Serving God, Serving our Community

The United Benefice of Sissinghurst with Frittenden

2024 Prayer Diary

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. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:18-20

1st day of the month Ask God to guide our churches to fulfil our mission of serving God and our community, directing us where to concentrate our energies effectively and with fruitfulness.

2nd day of the month Praise God for our wardens and deputy wardens and the many ways they serve. Ask Him to give them his wisdom in all they do, serving in the strength He gives.

3rd day of the month Pray for one of our Mission Partners (details via church website), asking that their work would be strategic, successful and clearly guided in every way by the Holy Spirit.

4th day of the month Give thanks for Frittenden Primary School and pre-school. Ask God to bless all the pupils, teachers, staff, and governors and Headteacher, Ms Nichola Costello.

5th day of the month Pray for one of the Charities or organisations our churches support. 

6th day of the month Ask God to guide the leaders and helpers at Trinity Tots and (St Mary’s) Little Lambs, and bless the children and their parents, grandparents or carers.

7th day of the month Pray for those who are persecuted for their Christian faith, that the Lord would help them stand firm in Him, shining Jesus’ light even in the darkest places.

8th day of the month Ask God to give you opportunity this week to invite someone to a service, or an event run by the church, or speak about Jesus.

9th day of the month Lift with thanks before God Tony our Reader, Hubert, John Mulrenan, John Sykes and all who lead and preach. Ask for God’s enabling and guidance as they use their gifts for His glory. 

10th day of the month Pray that God guides nations and international corporations to pursue policies that combat climate change and promote biodiversity. May He lead us locally to care for His world.

11th day of the month Praise God for Pete and Claire, and ask Him to empower them and give him joy and peace as they serve. Pray that we would encourage them by serving joyfully and cheerfully.

12th day of the month Give thanks to God for the welcome you have enjoyed into the family of the Church. Pray that the welcome we offer mirrors the welcome we ourselves have received.

 13th day of the month Ask for God’s wisdom and empowering for those leading our Bible Studies. Pray that the groups would be welcoming to new folks, and at the same time outward-looking.

 14th day of the month Pray for safeguarding in our two churches. Ask God to support our safeguarding officers, and to grant that everyone will recognise and understand their responsibility in this area.

15th day of the month Ask the Lord to bless and direct Archbishop Justin, Bishop Rose and the leaders of the Church of England, and His church worldwide, that together we would glorify Christ.

16th day of the month Give God thanks for those who give time and money to supporting the fabric of our church buildings. Ask God to show us how to use these special buildings to serve our communities.

17th day of the month Give thanks for all who serve on the PCCs and rotas in our churches, asking God to help us recruit and train people up, so that the right people are right where He wants them.

18th day of the month Pray for anyone you know locally who is sick, unwell, or recovering from trauma, mental or physical. Pray that they know healing and wholeness in Christ, and the hope he gives.

19th day of the month Give thanks for Sissinghurst Primary School and the Learning Tree Nursery school. Ask God to bless all the pupils, teachers, staff, and governors and Headteacher, Ms Sarah Holman.

20th day of the month Pray for King Charles, along with the Royal Family and our political leaders. Pray that our national leaders will be provided with sound judgement and wise decision-making.

21st day of the month Praise God for our musicians’ willingness to use the gifts He has given them to assist our worship. Pray for these gifts to be developed and fine-tuned to bring Him glory and praise.

22nd day of the month Pray for all making perilous journeys to escape war, oppression, persecution and poverty. Give thanks for those who make it their job to care for the migrants who end up here in Kent.

23rd day of the month Thank God for the Open the Book team visiting Frittenden and Sissinghurst Primary Schools. Ask for God to bring new folks to join the team, sowing the seed of God’s Word.

24th day of the month Praise God for the welcome offered by CAMEO, Trinity Coffee Mornings and Trinity Lunch Cafe. Ask Him to bring along more people, and to continue to work through the teams.

25th day of the month Ask for God to bless local businesses and self-employed, that they may thrive. Thank Him for the farmers who look after the countryside that we all appreciate every day.

26th day of the month Pray to Our Father in Heaven that he will inspire the prayer life of our church. Ask that when God speaks to us clearly, His Spirit would galvanise us to respond obediently.

27th day of the month Pray that God watches over those facing the cost of living crisis, both locally and in many parts of the world. Ask Him to show us how to play our part, and for an attitude of gratitude.

28th day of the month …and show us how we can help, praying that, inspired by the Diocese theme of ‘Living Generously’, every area of our common life will be infused with God’s generosity.

29th day of the month Pray for young people in our two villages and ask God to raise up new provision for youth and family work in this area.

30th day of the month Ask our Good Shepherd to watch over those of His flock who are nearing the end of their life. May He bless Larchmere, Hartley House and other local care homes’ residents & staff.

31st day of the month Pray for efficiency and good communication for Emma and all who run the admin of our churches, in secretarial work, financial supervision, and IT production.

Sometimes we need help to get prayer off the ground: here are three easy ways to start…

  1. Pray the prayer that Jesus taught The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most famous prayers in the world. It’s a short and simple prayer

that Jesus taught his closest friends, and it is still prayed by Christians around the world today. This translation might make you look again: take His words and make them your prayer…

Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what’s best – as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.*

Try praying The Lord’s Prayer again and this time put each sentence into your own words adding what you want to say to God today?

  1. Write a message to God What do you want to say to God today? Get some paper and a pen or open the notes on your phone. Write to God like you’re messaging a friend. Tell God, how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking about, anything that’s worrying you and what you want His help with.

Save your note or keep your letter in a journal. Practice this every day and get in the habit of reading your old messages to see how your feelings and circumstances have changed.

  1. P. R. A. Y. Use this simple acronym to help you talk to God:

P – Pause; breathe deeply and be still in God’s presence.

R – Rejoice; what’s been good today? Thank God for it.

– Ask God to help you and those you care about.

Y – say Yes and Yield to God; welcome His love, His plans and His presence into your day. **

Why not get the Lectio365 App – the inspiring daily audio version of P.R.A.Y. – on your phone or device?

Want to learn more about forming a habit of prayer? Why not try the Be Still series? A free video series that gives a simple guide to spending time with God.

*The Lord’s Prayer was originally written down in ancient Greek. You may have heard a different translation of it before. This one is taken from The Message Bible and can be found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 verses 9-13.

** Find out more about praying the P.R.A.Y. way with Pete Greig’s book How to Pray.