Fuel for Prayer
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
Gafcon's Prayer Network leader Johnny Lockwood is introducing the Prayermate app to help keep the Gafcon family up to date with news from around the world. This is a very useful app for organising daily prayer on your smartphone.
Go to http://praynow4.org/gafcon to find instructions for how to get the Prayermate app. Then 'subscribe' to the Gafcon feed. It is a free app and a free subscription. You can also use the QR code below.
Tuesday March 31
Suffering Church Network. Praying for W and building developers trying to grab the church property. In January we reported that the judge has decided that a criminal charge against W was false and called it harassment. However, the extortioners have registered another criminal report against W. Please pray that W is sustained by the Lord under this pressure and that once again the court will dismiss the charge.
Wednesday April 1st
The Anglican Mission in England is a fellowship of faithful Anglican churches committed to gospel mission. The most recent church to join them is St James' Ryde (which is on the little Isle of Wight just off the south coast of England). St James' has been part of the Church of England for nearly 200 years. In 2019 the bishop of Portsmouth appointed an archdeacon who was in a same-sex partnership. After a year of prayer, discussion and discerning the Church Council voted to leave the Church of England and join the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE). The church family ask for your prayers as they adjust to life in the AMiE family, that they might continue, above everything else, to be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ and the gospel of repentance and faith.
Thursday April 2
The new Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Last week Archbishop Henry Ndukuba was presented as the 5th Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria. Give thanks for Archbishop Henry's very clear commitment 'to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified'. (1 Cor 2:2). Pray for Archbishop Henry: for wisdom and understanding from the Holy Spirit .. to live a life worthy of the Lord and to please Him in every way ..' (see Col. 1: 10-11).
Friday April 3
Church planting in Guinea-Bissau. In January we prayed for Brazilian missionary, Rev Souza, being commissioned for missionary work in Guinea-Bissau. His church from Brazil have raised money to buy a plot of land. At present there is no church and no school in his area. Pray for Rev Souza and his wife as they get the project started: for energy, for guidance, for encouragement.
Saturday April 4
Meeting for church. Thank God for the many ways the Gafcon family have shared ideas on 'meeting' for church even when they cannot physically gather together. In DR Congo and other African countries they have booked radio slots to broadcast a Christian service. Pray for these radio services, that they would encourage and build up believers and also be a means of reaching many others who would not normally be in church.
Sunday April 5
A 'Covid Collect'. Rev Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, England, has written a 'Covid Collect'.
Heavenly Father, our ever-present help in trouble, our fortress and our God: calm the anxious fears of all who turn to you; give strength and healing to those who are sick, and courage and skill to those who care for them; grant wisdom and clarity to those in authority; and humble us all to call upon you that we may be saved not only in this life, but also for that which is to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday April 6
South Africa. Last year we prayed for leadership to emerge to establish a Gafcon South Africa branch. Progress is being made, but please keep praying for this. Rev Matthew Calitz (Port Elizabeth) is a member of the Gafcon church planting network and he would like to plant a new church soon. Please pray that the Lord guides Matthew on taking things forward.
Tuesday April 7
Please keep praying for the massive problem of locust swarms in East Africa. The program of spraying is being hampered by restrictions in movement around the area and around the world. Pray that the spraying will continue and be effective. Pray for good leadership in the affected areas. Pray for resources to be available. At its simplest, pray: 'Lord, please save East Africa from this locust plague.'
Wednesday April 8
George Whitefield College, Cape Town, South Africa. (Theological Training in Africa, for Africa). Term has finished. South Africa is in lockdown. Pray for those students who are far from home and spending the vacation in the college. Pray that they will be able to care for and encourage each other; develop strong friendship; use the time constructively. Pray too for lecturers developing resources for teaching online next term.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonions 5:16-18