14th September 2019

Prayer Diary September 15 - 28

 

Northern Ireland

 

Starting in 2002, the work of Christians in Sport in Northern Ireland has continued to great bear fruit, by God’s grace. Praise Him for those involved in all streams of sports ministry, from schools to churches, elite sport to university work, as we pray for Northern Ireland this week.

 

Sun 15 Clubhouse events.

 

Pray for the seven Clubhouse training events which are planned for the Autumn term in places like Ballymena, Lisburn and Larne. Pray for many sportspeople to be encouraged and equipped to live and

speak for Jesus in these towns and cities.

 

Mon 16 Church guest events.

 

Pray for churches such as Glenabbey and 1st Larne Presbyterian who have organised men’s breakfast events and big screen showings of some of the games during the Rugby World Cup. Pray for people in those churches to be bold in inviting their friends and teammates along.

 

Tues 17 Ballymena Saturday Morning League.

 

Pray for the Christian footballers representing different teams in the Ballymena Saturday Morning League as they meet together to pray for teammates in their clubs and for opportunities to share the gospel through guest events this season.

 

Wed 18 School Groups.

 

Pray for young people who will meet this year in school groups such in Methody, Ballymena Academy, Cambridge House Grammar and Sullivan Upper. Pray they would be equipped and encouraged to worship God in their sport and witness for Him there.

 

Thurs 19 Finding Christians in sport.

 

Pray for new Christians in sport to be found in areas where we currently know of very few. Pray for towns and cities such as Londonderry, Banbridge, Newry, Enniskillen and Antrim, and pray especially for two Clubhouse events to happen in two new towns or cities.

 

Fri 20 Sports Plus Xtra.

 

Pray for Sports Plus Xtra taking place during the half term holidays in October. Praise God for the opportunity to share the gospel with young sportspeople as they consider what it looks like to live for

Christ in their sport.

 

Sat 21 Gaelic Football ministry.

 

Pray for new contacts who have been made in Gaelic football and pray especially for the witness of two female players in St Brigid’s GAA club in Belfast. Pray God would raise up more Christian sportspeople within Gaelic sport in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

 

Scotland

 

We are thankful to the Lord for those working to share Christ in the world of sport in Scotland. Pray with us for the encouragement of Christians in sport and for the sustenance and growth of the work across the country for the glory of God.

 

Sun 22 Clubhouse.

 

Pray for the Clubhouses planned in Scotland this term across at least ten cities. Pray that these events will be effective in inspiring and equipping many Christians involved in sport in these cities to make sport their mission.

 

Mon 23 Sports Plus Xtra.

 

Thank God for the 60 young people trained at last year’s Scottish Sports Plus Xtra events. Pray for the next event in October, that many young sportspeople will explore what it means follow Jesus and glorify Him in their sport.

 

Tues 24 Rugby World Cup coaches work.

 

Give thanks for rugby coach Peter Cook from Crieff, who is currently leading a team of coaches in Japan. Pray they would be a huge blessing to local churches as they help them take advantage of World Cup opportunities to share the gospel.

 

Wed 25 Church sports groups.

 

Give thanks for the ten plus churches in Scotland hosting regular sportspeople gatherings to pray for teammates and sport in their cities. Pray that each of these churches would see God answering their prayers as sportspeople around them are saved.

 

Thurs 26 Graduates.

 

Praise God for the recent graduates event in Edinburgh last April. Pray for new graduates starting work

in Scotland this year, that they would settle quickly into new churches and sports teams and would be excited to continue reaching the world of sport for Christ.

 

Fri 27 Glasgow and Edinburgh encouragement.

 

Back in June Christian sportspeople gathered together in Glasgow and Edinburgh for food, sport and prayer. Give thanks for this time together and pray that God will use it to encourage these individuals in faithfully sharing Christ with sportspeople across their cities.

 

Sat 28 Growing Scottish work.

 

Praise God for the 11 towns and cities in Scotland where we know of Christians in sport and have been able to serve them this year. Pray that mission there will be sustained and expanded through local leaders and churches to reach more Scottish sportspeople.

 

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