Prayer Focus for March 2022

Prayer Focus

 

March 2022

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7

 

As the Crisis in the Ukraine escalates and the threat of war looms we pray for peace and freedom in both Ukraine and Russia. A war between Russia and Ukraine would have catastrophic consequences for both countries, with tragic loss of life, mass displacement of civilians and further curtailment of religious freedom and human rights

 

A prayer for the Ukraine.

Dear Lord, Author of all peace who through your Son reconciled us to yourself, we pray for peace in our world at a time of heightened tensions.

We pray for the governments and political leaders–for wise counsel and sound initiative to diffuse tension.

 

for diplomats – that they may have space to negotiate

 

for the people of Ukraine–that their close ties with the people of Russia and other neighbours will remain strong even in the face of military threat.

 

We pray that all governments commit time to dialogue and understanding, respect the will and freedom of all peoples, invest in welfare and alleviation of poverty and reject militarism and the threat of violence.

May Christ’s teaching and example be our inspiration, may hearts and minds be changed, and may your Holy Spirit be at work transforming each of us day by day,

Through your everlasting grace and mercy Amen.

 

We continue to pray for our Covid world as all legal restrictions on people and businesses will end as part of an effort to“return to a normal way of life,”relying instead on vaccines, treatments and good public health behaviours.

We give thanks for our NHS staff, key workers and the success of the vaccines.

Pray for all those still suffering from Covid,the devastation of losing a loved one, mental health issues, loneliness – Lord be their light in the darkness.

 

We pray too for our unvaccinated world. Billions still waiting on vaccines.

 

Lent is a special time in the Christian year marking the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert as he contemplated his own spiritual and earthly journey and strengthened his commitment to the mission he was sent on earth to achieve. It is good that as Christians we take time to reflect on our own spiritual journey and deepen our own faith and trust in God.

. Give thanks that God is always with us.

. Help us as we reflect and examine our relationship with God and with others

. As Jesus wrestled with his Demons help us to face ours too.

. Give thanks for our church leaders, church family and community.

 

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31 v8

 

Lord we pray for the“try praying campaign”this month. An opportunity for people to experience the kindness of God.

May the Spirit awaken those who are in need of grace or support, who believe but maybe don’t know how to pray. May the banners and booklets on offer inspire and encourage a new relationship with you. We pray too that our churches will embrace prayer in a greater way.

 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his power in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, Ephesians 3: 16-17

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