Prayer Harmony - October
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. John 4:35
We start the month by giving thanks for Chris Neilson’s ordination as Deacon, and ask for God’s blessing on his ministry and his future, at St John’s Burscough. We pray that these strange times will be an opportunity for mission, not a hindrance, and that Chris will thrive with these challenges.
We pray for all the farmers, food producers and distributers at this time of harvest, and give thanks that, whatever happens, God will provide out of His abundance. We pray for all who are struggling to keep their farms going, and pray that people will want to pay a fair price for their produce, instead of continually trying to get cheap food.
We pray for all students, who should be starting University or College, and who may not have got the places that they were promised. We pray that there will be a good outcome to their studies, that they will succeed and be fulfilled in their vocations. We give thanks for our educational systems, which may have faults but are designed to bring out the best in our young people.
We bring before God those people that live on the streets, for many reasons, including rent arrears, drug problems, mental health issues etc. The nights are getting colder and, without intervention, they will be homeless during the winter. We pray for compassion and resourcefulness from all the agencies that try to help.
As the pandemic continues, older and frailer people are becoming more fearful and nervous about leaving their homes. We pray for their mental health, asking God to help us reach out to them, making them feel secure and safe in their environment. We pray for new ways to include people into our family of faith, that they may know they are loved, even if physically apart.
We pray that the NHS and other health workers will not be taken for granted again. We pray for all who put their own health in danger to help others, we pray for their families and ask for protection for care workers in homes and hospitals. We give thanks for their dedication and compassion, without which we all would struggle to keep healthy.
We pray for families with children and young people with special needs, where the parents live in fear that they will become unwell and not be able to look after their loved ones; and for people who look after older relatives, as well. We pray that we may be able to reassure them that they have their Father with them and that we will help in whatever way we are needed.
We ask for God’s blessing on the children, especially at half-term, for safety and protection. We pray for all families, for all the generations to be bound together in love and care for each other. We pray for those families where violence is common, where respect is absent, where love is in short supply. We pray for all who don’t know how to love, because of their experiences and upbringing. We ask God to help them to reach out for help and break the cycle of lovelessness, and to experience instead the loving arms of our heavenly Father.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9