Prayer & Reflection

Words from the life and experience of the Psalmist Psalm 119: 129-36

You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.
My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. Your statutes are always righteous; give me
understanding that I may live.

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Prayer Points for October
Heavenly Father, as the ebb and flow of lockdowns and measures to keep us safe continues, help us to be wise and protective of others in all we do. Give us generous spirits even as we address our own needs. Help us to be supportive of measures even if we have differing opinions on what should be done. We continue to pray for Parliament, for wisdom, clarity and honesty in every decision, that partisanship will truly give way to the real needs of those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society, including those who are being forced onto universal credit and into poverty. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. We pray for strength and protection for all key workers, especially those at risk through contact to Covid 19 patients.
We pray for all others who are suffering in body, mind and spirit. We pray for their bodies, that healing and wholeness will come to them. We pray for their minds, that you will give them wisdom for the days ahead, especially concerning their care and wellbeing; for their spirit, that they will know your presence with them and our concern and prayers for them. Help us to see who they are. Finally, we pray for those nearing the end of their lives, that they may find their peace in your saving grace. All of these prayers we ask in Jesus’ name and with great confidence. Amen.

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