28th November 2020

Prayer Diary November 29 - December 5

 

Dear Friends,

 

If you are in England, I wonder how you are feeling about the end of lockdown 2.0? If elsewhere, how have you anticipated the loosening of restrictions? Has it been with a sense of eager anticipation about being able to connect more easily with family, friends and teammates once more? And what does the prospect of a vaccine mean for you? Do these things give you a glimmer of hope at this time?

 

Paul in his letter to the Romans (15 v13) writes; 'May the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.' There is nothing wrong with hoping for an end to the restrictions brought about by Covid-19. But we have a good opportunity to reflect again on where our ultimate hope lies. As Paul reminds us in these verses, it is God who is able to fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him. As we do that, it is so that, we overflow with hope in a world that needs him. May that overflow help fuel your prayers for the world of sport this week.

 

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Here are topics to help you pray for the world of sport this week:

 

Sunday 29th November  

 

Give Thanks for God’s Provision

 

Give thanks for the ways in which the Lord has so graciously supplied all that we need for the work at Christians in Sport to continue. Praise God that He has prompted new givers, others to increase their giving, also remembering those who have faithfully committed to the work over many years.

 

Monday 30th November  

 

Prayers Northern Ireland and Ireland Clubhouse

 

Praise God for those from across Ireland who have signed up to Clubhouse Online tonight. Pray Christian sportspeople would be encouraged and equipped to stay in the lives of their teammates, and they would be bold in sharing Jesus using resources like Train 1-2-1 <https://christiansinsport.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b5dff7e5e660179476871964d&id=1f223b4937&e=020d4fe54e> and the Big Online Christmas event.

 

Tuesday 1st December  

 

Pray for the New Year Student Event <https://christiansinsport.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b5dff7e5e660179476871964d&id=36fa6ef1fe&e=020d4fe54e>

 

From 5th -7th January, there will be an online student training event, ‘Running in the Light’, a combination of teaching, seminars, discussion groups and a physical challenge. Pray that many students sign up for this and that they would be built up, challenged and encouraged as they meet together.

 

Wednesday 2nd December  

 

Pray for Elite Netball

 

Praise God for Christians we know of in five of the Netball Superleague teams. Pray these women would be a real support to each other as they meet virtually for prayer and encouragement. Pray also that God would raise up more Christians in the world of elite netball.

 

Thursday 3rd December  

 

Pray for the Big Online Christmas event <https://christiansinsport.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b5dff7e5e660179476871964d&id=655dd45769&e=020d4fe54e>

 

Pray for the Big Online Christmas Event on Friday 11th December. This will be a chance for people to invite sports friends to a Christmas themed evening including an interview with a sportsperson and a talk from Graham Daniels on the Christmas message. Please pray that many make the most of this opportunity.

 

Friday 4th December  

 

Give Thanks for the European Webinars on 'Anxiety Management, God and the Athlete'

 

Give thanks that 80 people engaged with the webinar and discussion over the two sessions. Pray that as the videos are circulated to other partners across Europe that the material will help engage many in competitive and elite sport who don’t yet know Christ.

 

Saturday 5th December     

 

Pray for the December Prayer Gatherings <https://christiansinsport.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b5dff7e5e660179476871964d&id=391ae53e9e&e=020d4fe54e>

 

Thank God for increasing numbers of those joining these monthly gatherings for this vital aspect of our work. Pray many would join again tomorrow to give thanks for all that God is doing in the world of sport and as we look ahead to ask for His help in the next month.

 

 

 

 

 

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