Prayer & Reflection

From Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Note: The heavens declare God’s glory not just because they are awesome, rather, because they are there. They are evidence that, once God speaks a word, it continues forever.

Prayer for the month

Almighty God, Abba, Father, thank you that your word is true and firm and your faithfulness and trustworthiness lasts throughout the ages. Thank you that this is as firm now as ever it was. Thank you that, as we pray to you, you hear us. Thank you that you have called us to reflect and make real your glory and presence in our world. We admit that, often, it is hard to be like you and reflect your goodness to the people we live and work with. We ask your forgiveness for the times we have not achieved this and your strength and insight as we keep moving forward and as we keep working at loving our world and neighbours as you do.

Prayer points for February

We pray for the peace of the nations of the world, especially those experiencing conflict now. We ask your mercy for all refugees, for those who are displaced or dispossessed as well as those forced into slavery. We pray for all whose task and passion is the pursuit of peace, for those who can set people free and for those who have both power and influence for good in these matters. Help us never to become hardened to the needs of others, realising that we can frequently be the answer to our own prayer via our actions and using our financial resources.
Gracious God, uppermost on the minds of many of us are the so called ‘brexit’ negotiations. We pray that wise decisions will be made and, above all, party politics will be laid aside in favour of the real needs of people; that fixed opinions will give way to cooperation. We pray for honesty, transparency in all aspects of government.

Loving God, we pray for our homes and families. We pray especially for those who are lonely; that we may see who they are and offer the hand of friendship. We pray for all who are ill in any way; that with our support and loving concern they may find healing in body, mental strength and wisdom to navigate the days ahead and a sense of your presence and love for them as well as our love and prayers for them. Bless those who care for them.

We pray for all who grieve the loss of loved ones, whether recently or in the past, and we ask for your comfort and peace. In Jesus name we pray all these prayers. Amen.

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