The Church & Society committee of the Presbytery of Inverness recently sent out a request for all congregations to pray for the people in our city who struggle with many different problems.
In particular, the following were highlighted: chronic poverty; homelessness (which includes people in temporary accommodation); drug addictions; debt; pay-day lenders; gambling are ever growing issues in our city.
The committee offered the following prayer points to encourage and assist congregations to pray for our work in this area.
- Remember all in our city who are struggling with money management (Pay day lenders only lend to those in employment and they are on the rise); debt (Inverness is the pilot city for the new Universal credit system); housing problems; addictions and family breakdowns.
- Pray for God’s guidance and vision for how we as the Church should be responding to the increasing issues of chronic poverty and deprivation in Inverness. Food is an issue for people – how are we to respond effectively to this known need?
- Pray for unity amongst the churches in Inverness to work together in this field.
- Pray for our city’s leaders including those who work in the housing department
- Pray for social services as they struggle to meet so many needs presented by so many people.
- Pray for GPs and staff in our schools.
- Pray for all who are working in the third sector such as the Highland Foodbank, Highland Homeless Trust, For the Right Reasons, New Start etc.
- Pray for the work of Inverness Street Pastors.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’