dreamstimeextrasmall451758-1Christians in Pharmacy Prayer - 2016

This is our monthly prayer blog for 2016. Please feel free to add any comments or requests of your own as the prayer requests appear month by month. If you prefer to send these by email, please contact help@christiansinpharmacy.org

It's encouraging to hear how CiP is growing in membership by word of mouth, and also with the engagement of the leadership team, and is encouragoing our brothers and sisters in the world of pharmacy.

We are thankful to the Lord for His many blessings and would be grateful if our members could pray for the following:
 


August - October 16 

  1. Our next get together in London on the 29th October.  We will discuss the spiritual/ethical aspects of new biological therapies particularly stem cells.   Please pray for people who are preparing papers for the event; that people will attend and that relationships across CiP will be developed.  It might also be a good idea to put the date in your diary! 
     
  2. The leadership of CiP as we continue to build the organisation through genuine relationships. Pray that members who have attended recent events will continue to stay in touch with us and each other. Pray also that God will provide the needs of the organisation including finance, vision and wisdom about what to do when. 
     
  3. Industry regulatory and government staff as the Brexit vote has led to uncertainty about how they will be affected in the future. Pray for wisdom for decision-makers and all staff who want to continue to ensure safe and effective medicines are authorised for appropriate use by patients and healthcare workers. 
     
  4. The leadership of the GPharmC as they consider responses to their consultation on ‘standards for pharmacy professionals’, including those from CiP members.  May we be able to continue to serve our patients in a God honouring way. 
     
  5. For several professions where a ‘conscience clause’ is currently under review to see their rights to decline to be involved in certain contentious practices protected or enhanced.  
     
  6. Wisdom for our political leaders as they weigh up how best to manage the NHS in the light of the dispute with junior doctors, financial uncertainty and the Brexit negotiations 
     
  7. New students starting Pharmacy courses. In particular pray that Christian students will be an example to their colleagues and be effectively linked with the CU’s in their places of study. 
     
  8. Please pray for wisdom and success for those researching treatments in currently inadequately treated areas. 

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May 16 

  1. Give thanks for the excellent session we had with Michael Coveney (TWUK) on sharing our faith in the workplace at our last CiP meeting.  If you want to hear his talk it is available on the web site. 
     
  2. Our next get together in London will be on the 29th October.  We plan to discuss the spiritual/ethical aspects of new biological therapies.   Please pray for people who are preparing papers for the event; that people will attend and that relationships across CiP will be developed.  It might also be a good idea to put the date in your diary! 
     
  3. Pray for the leadership of CiP as we continue to build the organisation through genuine relationships. Pray that members who have attended recent events will continue to stay in touch with us and each other. 
     
  4. Our appeal for funds to run the organisation has had a bit of a slow start.  Please pray that God will provide our needs.
     
  5. The request for individual prayer requests produced some interesting individual requests but which would not be appropriate to share in detail here.  Please pray for those feeling the pressure of their roles/studies and give thanks for those who have had significant opportunities to share their faith of late, asking that God would use what has already been shared to bring him glory and that further opportunities to build on those contacts would be forthcoming. 
     
  6. Please pray for students approaching a stressful time of year as they prepare for exams. Pray for a sense of focus and calm for them so that they can achieve their best. 
     
  7. Pray for Christian groups in government, hospitals and industry that Easter outreaches will have been successful and that non-Christians will be drawn to Jesus though our witness. Pray that our lifestyles and our attitudes to work etc. are Christ-like and attractive to non-believers. 
     
  8. Pray that Christian pharmacists would feel empowered to take a stand for ethical issues they feel strongly about eg EHC without fear of losing work, especially for those relying on locuming in community pharmacy. Please pray for continuity of jobs for locums and that they will receive reasonable pay for what they do.
     
  9. Many pharmaceutical companies are going through restructuring at the moment. Please pray for those whose jobs are at risk.  Also pray for Christian brothers and sisters to demonstrate and be able to share God's peace in the midst of anxious situations.  
     
  10. Please pray for wisdom and success for those researching treatments in the area of neglected diseases (particularly neglected tropical diseases.  Please pray also for ways of overcoming logistical supply issues, suspicion and local cultures that can act as a barrier to patients taking the medicine in a consistent way (if at all).  The church has a potentially big role to play in helping to overcome these issues.

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February 2016 

  1. We will be having the first of our two main meetings this year at Christian Concern in central London on Saturday 27th February. Please pray that people will attend and that relationships across CiP will be developed.
     
  2. In the current economic environment please pray that no pharmacist or pharmaceutical professional will lose their jobs prematurely and so be able to support and provide for themselves and their families.
     
  3. Pray that Christians in the pharmaceutical world, especially those earlier in their careers, would have the confidence and grace to speak out about issues on which they may have different views from those around them in a way which is effective but does not lead to conflict or hostility with those they work with.
     
  4. For MHRA that the Christian groups that meet will increase in influence in the organisation and that Christians who work there will prioritise meetings.
     
  5. Please pray for pharmacists etc. working in academia as they respond to the recent government green paper regarding proposed changes in higher education. Pray for wisdom as they respond to rapidly changing targets and priorities in higher education generally, and how these relate to educating future pharmacists.
     
  6. Pray that Christian pharmacists would feel empowered to take a stand for ethical issues they feel strongly about eg EHC without fear of losing work, especially for those relying on locuming in community pharmacy. Please pray for continuity of jobs for locums and that they will receive reasonable pay for what they do.
     
  7. Many pharmaceutical companies are going through restructuring at the moment. Please pray for those whose jobs are at risk.  Also pray for Christian brothers and sisters to demonstrate and be able to share God's peace in the midst of anxious situations. 
     
  8. Please pray for wisdom and success for those researching treatments in the area of neglected diseases (particularly neglected tropical diseases. Please pray also for ways of overcoming logistical supply issues and suspicion and local cultures that can act as a barrier to patients taking the medicine in a consistent way (if at all).  The church has a potentially big role to play in helping to overcome these issues
     
  9. Please continue to pray for the CiP leadership team as we plan for events in 2016 and as we seek to connect with more people in the world of pharmacy 

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