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As the Church of Scotland launches "Together We Pray", here are some thoughts from Rev Hector Morrison, one of the Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland:

For me, one of the greatest encouragements from the 2017 General Assembly came on the first morning of the Assembly with the Council of Assembly calling the church to pray for God to renew us.

This call from a significant Council of the Church would have been encouraging at any time, but it was particularly welcome for me as the Lord had been speaking to my own heart for some time about the need for myself – and believers in the Church more widely – to ‘covenant together’ to pray for the Church. Indeed, so excited was I to find this in the Council of Assembly’s deliverances that I shared with the Assembly some of the Scriptures that had been speaking to my own heart from 2 Chronicles 15, especially vv 12 and 15: ‘They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul … They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.’ We would want members of our church to engage with this call to prayer, and as Covenant Fellowship Scotland we would like to encourage members of our church to go as far as to ‘enter into a covenant to seek the Lord’ in the place of prayer as we seek the presence, power and blessing of God to be realised in a fresh way among us. What that covenanting will look like for us as individuals, groups and congregations is for us to discern and decide upon with the Lord’s leading and guidance (rather than have it prescribed for us by CFS or any other body).

As we take up this call to prayer we do so recognising that, alongside prayers of adoration, worship, thanksgiving, supplication and intercession; confession of sin and repentance will also be part of what the Lord calls us to.