United in Prayer (Updated)
Each Wednesday we hold United in Prayer Meetings - praying together from our homes. Here is a helpful guide created by Steve Colinese to help you as pray for our nation.
Amended Prayer Guide for the Covid-19 situation
1-Reflecting on the world-wide situation
Continue to pray for our Christian sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are being, affected by Covid-19. Pray that they will all know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.
Pray for countries suffering from the highest number of deaths: USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Brazil, France, Mexico, Germany, Russia and China. Pray also for countries in Asia and Africa where the virus is.
Pray that God in His mercy would intervene in the situation
2-We pray for those who are particularly fearful at the moment
Pray for those of all ages in our communities who may be feeling vulnerable and scared.
Pray that the love of God might be their peace. That they may know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope.
3-We pray for the most vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods
Pray for those who are self-isolating in our neighbourhoods.
Pray for older people, and those who are shielding, who may be concerned about shopping, regular hospital appointments and a general lack of day to day contact with people.
Bring to God the regular activities for older and more vulnerable people provided by our churches. Pray for wisdom for church leaders to know how to keep people connected and safe.
John 14:27, and Psalm 91:3, 5 and 6
4-We pray for medical staff on the frontline, and care home workers. We pray that they will be sustained physically, emotionally and spiritually in the coming weeks.
Pray for all health/care professionals in Waterfront, that God will be their shield and strength
Pray that care home workers will get the PPE they need to keep themselves and their residents safe
Pray for wisdom as to how we support these special folk in our congregation and communities
5-Pray for the leaders in Wales, other parts of the UK, and the world that they will seek the wisdom of God as they make decisions over the coming days
Pray for the physical and mental strength of our leaders
Pray for sound judgement, clarity and consistency of message as they gradually ease the lockdown
6-We pray for those leading the scientific response to Covid-19 across the world
Pray for the scientists from across the globe as they look for ways to alleviate symptoms and their research for a vaccine for the future, and for the health of the volunteers in the clinical trials
Pray for the Oxford University and Imperial College trials at a time when the transmission rate in the community for Covid-19 is diminishing, thus reducing the chances of a successful result to only 50%
Pray for the future success of the “Track and trace” campaign, and anti-body testing
7-Pray for all God’s people in this time of uncertainty and concern. That our eternal hope would make an earthly difference
Pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. That Christians will be “beacons of hope” and “carriers of the message of peace” at this time
Pray that during the crisis, more people will come to Christ. Pray for those who are now watching on-line services and Daily Devotions. Thank God for those who are putting these broadcasts together
8-Pray for the work Action Overseas
Pray for Action Overseas personnel, our partners and local communities, especially those living in countries where health services and infrastructure are unlikely to cope with a global pandemic.
Pray that God will use His servants to accompany people pastorally and missionally through this valley of uncertainty, fear and even potential death. May we be a people of Hope in encouraging others in the face of crisis to lean on God’s sustaining presence and unfailing providence.
9-Pray for the workers keeping the economy going
Pray that God will sustain and encourage those for example undertakers, the food industry, education, communications, deliveries, utilities, transport, public safety and national security, those manufacturing PPE, gowns and facemasks for the NHS and others. Not forgetting our Pastors!
Pray that people will recognise their human frailties and limitations and look to God for strength
Remember those who fear for their jobs and businesses as a result of the continuing lockdown
10-We pray for others in all parts of our world who daily face the uncertainty of life
Pray for those caught up in war, who face hunger today, and those struggling with sickness and ill health because of other diseases, eg malaria, which has become less of a priority due to Covid-19.
We acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty in and through all things and pray using the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus:
For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV)