Until circumstances change significantly, we will continue to issue the Bulletin on a monthly basis, based around a monthly prayer letter. Should the need arise, however, we can issue a Bulletin Update between the monthly Bulletins if necessary.
Prayer Letter – September 2020
by Rachel Raw
Bow the Knee
One of my favourite Christian authors is Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni is a beautiful and inspirational woman of God. She is the founder and president of Joni and friends, a worldwide Christian outreach that supports Adults and Children with disabilities. Joni also is an author, speaker and artist. For this month's newsletter I have included one of her devotionals from her book, ‘Diamonds in the Dust.’ May this be an encouragement to you.
“I grew up in a little congregation where they read the Gospel, sang hymns from the heart, and knelt in prayer. Sunday worship was serious business and I learned as a child what it means to bend my knee before the Lord.
Obviously, God listens whether His people pray standing, sitting or lying prostrate. So what's my point about kneeling? I wish I could do it. Being paralysed, it's impossible for me to kneel in prayer.
Once at a convention, the speaker closed his message by asking everyone in the room to kneel on the floor for prayer. All five hundred people got on their knees. All except me. All except me. I cried, not because I felt awkward but because I was struck with the beauty of seeing so many people bow in worship. I breathed a prayer. “Lord Jesus, I can’t wait for the day when I will rise up on resurrected legs. The first thing I will then do is to drop on grateful, glorified knees.”
On the day I receive my new body, I’m sure my Lord will be delighted to watch me stretch glorified muscles and dance on tiptoe. But there’s something I plan to do that may please him more. I will kneel. To not move will be my demonstration of heartfelt thanks for the grace He gave those many years when my legs and hands were paralysed. It will be my sacrifice of praise.
Today, I do what so many who are paralysed, or too lame or old can’t do. Read Psalm 95:6 and take its advice and when you kneel in prayer, be grateful for the knees that bend to the will of God.
I bow before You Lord, in submission to Your will. And when I rise from my knees, may I serve you wholeheartedly.”
(Joni Eareckson Tada)
“Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
Since the lockdown started, we have been blessed that more people are joining our Corps Prayer meetings online on Sundays and Wednesdays. Also many people who do not have internet access are also praying alongside us during these times and are kept up to date with regular prayer requests via mobile phone texts. If you would like to join us in prayer, our Corps prayer meetings are held online every week on Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Even if you have not got internet access, please join us during these times and pray for our Corps family, nation and as the Holy Spirit leads. Let’s keep Corps prayer meetings going!
Karen will be leading us on Sunday prayer meetings and I will continue to lead the Wednesday prayer meeting online. If you would like further information or would like to join our online prayer group or be contacted via text regarding prayer requests, please contact Major Valerie, Karen or me. For those without the internet, I would be happy to send you prayer points and scripture readings for Wednesday prayer groups.
Due to these unprecedented times we are living in, we will continue to keep trusting and to be patient until it is safe for all of our Corps family to return to the Hall. We will also continue to pray that when we do resume activities at the hall that people will join us for our prayer meetings. This will be in God’s time and all we can do is wait upon him.
Will you join me in Prayer intercession:
Thank you Lord for your endless mercy and goodness. Help us to keep trusting and praising you through both the good and bad times. Lord help us to keep our eyes fixed on you.
Please pray for our Nation and the world, for those who have been affected by this virus and for all those grieving loved ones. May they feel surrounded by your love, peace and presence in the days and months ahead.
Pray continually for our officers, Majors Andrew and Valerie Spivey, as they lead and care for us through these challenging times. Bless them as they minister to us and we give thanks for all the hard work they do for us and for the work they do behind the scenes. Pray that the Lord will give them strength and guidance.
Pray for Major Kelvin, who is chaplain at Harnall Lifehouse, and bless his ministry as he supports both residents and staff in this current crisis. Pray for Hayley and the residents and staff at Youell Court.
Pray for people of all ages who are vulnerable including the homeless, disabled and those who have underlying health conditions. Pray for those who will have to self-isolate for a long duration.
Please pray for our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Government and nation as we go through these testing times. The Lord instructs us all to pray for our leaders in 1Timothy 2:1-4: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Lord, break any demonic divisions and unite this nation once again. Lord, we pray that you will raise up godly, Christian leaders who will seek your counsel and guide the Prime minister when making decisions for our country. Let Your will be done!
Please pray for our NHS staff in all hospitals, and within the community, who are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Pray for provision and that they will receive the equipment and resources they need. Lord guide them and protect them as they care for their patients. We pray that this virus will come to an end. In Jesus name.
Pray for community care workers who care for people at home and in residential and nursing homes. Pray for the staff and residents. Some of the homes are open again for visiting, albeit with strict restrictions i.e. visitors to stand outside the window etc. Many of our Corps family live in care homes around this City and within our county and beyond.
Pray for those in our Corps who work in many different work sectors such as education and administration, council, hospitality, retail, care work etc. Pray for those self-employed and those currently working from home. Pray for those facing unemployment, unemployed and those unable to work due to ill health. Pray that the Lord will provide for all those in our corps who are struggling at this time.
Pray for our children who will be starting school for the first time or returning to school this month. Please also pray for those who will be moving up to primary school or secondary school. Please pray for Dani Wilkinson, Charlotte Bevins, Caleb Griggs (Freda’s grandson) and Nathan Whitmore as they make preparations to go to University in the autumn. Pray for the teachers in our Corps who continually work hard and often don’t get the recognition for this. Lord bless them in this vocation you have called them to do and may they continue to be a strong Christian influence and light within their workplaces. Also please pray for the support staff; the classroom assistants, volunteers, catering staff, admin staff, domestic staff and caretakers who also play a crucial role in the running of schools from day to day.
Pray that the Lord will help us to keep God’s armour on (Ephesians 6) and to keep our eyes on him and study his word. Pray for the Lord to open opportunities for us to share God’s love with those who do not know Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Although we are in lockdown, God can use us through conversations with people on the phone etc. Pray that the Lord will show us the way.
Pray for the members of our Corps who are unwell, awaiting hospital treatments and those who live with long term health conditions. We pray for those caring for their loved ones at home. Surround them with your love and may they know your peace and that they are not forgotten.
Please continue to pray for Dean Heeley’s Radio ministry with UCB 2. Bless his radio programme and that he will bring people to Christ through this ministry. Thank you Lord that we can access Christian radio programmes such as UCB and Premier radio and TV channels such as Revelation TV or TBN (See below for details on how you can access these programmes).
Please pray for our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering immense persecution because of their faith. We pray that you will give them protection and strength in the coming days and weeks ahead and surround them with your love and peace.
Lord, we pray that you will protect and keep us all safe. May we always be conscious of your presence and fill us with your love and peace. Holy Spirit, we pray that when this is over, we will be a Church on fire for you and bring more people into your kingdom.
Christian media for all ages
UCB (United Christian Broadcasting) - need digital radio (DAB- Digital Audio Broadcasting). If using DAB radio scroll to ‘U’ section until you find UCB. Dean Heeley presents his own radio show every Saturday from 8-11pm. Or go to website ucb.co.uk
Premier christian radio (website - premier.org.uk) - DAB radio or Freeview TV (Digital TV) channel 725
Revelation TV - (website - revelationtv.com) or Freeview HD channel 264
TBN UK (Trinity Broadcasting Network) - tbnuk.org or Freeview channel 65 or Sky channel 582.
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