Prayer Harmony - September
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
We ask for God’s blessing on all who will be going back into the schools this week: for the children, the teachers, and also the cleaners, maintenance, cooks and office staff, who will be anxious and concerned, trying to do their best to keep safe, without transferring that worry on to the children. We pray for the mental health of our young people, that this difficult time will not cause added stress, but be the start of normality for them.
We pray for all who are homeless, and especially for those who have gone into arrears with rent or mortgage, and now that the government’s moratorium on evictions is coming to an end, there will be more families affected.
We pray for local government, for the people who keep our town safe, and for those that serve the community, the bin men, the post men, the street cleaners, those that work behind the scenes, to maintain our way of life.
We pray for the care homes that serve our elderly and infirm friends; we pray for all the staff, that they may be able to show the love they have for their residents, and not be overwhelmed by the responsibility. We pray for those who are struggling with their mental capacity to understand what is going on, and for those that have given up.
We pray for our links with mission, for the Rossingtons and other charities we have a care for, as they struggle with the usual problems of poverty and inequality, and the more unusual problems of covid, locusts and other plagues.
We give thanks that we are slowly being able to gather to worship in our church buildings and we ask for God’s blessing on all who have tried to bring the church into our homes, through online worship, over the past months. We pray for all who have anonymously joined in the services, that they may find Jesus in their worship, and joy in His presence.
We pray for all who are ill in our midst, those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We ask for healing in the Name of Jesus, our Lord, and for His strength and renewal, and restoration to normal health. We pray for all who mourn, for the comfort and peace that only God can bring, and the knowledge that He is with us in all our sorrows, as well as our joys.
We pray for all who are struggling with money problems, needing the help of food banks, second hand clothes and other necessities. We pray for them to be treated with dignity and respect, that they may know that they held in love and compassion, not pity and disdain.
Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’ Matthew 19:14