Renewal through Trust
PRAYERS for 2022 FELLOWSHIP DAY
Trust, Reflect, Rejoice
Prepared by the Victorian Unit of ACW and Friends
1 July 2022
In God whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust, I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Faithful and merciful God, you have shown yourself to be on the side of the poor and oppressed. Show us ways we can help and be of service to those in need. Show us people that we can care for with compassion. God, help us to respond willingly with the love of Christ wherever we see situations or people in need.
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2 July 2022
I will praise you Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
3 July 2022
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.
Lord, when the way seems dark before me, give me grace to walk trustingly. When much is obscure to me, let me be all the more faithful to the little I can clearly see. When the distant scene is clouded, let me rejoice that at least the next step is plain.
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4 July 2022
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
5 July 2022
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke; and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
6 July 2022
The LORD your God is with you;
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love;
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Great peace have they who love Your law [Word]
(In Hebrew, Peace [Shalom]! includes ‘total wellbeing’)
Thank You, Lord, for your wonderful promise of Peace for all your trusting children. Give us the grace so to trust you that we have no need for worry or fear as we confront the dangers and uncertainties that are an inevitable part of our earthly pilgrimage. Also, we pray today for those of our fellow believers who are facing life-threatening illness or persecution or the ravages of war, floods, fires or famine. We pray in the name of Your Son, our Saviour.
7 July 2022
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You
Because he trusts in You.
Lord, give me the trust, faith, reflection and joy of the centurion whose servant was made well again.
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8 July 2022
The healing of the Roman Centurion's servant when Jesus was advised by a messenger that the servant was gravely ill. Jesus started to go to the Centurion's house, but the Centurion sent word that Jesus not trouble himself as he was not worthy that Jesus should come into his house, but just give the word and my servant will get well.
In verse 9, Jesus was amazed when he heard this and turning to the crowd following him, he said: ‘I tell you, I have never found faith like this, not even in Israel’.
May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!
Rejoice with those who rejoice;
mourn with those who mourn.
Gracious Lord, we give thanks for your presence in our lives. We thank you for peace, contentment, and fellowship with Christian friends, and your dominance in how we live our lives. Keep us in your loving care as we meet with Christian friends and worship together. Bless Australian Church Women in our combined worship this day.
9 July 2022
May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
May those who love Your salvation continually say,
“The Lord be exalted!”
10 July 2022
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
These verses tell me Jesus is eternal God and was present with the Father when all the world was created. I feel so warmed that the same Word is my caring Shepherd, my Redeemer and constant companion.
Thank you Jesus, for Your presence today and that You hold the future in Your hands.
11 July 2022
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made.
God of grace and mercy, we seek your forgiveness today if we have not listened to you, trusted you or missed an opportunity to serve you. We pray for refugees, the grieving, the lonely, the depressed, those who bear the burden of life unfairly. Help us to respond willingly with the love of Christ wherever we encounter situations such as these.
Now live out what you are through grace.
12 July 2022
1 Peter 2:9a
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people
13 July 2022
He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth
O God of love, O King of peace,
Make wars throughout the world to cease,
The wrath of sinful men restrain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again.
Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord?
Where rest but on Thy faithful word?
None ever called on Thee in vain;
Give peace, O God, give peace again.
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15 July 2022
Esther fasted and prayed for three days before risking death by approaching King Xerxes, the Persian King, without an invitation. The King, however, looked favourably upon her and accepted her invitation to attend a banquet. She repeated the invitation to a second banquet the next day, and when the King asked what she requested she told him of the imminent destruction of herself and the Jewish people. Her request was that my people may live.
Lord, give us the courage to persevere in the pursuit of justice, trusting in your help and guidance and rejoicing in your answer to prayer.
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16 July 2022
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
O Father God, we thank you that we can trust you in the certainty of your love and wise leadings. When we reflect on the experiences of our lives and see how you have guided us, our hearts rejoice.
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17 July 2022
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Lord, we praise You for Your saving grace and the transforming power of Your Holy Spirit in our life. As we reflect on this ongoing miracle of renewal that is available to Your children, may we reflect the love and glory of Jesus in all we say and do. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
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18 July 2022
1Peter 4:12–14 (NIV)
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
Loving Lord, the world does not comprehend our faith in You. We pray for Your strength and courage to help us stand against injustice, suffering and evil as we look ahead to the day when we will rejoice with You, because You were victorious over sin and death. Help us to rely on Your Spirit to uphold us and guide us through the tribulations of this world so that we may become more like Jesus.
19 July 2022
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Thank you God for your love and your Word. As we trust in you and the message of your grace in your Word, you enable us to grow more like you. We rejoice with all the sanctified.
20 July 2022
As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart.
Heavenly Father, help us to reflect on Proverbs 27:19 and trust your Holy Spirit to show us the flaws in our being that need to be addressed. Help us to not focus on looking for faults in others. Our prayer is that we may reflect Jesus when others look at us.
21 July 2022
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
Dear Lord, thank you for your promises that have been recorded in your Word and for the confidence we have that your promises are true. We are filled with joy and rejoice in the knowledge that new life awaits your children when we die. We can rest secure in your love for us. In Jesus’ name, we praise you.
22 July 2022
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Lord God, thank you that you never forsake those who seek you. You are always there for us – you will never abandon us. We can put our life in your hands and know that, no matter the circumstances, we can always trust you for the outcome, even if it is not what we thought was best. In your name, we pray.
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23 July 2022
Lamentations 3:22–25 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him”.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him.
O God, it is amazing that your undeserved love for us never stops. As we look to you every day, we find fresh evidence of your love and concern for us. Thank you for your guidance. AMEN
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24 July 2022
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendour of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendour of our God.
Creator God, we thank you for showing us your glory reflected in the beauty of your creation. It brings great joy as we witness this splendour. Not only can you renew the wastelands of this world, but you also transform the desert and the parched land in our lives. Hear our praise as we rejoice in your work of transformation.
25 July 2022
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Let us pray: Father, we come before You, remembering the example of the Lord Jesus who came with all trust before You, knowing You love so completely that You answer the prayers of Your children. We are thankful for the trust, like non other, we can share with You and for Your knowledge of what will best suit our way.
Heavenly Father, it is with the trust You taught us that we come before You sharing heartfelt feelings for every day of our lives, and the lives we remember and share with You. We give You thanks O generous God and Father of us all.
26 July 2022
This is the day that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let us pray: Most gracious and Loving Heavenly Father, please accept my heartfelt thanks. So often I take for granted the days You give me until I come to a day I don’t feel as I should. It is with thanks I look to a newly created day – beautiful sky, birds that are happy enough to sing, and food on my table to sustain. Lord, for all these blessings I recognise this day, and I give You my thanks.
Loving Father, on reflection of the blessings You have gifted to me, I pray You walk with me this day as I share some of those blessings with someone who is out in the cold and unaware of the blessings of life. Give me confidence as we go to find the person You choose. In Your glorious and loving name, Lord Jesus, I pray.
27 July 2022
O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name,
make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
tell of all His wonderful works.
Let us pray: Dear and Loving Heavenly Father, it is with great and close thankfulness we feel welcome to come before You at any moment of the day. We rejoice in the close and loving relationship You share with us. The gift of feelings, happiness, and the beauty You present to each of us, we thank You and rejoice in the pleasure of accepting.
Loving Father, please encourage us to share with Your children as coming together we will REJOICE in all Your available gifts around us. In the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour and Friend, we pray.
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28 July 2022
“Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
Lord God, thank You for the reassurance that Jesus has given us that we can confidently trust in You and Him for all eternity. To know that a place has been prepared for us to dwell with You brings us great joy, and we rejoice at such news. Even though we cannot imagine a new earth and new heaven, we will finally be able to fully comprehend that Jesus is the lion and the lamb. We pray that we may be loyal and faithful to the tasks You have given us here on this earth until You take us home. In Jesus’ name, we pray.