Heal me, Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14
We ask God to bless all our spiritual leaders: Mark, David, Janet and all those who contribute to the online services and reflections that feed our souls and calm our fears; and their families. We pray for them to be able to find time for rest and recuperation, bringing their own concerns to God, for Him to carry their burdens. We ask God to protect and prosper the shops and businesses of our district, those that sell things and those that give a service. We pray for the council workers, the delivery people and all others who create a pleasant society for us to live in. We pray that they will be valued and respected for their own selves, as well as for the usefulness of their jobs.
He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. Psalm 147:8
As the spring starts to show itself, we thank God for bringing us through the winter and, even though our world is not yet back to normal, for sending the seasons in their due time. He still controls the universe and time and space, and we thank God that we can depend on Him and know His love and His peace.
We pray for all the farmers and small holders of our district, as they plan and prepare for the new season, planting and sowing. We pray that all the livestock will keep safe, as new life is brought into the world, becoming symbols of hope and expectation. We pray that the weather will be favourable and kind, bringing the joy of spring into all our hearts.
Prayer Harmony - January
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19
As we enter this new year we ask God to bring health and healing to the world, joy and gladness, peace and tranquillity. We pray for the NHS and all the emergency services as they face the continuing spread of Covid. We pray for each health worker that they may be kept safe from harm. We give thanks for the scientists that have developed the vaccine, and pray that those in greatest need will be protected first, and that there will be enough to go round. We pray for the government, for wisdom and compassion, as the country adjusts to being separate from Europe, praying for friendly negotiations to continue, and for new and wholesome relationships to be formed with other countries. We pray for all those businesses who have lost out through no fault of their own and now need help to recover.
He took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:16
The young children have started back to school, the older ones still have to study with remote learning, causing disruption to their social health and general education. We pray for all children and young people who have had to put up with unprecedented uncertainty about their learning and prospects for their adult lives. We pray for their mental health, for peace and tranquillity, trust in God for their future, and the loving care of the adults around them. We pray for the families as they spend more time together, often with friction between generations, and no outlet for respite. We pray that they may grow closer, and more loving and generous to each other. We ask for God’s blessing on all relationships, keeping everyone safe during this stressful time.
My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13
The 17th of the month sees the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and we pray for all our Christian friends in our district and beyond, as they reach out to the community in the name of Jesus with offers of help, friendship and care. We pray for all the initiatives that bring practical and financial help to those in need, bringing the Light of Christ into a dark world.
We pray for all who are enduring the loss of income, fearing the loss of homes through rent or mortgage arrears, unable to pay bills, going hungry and cold. We pray for all government agencies who are charged with distributing aid, that they will recognise the people, the families and the individuals behind the application forms, and be compassionate and caring in their response.