Prayer Harmony - July
When you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Luke 21:31
We pray for all who make our community run smoothly, including the bin men, street cleaners, grass mowers and all those who collect litter; the workers at the refuse centres; that they all may be safe from harmful matter. For the postmen, milkmen, window cleaners and delivery drivers; the food shops and supermarkets that deliver to the people who are self-isolating. For our local government officers who oversee funding for police, firemen, council workers and others.
As Chris was licensed at the end of June to his curacy in Burscough, we pray for him and his family, that this new opening in his service to God will bring blessing and joy, and give him a great opportunity to work for the Kingdom of God and His glory.
We ask for God's blessing on all who depend on the land for their livelihood - farmers, smallholders, nurserymen, gamekeepers, conservationists, gardeners and park workmen - as they work with God’s laws of nature to harness all that He has provided for us and care for and nurture all of His creation. We pray for the right weather for the season. We pray for the local National Trust, as they try to conserve an endangered habitat, clearing up the rubbish with the excellent helpers.
As the shops and restaurants start to open and crowds gather throughout the town, we pray for their protection and compliance with safe procedures. We pray for all the businesses whose work necessarily means working in very close contact with others, who will be restricted in what they can do. We pray for the firms that have been forced to close for good and for all who have been made redundant. And we pray for all who have become mentally unwell because of the worry of losing their jobs and being unable to look after their families.
As things start to move on, and the church building is opened for more occasions, we pray for all who have to make wise and compassionate decisions about safety and, at the same time, meet the needs of those longing to be able to worship together as the Body of Christ. We pray for the life of the Church as it embraces the technology that has sustained us during the strict lockdown, and uses it sensitively to enhance our worship and outreach to others who have come to know us through the online services.
We pray for all the Christian summer festivals that have had to go online, such as New Wine, that they will bring the joy and blessing of the usual festivals into the online sessions, bridging the gap until they are able to go again into the community.
To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations. Ephesians 3: 21