Prayer Focus

 

March 2023

 

God is our refuge and strength , a very present help in troublePsalm 46:1

 

It’s so hard to contemplate the devastating effects of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria which have left millions of people at the mercy of a freezing winter as their homes have been reduced to rubble. More than 44 thousand people have lost their lives, many more injured and homeless. It’s a race against time to reach people in desperate need. From shelter to food and warm clothing the needs are enormous.

 

God of mercy

We pray for the people of Turkey and Syria following the recent earthquakes. We mourn the death and destruction and pray for those who have died and those who grieve.

We hold in our hearts all those who are injured, and those who have lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes.

Sustain and guide all responding to this disaster.

Grant those affected courage and resilience as they rebuild their lives and communities.

Lord bring them comfort, strength and renewed hope.

 

Pray for the people of Ukraine and other war torn countries, for peace and the laying down of weapons.

Pray for all those who fear for tomorrow that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them .

Pray for those with power over war or peace for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

 

We pray for our troubled world and all those lost or in need.

Lord be their comforter, healer and protector.

Be their strength, shield and provision.

Be their security, safety and close companion.

God in your mercy hear our prayer.

 

Pray for our nation and the profound challenges facing the government and our country causing so much anxiety,stress, and disruption for many:

. Inflation and the cost of living and energy crisis

. NHS and Social Care – shortage of beds & staff, long waiting lists, cancelled operations.

. Strikes – teachers, transport, nurses, mail

. Immigration

 

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

 

Pray for our new First Minister and Cabinet that will be appointed, that God will give us a leader of his grace. Guide and equip them for the work they have to do

 

The season of Lent is upon us. A time in the Christian calendar when we are invited to journey with Jesus, and take time to reflect on his life, death and resurrection, our own spiritual journey and deepen our faith and trust in God.

In these times of change we pray for our church and ask that your Holy Spirit will continue to refine and renew us into the church you would have us be. We give thanks that God is always with us.

 

Pray for the “trypraying” campaign this spring, a conversation starter and resource that has the potential to start people who don’t do church on their journey of faith.

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever1 Chronicles16:34

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