For Prayer and Reflection

Some prayer suggestions and reflections for each day of June…

31 May: “The truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)

  1. A new month – what will it bring? What are your hopes?
  2. ‘Summer suns are glowing’ – are they? If so, give thanks! If not, give thanks anyway – some folk would be glad of our rain.
  3. ‘Sing a new song to the Lord’. Go on, just as you sweep the floor or weed the garden or whatever – there is always something to sing about.
  4. This was my Granny’s birthday – 1890! Pray for elderly folk everywhere.
  5. The Guild has six new projects – one of them is Kazunzu! Pray for the work there and give thanks for the boost the Guild project will give it.
  6. Think of someone who has been particularly kind to you during the last difficult year. Pray for him/her and maybe send a wee greeting?
  7. Focus on a story in the news today and pray about it.
  8. ‘Brother, sister, let me serve you – pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too’.
  9. Praise God for the beauty of the world he has given us.
  10. Make time today to sit and listen to some music – any kind, just enjoy!
  11. G7 talks begin today – pray for wisdom, compassion and grace to prevail.
  12. ‘To God be the glory, great things he has done’ – reflect on something great that God has done for you.
  13. A custom for many years in the Guild was to pray for each other at the 13th hour of the 13th day of the month – whether you are a member or not, pray for the work of the Guild.
  14. All departments of the Church of Scotland have been under review and change – pray for those charged with this work, and for all affected by it.
  15. Think about the environment – re-use, re-cycle and re-purpose three things today!
  16. Pray for people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or natural disaster, and for the agencies that exist to help them.
  17. Pray for all who work in the NHS and caring professions – so many are so tired and in need of respite and new courage.
  18. Give us this day our daily bread – pray for those whose work provides our food: growers, factory workers, drivers, shop staff.
  19. Pray for the people of Israel-Palestine. And Yemen. And Myanmar. And . . .
  20. Pray for fathers – those who delight in the role, and those who struggle with it; for people who have lost their fathers, however and whenever; for all who are able to celebrate today.
  21. Some days have seemed very long recently – but today really is the longest of the year – enjoy the daylight!
  22. Pray for people in places where the pandemic has raged beyond control, and for those who still, incredibly, refuse to take it seriously.
  23. Jesus said, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age’. What a promise!
  24. Remember the pray-ers! – the group in our congregation who undertake to pray as requested each week – they too need prayerful support.
  25. Pray for children looking forward to the holidays, and give thanks for teachers and other school staff after this most challenging year.
  26. Pray for people who are homeless, for whatever reason, that they may find help and kindliness and be treated with dignity and respect.
  27. Sunday worship – how do you participate? In church? Online? In quiet contemplation? Pray for your fellow-worshippers everywhere.
  28. Sometimes it is good to revisit an old friend – read Psalm 23 and reflect on what it says to you for today.
  29. Give thanks for something beautiful today – a flower in the garden, a patch of blue sky, a message from a friend, a happy memory.
  30. Well, how was the month? Reflect on its joys and sorrows, and look forward to the next one!

“May God’s blessing surround you each day as you trust him and walk in his way.”