Prayer Focus April 2020
Prayers for April 2020
• During this time of uncertainty and concern we find ourselves ’locked down’ for our own good and for the good of the rest of our nation. Thank God for being with us and for watching over us in this health crisis.
• Pray for those young and old who are on their own and for whom lock down means social isolation
• Locked Down
There were other doors once locked in fear, in a time of waiting and distress. It was an uncertain, questioning time - longing for what had been known and treasured before. Into that space, calming and soothing, came these welcome words - “Peace be with you.” Peace be with you in every worry, in every sleepless night, in every loss experienced, in every comfort now distant. Peace be with you in every certainty, in the shared burden of these days, in the unexpected connections, in the gift of another sunset and sunrise. Peace be with you and yours, the deepest peace, the strongest peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Christ is our peace and is in our midst. His words echo again - “Peace be with you.”
• We thank You for the gift of health services in our nation, freely available to everyone no matter their income level, need or background. Pray for the safety of nurses and doctors.
• Pray for patience and understanding of parents as they deal with children and teenagers distressed because of the guidelines we have had imposed upon us. Ask God to grant the children and young people some understanding of their parents new rules and regulations as they strive to keep them safe and well.
• Give thanks for the tolerance of the workers in our supermarkets dealing with frustrated customers when they can not get the items they are looking for. Pray everyone will shop sensibly, obeying safe-distancing and only buying what they urgently need so there will be enough of everything for all.
• Pray for our frontline ambulance, police and fire services. Ask God to protect them as they deal with every day issues as well as those associated with corona virus. Thank God for their dedication and bravery. Ask Him to give them the courage to face the dangers in the work they do, and to keep them safe.
• Pray for those who cannot work at this time and are finding it hard to make ends meet. Pray the government’s provisions for them will be available soon and will meet their needs.
Prayer for April 2020
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
• Easter reminds us that each time we deny you, Lord, another nail is sharpened; and each time we defy you, Lord, into your hand it’s hammered. When faith is weak, temptation strong and courage fails, forgive us, Lord and once again become that risen presence within our hearts. Amen
• Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with the greatest joy. Without Easter there would be no Christianity. Without Jesus' suffering, his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection there would be no Christianity, for however terrible the suffering was, it was part of God's plan for the salvation of humankind.
• Dear Heavenly Father, we celebrate your love that came down into a manger. Love came down from heaven. Love lived among us. Love expressed compassion. Love provided healing. Love revealed truth. Love gave wisdom. Love suffered and died for our sins. Love was raised on the third day. And Love reigns in our hearts. Today and every day we celebrate that Love. Amen
Text for April 2020
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Prayers for the world.
• Pray for Crossreach as they struggle to meet the needs of their clients at this difficult time. Pray they will be able to raise the funds they need to get through the next few months as their normal fund-raising activities are not possible.
• Continue to pray for the thousands caught up in the Syrian crisis. Ask God to be with the innocent men, women and children forced from their homes and now housed in massive camps. Give thanks for the aid workers valiantly trying to provide support against an overwhelming tide and pray they are spared from the devastation which corona virus might bring.
• Finally amidst the corona pandemic give thanks for the massive reduction in pollution seen across the world as travel and industry have come almost to a halt and pray the lessons to be learned from that will be taken on board by governments and multi-national corporations alike going forward into the future.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV)
Morag Cameron - Prayer Secretary