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Prayer – Wednesday 12th August

Prayer – Wednesday 12th August 2020

Hello!

Welcome to our day of prayer and fasting.

Each week there are three sections on which to focus: in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening.

This week we have another opportunity to pray together, as Claire Harrison will broadcasting live on Facebook at 12:30pm.

This Wednesday’s notes have been prepared by Gary Sharples.

I feel this week God would like to challenge us in our thinking. Let’s look a bit more closely at ourselves with God’s help this morning and lunchtime. In the evening we will reflect more fully on God’s ability to repair and restore us.

Morning

Prophetic Focus: Sharpness of Sight and Blind Spots

The fovea centralis is a small, central pit composed of closely packed cones in the eye. The fovea is located in the centre of the retina and is responsible for sharp central vision, which is necessary for activities for which visual detail is of primary importance, such as reading and driving.

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The blind spot is the place in the visual field that corresponds to the lack of light-detecting photoreceptor cells on the optic disc of the retina where the optic nerve passes through the optic disc. Because there are no cells to detect light on the optic disc, the corresponding part of the field of vision is invisible (taken from Wikipedia).

Individually, and as a church, are there blind spots in our thinking where we are simply unaware of our own flaws? The fovea is not very far from the blind spot so we can see clearly in some respects but it is not too far to not seeing at all in other areas. God is calling us to see with clarity. To be aware of potential blind spots and focus our vision on these so that they don’t remain invisible to us. Have we become complacent about anything – injustice, abuse, racism, abortion, poverty, modern slavery? Do we accept these things or is there something we can do to change things for the better?

Robert Burns

“To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church” (1786)

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us (Oh, would some Power give us the gift)

To see oursels as ithers see us! (To see ourselves as others see us!)

It wad frae mony a blunder free us (It would from many a blunder free us)

Prayer focus:

  • Ask God to reveal your blind spots, any flaws or complacency for which you are unaware.
  • Pray that God to give you clarity of vision and wisdom to make any changes.
  • Seek God for his supernatural power to bring about change in the areas he has highlighted, in us and in the world.

Lunchtime

Activity

Remember to join Claire at 12.30 on the Tees Valley Community Church Facebook page for LIVE prayer.

The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’

1 Corinthians 12: 21 (NIV)

Prophetic focus: Bodily Awareness

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This week, I’ve been reading an excellent book by Ben Lindsay, called “We need to talk about race’ (well worth getting a copy). It provides a valuable insight into what it is like to grow up in the UK with racial discrimination, even within the context of church life. I’d also recommend last Sunday’s Radio 4 morning service on the same theme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000lmjk

The media has moved on from the outcry over George Floyd’s death over 80 days ago but we must not forget that racism is still here, even potentially as one of our own blind spots. One of our church’s six core values is that we are a multigenerational, multicultural family. What more can we do to help everyone feel welcomed, accepted and loved? Are we guilty of favouring relationships with people that look and talk like us? What can we do to be more inclusive?

Prayer focus:

  • Thank God for our church family at TVCC and ask Him to bring us closer together as one community of diverse background, culture and age.
  • Pray that God will help us to pull down any barriers between us – for genuine unity and integration in the body of Christ.
  • Pray for church unity across the nation – working together to see God’s kingdom come on the earth.
  • Pray for the people of Beirut and Lebanon, that God will bring comfort and peace amidst turmoil.

Evening

Prophetic focus: God’s Repair Shop

‘He restores my soul.’

Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)

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Are you a fan of the TV programme, The Repair Shop? The show features people bringing in damaged and broken items of sentimental value in the hope that the experts can repair them. It takes you through the restoration process and the pleasure people experience in seeing their precious things restored to their former glory.

Watch this video, ‘Beautiful Things’ by Gungor: 

Jesus, the expert carpenter, has his own repair shop. He’s in the business of mending and restoring our souls. He even restores broken relationships. Why not bring the precious things you have that are broken to Jesus and ask for His help in restoring them to what they were meant to be.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.

Jude 24-25 (NIV)

Prayer focus:

  • Pray for God to mend the broken things in your life, even if they seem irreparably damaged.
  • Ask God to restore broken relationships, especially those that have occurred because of the lockdown.
  • Ask God to bring about reconciliation between peoples across the globe and a revival in restored relationship between people and God.