Lest we forget. At this time of Remembrance we think about all those who sacrificed their lives in wars to bring peace to our troubled world. May we also remember all those who have died because of Covid an enemy we are struggling to defeat.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41 v 10
In our times of fear remember these words from Isaiah. Pray for those who live in constant fear. Pray for the troubles between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Pray for Nice and Avignon in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5 v 10
In our times of suffering help us to remember these words from 1 Peter. Pray also for our suffering Church. Many people are still killed and abused because of their faith in Jesus.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31 v 8
When we need courage help us to remember these words from Deutoronomy. Pray for those you know who face difficult times and need courage and strength to get them through.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29 v 11
When we feel hopeless help us to remember these words from Jeremiah. Pray for these difficult times of Covid when numbers are rising and it’s easy to feel hopeless and there’s no end in sight.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1 v 3-4
When we’re in need of comfort help us to remember these words from 2 Corinthians
Give thanks for all the times we’ve known the comforting arms of Jesus around us. Pray for the people you know who need comfort at this time.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13 v 4-5
There are people who know nothing of love only hate and brutality. Give thanks for Jesus who shows the world what love is by dying on a cross. Give thanks also for all those across our nation who have shown acts of loving kindness throughout the pandemic.