I hope that these prayers are useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at 6pm each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family.
Prayer for 8-14 February
at this time of crisis
when so many are suffering,
we pray for our nation and our world.
Give our leaders wisdom,
our Health Service strength,
our people hope.
Lead us through these parched and difficult days
to the fresh springs of joy and comfort
that we find in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Schools and colleges, children and young people
We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.
We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.
We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.
Please also pray today for the Pacific.
Elderly, isolated and vulnerable
We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated: praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort.
We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.
Please also pray today for Afghanistan (Operation World).
Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing
In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.
We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work. We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.
We pray for a renewed commitment to our common life together.
Please continue to pray today for Afghanistan (Open Doors).
The NHS and other key workers
Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.
Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray for that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.
Please also pray today for Albania.
National and Local government
We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.
We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgment.
Please also pray today for Algeria (Operation World).
All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health
‘Lord the one you love is ill…’ (John 11:3)
We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind, spirit or with grief. We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.
We pray for those who are stretched beyond their own capacity to cope and remain hopeful – that in the roar of these waterfalls God would bring a sense of coherence, comfort and strength.
Please also pray today for Algeria (Open Doors).