; that they will seek The Lost generation So many young people today are lost, practical help. living without purpose, having written Wednesday 26th May Pro. 31:8-9 off religion, but the ‘real’ Jesus is People with low income the ultimate leader - He is the Way, One fifth of the UK population live on the Truth and the Life. Pray: for a low incomes. For these people, making revelation of the real Jesus through ends meet can be difficult and affect the church and all those working with key life decisions. Pray: for greater and reaching out to youth. equality and for the poor to be given more opportunities and control over Sunday 30th May Isaiah 43:1 Know your identity their circumstances. Act: Can your Young people face such powerful church do more to practically support forces around their identity, but the the poor locally? Lord has given them their personality and their aptitudes. Act: encourage a Thursday 27th May 1 Peter 5:7 People who have lost their jobs young person in who God has created them to be. Currently in the UK, 1,995 people are made redundant every day. Many of Monday 31st May Isaiah 43:2 these will find it difficult to get back You are not alone into employment and will struggle As they face all sorts of adversity, to provide for themselves and their Christian young people need to families. Pray: for God to help people know they are not alone, even in an find new jobs that they will enjoy and overwhelming situation. Bless: the be fulfilled. Source: CAP UK youth in your church family. Act: Is there a young person you know who you could mentor? Source: Turning the Tide 44 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday June Tuesday 1st June Praying for UCB This month, please pray for the preparation and success of the celebration event for our National DAB digital radio license. Wednesday 2nd June Isaiah 43:4 You are precious There is so much negative comment about young people in the media today, which often overlooks the challenging lives they are forced to lead. Confess: when we have prejudged the younger generation. Bless: them and protect them in daily situations they may encounter. Friday 4th June Acts 2:17 Blessing the younger generation Give thanks: where Holy Spirit is blessing and moving among the younger generation! Confess: where we have failed to be good role models. Speak: Numbers 6: 24-27 blessing upon all young people you know. WORLD WEEKEND FOR CHILDREN AT RISK: 5TH -6TH JUNE Saturday 5th June Ps. 68: 5-6 Across the world, millions of children suffer violence at the hands of family members, and millions more do not even have a family. Confess: that we have shut our eyes to the suffering of children. Pray: for God to be a Father to the fatherless, and a protector of abused children. June Thursday 3rd June 1 Tim. 4:12 You are important As the church we often have such low expectations of young people, but they want and need opportunities to serve and take responsibility. Pray: for older generations to enable young people to step into their God-ordained destiny. Act: Tell a young person how much they mean to you. Sunday 6th June Mark 10:13-15 Children are more vulnerable to poverty, hunger, lack of education, and disease, yet God places huge value on the lives of children. Bless: all children at risk and for God to draw them close to Him. Act: Lord, show us what we can do to serve, protect and be Jesus to these children. Source: Viva ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 45 Day of Prayer for the armeD forces Our military persOnnel are placed in pOsitiOns Of grave danger as they wOrk tO prevent challenges tO Our natiOnal security. they and their families remain under cOnsiderable pressure and Often face lOss and uncertainty. they need Our suppOrt. please cOme and pray fOr Our armed fOrces. on: Thursday 24 June 2010 at: The Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, LONDON SW1E 6HQ nearest tube station: St Jamesâ€™ Park timing: Service of worship: Refreshments: Prayer opportunities: Final act of worship: 1230 - 1330 1330 - 1430 1430 - 1545 1545 â€“ 1600 You are most welcome to join us for all or part of the programme. rsVP: 012 5231 0033 or www.sasra.org.uk If you cannot join us, please pray with us on the day. for more information: www.pray4ourforces.org.uk 46 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday WEEK OF PRAYER FOR PARLIAMENT: 6TH - 11TH JUNE Monday 7th June 1 Tim. 2:1-2 Prayer for your local MP MPs are our elected representatives; they are also human beings with high pressure jobs, families, hopes, dreams, and concerns. Pray: for your MP, that God would bless them and use them to be a blessing, both locally and in their work in parliament. Source: 24-7 Prayer Saturday 12th June Deut. 4:8 Prayer for political issues Political decisions affect key biblical issues like justice for the poor, the moral character of the nation, and freedom to proclaim the gospel message. Pray: for an effective Christian presence and influence in the debate. Act: visit susa.info/resources/ campaigning to learn more about the work of Christian campaign groups. Thursday 10th June Daniel 2:21 Prayer for political leaders Political leaders matter, both for the power they exercise and the moral direction that they bring to the nation (for better or worse). Pray: for our Prime Minister and the cabinet, that they would show wisdom, character and integrity, serving and leading in a Godly way. Friday 11th June Jeremiah 29:7 Prayer for your local councillors Local councillors are volunteers who serve their communities faithfully, often with little thanks! Give thanks: for the work of your local council, and ask that God would use them to help bring peace, prosperity, righteousness, and hope to your city. June Tuesday 8th June Prov. 8:15-16 Prayer for our parliament This election year has seen one of the biggest shake-ups of MPs in recent history. Pray: that the new parliament will be characterised by wisdom and integrity, and that trust in our political system will be restored. Act: visit www.christiansinparliament.org.uk to find out more about praying for politics and government. Wednesday 9th June Esth.4:14 Christians working in government Christians working in the civil service can have a strong positive influence on policies and public services. Pray: that God will strengthen them to be a faithful servant and witness in their work place, willing to speak up at the right time. Sunday 13th June Praying for UCB Please pray that UCB would be able to build more Prayerline Satellite groups to enable them to answer more Prayerline calls from our ever needy world. Source: 24-7 Prayer ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 47 REFUGEE WEEK: 14TH – 20TH JUNE June Monday 14th June Mat. 25:31-46 Projects helping the homeless Pray: about the Communities and Local Government Department’s No One Left Out − Communities ending rough sleeping strategy, working with partners in the charitable sector to end rough sleeping by 2012. Scotland has a similar project in place, and special research projects have been commissioned in Northern Ireland and Wales. Friday 18th June Exodus 22:21 Blessing refugees Tuesday 15th June Mat. 20:13-15 Confess: when our heart has not Child refugees been right regarding strangers and Pray: for God to guide staff in refugees. Bless: organisations seeking government agencies and local to bring relief and help to refugees authorities caring for refugees, with love and patience. especially in their dealings with children; for protection of vulnerable Saturday 19th June Heb. 13:2 Support for the homeless young people, here without their Pray: for the many excellent initiatives parents, who may be housed in helping young people who are inappropriate accommodation and homeless - resulting in many more threatened with detention of them receiving the support they or deportation. need. Bless: those that are involved Wednesday 16th June Ps. 68:5-6 in this, that God will equip and Homeless young people encourage them. Loving Lord, we lift to you the many young people each year who leave Sunday 20th June Praying for UCB their families and education and job opportunities, and become homeless. Please pray for the mental, physical, and spiritual health of the UCB Please lead them to trustworthy people who will help them, particularly Executive and staff. Pray that they will come under God’s protection. with mental health and drug misuse problems that many of them have. Amen. Source: CARE 48 48 Thursday 17th June Zech.7:8-10 Aid workers Remember aid workers in the poorest parts of the world, who work with displaced and destitute people lacking food, clean water, basic healthcare and education. Pray: for God to grant them His courage, strength and hope as they battle against terrible poverty day after day. ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Wednesday 23rd June Exod.15 Praying for troops in Afghanistan Injured service personnel are retrieved from the front line to the field hospital at Camp Bastion, and then returned to Birmingham for further treatment. Pray: for skill, stamina and opportunities for rest for medical staff; safety for medical retrieval teams; for physical and psychological protection for medical teams; healing of injured personnel. Source: AFCU Thursday 24th June Jam.1:19-27 Praying for troops in Afghanistan Since October 2001 until 15 February 2010, a total of 261 British forces personnel have died whilst serving in Afghanistan, with 1109 wounded in action. Pray: for God to comfort families and friends of those lost and injured. Act: Join with the Day of Prayer for the Armed Forces today. Details: www.pray4ourforces.org.uk. Friday 25th June Psalm 2 G8 Summit Leaders of the G8 nations will be meeting in Canada today to discuss world issues such as trade, development and aid for the poor. Bless: the G8 leaders and pray for wisdom and insight as they make tough decisions. June Tuesday 22nd June Isaiah 40 Praying for troops in Afghanistan The intensity of operations is high and the environment hostile, yet there have been few major incidents with loss of life involving aircraft in Afghanistan. Pray: for protection of the crews and ground staff; for skill, good judgment and courage; for provision of timely and sufficient supplies of equipment. DAY OF PRAYER FOR ARMED FORCES: Saturday 26th June Pro.12:17-19 G8 Counter Conference A multi-faith religious counter conference is planned to coincide with the G8 Summit. Declare: that God is at the centre of all their negotiations and that the religious leaders will be united for the good of mankind. Sunday 27th June Pro. 4:5-7 G20 Meeting of major economies Finance ministers and central bank governers from the 20 major economies will also be meeting to discuss the current global financial situation. Confess: that many nations have not managed their financial and banking systems with righteousness and integrity. ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Source: World Prayer Centre Monday 21st June Psalm 91 Praying for troops in Afghanistan The Armed Forces in Afghanistan face danger and trauma daily. Many service personnel on the front line are physically, emotionally and mentally drained. Pray: for safety of all serving officers; healing from trauma; for energy and strength. 49 Monday 28th June Praying for UCB Please pray that God would give UCB the wisdom to know His will and obedient to His direction. Tuesday 29th June Matt. 14:14 Redeeming Our Communities In the UK, 80% of crime is fuelled by alcohol and drugs, and many communities are suffering as a result. Confess: that we sometimes overlook the needs in our immediate neighbourhood because we have become familiar. Wednesday 30th June Is. 60:1-2 Redeeming Our Communities Thousands of people will gather in Manchester tonight to celebrate the good happening across the region and to see the launch of new community initiatives (redeemingourcommunities.org.uk). Bless: all those involved in Redeeming our Communities initiatives. GET AN ENCOURAGING BIBLE VERSE DIRECT TO YOUR MOBILE EACH DAY Text VERSE to 83737 • 25p per text per day • To stop at any time text STOP VERSE to 83737 • Not available in ROI *Terms and conditions apply, see ucbmobile.co.uk ucbmobile.co.uk July Thursday 1st July Jerem. 29:7 Redeeming Our Communities The Police, fire-fighters and paramedics often have to deal with dangerous and distressing issues in our communities. Bless: those who serve the community especially the emergency services who often put their own lives at risk. Act: Let your local police know that you appreciate what they do. Saturday 3rd July Neh. 1:4-5 Redeeming Our Communities As Redeeming Our Communities is launched in many UK towns and cities over the next two years, we hope to see crime reduced and communities rebuilt. Confess: that we have allowed the decline in our communities and failed to act. Pray: that the Lord will empower us as we become the answer to our own prayers. Tuesday 6th July 1 Chron 4:10 Cyberbullying Pray: about the increase in â€˜cyberbullyingâ€™ - when an individual or group tries to threaten, tease or embarrass someone by using a mobile phone or the internet. This affects children and adults and can lead to gross intrusion of privacy and other serious problems. Wednesday 7th July Psalm 24:1 Internet evangelism Almighty God, we praise You for the complexity of Your creation and for enabling us to harness its power. Please grant creativity and skill to Christians who use the internet to communicate the gospel with those who are seeking You in all parts of the world. Amen. JuLY Friday 2nd July Nehemiah 2:7-8 Redeeming Our Communities God is opening doors within the public sector, who also have a concern for community life. Give Thanks: for the opportunities and developing partnerships that could release resources and favour. Pray: that we will be used in the same way as Nehemiah to rebuild our towns and cities. Monday 5th July Psalm 5:11 The Internet In the UK, 70% of all households have access to the internet. Pray: for protection of children and families as they use the internet; for wisdom for parents censoring what children access. Source: CARE Sunday 4th July Praying for UCB Please pray that The Word for Today mailing goes smoothly, and that this resource will get into the hands of the people to whom God wants to speak. Source: Redeeming our Communities ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 51 Thursday 8th July John 10:7-10 Cyber terrorism Pray: for God to restrain those who intend to wreak havoc over the internet by hacking into computer systems to reveal or destroy confidential data, create and send viruses and other harmful programmes by email to unsuspecting people. JuLY Friday 9th July Psalm 119:65-66 WEB OPPORTUNITIES Give thanks: for the amazing opportunities that the internet has opened up for people of all ages; to pursue education, access information, communicate with others and be entertained. Saturday 10th July Praying for UCB Please pray for those who are visiting the new LookingforGod.com website that they will clearly hear God speak. Sunday 11th July Phil. 4:6 Are you worried? Most of the things that we worry about never happen. It is our perception of situations that cause fear. Confess: that we have not been able to trust God in situations. Pray: for God to give boldness and strength to trust in His promises for your life. 52 ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday Monday 12th July Isaiah 26:3-4 Perfect peace Father, I crave peace in my life, when so much is in turmoil. Help me to meditate on Your Word and create an oasis of peace within me. Let your Holy Spirit come and dwell in my life and slowly build up my ability to handle the pressure I feel under. You are Lord over every circumstance. Amen. Tuesday 13th July Romans 2:4 Never stop changing The greatest mistake you can make is to be afraid of making a mistake. Many of us cling to what is comfortable even when it doesnâ€™t work. Act: Is there something you have been resisting to change in your life? Wednesday 14th July 1 Chr. 28:20 Take the first step Sometimes, we need to take a step of faith and then we will see that the doors open, the right people will come and resources are provided. Pray: that God will identify aspects in your life that are holding you back from your full potential and how to overcome them. Thursday 15th July 2 Chr. 32:7 Be courageous You are only courageous when you do whatâ€™s right despite feeling fearful. When you conquer it, you feel a surge of self-respect and gain a level of confidence you never had before. Pray: Lord, make me more than a conqueror through Christ, and that I will be influential in and for Your Kingdom. Hope City TV, Hillsong TV, Days of Wonder, Harvest Show. And so much moreâ€Ś Tune into the new look UCB TV today for great teaching, worship and programmes for the whole family. Sky channel 586 or online at ucbmedia.co.uk/tv The UCB TV Team Friday 16th July Hebrews 11:6 Believe God Today All God needs is something to work with and someone to work through and the rest is history! The only thing stopping God is your unbelief. Pray: Lord, help me to overcome any unbelief in my life and step out in faith. Act: Commit to developing your faith today. UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS Saturday 17th July Eph. 1:7 Focus on your position Stop worrying about your condition and focus on your position. Any condition is temporary, but your position in Him is eternal. Give thanks: for Godâ€™s grace towards us that often provokes us to action, in spite of all our circumstances. Declare: I am loved, accepted, and approved 100% by God! ucb.co.uk/prayerfortoday 53 JuLY Praying for Christian Broadcasting Monday 19th July Deut. 5:33 Most Christian Broadcasters raise their income from donations. Pray: for broadcasters putting together a budget for the next financial year, that advertising revenue would remain healthy. Act: Can you support your local Christian Broadcaster during this difficult financial time? Wednesday 21st July Ps. 5:12 On SKY there are a number of Christian Television stations, most broadcasting around the clock. Pray: this platform remains open to the Gospel and that pricing remains reasonable; for favourable contracts and any fundraising campaigns to pay for the licenses. Tuesday 20th July Acts 11: 22-24 Broadcasters have to sift through hundreds of news items and stories every day to maintain current news coverage. Pray: for grace that the right story is reported in the right way at the right time and that all the details of news would be checked before reporting. Thursday 22nd July Rom. 1:11-12 Christian broadcasters provide a faithuplifting service. Pray: that they would not compromise or water down the message of the Gospel of Christ; for the Gospel to be delivered creatively and sensitively to encourage every person that connects with them. Friday 23rd July Phil. 4:22 Blessing those in Media Confess: where gossip, political correctness and negativity have held sway in the media. Bless: Christian media organisations, that God will continue to give them a platform to spread the Good News. Saturday 24th July Praying for UCB Please pray that there will be no major technical problems with UCB TV channel or any of our Radio stations. Monday 26th July John 16:33 Stress! During the school holidays, there can be tense moments having all the family together under one roof. Give thanks: for family members or friends who offer help during stressed times. Pray: for God’s peace and love to bring reconciliation when relationships become strained. Tuesday 27th July Psalm 23:2–3 Going on Holiday Many families can’t afford the high prices of a holiday when school is out. Pray: that God would provide the means for families to go away and enjoy quality time with each other and feel restored. Thursday 29th July Isaiah 40:11 Protection The younger generation is susceptible to influences and people that are out to harm them. Pray: for wisdom and righteous decisions for young people as situations arise. Act: Prayer walk your local park, sports centre, shopping area, praying specific prayers of protection over this young generation. Friday 30th July Ephesians 6:4 Blessing on parents Give thanks: children are a gift from God. Pray: that parents will be able to spend quality time bonding with their children during the summer holidays. Proclaim: ‘We declare restoration of biblical family structure and authority enabling parents to fulfil God’s purposes to their children in love.’ Source: John O’Brien Saturday 31st July Praying for UCB Please pray for the volunteers and staff at our UCB Dublin office, particularly for finances. JuLY Sunday 25th July Isaiah 58:11 Single Parents Juggling work, house duties, shopping and spending quality time with the children is not easy for many caring parents, never mind single parents. Pray: Isaiah 58:11 over a single parent you know. 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