Prayer

Prayer Week | Sunday 6th-Saturday 12th January

We would love for prayer to be at the centre of church life, and so we’re kicking off the new year with a prayer week. Here’s what’s going on during the week - please join us as often as you can.

Church is open each weekday morning (9am-12noon) for you to come and pray - the Upper Room is set up as a prayer room with lots of different stations and helpful prompts. To get into church, please come round the back and use the office door in the mornings, otherwise the front door will be open for each meeting. 

  • Monday 7th
    Prayer meeting | 1-2pm
  • Tuesday 8th 
    Prayer meeting | 10.30am-12noon
    Prayer for Hub | 3.30-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9th 
    Women's prayer meeting | 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 10th 
    Prayer for Roots | 8-9pm
  • Friday 11th
    Day of Prayer & Fasting
    Prayer for Clementunes | 10.30-11.30am
    All Night of Prayer | 8pm-8am Saturday, followed by breakfast together

What's going on for the All Night of Prayer? 

The All Night of Prayer will be an exciting night of worshipping together, meeting in God's presence, asking God for things and praying for one another. There will be different things going on during the night including specific prayer gatherings (see below) as well as space to use the prayer room and pray on your own. Feel free to pop in for a bit or stay the whole night - up to you!

  • 8-9pm | Prayer & praise
  • 9-10.30pm | Prayer for healing 
  • 10.30-11.45pm | Women's prayer meeting*
  • 12-2am | Prayer for overseas workers (Laying hands on those who are called to mission - away and at home. Any specific prayer requests also welcome.)
  • 2-4am | Prayer room space
  • 4-6am | Prayer for the lost & for boldness in evangelism
  • 6-8am | Men's prayer meeting* 
  • 8am | Breakfast together (cooked by Wendy!)

    *alternative prayer space available 

If you have any specific requests that you'd like us to be praying this week, please chat to Paul or email him at paul@stclementschurchmanchester.org

"You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed."

A.J Gordon

How to pray?  

When His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray His response was the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). This then is how you pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen. 

If you struggle with prayer, as most of us do, one of the most helpful resources is to pray this prayer. Pray it slowly, thinking about and reflecting on each word and phrase e.g. ‘Our father in heaven’ - thank you God that because of Jesus you have become our father and we are your children.

Pray with us

Please join us for any of our regular prayer meetings...

  • Before our Sunday services at 10am and 6pm
  • Weekday mornings at 8.45-9am (in the church office)
  • First Sunday of each month: 8-9pm at the Bassfords' house
  • Third Sunday of each month: 8-9pm at the Rectory

Pray for us

  • Pray for our worship services that they would be times when we encounter God, confess our brokenness, rejoice in his grace and commit ourselves to living in light of his love for us in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that our understanding of the gospel would be worked out in our lives through boldness and humility.
  • Pray that our community would be characterised by love and holiness; that we would love and care for each other as family and that we would use the gifts God gives us to serve others not ourselves.
  • Pray for our outreach that we would be a welcoming church to all and that we would see the lives of a wide range of people changed through the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that we would be compassionate to the needy and vulnerable. And that we use ourselves and our gifts sacrificially in the service of others.
  • Pray that we would be good stewards of the gifts, time, money and resources God has given to us.
  • Pray that we would send out at least one person each year to share the grace and love of Jesus Christ to those who haven’t heard it.

We have a monthly Church Prayer Diary with a specfic prayer request for each day. You can pick one up from the welcome desk or download it here.

Prayer for you

If you would like prayer for anything please do get in touch, or come along to our Sunday services and someone will be available to pray with you.
A number of people at church go prayer walking, if you would like to join them please contact the church office for more details.

An inspiring story

One day, about this time, I heard an unusual bleating amongst my few remaining goats, as if they were being killed or tortured. I rushed to the goat-house and found myself instantly surrounded by a band of armed men. The trap had caught me, their weapons were raised, and I expected the next moment to die. But God moved me to talk to them firmly and kindly; I warned them of their sin and its punishment; I showed them that only my love and pity led me to remain their best friend. I further assured them I was not afraid to die, for at death my saviour would take me to heaven and that I would be far happier than on earth; and that my only desire to live was to make them happy by teaching them to love Jesus Christ my Lord. I then lifted up my hands and eyes to the heavens and prayed aloud for Jesus to bless them and to protect me or take me to heaven as he saw to be for the best. One after another they slipped away from me and Jesus restrained them again. Did ever a mother run more quickly to protect her crying child in danger's hour than the Lord Jesus hastens to answer believing prayer and send help to his servants in his own good time and way, so far as it shall be for their good and his glory.

John G. Paton (missionary to the New Hebrides)

"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers."

J Sidlow Baxter