Daily Readings and Prayer Points
When the Prayer Diary started many years ago now, reading the Bible and praying together as a fellowship was no longer just for Sundays and Wednesdays. What a blessing it is, whether at home or away, in hospital, on holiday, to be able to join together each day as a fellowship to read the same scriptures and unite in prayer for the concerns of our church and its people.
Let us read the Bible from the book of Mark starting in Chapter 10 at verse 13 to the end of Chapter 13.
Wednesday 1st September
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Our Heavenly Father, we ask you to put your hands on our children and bless them. Bless the work of the Sunday School, Youth Groups, Girls Brigade and all who encourage the children to come to you. Help us adults to understand this simple message from Jesus that we must believe like children to enter the Kingdom of God.
Thursday 2nd September
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No- one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honour your father and mother.’ “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said.”Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.
Lord, please help each one of us to store up our treasures in heaven. Make us willing to share our possessions with the poor, help us be compassionate and caring as a Fellowship. When people come to us and ask how they can follow Jesus, help us to respond as Jesus did –
Jesus looked at him and loved him.
Friday 3rd September
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard is it for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard is it to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other,” Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life. “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
We pray for your blessing and protection, Lord Jesus, on those who have left family and home for the sake of Jesus and the gospel. We pray for the rich in this world, as you say Lord, how hard it is for them to enter the Kingdom of God. Help us to share your message of eternal life with all we come into contact with.
Saturday 4th September
They were on the way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the Disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
Lord, we ask for forgiveness for mocking and turning our backs on Jesus. Help us to stand up for Jesus. We ask that you will prepare our hearts and minds for attending church tomorrow so we receive your message and have a desire to worship you wholeheartedly.
Sunday 5th September
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit on your right and the other on your left in your glory.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
Lord, we thank you that we can attend church openly and without fear. Bless and uphold Christians in countries where worship has to be carried out in secret and in fear of being discovered. Protect our churches in this country and awaken us to our desperate need.
Monday 6th September
When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “you know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Lord, give us all a heart to serve, as you did, when you were here on earth. Humble us Lord so we can put others first. Protect us from the sin of self righteousness. Help us as a church to find ways of serving others.
Tuesday 7th September
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartemaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus,
“your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Father in Heaven to our shame there are beggars on our streets. Help us to stop and share your love and your message of hope with them when they shout out. Give us courage and compassion not to be like the ones who rebuked and tried to silence them. Lord our God, help the agencies who work in our city helping the beggars and those without food and basics.
Wednesday 8th September
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’, tell him ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.” They went and found a colt outside in the street tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
Lord, help us to do what Jesus asks, like the two disciples did. Lord, give us confidence to step out in faith and show those around us that Jesus knows. Lead and guide us so we stay faithful to your word and teaching. Give us boldness in sharing your love with people standing by looking on. We pray that the prayer meeting tonight will be pleasing to you, our Heavenly Father.
Thursday 9th September
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
May we shout praises to you, Lord, and demonstrate our love for you. Father, we bring those in our fellowship who are ill and waiting for treatment, to you, asking that you ease their pain and anxieties. Give strength and compassion to their families and all who care for them. Thank you for the skills and compassion of medical staff. Lord, give them knowledge and endurance for their duties of care.
Friday 10th September
The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig-tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
Help us Lord, as a fellowship to bear good fruit for your glory and draw people to a personal relationship with you. Lord help all who go out in Christ’s name to be fruitful and change lives for good. Bless the work of CrossReach, Salvation Army, Blythswood, the CYC and all working in our city in your name and for your Kingdom.
Saturday 11th September
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all Nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers’.” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. When evening came they went out of the city.
Lord, thank you for all who carry out the duties and tasks which keep our church building in good repair for our use. Lord bless Calum Campbell and all his helpers on the Fabric Committee for all they do. Lord thank you all who sit on the Deacons Court and bless all the work they do.
Sunday 12th September
In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig-tree you cursed has withered!” Have faith in God, Jesus answered. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Lord help us to believe your promises and to pray, believing that you answer prayer. We pray for your blessing on all who gather in church today. We give you thanks for those who preach your word, for musicians and computer technicians and all who carry out the many duties that make it possible for us to worship together.
Monday 13th September
They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked.” And who gave you authority to do this?” Jesus replied,” I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism- was it from heaven or from men? Tell me!” They discussed it amongst themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’… (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet). So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
We pray for those starting another week at work or at studies or doing duties at home. We pray particularly for those struggling for whatever reason. May they find comfort and peace knowing you care about them. Lord help us to support one another as we go through the ups and downs of life.
Tuesday 14th September
He then began to speak to them in parables: a man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
Lord helps us to understand your words to us in the Bible. Thank you for all who lead bible studies and for all who teach us and have taught us from our Sunday School days. Bless the work of Scripture Union, Christian Unions, Bible Societies, Alpha and Christianity Explored Courses and all who encourage us to walk closer to Jesus.
Wednesday 15th September
But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven’t you read the scripture: The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous to our eyes’” Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
Thank you Lord for all the work done through the Church office. Thank you for Sheila and her cheerful and helpful manner. Uphold and bless her each day. Bless Iona as she cleans and cares for our comforts in the building. Help the leader at the prayer meeting tonight and bless all prayers spoken and silent.
Thursday 16th September
Later they sent some of the Pharisees when Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me? he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And who’s inscription?” “Caesar’s” they replied. Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s:” And they were amazed at him.
Help us always to do the right thing according to your ways, Lord. Give us integrity in dealing with all our affairs. Father, we pray for all who Govern us, locally, and in Edinburgh and in London, that they will do so, with integrity and honesty, so we can trust them to carry out their duties and be truthful at all times.
Friday 17th September
Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife with no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?”
Lord, help us know the scriptures and the power of God. Thank you Father for all who regularly and faithfully worshipped in our church but who are now unable to attend. May they know they are not forgotten and help us to find ways to stay connected. Thank you for technology that can connect us in an instant. Thank you Lord for all who give of their time and talents to operate our church computer systems and those who make and distribute discs.
Saturday 18th September
Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising – have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
We give thanks that we can come to the living God who hears and answers our prayers. Father, we place into your hands our friends and families, asking for your love and protection to surround them and draw them to yourself, dear Lord, so they can know you and put their trust in you and find peace.
Sunday 19th September
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important? “The most important one”, answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Lord, we need your help to keep your commandments. Make us obedient and faithful servants. Bless our gathering today. Unite us to serve you. Help us to serve the community in which you have placed us, as individuals and as a church. Bless the preaching today and thank you for faithful pulpit supply.
Monday 20th September
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely he said to him,” You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no-one dared ask him any more questions.
Fill us with love Dear God. Help us to show and share the love of God with all we come in contact with today and every day. Thank you for those who will share and demonstrate your love to us. We pray for those in care homes and hospitals, that they will feel loved and cared for. We pray for those whose minds are sick and troubled, and the many who feel in a dark place that they will feel the love of God shining through, giving hope and peace.
Tuesday 21st September
While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked, “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” “David himself calls him ‘Lord’. How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight. As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the market-places and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”
Father, we pray that our attitudes and prayers will be pleasing to you. We pray for the Girls Brigade and give you thanks for the leaders who give of their time and talents to encourage girls growing up to seek, serve and follow you. Bless them and help them not to give in to unhelpful pressures from their peers.
Wednesday 22nd September
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on.”
Lord, help us to give generously. Thank you for the provision you supply, for our needs. Help us to give a fitting amount of our time and talents for the furtherance of the gospel. Father bless our church Treasurer and all who look after the finances, may they seek your guidance as they distribute and use the money collected. Thank you that we can meet for prayer midweek and bless this gathering of your people.
Thursday 23rd September
As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “ Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings?” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus.” Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down. “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.
Father, we need you to protect us from false teachers. Help those gifted to teach from your word to speak words from yourself and to be filled with your Spirit so they teach only the truth. Come Lord and spread your Spirit and truth throughout the Churches of Scotland.
Friday 24th September
When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth-pains.
We pray for peace in this world and ask you, Lord, that the leaders and peacemakers will seek your guidance and authority. Lord have mercy on us and protect our nation from evil. We pray for protection for those who have gone out in Your name to help the suffering and ask that they will spread the peace you give to all who call out to you, Lord Jesus.
Saturday 25th September
You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking but the Holy Spirit.
Father, help us when troubles come to our door. Give us your wisdom to know what to say and do in times of trouble. Lord, we need you to lead and protect all agencies that serve to uphold law and order in this country. Forgive us for silencing and dismissing your word and rules in our establishments. Give our church leaders integrity, passion, power and authority to stand up for Jesus.
Sunday 26th September
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no-one on the roof of his house go down or into the house to take anything out. Let no-one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now – and never to be equalled again.
Lord help us to understand what the Bible tells us. Be with the minister today and give him knowledge and wisdom that will help us. Help the Sunday School teachers as they tell the children about your love for them and bless the children with a knowledge and understanding of their creator in the days of their youth.
Monday 27th September
If the Lord had not cut short those days, no-one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect – if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
We give you thanks for our Session Clerk and Elders. Bless them in all they do. Uphold them as they visit the sick and the housebound and lead Bible study and prayer meetings. Give them wisdom and compassion when dealing with church affairs.
Tuesday 28th September
“But in those days, following that distress, the sun will be darkened, and the Moon will not give its light; The stars will fall from the sky, and the Heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory, and he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Lord we bring before you those who are ill in hospital, in the hospice or at home and ask for your healing hand to touch them. Father, we pray that you will strengthen and uphold those caring for them. Put your arms of comfort around those who mourn the loss of loved ones. Help us to find ways to support those going through difficult times.
Wednesday 29th September
Mark 13 28-31
Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: as soon as it’s twigs get tender and it’s leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Give words to the leader of today’s Prayer Meeting to encourage us in our walk with you, Lord. Humble us, Lord God, as we seek your blessing on the work of the church so that glory and honour will be yours. May our earnest and full prayers lead to an earnest and full church. Move our Spirits and help us to pray for people to know and follow the Saviour of the world.
Thursday 30th September
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: he leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping, what I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!”
Father, keep us alert and on guard, ready for when the Saviour, Jesus comes. Do not let us become complacent or careless or lazy as we walk with you on the only path that leads to eternal life. Thank you for those who encouraged and helped us put our trust in you. Help us to warn others and draw them to you so they can be saved and live with you forever.