The Methodist Church in Scotland – Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

Praying Through January In Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

DateRead, Consider, Pray

1Read:John 1:1 and Revelation 1:8
Consider:Do you make resolutions at the beginning of a New Year?
In light of your experience of 2020, have you decided to change something or take on something new this year?
Pray:Ask God to show you ways of sharing the Good News during this year.
2Read:Psalm 96
Consider:In the UK, January is usually the month of storms.
Do you know someone who is going through a storm at the moment?
Is there something you can do to help?
Pray:For those who are going through difficulties at this time; for those who are finding the current COVID-19 situation challenging; for those who need reassurance.
3Read:John 1: 9-18
Consider:Verse 16 – Grace is best described as, given what we don’t deserve.
This verse tells us of a constant overflowing gift.
As believers we are constantly being inundated with the grace of God.
How wonderful is that?
Pray:Amazing grace — how sweet the sound — that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. Amen!

4Read:Isaiah 42: 1-4
Consider:The Lord’s servant will bring peace, will mend broken lives, and offer hope.
See Matthew 12: 18-21.
Fulfilment of prophecy.
Can you testify to this fulfilment in your life, your church, your community?
Pray:For understanding and courage to share something of God’s power in your life today.
5Read:Philippians 2: 4-7
Consider:How your thoughts might influence your life.
How can you apply the spirit of Verse 7 to your daily life?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for all who teach and preach in our churches; for those who may be considering God’s call to leadership in our Circuit and in our local churches.
6Read:Matthew 2: 1-12
Consider:And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Has the story of the Magi enlightened you in any way?
Pray:For the congregations at Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley; for those who have not yet been able to gather for worship; for those who are ill and for those who are grieving.
7Read:Psalm 100
Consider:What do you praise God for today?
Pray:Give thanks for all that God has done for you in Jesus. Praise him for his goodness and mercy. Share some good news with someone else today.

8Read:Lamentations 3: 22-23
Consider:How do you begin each day? What are some of the morning habits you have formed? Is there one thing you would change?
Pray:For those you will meet today, in person, on the phone, or online:
for an opportunity to make someone else smile.
9Read:Ruth 4: 13-22
Consider:Who and what blesses your life day by day?
How can you share your blessings with others?
Pray:For those who are unhappy, anxious and afraid; for those whose perspective on life is obscured by shadows of the past and present; for a listening ear, a watchful eye, and a generous spirit.
10Read:Mark 1: 4-11
Consider:John the Baptist knew that he was called to point people to Jesus.
Is God calling you to a particular task?
Pray:That, as we seek to prepare our churches and our Circuit for a more focused Mission, God will surely call us and equip us for the part we will play in the story of Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit.
11Read:Isaiah 43: 1-7
Consider:The first month of the year always seems harder and longer than the other 11.
Why do you think this is so?
Spring draws nearer – does that help you get through January?
Pray:That we all might be open to and respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading as we seek to live day by day to please God.
12Read:Colossians 1: 15-23
Consider:Who makes the decisions in your church?
Could God be calling you to explore the possibility of responding to responsibility?
Pray:For those who will meet tonight to explore what it means to be a Steward in the Methodist Church.
13Read:Acts 10: 34-43
Consider:God does not favour individuals because of their station in life, nationality or material possessions. What does God look for in us?
Pray:For our congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley, that we will continue to grow in faith and that our witness will glorify all that God has done for us in Jesus.
14Read:Proverbs 3: 5-6
Consider:How we, in the Church, can ensure that the Gospel message continues to be shared. What stands in the way of spreading the Good News? God, the Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Pray:That God will continue to direct us through his Spirit and that we can lay down our ‘own agenda’ to do things ‘his way’.

15Read:Isaiah 55: 1-11
Consider:What do the words ‘Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.’ (Verse 6) convey to you?
Pray:That you might be aware of God’s presence today.
Use the opportunity to talk things through with him.
16Read:Psalm 84
Consider:Do you have a favourite place, a favourite chair, a favourite room to meet with God? Where is it and what makes it special?
Pray:For your local congregation; for those you know well and those with whom you are less familiar; that God will draw you closer to one another as you draw close to him.
17Read:John 1: 43-51
Consider:The shade of a fig tree seemed to be a favourite place for study and prayer. This is where Nathanael encountered Jesus. Here he began to understand that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.
Pray:For those who struggle with faith issues; for those who have yet to meet with Jesus; for those who call out to God in the dark, that they might encounter the Light.
18Read:1 John 5: 9-12
Consider:The words of Jesus in John 14: 6 and 1 John 5: 12.
Are these words helpful or do they raise questions?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert, and those who preach in our Circuit as they continue to seek the power of the Holy Spirit and reflect on the Word of God.
19Read:Ephesians 3: 14-21
Consider:As we continue to explore our future Mission for this Circuit, God will allow us to ‘draw on his resources’.
What resources do you think we need to further our Mission?
Pray:For those things you think will help your church and this Circuit to fulfil its calling in this part of Scotland.
20Read:Luke 5: 1-11
Consider:The disciples fished all night but caught nothing (verse 5).
How despondent would they be? What does this say to us in the Church?
Pray:That each one of us would hear the direction of the Spirit and follow his leading as we move into a new season for our Circuit.
21Read:Luke 15: 1-7
Consider:Each one of us is accepted, loved and valued.
What does that say about God’s love?
Pray:How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That he should give his only Son, to make a wretch his treasure
.

Words by Stuart Townend


22Read:2 Kings 6: 1-7
Consider:I wonder if this story is less well-known to you. Here is an illustration of God’s compassion and concern for those who are faithful. Perhaps you have a story equally remarkable of how God intervened at a difficult time. Why not share it with someone as a testimony?
Pray:Thank God for evidence of his presence and power in your life.
23Read:Psalm 107: 1-9
Consider:Reading the rest of this Psalm. Look carefully at the final verse.
Pray:For storytellers and hymn writers, giving thanks for their insight.
24Read:Jonah 3: 1-5
Consider:In the story of Jonah, this little passage tells of Jonah ‘going through the motions’. He went to Nineveh with the message of repentance. But he had no passion for forgiveness even though he had been forgiven himself.
Pray:That we would never take our salvation for granted.
Ask God for passion for others to know him.
25Read:Mark 8: 1-13
Consider:The consequences of not feeding people in the crowd would have been harmful to them.
What are the consequences of not sharing the Gospel message?
Pray:For Robert and those who preach in our Circuit, that we might feed on the Word of God and gain strength as we apply it to our lives.
26Read:John 6: 1-12
Consider:Another story of another crowd who needed to be fed.
What are the differences/similarities in these stories?
Pray:That we will never allow the Word of God to lie on the ground nor go to waste. Pray that, as we are fed, so we will be able to feed others.
27Read:Psalm 139: 1-12
Consider:What would it be like to have X-ray vision? To see inside another person, would it be amusing or perhaps throw light on what others might see in us?
Pray:Give thanks that God knows us intimately; every part of us is known to him. We cannot hide who we are. He loves us and gave his Son that we might see him through Jesus and become more like him.
28Read:Colossians 1: 15-20
Consider:There are some firsts described in this passage.
Can you find them? What is their significance?
Pray:For our three congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley; for work being undertaken to formulate a Circuit Mission Plan; for fresh ideas for Mission and for renewed enthusiasm for the Gospel.
29Read:Galatians 5: 13-26
Consider:You will have received the booklet, ‘A Methodist Way of Life.’
Once you have read it, why not give it to someone else to read.
Pray:Give thanks for our Methodist heritage; for our calling; for the Evangelism and Growth Team; for new opportunities to share our faith.
30Read:Matthew 12: 46-50
Consider:First reading of this passage might seem that Jesus is offhand and disrespectful of those who raised him. Look again, what is Jesus really saying?
Pray:For your family; for friends; for those who support and care for you. Name each one individually before God.
31Read:Matthew 7: 7-12
Consider:Are your prayers persistent? Do you keep asking, seeking, knocking? Perhaps we need to keep asking until we ourselves truly believe that persistent prayer is the only way to see our hopes and dreams for Revival come to fruition.
Pray:Ask; Seek; Knock.