Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4 v 6-7
The days are slowly stretching and the snowdrops are in bloom which should lift our spirits but the outlook is not good. There’s great turmoil in our land with more strikes to cause even more disruption and stress.
Pray for God’s grace and wisdom for the Government in all the negotiations with the various Trades Unions. Grant both sides Godly wisdom to be realistic in the discussions.
Pray for the NHS staff at all levels trying to cope with mounting pressures on their resources. For the patients who are waiting hours to be seen in overcrowded waiting rooms and corridors. For the Care sector who are so understaffed and unable to provide adequate care to so many desperate and vulnerable patients.
Pray for the school children disrupted again after the aftermath of the pandemic and for parents trying to arrange childcare. For the disruption to transport causing huge stress for commuters.
Let us not forget the situation in Ukraine where the Russians are still on the attack. Give thanks for the aid that has been promised to Ukraine. Pray for the traumatised citizens and the unspeakable sights they are living with.
Let us remember that Lent begins on 22 February. This is the time when Jesus spent 40 days in the desert being tempted by the devil. Pray for the Church nationally and for our own Church and Jim as he leads us through the challenges ahead.
Jesus answered “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”