The Methodist Church in Scotland – Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

Praying Through May In Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

1Read:Habakkuk 2: 2-3
Consider:The proof that we have vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped. If we only have what we have already experienced, we miss out. But if we have the vision of God, we have more than we can experience.
Pray:For our circuit, that we will all be open to see and be witness to all that God has planned for us as we seek to serve him here in the West of Scotland.
2Read:John 15: 1-8
Consider:The vine draws nourishment from the root and pumps that nourishment into the branches so they can bear fruit. Fruit sheds seed and seed grows to be like the vine.
Pray:For the life-giving Spirit of God to work in you, and so produce the likeness of Jesus, who is the means of salvation for all.
3Read:Psalm 119: 33-40
Consider:Being able to read is something most of us take for granted. Reading and understanding takes more time and effort and often gives life to the shape of words.
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for those who preach and teach in our churches. Pray that today you might discover new meaning in what you read.
4Read:Hebrews 10: 19-25
Consider:In your mind’s eye what does the Most Holy Place look like?
Pray:That as you draw near to God, you might be aware of his awesome presence right where you are.
5Read:Acts 9: 32-43
Consider:It is recorded that Peter was present on three occasions when Jesus raised individuals from the dead. Jesus spoke and the dead were raised. Peter fell on his knees and prayed, and Tabitha was raised from the dead.
Pray:For courage to pray for what seems impossible, yet necessary, for the Church to move into this new season.
6Read:Ephesians 3: 14-21
Consider:Is there anything in life that you consider too difficult for God to change? See Mark 10: 27.
Pray:To be filled with the measure of all the fullness of God.
7Read:Colossians 3: 12-17
Consider:If you applied verse 17 to all you said or did, would these words make you think twice?
Pray:That in all you do and say today, the love of God will shine through you.

8Read:1 Kings 10: 1-13
Consider:A great story! The Queen of Sheba recognised a connection between Solomon’s wisdom and achievements and the God he served.
Pray:That our story would also demonstrate that same connection and people might see God’s hand in our lives and in the life of our church and circuit.
9Read:John 15: 9-17
Consider:Look at verses 9 and 10 again. The repeated reference to love in these verses (five times) clearly gives love centre stage.
What does this convey to you?
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.
(Charles Wesley)
10Read:2 Peter 1: 2-11
Consider:Add means that we have to do something. Is there a decision you need to make or a task you need to undertake? Why not do it today. Burn the bridges. Make it impossible to go back.
Pray:For our Minister, Robert, and for those who have leadership responsibilities within the circuit as we seek to move forward in mission.
11Read:Psalm 103: 1-5 and 19-22
Consider:Make a note of 10 reasons you have to praise God.
Pray:Give thanks today for the blessings in your life. Praise God for all that you see of his hand in creation and in the people you meet/have met today.
12Read:Genesis 1: 1-5
Consider:GOD – the source of Light and Life!
Pray:For an opportunity today to share something of your life of faith and understanding of God’s presence in the world.
13Read:Acts 1: 1-11
Consider:Why do you stand here looking into the sky?” Verse 11 — a reminder that the work of the Kingdom is here and now.
Pray:For our congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley, that as we seek our future mission in each community, we will allow ourselves to be led and accompanied by the Spirit.
14Read:Acts 1: 15-26
Consider:What is your role within the life of your church/circuit?
Are you fulfilling that role?
Pray:That God will show you how best to support the ministry and mission of your church/circuit to which every member is called.

15Read:Ephesians 1: 15-23
Consider:I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you know the hope to which he has called you (verse 18).
Pray:That God will open the eyes of your heart to increase your inner awareness of his presence in you and around you.
Pray for another to be given that same assurance.
16Read:John 17: 6-19
Consider:Sunday School Anniversary and Prize-giving — memories of times when children by the dozen delighted congregations as they sang and performed and were rewarded for attending Sunday School. But there was at the heart of all of this, hope that each one would become a disciple.
Pray: Pray that God will equip the Church to find ways to reach young people with the Good News of God’s love for them.
17Read:Deuteronomy 6: 4-9;16-21
Consider:What does it mean for you to love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength?
Pray:Fill thou my life, O Lord my God, in every part with praise, that my whole being may proclaim thy being and thy ways.
(Horatius N Bonar)
18Read:Matthew 6: 26 and 28
Consider:Does what others might think or say about you stop you from taking part in worship or other church activities?
Pray:Give thanks that you are you, beloved and valued, with much to offer to the King of kings!
19Read:Luke 14: 1-6
Consider: Jesus asks the question, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” before he heals the man. Why do you think there was no response to his question?
Pray:For opportunities to put people at the heart of all that we profess to be in Christ.
20Read:Jeremiah 29: 10-13
Consider:In challenging times and situations, God’s promise comes to light, and we can be assured that at the right time his promise will be fulfilled.
Pray:For our three congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley. As restrictions ease, may we hold on to this promise.
21Read:Luke 15: 11-32
Consider:Which character in the story most reflects your nature? Which character in the story would you most like to be?
Pray:Thank God for Jesus, who teaches us about the need for forgiveness and the need to forgive.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

22Read:Luke 5: 17-20
Consider:Four friends whose love, concern, effort and faith all cry out to Jesus for help. It’s a “get your hands dirty digging through the roof” kind of faith.
Pray:For those who have not yet met Jesus; for the Church that we might rediscover a passionate faith that cries out for those yet to meet Jesus.
23Read:Acts 2: 1-21
Consider:The waiting is over — the Spirit has come — the Church is born!
Pray:Give thanks for God’s gift of the Holy Spirit; promised — anticipated — and active still in 2021!
24Read:Galatians 4: 1-7
Consider:On this day, we Methodists remember John Wesley, whose heart was ‘strangely warmed’ by the Spirit, revealing to him a personal gospel truth.
Pray:For the Spirit to continue to reveal more of God’s love in Christ to you.
25Read:2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17
Consider:Passages such as this one help us build each other up. Could you find a way to encourage someone today?
Pray:For our Minister, Robert; for Circuit Stewards and Church Stewards; for our three congregations at Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley.
26Read:John 7: 37-39
Consider:What causes you to feel thirsty? Is it one thing or many? How do you quench your thirst?
Pray:I heard the voice of Jesus say: ‘Behold, I freely give the living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink and live.’
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him
(Horatius N Bonar)
28Read:Psalm 118: 18
Consider:Because of Christ’s resurrection, we can be assured that serving him is not empty, useless activity. All of our efforts in service to Christ are invested in his winning cause.
Pray:Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire to work, and speak, and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire, and still stir up thy gift in me
(Charles Wesley)
29Read:Acts 20: 7-12
Consider:One of those little stories from Acts which catches the imagination.
What do you deduce from it?
Pray:For fortitude, so that none of us misses the miracles performed in our midst.
30Read:John 3: 1-17
Consider:Nicodemus came to meet Jesus in the dark and, it would seem, left none the more enlightened. Yet, look at John 7: 45-52 and John 19: 38-42.
Pray:For the Spirit to help you understand scripture and courage to apply it.
31Read:Lamentations 3: 22-23
Consider:At a dark time in history, Jeremiah laments for Jerusalem. But he remembers the Lord’s great love, his faithfulness and his compassion. Words of comfort and encouragement in difficult times.
Pray:Give thanks that, in all circumstances, God’s love, his faithfulness, and his compassion have sustained you.