1 Peter 1: 3.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time”.
Gracious and generous God, in your Son Jesus Christ you have given us a true faith and a sure hope. Strengthen this faith and hope in us in all our days and especially as we approach Christmas time. Give us the patience to accept gracefully whatever is given for us to do in order to be safe and keep our families safe. Protect those who are vulnerable, comfort those who are lonely as we connect with each other to bring hope and joy.
We pray for the doctors and nurses, all medical professionals and all who work on the frontline in any occupation. We pray for their mental health and wellbeing, particularly remembering that they are already tired and stretched from the last lockdown. May they know that they are deeply valued by us and by you. Give them the wisdom and insight to use well what they have learned and help them to find new ways of comforting and easing the burden of those who are sick. We pray for those who are working so hard to find a vaccine. May their efforts be rewarded with success. Help us to trust in the rigorous processes that will enable a vaccine to be distributed. We pray for the Government and for all who are tasked with the responsibility of making sure that we have what we need. We pray for all those whose businesses and livelihoods are suffering.
We pray for our community, families, friends and neighbours. Help us to be ever watchful and caring as we pick up things that need to be done to bring harmony and peace in our neighbourhood. We especially pray for all who are sick and for those who have recently lost loved ones, whether from Covid or from other causes. Comfort them in their grief, we pray. As we continue to offer our prayers to you during this month, guide us by your Spirit to know what to pray for and to know the ways in which we can be part of the answer to our own prayers through the generosity that you have already shown to us in Jesus. In his name we offer you these prayers. Amen