The Methodist Church in Scotland – Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

Praying Through April In Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

1Read:John 13: 1-17
Consider:Look again at verse 8 in the light of Psalm 51: 2 and Psalm 51: 7. What does this mean for you?
Pray:Jesus, what wondrous love is shown in your willingness to disrobe and wash your disciples’ feet! What wondrous love is shown in your willingness to let others strip you, beat you, insult you, as you prepared to wash away our sins by your blood. Amen.
2Read:Isaiah 53: 6
Consider:Try reading this verse over slowly and deliberately. This is a statement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pray:Using the final words from the verse: and by his wounds, we are healed.
3Read:John 19: 38-42
Consider:What Joseph and Nicodemus did as an act of love for Jesus was dangerous, costly and without personal gain.
Why do you think they did what they did?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for those who preach in our churches; for those who serve as Stewards across the Circuit.
4Read:John 20: 1-18
Consider:At the moment when Mary meets Jesus, her grief turns to joy.
Her joy propelled her to tell others, “I have seen the Lord.”
Pray:Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won!
5Read:Revelation 1: 9-18
Consider:The book of Revelation is a picture book.
Write down the things that John saw and heard when he turned round. Does John’s description raise any questions for you?
Pray:For the congregations in our Circuit; for Barrhead; for Girvan; for Paisley.
6Read:Luke 24: 36-47
Consider:Verse 38. How do you read this verse?
Do you view it as a challenge or as a calming and comforting question?
Pray:For all who are troubled; for those who are anxious; for those who feel the effects of stress; for those who live in fear; for those who worry about finance or health issues; for those who are concerned about the well-being of others.
7Read:Matthew 28: 16-20
Consider:As we consider our Circuit Mission Plan, what can you do to support new initiatives which the Circuit could adopt to fulfil the commission of verses 19-20?
Pray:For those who will gather on Zoom tonight to hear from Trevor Gay and Sue Fry as they bring news of an initiative in Coventry and Nuneaton inviting people to “Meet God in an Ordinary Place”.

8Read:Psalm 46: 10-11
Consider:Perseverance is more than endurance. Perseverance means more than hanging on, which may only be exposing our fear of letting go and failing. Perseverance is endurance combined with assurance that what we hope for will come to pass.
Pray:That God will give us strength to endure and faith enough to persevere as he calls us to new ways of sharing the Gospel.
9Read:Luke 19: 1-10
Consider:How could you look out for someone today?
Would you be willing to share your experience of God’s love today?
Pray:For those you know who have not yet met with Jesus.
Name them one by one.
10Read:1 Timothy 3: 14-16
Consider:Verse 16 could be considered a hymn. What is your favourite hymn which describes for you the person of Jesus Christ?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert, and for those who preach and teach in our Circuit.
11Read:John 21: 1-14
Consider:Paul uses the word if four times in this short passage.
Have you noticed this before?
Pray:For those who will begin Church Steward training on Zoom this evening; for all who hold leadership roles in our Circuit.
12Read:Philippians 2: 1-4
Consider:How do you react when plans go awry?
Do you find it easy or difficult to adjust to new circumstances?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for those in leadership within the Circuit. Pray for wisdom and for guidance as we move on to develop our Circuit Mission Plan.
13Read:1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Consider:A child may ask, “How much do you love me?”
What assurance do you think the child is looking for?
Pray:Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.
14Read:Psalm 119: 1-8
Consider:There are 176 verses in Psalm 119. Would that prevent you from reading through it? Would you be missing something?
Pray:Thank God that the Bible is his living word to us.

15Read:Romans 3: 21-30
Consider:We cannot win or earn anything from God. We must either receive it as a gift or do without. The greatest spiritual blessing we receive is when we come to the knowledge that we are destitute. (Rev Oswald Chambers)
Pray:Great God, in Christ you call our name, and then receive us as your own,
not through some merit, right or claim, but by your gracious love alone;
we strain to glimpse your mercy-seat and find you kneeling at our feet.
(Brian Wren, StF 499)
16Read:Isaiah 45: 22-25
Consider:Here is an invitation to the whole world to turn to God.
Who should make this invitation known to this generation?
Pray: Ask God to show you a way to make God’s invitation known.
17Read:Psalm 23;16-21
Consider:Verse 3 — He refreshes my soul. We have experienced more than 12 months of restrictions on our customary way of life. Is it time to seek to be revived in body, mind and spirit?
Pray:For refreshment for yourself and for the Church. Come Holy Spirit!
18Read:Luke 24: 13-35
Consider:Eye-witnesses are crucial to capturing the true facts of an event.
Have you ever witnessed an event which has stayed fresh in your mind as though it happened yesterday? What made the event so memorable?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for those who have told us the stories of Jesus; for those who have enriched our lives by their spoken and practical testimony.
19Read:2 Timothy 4: 1-5
Consider: Sometimes we feel charged up and ready for anything. But what about the days when our spirits are low? Are we ready in season and out of season?
Pray:Ask God to keep you aware of reacting to feelings rather than need.
20Read:Ephesians 6: 10-18
Consider:Write down the seven pieces of the armour of God mentioned in this passage. Can you see the relevance of each one?
Pray:For our three congregations; for Barrhead, who are considering future mission in the town; for Girvan, also looking towards a future mission and the sale of their current building; for Paisley, looking forward to upgrading Central Hall to present day standards.
21Read:Proverbs 29: 18
Consider:Once we lose sight of God, we take a downward path. We give up prayer, we do things on our own initiative without expecting God to come in. Our daily attitude comes from our vision of who God is.
Pray:Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now, I wait for thee; ready my God, thy will to see; open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! (Inconnu Editeur, Roland St John Hanneman)

22Read:Romans 8: 35-39
Consider:God does not keep us immune from trouble. He promises to be with us through our troubles (Psalm 91: 15).
Pray:For those who are troubled today.
23Read:1 Thessalonians 5: 17
Consider:What do you believe you are doing when you pray?
Pray:Pray as you go today.
24Read:Acts 3: 1-10
Consider:Do you always do what is necessary or do you go the extra mile?
What did the lame man want? What was he given?
Pray:For Scotland District Synod being held on Zoom today.
25Read:John 10: 11-18
Consider:I wonder if, in your home, you have a drawer, a cupboard, or even a room where you store things you don’t use? My granddaughter calls such a cupboard in my house, “the cupboard where everything lives!” Things that are pushed aside by me are seen as useful to her. What a lesson!
Pray:Thank God that he knows who we are and where we are.
He cares.
26Read:Luke 9: 57-62
Consider:How do you react to things that go against your common sense?
By the test of common sense, Jesus’ statements must seem mad, but when you test them by a trial of faith, they are found to be the word of God.
Pray:That as we seek our future mission, God’s word will indeed be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
28Read:1 Kings 17: 7-16
Consider:One important lesson we can learn from the Widow of Zarephath is that with obedience to God comes blessing and miracles.
Pray:The Lord’s Prayer.
29Read:Colossians 2: 6-7
Consider:The Christian life continues the same way it begins, by faith in Jesus.
What does it mean for you to be rooted and built up in Jesus?
Pray:For our congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley; for the communities in which they serve; for ways of sharing the Gospel when restrictions allow.
30Read:Philippians 3: 7-14
Consider:These are the words of a man whose heart was stirred by knowing that Jesus had died for him. His life had been changed by meeting the resurrected Jesus and his ministry and mission were empowered by the Holy Spirit now alive in him!
What is there about Jesus that stirs your heart?
Pray:He called me long before I heard; before my sinful heart was stirred; but when I took him at his word, forgiven, he lifted me. (Charles H Gabriel, 1856-1932)