When The StAnd team first got together, we agreed that any centrally-organised St Andrews’ Day prayer event should take place whenever 30 November fell, and that is what we have done since 2011.
This year, appreciating that St Andrews’ Day falls on a Sunday and that 30 November is for some churches the first Sunday in Advent, we have decided not to hold any major prayer gathering, to avoid clashing with church events that day.
Instead we are suggesting that every church include some prayer for the nation in its Sunday services on 30 November. There are some suggested prayer points below, which may also be used by individuals or groups who wish to pray at other times in that day for Scotland. If you are a church leader – would you consider including some prayer for the nation in your service? If you are a church member – would you ask your minister/leader if this could be done?
For those in the Edinburgh area, there will be a gathering at the Scottish Parliament for an hour on the Sunday afternoon – see separate article. If you can join us there, you will be very welcome!
Thank you for continuing to pray for this nation!
On behalf of the StAnd team
Suggested prayer points
Give thanks that St Andrew is known as the disciple who ‘brought people to Jesus’. Pray God’s blessing on the many and varied outreach activities taking place all over Scotland, that they would touch many lives and ‘bring many to Jesus’.
Pray that more churches will become active in reaching out to their communities, and that once again Scotland will be known for its missionary work, both at home and overseas.
Continue to pray for the Smith Commission on further devolution powers. St Andrew’s Day is due to be the first ‘milestone’ in the programme set out by the UK party leaders, with the publication by the Commission of their ‘Heads of Agreement’ – the basis on which drafting of legislation will proceed.
Pray that the Commission’s proposals will not ‘re-open old wounds’ but will bring a measure of healing and reconciliation to those on both sides of the independence debate. Pray also that the ongoing debate will be conducted in a healthy and wholesome way, with respect and understanding of opposing views.
Pray for Nicola Sturgeon as she steps into her new roles as leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister, and for the new depute SNP leader, Stuart Hosie – for God’s wisdom and plans to prevail in their lives and all their decisions and activities (1 Tim 2:1-2). Pray for whoever Nicola appoints as her depute First Minister.
Pray for more Christians to become actively involved in the political life of this nation and to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament, so that the Christian presence and influence in the Parliament and Government would increase.
Continue to intercede for Scotland – that ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’ in our nation.
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