SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
We invite you to join in supportive prayer, not just weekly but daily. You can remember each congregation and fellowship on a weekly basis over twenty-six weeks or daily in a cycle of up to 31days. Pray for the Minister, Session and Office Bearers that they may know God’s guidance and blessing in all they do in Jesus’ Name.
5th April St Margaret’s Church
Minister: Rev Iain Greenshields; Reader: Gordon Brown
Outreach Co-ordinator: Ally Greenshields
Day 14 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
How to love others today: meet their physical needs.
Scripture is clear. If we see a brother in need, have the means to help but don’t, our love for God should be questioned (1 John 3:17).
12th April St Ninian’s Church
Minister: Rev Carolann Erskine
Day 15 Thank God for his eternal faithfulness.
Nothing can separate you from God’s love, absolutely nothing! God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough! -Hannah Whitall Smith
“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.” Psalm 36:5-6
“Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
19th April Townhill & Kingseat Church
Minister: Rev Jean Kirkwood
Day 16 “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” 1 John 2:9-10
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
How to love others today: rejoice or mourn with them.
We show deep care for others when their hurts and joys are also ours. Don’t hold back. Let the tears and the cheers flow! (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).
26th April Inverkeithing Parish Church
Minister: Rev Colin Alston
Praise the lord for his great love.
Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity. – David Jeremiah
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
3rd May Kelty Parish Church
Minister: Rev Hugh Steele
Day 18 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ” 1 John 4:9-11
How to love others today: show kindness to someone they love.
King David expressed his deep bond of friendship for Jonathan by caring for Jonathan’s crippled son Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-13).
10th May Limekilns Parish Church
Minister: Rev Norman Grant
Day 19: pray for an open heart toward the lord.
God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing. – Rick Warren
“His banner over me is love.” Song of Songs 2:4
“The commandments…are summed up in the one command, ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ If you love others, you will never do them wrong, to love, then, is to obey the whole Law.” Romans 13:9-10
17th May Lochgelly & Benarty St Serf’s
Deacon: Pamela Scott DCS; Outreach Worker: Aileen Christie
Day 20 “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death… Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” Song of Songs 8:6-7
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
How to love others today: intercede with others on their behalf. Could your influence help a loved one? Barnabas smoothed the way for Paul with the Jerusalem church leaders (Acts 9:27-30). Paul wrote to Philemon appealing for Onesimus the runaway slave (Philemon 8-11).
24th May North Queensferry Church
Rev Colin Alston; Reader: Iain Mitchell
Day 2 Pray for ideas about how to love others.
When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. – Charles Spurgeon
“I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Psalm 89:2
“The earth is filled with your love, O Lord…” Psalm 119:64
31st May Rosyth Parish Church
Rev Brian Dobby; Deacon: Morag Crawford DCS
Day 22 “You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.” 1 Peter 1:22
How to love others today: help two loved ones work out their differences.
Does strife exist between two people you love? Be a mediator and help them mend their relationship. Paul asked the believers in Philippi to help two women in their church who were at odds (Philippians 4:2-3).
7th June Saline & Blairingone Church
Rev Alexander Shuttleworth
Day 23: Praise god for his holiness.
We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground. – Brennan Manning
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
14th June Tulliallan & Kincardine Church
Rev Alexander Shuttleworth
Day 24 “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
How to love others today: introduce them to Jesus. Does a loved one desperately need to know Jesus? Share the Good News! Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:35-42).
21st June Pray for the Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer and Secretary of Presbytery.
Day 25: Pray for the lord to be your strength.
It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you. It’s not about being somebody you are not. It’s about becoming who you really are. – Stormie Omartian
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” 1 Timothy 1:7
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
28th June For the whole Church and the proposed Presbytery of Fife
Day 26 But be very careful…to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua 22:5
How to love others today: encourage and disciple them in their relationship with Christ.
The author of Hebrews tells us to “spur one another on to good works” and “encourage one another” daily (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Day 27: Praise God for his unfailing love.
When I lay these questions before God, I get no answer. But a rather special sort of ‘No answer.’ It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand. C.S. Lewis
“‘Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
Pray for the work of the Committees of Presbytery and their Convenors
Day 28 “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Prov. 3:3-4
How to love others today: lay down your life! Seems drastic, but that’s exactly how Jesus showed His love for us (John 15:12-13). The basic principle has much broader application than actual physical death. Jesus calls us to unselfishly seek put others.
Pray for our OLMs Chaplains, Deacons Readers and Elders and Youth Workers
Day 29: Pray that God will increase your love.
The greatest honour we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love. – Julian of Norwich
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other…” 1Thess. 3:12 “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3
Pray for our Mission Partner
Rev Kate Reynolds, Mission Partner to Tiberias
Day 30 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Pray for yourself, and all whom you love and care for.
Day 31 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:5-7
While tossing and turning in the night I often need to remind myself of the simple truth in 1 John 3:20. The message puts it like this: For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
As I’ve taken this journey of learning to worry less I have found that finding peace depends largely on how willing I am to believe that God is greater than our worried hearts, that he’s bigger than our anxieties, and that he not only holds the future but knows more about it then we do. – Wendy van Eyck
Devotions courtesy of Pray With Me Website.
Content for this guide was adapted from the following articles:
14 Ways to Show Love to Those You Love by Kathy Howard
21 Inspiring Quotes about God’s Love Every Woman Needs by Asheritah Ciuciu
50 Verses of Love: From God’s Heart to Us by Debbie McDaniel