The Free Church Scotland is urging all it's congregations and members to make the most of St Andrew’s Day (30th November) by setting it aside for a ‘National Day of Prayer and Worship’.
Cumbernauld Free Church minister Andy Longwe is one of those involved in helping to plan for a national day of prayer. "We seek a spiritual revival in our church; and a spiritual awakening in our land, said Andy. Our united desire is that the Good News of Jesus Christ would be made known to everyone. Jesus alone has the power transform our communities, and our nation.”
"Therefore, we are urging all Free church congregations: ministers, elders, deacons, missionaries, youth groups, ladies fellowships and others to save the date and prioritize this day."
A organising group of ministers has been established to help facilitate the day, and it is hoped that a collection of resources available to download will help provide more information on a variety of topics that people can be involved in praying for.
“We long to see God move afresh through our communities and our churches” continued Andy. “As a Presbyterian church we ought to delight in the ability to support and pray for one another, and a National Day of Prayer provides the opportunity for us to learn more of the opportunities and challenges of spreading the gospel across our communities, and across the nations.”
“We would also encourage congregations to mark the day by arranging opportunities for whole churches and small groups to meet together where possible, for a time of dedicated prayer together.”
Mission Director David Meredith is also involved in the organising group behind the day. ‘If ever there was a need for a day of prayer it is just now," said David. The nations are in turmoil, the spiritual temperature of our nation is low and we are desperate for a touch of God. In the Free Church there is much to encourage but there is also the need to acknowledge our utter need of the power of God. Pride ought to melt away when we spend time as a wider church family seeking the face of the Lord, we see our own smallness and His infinite greatness.
As far as the mission work of the Church is concerned, prayer is vital. It was Ezekiel who spoke to the dry bones on behalf of God and then he spoke to God on behalf of the dry bones.'
More information on the call for a National Day of Prayer can be found here.