Monday Prayer

Monday 25th May 2020 - Monday Prayers


In the absence of physical gatherings, we have an opportunity to revitalise the scattered church. For as long as our church buildings are closed, we can serve those in our communities through prayer in our everyday comings and goings.

We invite you to, as you embark on your regular daily exercise, and whilst you are doing this to prayer walk during the lockdown. This will be a time when you are attentive to God's presence in the places you walk, seeing God's heart for the people and challenges around you and responding to His Spirit as you seek to love your neighbours.

 

As, and if, you are able to do this during the coming week, below are some prayers that might help you in and during this task. Some of these prayers are used by the Evangelical Alliance.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Loving Heavenly Father, we pray this coming week as we walk around our local areas for the following:

 

Neighbourhoods, streets, communities

We thank you for the neighbourhood in which you have placed us.

We pray for good relationships, trust and support within this place.

Show us where we can offer ourselves in welcome, friendship and hospitality among these people.

We pray for those who have no homes, no people and no sense of belonging. May they not be forgotten in this time of crisis. Help us to be quick to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Councils, government offices

We pray for those who make decisions for this country and this city - for politicians, council members, department heads and public leaders. Grant them with wisdom, compassion, integrity and health.

We pray for unity of purpose. May they not be overwhelmed by the responsibilities placed upon them.

Give them eyes to hear the cries of the vulnerable. For your people in these places, strengthen their hands as they seek the welfare of our country at this time.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Families

We thank you and pray for our families. We pray for those living without family just now, disconnected and missing those they love.

We pray for parents juggling school, work and home in a time of pressure. We ask you to stregthen marriages amid this extra stress.

May we, in your power, offer a spirit of joy, love, peace, harmony, patience and forgiveness.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

NHS: GP's, chemists, clinics, hospitals

We thank you for the healthcare we enjoy in this country and call out for mercy for those with much less.

We pray for the hands of NHS workers to bring healing and wholeness to body and mind.

We pray for scientific and medical understanding and responses to the virus to be developed quickly.

Lord, we pray for each frontline staff worker who enters this place. We ask for protection from the virus, for wisdom as they care, and for stamina as they face new challenges.

We pray for those undergoing or waiting for healthcare during this time. Lord, have mercy.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Nursing homes and elderly residences

We pray a blessing over this home that brings care and community to the elderly as the virus strikes hardest here.

We pray for all who work in this community, and ask for your strength, energy and protection as they bring your caring touch.

We pray for elderly, disconnected from loved ones. May they be drawn to your prsence, have access to your word, and meet you in the silence.

We pray for those living with dementia. We ask for your presence to bring order over inner chaos and security over confusion.

Give us eyes to see, hearts to love, words to speak, and hands to care for those near to us.

In Jesus' name, Amen

Loving, Lord Jesus, help us during this coming week to pray for the following:

 

Prayer for Being Grateful

Father, I am sorry for the way I complain about my circumstances. Please forgive me for my bad attitude when things don't go my way. I want to see Your hand in every part of every day - good or bad. Help me learn how to face every storm with confidence, knowing that You really are in control even though I cannot hear your voice or see Your hand at work. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Pray for Loving Like Jesus

Father, I have to thank You for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. Give me eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Pray for the Broken - Hearted

Lord, my heart is broken but You are near. My spirit is crushed, but You are my rescuer. Your Word is my hope. It revives me and comforts me in especially now. My soul faints, but you are the breath of life within me. You are my help, the One who sustains me. I am weak but You are strong. You bless those who mourn, and I trust You to bless me and my family with all that we need. You will rescue me from this dark cloud of despair because You delight in me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Thankfulness

God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you've given me in my life. I'm going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.

 

Prayer for Growing Faith

Dear Lord, help me - every single morning - to find faith in the midst of the chaos. Give me the desire and ability to see You, hear You, talk to You, and give thanks to You. And as I do, pray that I will draw nearer and nearer to You, and that my faith will mulitply exponentially as I understand in new, deeper ways that You are everything I ever hoped You would be. And so much more. Amen.

'Lean on me', says God. The following is a new poem/song that is linked to the video from poet Lucy Berry. A song of comfort for times of trouble.

This can be used as a closing act of worship for the Monday Morning Prayers this week.

 

And God said: 'Lean on me'


It seems as though our world is at a halt:

sickness in the air, but no-one's fault.

Lord, how did this hapen overnight?

We are in the dark and there's so little light.....

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when you lean on me".

 

Dear God, we're in a Wilderness for sure,

In a place we've never seen before:

lost, and poor in heart and weak of soul!

How is it that we could lose so much control?

 

And God said: " Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when lean me".

 

In fear of flood, or flames, or Lion's Den

That's when we remember God again.

That's when we begin to hear God say

"I am with you always. And that means today!"

 

So children: "Lean on me, lean me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when you lean on me".

 

God, what a lonely time is to bear!

Staying in, and thinking no-one's there.

Lord, You're always here through all alarms.

How did we forget to climb into Your arms?

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's stong,

this is when you lean on me"

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's stong,

this is when you lean on me" 

Lucy Berry 21.03.2020

 


 

Monday 18th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Our Monday Prayers this week are looking at all things to do with BMS World Mission.

 

The Director for Mission Training and Hospitality is Rev. Mark Ord. In the recent BMS Prayer Guide 2020, he writes an introductory welcome, which says:

 

A meditation on prayer

Now more than ever we are aware of the need for prayerful engagement from our supporters before anything of worth can be attempted for God. In the face of the global Covid - 19 Coronavirus pandemic, many of us feel uncertain and afraid. During these difficult times, we encourage you to turn to prayer as a vital source of help in the global fight against the Coronavirus. We are very grateful to God that you are committed to praying with us and for us - because we know that your prayers are being answered.

 

This year, we have seen a robust witness to Christ grow within the secularism of France and the pluralism of India. We've upheld people offering opportunity to people with disabilities in Thailand and Nepal............... We also committed ourselves to praying for the worldwide Coronavirus response, for God's protection over vunerable people, and for his healing love to be experienced by all those in need.

 

Pause over these prayers. Pray for those people. We are participating in what God is doing, in God's world. Every blessing. M. D. Ord.

 

As you share in these prayers remember others today.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Some of the Places that BMS World Mission are working in at present are:

Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, France, Netherlands, Albania. 

Pray for these places that God would work through the people who are in these regions.

 

  • Pray for the work that happens in serving trafficked people and those marginalised in society. Pray for those BMS workers who work among children with disablities.
  • Pray for the poorer countries of the world. Some may be rich in mineral reserves, have fertile soil and receive ample rainfall, but are economically poor. More than half the population live on less than £1 a day.
  • Over two billion people live in the least evangelised communities in the world. Please pray for the work that BMS World Mission does in some of these areas as they aim to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who have never known of his love.
  • Some countries in the world are hostile to Christianity. Pray for those who work in some of these areas of the world, that they may be 'Salt and Light' in the communities that they are part of.
  • Through clean water projects, teaching safe birth - practices and much more, health facilitators in some of the poorest countries are helping to transform lives. Pray for their safety and well-being.
  • Pray for people who live in fragile states who experience a mixture of compliacted issues such as elite groups in conflict, fleeing or arriving refugees, an abscene of democratic voice or human rights, as well as more obvious factors, such as war or extreme food shortages. Pray for BMS World Mission as it aims to bring and to be good news in these broken places.
  • Pray for those areas of the world where peace - building is needed. Pray for thos who seek to bring peace into communities that are ethnically different and still show hostility to one another.
  • Praise God for the work that BMS World Mission is undertaking in India. Pray for the ongoing work of those who deal with 'street children', and those who work in the Christian Medical College Hospital.
  • Pray for those countries in the world where BMS World Mission work, that are prone to natural disasters.

Why not, if you are able to, spend time looking at BMS World Mission on its website: www.bmsworldmission.org

 

BMS World Mission ask: Pray with us for the global Covid-19 Coronavirus response:

 

  • Pray that God will stop the spread of the virus. Pray that those who are ill or displaying symptoms will be healed, and that the Lord will bless the work of all those developing a treatment and a vaccine.
  • Pray for the response to the virus around the world. Pray that the Lord will keep NHS workers safe, as well as other healthcare workers across the world also risking their lives in the fight against Coronavirus. Pray especially for workers in countries that are particularly vulnerable, such as Chad and Afghanistan.
  • Pray for people living and working under lockdown around the world. Pray also for people across the world who are unable to work and struggling to support themselves and their families. Pray for BMS-supported work offering food relief in places like Tunisia, Bangladesh and Albania, that it will help vulnerable people get through this difficult time.
  • Pray for governments and leaders across the world. Pray that they will make wise, proactive decisions that will benefit all their countries and the global community.
  • Pray for BMS mission workers and UK staff. Pray for mission workers who have returned to the UK, they they will be able to continue their work as best they can remotely. Pray for workers who are still overseas, that the Coronavirus will not prevent them from carrying out their vital work.

 

 

As we pray together throughout the week, let us remember that we are part of a bigger, wider Christian family that is spread throughout this world. Pray for one another as the week goes on.

 


 

Monday Prayer 11th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Our Monday Prayers this week cover all the week. You will find a short prayer for each day of this week and the thought is that you say that prayer, reflect on it, and then add your own prayers into that particular day. We hope that this will be of help in your praying this week.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

A Prayer For Monday

Father God, every day you give to us is a new day, with new things to do, new ideas in our minds, new people to meet and new sights to see and behold. A new day is like a present you give us to enjoy; full of hours and minutes and seconds to fulfil our lives; time to share with other people. Forgive us for the days we have taken and spoilt; for times we have used selfishly as though they belonged to us alone.

 

Loving Lord, help us to use this new day to learn more about Jesus, to practice kindness to other people, to worship you and say our prayers together; so that at night - time we can say that this has indeed been a good day, and therefore offer thanks for it.

 

A Prayer For Tuesday

God, our heavenly Father, when we try to talk to you, we sometimes feel that we must speak in a special way and use words that we do not really understand.

 

Help us to remember how Jesus taught his friends to call you Father, because that was the most loving word he could use.

 

Then help us to speak to you in words we would use when we share with close friends our joys and sorrows. 

 

We believe that you are glad to hear our prayers, and to listen to our needs.

 

A Prayer For Wednesday

Following the words: We come to you, the response is: Lord be with us.

Eternal God, it is easy to feel afraid. There are known fears that rouble each of us: ill health, the fear of death, of pain, of disturbance. There is the unknown fear: the fear that springs out, the fear that grips the heart and erodes life. In our fear we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, we often feel the weight of our own sin and folly. We see the right and we can't do it. We know the wrong and it comes so easily to us. We speak and wish we had been silent; we are silent and wish we had spoken Friendships are fragile and even live can be perverted. In our sin and folly we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, there are times when we feel that evil will gain the upper hand in this world. Force seems mightier yet and power is in the wrong hands. Peace is destroyed and enmity and prejudice triumph. In our fear of the power of evil we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, we here and now affirm our faith. Nothing is all creation, in earth or heaven above, can come between your people and your eternal love.

 

A Prayer For Thursday

Lord God you are the Father of all people and we bring to you this day our prayers knowing that you will hear us and that you will be with us.

 

We pray this day for the whole family of your church. Grant that we, and all your people, may be built up in our faith, and always show in our lives the love we see in Jesus. Give courage to those who find it hard to follow you; to those who are finding it difficult to have faith because of a personal hardship or tragedy; to those who are made to suffer for their faith. Let your Holy Spirit support them, and may all Christians stand firm in the hope that your Kingdom of love will it come in all the world.

 

We pray for our country. Let your love surround and give wisdom to our politicians and leaders, and to all who have responsibility in education, in industry and in commerce.

 

We pray for people who are ill, those who are sad and those who are hurt in any way. We pray especially for those known to us in our fellowship. Let your love surround them and give them of your peace. 


We pray for one another. Help us to grow together in faith and love, rejoicing in your fatherhood and that we can bring our prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

A Prayer For Friday

Lord God, you call us to share in our mission to all the world. You have given the gospel of Jesus for all people and we must share his gospel with everyone. Strengthen us to serve you in the places where we live and work, that our deeds and actions may show to others that we are your people and follow in the ways of Jesus Christ.

 

Help us to play our part in the life of the church both here in Salendine Nook and throughout the world, by our prayers for all Christian people, and by our gifts of money and of service.

 

May your people, in every land and of every race, show to the world that the gospel of Jesus can break down all the barriers that divide, and that all people are equally your children, belonging together and sharing in the joy of your kingdom.

 

A Prayer For Saturday

Thank you, Father God: For the warmth of the sun on our backs, for the seasons that we have. For each and every good thing that comes from you.


Thank you, Father God: For the worship that we can bring to you, whether that is in a church building, or in our own homes. For the way in which we can praise your holy name, for hymns, prayers and stories, both old and new.

 

Thank you, Father God: For service and caring, love given, and love receive. For all who share with us in order that we may believe more fully in you, our Lord and Saviour.

 

Thank you, Father God: For all that you give to us, for work times, and for play. For the start of a new day and the knowledge that with you, no matter what, all is well.

 

A Prayer For Sunday

Heavenly Father, we know from the life and work of Jesus that your will is that we shall be healthy and whole. So, in confidence, we make our prayers for those who work is for the health and healing of the community. 

 

We pray for the doctors, and nurses of the NHS who are battling to save lives and comforting those suffering with Covid-19. We thank you for their knowledge and skills, for selfishness, for their dedication and perseverance. Help them to have the resilience to carry on when all seems lost around them.

We pray for those who work behind the scene in hospitals, also trying to battle the onslaught of the Cornonavirus. We pray for Laboratory Assistants and technicians, for cleaners, and porters. May they not be forgotten in their contribution to the care and healing of others.


We remember also, Lord, the many countries where these services, which we take for granted are in short supply. Lord, prompt us we pray to be generous in responding to their needs as well.

 

As Jesus had compassion on those who were sick and dying, so we pray today that that same compassion would rest on those who need it most.

 


 

Monday Prayer 4th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

I offer these Monday Prayers today in order that we may do just that. Today we have a collection of prayers, and picture thoughts to guide us through the week.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Lord, on this Monday morning as we begin another week, we thank you for this day, to live another day, to love and one more day to forgive. Make us a light and blessing to one another as we acknowledge you.

 

Loving God

who summoned the world into being,

moulded the mountains,

bathed the earth in colour and light,

and breathed into us the Spirit of life

we bring you our praise.

 

We adore you,

the God who first loved us - 

who knew us in our mother's womb

made each of us unique

and who tends us with care.

 

We praise you

for revealing your love to us in Jesus.

Love which through

dusty feet, faithful service, wise words and caring hands - 

and later throught the cross and empty tomb - 

turned despair to celebration,

exclusion to inclusion

and sadness and oppression into liberation and laughter.

 

We praise you that through your Spirit at work in the world,

We can all know the joy and freedom of your generous love.

Loving God,

forgive us when we fail to show that love to others.

Forgive us when we stifle

your ever - creating Spirit

in our lives or in the lives of others.

 

Forgive us

when we fail to allow others to shine,

and when we make light

of the others gifts you have given us.

 

By your love,

make us new,

and hel us to know ourselves

forgiven and loved, a people of your pleasure.

Amen

As so much within life is now being re-shaped by Coronavirus Covid-19, let us pray together for:

  • People left unwell, those who we know and have died, or those bereaved.
  • People providing professional health care and advice, looking after love ones at home or working to create treatments and cures.
  • People shaping the response of nations and neighbourhoods, of commerce and industry, of service and voluntary organisations and of communities of faith.
  • People who are anxious or afraid, alone of isolated.

 

Living, loving God, we praise you, and through times of peril we lean into you, for in Jesus you have trodden paths as difficult as ours, revealing there a love that nothing defeats, a love that bears us through. Even as we strive to behave responsibly, and to care reliably, so we feel after you that in these uncertain times we might trust you are with us, our refuge and strength, and our faith, hope and love might be renewed.

Amen

 

Our loving, heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity to worship you today and throughout this coming week.

 

Please help me today, to learn something new about you...

 

We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone's heart to be filled with love, so that we can all live together in harmony, whatever our differences are.

 

We pray especially for refugees and asylum seekers everywhere, that they will be welcomed into their new communities and not treated cruelly.

 

We continue to pray for the time when everyone will have food, water, shelter, medcal supplies and the chance to sleep without dear of tomorrow...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

You created our world and gave us life... we are sorry for destroying your creation...


We have chopped down trees, pollute the air, poisoned the rivers and seas and destroyed the places where animals live...

 

Help us to change our ways so that we can look after the world and make it the way that you want it to be...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Especially we pray for: ..(person's name)

 

Please give them peace in their pain, strength in their weakess and comfort in their sadness...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

Everlasting God, you have given us new life and, as we go back out into the world now, we pray that our lives will reflect your love to all those we meet...

 

Amen.

Loving Lord Jesus, we pray today and every day:

 

For Empathy - seeking to understand: ideas, people, ourselves, our faith, our hopes. Seeking, and exploring the why of life, the why of who we are. Seeking because we know that only by seeking, do we go beyond ourselves, to where answers reside, answers that we had never considered, And we are enriched, by becoming more whole.

 

We pray that we would be:

 

Vulnerable - open to being indluenced to new ideas, new possibilities.

Lives enriched with new experiences, horizons, things we thought not possible. Surprise us, our God. We know change causes us to be vulnerable; as we become less capable of adapting, changes seem greater as our limits become more apparent, our abilities seem in decline simple things, small changes take on greater magnitude.

 

Keep ideas, possibilities, dreams, our hopes, growing in and around us, so that change is not an inhabitor, but stimulation into new life. Cause our attitude to change to be invitational, not to create whirlwind in our lives, but measured growth.

 

We pray that we would be:

 

Curious - about life, exploring and discovering, gorowing into understanding, more of the mystery of life as we walk with you author of life, and our guide. As we seek these things for ourselves, we pray that they become realities for those around us.

 

Use us as channels of understanding, influence, curiosity, to help others grow. We take our part in your creation more fully when we offer ourselves to others and to you. Use us, we pray.

 

Place people in our path that will cause us to grow and whom we can help grow. The things we desire, we pray for those whom we find difficult to love, as well as those close to us.

 

Lord, lead us into wholeness, whatever that may be, in Jesus name

 

Amen.


 

Monday Prayer 27th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

I offer these Monday Prayers today in order that we may do just that. Today's prayers are more contemplative. Please use them a best meets your own needs. 

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Lord, Monday can be a hard day. It's often dreaded on Sunday and fled from on a Friday. Yet why Lord, as Monday can be the beginning of a new work adventure, the new challenge of a week filled with so much potential?

 

So I pray today Lord that you would help me to embrace this day and all that it brings.

 

Let it be a new day and a wonder day. Help me to see not the clouds of darkness or despair, but the sunrise and hope that comes in you. Show me the joy of the embrace with loved ones, not the tensions and troubles that seem to surround our world in these present days.

 

Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced.

 

This day, help me to turn my eyes towards your Kingdom, of love, hope and new beginnings

Amen.

 

Take a moment to listen to the still small voice of God within the hustle and bustle of the day which has begun. Find a quiet place where you can enjoy precious moments of peace in God's presence. Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the world around you, both outside and in the place where you are. Now maybe write down what God is beginning to say to you. Breathe slowly and rest in God's presence.......

 

Hear those words of an early Christian monk:

God can be sensed when we gaze with trembling hearts at the power of his which controls guides, and rules everything, when we contemplate his immense knowledge and his knowing look which the secrets of the heart cannot evade.

John Cassian (360 - 435) Monk, writer, traveller.

(Why not repeat these words a couple of times before moving on in prayer)

 

Spirit of Truth

who reveals to us the things of God

we praise your name today.


Spirit of Wisdom

who inspires the words we ought to speak

we praise your name today

 

Spirit of Power

who grants the courage we need to act

we praise your name today.

 

Spirit of Love

who knows our nature and loves us still

we praise your name today.

Amen

 

A prayer of confession:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worship that pleases you

is not simply with our words

but with our lives and hearts.

The worship that pleases you

is to see love and justice

where there is oppression,

healing and compassion

wherever there is need.

The worship that we offer

falls short of your ideal.

Forgive us when our lives do not

reflect the faith we profess.

Give us a heart for your people

whoever they might be,

and a willingness to serve them

that your name might be glorified.

Amen

 

Read these words of encouragement and challenge from the Psalmist:

Taste and see that the Lord is good;

blessed is the one who take refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his holy people,

for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Whoever of you loves life

and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34 v. 8-14

 

So let us pray:

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Father, Creator and Sustainer,

who gives all good things

seen and unseen.

 

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Son, Saviour and Redeemer,

Who died for our sins

and rose again.

 

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Spirit, Teacher and Comforter,

who moves us to sing

'Our God reigns!'

In you alone we put our hope.

Amen

 

Maybe end today's Monday Prayers with a song. One that helps you to draw closer to God could be 'Be still for the presence of the Lord....' Click here for the YouTube link to the song.

 

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy On, is here;

Come bow before him now with reverence and fear:

In him no sin is found - we stand on holy ground.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

 

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shinning all around;

He burns with holy fire, with splendour her is crowned:

How awesome is the sight - our radiant King of light!

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around.

 

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;

He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister his grace - 

No Work to hard for him. In faith receive from him.

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

 

May God journey with you throughout this coming week.

 


 

Monday 20th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

God is His word, the Bible, encourages us 'to be still and know that He is God....' and so I offer these Monday Prayers in order that we may do just that. Our prayers this week are used with kind permission from John Birch & faith and Worship.

 

The first set of prayers reflect about the week that lies ahead and the second set are more prevalant to the Coronavirus situation that we find ourselves part of at the moment.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday mornings are often difficult when it comes to motivation - the commute to work, by car, bus or train, long hours, decisions to make, responsibilities, frustrations, fears, joys and unhappiness. Mixed emotions!

 

For those who are not in paid work it can mean the start of another week of loneliness, or coping with caring roles, making ends meet, housekeeping etc.

 

So, today let us pray:

Heavenly Father we pray:

As we make our way,

often wearily, to work,

or hop into the car

and do the weekly shop,

we think of those

who through the night

while we were asleep

have stacked the shelves,

made safe the roads,

transported goods,

kept factories running,

cared for the sick and dying.

Bless them with the rest

that they deserve and need,

and may we be thankful

for the work they do

that makes our lives

each day a little easier.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the work we do,

the words we say,

the love we share

and the grace we show,

on our daily walk

through this beautiful

and precious world.

For those struggling

on their daily journey, Lord,

offer your steady hand

over the rough terrain

they are facing today

and let them drink

of your living water,

pure and refreshing,

soothing, restoring

the weariest of souls.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Lord, bless our journey

through this coming week.

May the pace be steady,

paths made safe,

no obstacles impede,

and conversations

with fellow travellers

be fruitful and uplifting,

Lord, bless our journey

through this coming week.

Bless the week ahead.

May its challenges

not overwhelm us,

and in all things

may we remember

you are with us

in our journeying,

your love our fuel,

your word our guide,

today and always.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the strangers

I meet today, Lord;

Their lives a mystery,

sorrows, joys, loves

and deep concerns

so well disguised.

But bless them, Lord,

these unknown faces,

make this day

one of encounter,

not only with strangers

but also with you,

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

A pandemic is the time the world discovers who its neighbour really is - when we begin to embrace the concerns of others who are suffering with Coronavirus, as well as deal with our own fears and anxieties. When we reach out to those whose need is greater than ours, the elderly and vulnerable, and do all that we can to become 'community', then we are being true followers of Christ.

 

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second (Commandment) is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.' (Mark 12 v. 30, 31)

 

For all those whose day starts with anxiety,

as they leave the security of home

worrying about the risk of infection;

particularly those whose health

or age classifies them as vulnerable.

Loving God, be close, keep them safe,

along with all whose tasks today

includes the care of frail and elderly.

And for all of us, grant wisdom

to make sensible choices, not just

for ourselves, but for everybody.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

We are beginning to learn

that this is a fragile world

you've placed into our care.

But there are times, Lord,

when we are reminded

of our human fragility,

needing your loving care

through times of anxiety

and illness. Touch us, Lord,

with healing hands and words,

that we might walk together

through this temporary darkness

and into your glorious light,

Gracious God, let us never forget,

as daily life becomes more difficult

and restrictions cause more annoyance,

that there are many for whom

this has been normality for years;

affected by long-term drought

or destructive storms; struggling

in poverty, or through violence

forced to adopt the life of a refugee.

May we remember to be thankful

for what we have, and work together

selflessly for all who need our help.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Give wisdom, Lord, to all in authority,

not only leaders of nations but local

communities, that actions and words

are prompted by the needs of others,

not personal gain. That we might ask

the question, 'Who is my neighbour?'

and, as if seeing through your eyes,

want nothing but the best for them.

Loving God, what we desire is this;

that people see not us, but through

our smile, greeting, helping hand

or helpful word, your love reach out

and touch, maybe at a time of need.

Keep us focussed through this day

on being your servants in this place,

or wherever you might take us,

and may your name be glorified.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the good neighbours, Lord,

who call to check that all is well,

with those unable to get out,

and whose gentle act of service

brings a ray of light into a day

that would otherwise be cheerless.

Bless them, and all who likewise

give of their time for others

in following your good example,

that this might become a better

and more caring world in which we live.

Help us to put aside

preconceptions

about other people,

because that alters

our behaviour,

and simply accept

that they, like us,

are precious in your eyes.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless all who work in stressful situations;

healthcare, teaching, law enforcement,

social services and other occupations

where patience, love and perseverance

can wear thin, and daily stress levels rise.

Keep them safe and keep them well,

equipped to follow their vocation

through the most difficult of times.

And at the end of their day, grant rest.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

 

We pray for our communities - 

that snapshot of humanity

with all ages, backgrounds,

education, employment status,

politics and religious viewpoint

who are our neighbours

in the streets where we live.

We pray for all of them;

not only those we know by name

and chat to through the day,

but also less familiar faces

about whom we know so little

and pass by with just a smile,

All in need of your love at this time.

Bless their homes and families,

and let your love and peace

so shine within this community

that smiles turn to conversations,

and strangers turn into friends.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

In the darker moments,

when clouds gather

and the heaviness we feel

seems over whelming,

remind us of your love,

carrying the wight

of so much in that cross,

embracing the world

with arms outstretched

that we might know

freedom from the chains

which no constrain us.

Bring us to your light,

release our burdens

and from despair bring hope.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Lord, we pray these prayers today in the name which is above all other names, the name of Jesus.

Amen

 


 

Monday 13th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Welcome to another set of Monday morning prayers. Our prayers this week centres around the Acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication). Please use the outline to best fit the prayers that you wish to pray in each section of the Acronym. Maybe begin by just thinking what each of the headings mean and the spend about 5-10 minutes on each. I hope that this approach this week will help you to engage in a deeper way of praying before God.

 

Every blessing to you all during this coming week.

 

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Morning Prayers - 13th April 2020

How do you get to know someone? When it comes down to it, it's simple: you talk with that person and spend time with them. Your relationship with God is no different. If you want to get to know God, what he loves and what his desires and passions are, you need to spend time with him. Prayer is one of the ways you can do this.

 

I love the Lord because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116 v. 1-2, NLT)!

 

Learning to pray can often be overwhelming, especially if you're new to it or if you haven't done it in a while. It can help to remember that praying is simply having a conversation with God. It's telling him what's going on in your life. It's about trusting him with your needs. It's also a time to praise and worship him for who he is and what he has done. He wants to be first in your life, and he wants you to worship him in the good times and in the bad so that your trust in him will deepen and grow and your heart will be encouraged.

 

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace... (Philippians 4 v. 6-7a NLT).

 

A simple guide to help shape your prayers as we have already said is to use and follow the acrostic ACTS.

 

A: ADORATION

To adore God is to worship him for who he is and not only for what he does. In adoration we are able to verbalize our worship, praise, honour and exaltation of God. Many of the Psalms can help us to focus on the attributes of God, such as his loving kindness, his mercy, and his majesty. Adoration is an expression of love and trust.

 

Why not start your prayers this week by praying prayers of adoration to God. Thank him for all that he has done for you. Praise him for his love for you. Lift your voice before him, maybe in song!

 

For example: 'God, thank you for being trustworthy and kind. You have never broken a promise, and everything you say will happen. I praise you for being all-knowing. You're seated above the heavens and you oversee the galaxies, but not one detail escapes you. In fact, you take care of the sparrows and you count every hair on my head. You know everything about me, and yet you love me anyway...'

 

C: CONFESSION

As you begin your prayer by worshipfully adoring God, the Holy Spirit will often reveal any sin in your life that needs to be confessed. To confess means to 'agree with'. In other words, you agree with God concerning your sin - that it is, in fact, sin; that Jesus' death on the cross has paid for that sin, and that you are fully forgiven as a result of that perfect sacrifice. This leads you to ask God for forgiveness and thank him for doing so.

 

In quietness why not spend some time just 'confessing' to God, all that you know in your heart that you have done, said or thought that has 'taken you away' from God.

 

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim to have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1 v. 9-10 NLT)

 

T: THANKSGIVING

Giving thanks to God is an expression of faith, and faith please God. In saying, 'Thank you,' you are expressing your gratefulness and appreciation for what God does. Thanksgiving is also saying, 'God, I trust you.' It is the opposite of whining and becoming bitter when things don't work out the way you want them to. The Bible tells us that God's will is that we give thanks to him in all circumstances. 

 

As we go through life, it may seem at the moment that God is not with us or is against us. Neither of these are true, God has always been with us, maybe we just haven't seen that yet! Our prayers this week can be focus on what is good in life and can be used to thank God for many blessings that are around us. Maybe this week look around you and see all that is good in life. Thank Him for the basics, like food, clothing, shelter, family, friends. Thank Him for the bigger things like salvation, forgiveness, an eternal home, fellowship with brothers and sisters, spiritual giftings. Thank Him for the little things that speak of His care, like the tulips budding in your yard, the gorgeous sunrise that greeted you this morning, and even the unexpected sale of that kitchen staple you always run out of.

 

Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5 v. 16-18 NLT).

 

S: SUPPLICATION

Supplication means entrusting all your needs and desires to God. He is the Creator of the universe, and he wants you to tell him what's on your heart, however minor it might seem. Anything that concerns you concerns God. That includes difficult areas in your personal life, or the needs of others.

 

When you pray, don't forget that listening to God is just as important as speaking to him. Listen to him as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through the Bible or even in the quiet stillness of your heart. 

 

Remember that a clear answer might not come right away or in the way you'd expect it, but God is always listening, and he does respond. The more you pray and spend time with him in his Word, the more you will get to know who he is and see him at work.

 

In our Monday Morning prayers this week, maybe even over the course of the week, why not bring your prayers to God for those things that are really on your heart right now. It may be that you want to pray for loved ones, for family and friends. It could be that you want to pray for the NHS and all other carers. You might pray for the ongoing situation of the Coronavirus, and those who have lost their life because of it. God hears all of our prayers.

 

You haven't done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. (John 16 v. 24 NLT)

 


 

Monday 30th March 2020 - Monday Prayers

Welcome to another set of Monday morning prayers. Our prayers this week include a few pictures and then a short prayer to accompany the picture. I hope that this approach this week will help you to engage in a more reflective way of praying before God.

 

Every Blessing to you all

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 30th March 2020

Prayer for Peace

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion in all that is going on around me at this present time. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion in not knowing what the days and weeks ahead will look like. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Like a dove, I invite you today to rest over me and give me the peace and tranquility that only You can bring into my life. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer for God's Direction

 Lord, help me not to lean on my own understanding but in everything   acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour. In the fragility of life and in all its   current uncertainties, may you give my life direction and meaning. Direct my   words, thoughts and actions, I pray. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

 

Prayer for God's Strength

 Lord, thank you for your greatness. Thank you that when I am weak, you are   strong. Lord, the Devil is scheming and I know he desires to keep me from   spending time with you. Don't let him win! Give me a measure of your strenght so   that I might not give into discouragement, deception and doubt! Help me honour   you in all my ways. In Jesus' Name, Amen

 

Prayer of God's Provision

 Dear Father God, Thank You for Your unfailing love for me, Your blessings, and   goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to guide me and se me through times   of uncertainty, for lifting me up, and setting me on high. Thank You for Scripture   that comforts and reminds me of Your promises, plan, and provision. Thank You   for taking away my fears and worries, the what-ifs, and reminding me that my   help comes from You. Help me to be a good steward and to sow wisely. In   Christ's Name, Amen. 

 

 

 

Prayer for Hope and Trust

 Father, sometimes it does feel that you have left us in the battle. We know that   you are with us, but so are our feelings of aloneness. The Enemy seems to be   taking ground. Our crying out to you seems to go unanswered. We know you are   at work, but help us trust you in the midst of our questions. In Jesus' Name,   Amen.

 

 

 

 

Maybe spend about 5 minutes on each prayer. Firstly, look at the picture and let it 'speak' to your heart and mind. Secondly, read the prayer and the spend a few minutes allowing God to speak to you.

May God truly touch you today.

 


 

Monday 23rd March 2020 - Monday Prayers

During these uncertain times, I will be attempting to produce on a Monday some prayers of Thanksgiving and reflection that can be used by both individuals and families. The prayers will take different formats so people can engage with them as they so wish.

 

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

God in His word, the Bible, encourages us 'to be still and know that He is God.....' and so I offer these Monday Prayers in order that we may do just that. 

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 23rd March 2020

On 22nd March, Baptists Together took part in the National day of Prayer and Action (in Light of the Coronavirus) as part of Churches Together in England along with CYTUN in Wales and churches in Scotland. Catriona Gorton, Minister at Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow led prayers with the General Secretary of the Baptist Union Of Great Britain, Lynn Green.

 

The Bible Readings that were used were: John 8 v. 12, Matthew 5 v. 14-16 and Philippians 2 v. 15b-16a. If you were unable to take part in that prayer time, then the following are the prayers that Catriona Gorton used.

 

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

The beginning of the gospel of John assures us that:

'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'

This evening (22nd March 2020) we are invited to join with other Christians across these islands to place a lighted candle on a window sill, where it may shine into the physical darkness, just as the light of Christ shines into the metaphorical darkness of the times in which we find ourselves.

 

The prophet Isaiah these words:

'Comfort, comfort my people, says your God, Speak tenderly to Jerusalem...

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens - who created all these things?

He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.'

 

In the letter to the church at Philippi, we read that we should:

'Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the word of Life'

 

With these thoughts in mind, let us pray:

God who is Light and Love, we praise and thank you for your inextinguishable presence in the darkness that surrounds us. 

 

As the Psalmist reminds us, you, our Creator, know every star by name, and ensure that not one of them is lost. For this we offer thanks and praise.

 

As the Apostle reminds us, you, our Sustaining Redeemer call us to shine brightly where we are. This is an awesome privilege, and a huge responsibility. So we thank you for your Holy Spirit, recalling how the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of fire on the frightened followers and empowered them for service and mission.

 

We pause briefly, looking back over the past week, recalling moments when light pierced the darkness of fear, anxiety or business and we found ourselves smiling or laughing, refreshed or renewed; and, in the privacy of our hearts, we name them before God...

 

This week, when so many of us feel that we have been running to stand still, we are grateful for this brief opportunity to slow down, to 'be still', and recognise that our lives are lived in the safe embrace of the God whose name is revealed to be not, 'I Do', but 'I Am'...


God who is light and love, accept our prayers and give us your peace. Amen.

 

Prayers for Others

These prayers for others include a response, which, if you find it helpful, you are invited to join in with at home:

When is says, Jesus Light of the World, you are invited to say, 'Shine in the darkness'

 

Let us pray...

 

God of compassion, we come to you in these moments with our prayers for others, and for each other. Jesus tells us that we are the Light of the World, called to shine like stars in the universe, so help us not only to pray, but also to live the answers in our own homes and communities

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Day by day, the news media are filled with updates from politicians, medical experts and scientists. We pray for those who serve in governance of the four nations of this United Kingdom, in Westminster, in Holyrood, in Stormont and in Cardiff, especially for the Prime Minister, First Ministers and Presiding Officers. Grant them wisdom, insight and compassion.

We pray for the devolved Public health bodies, working and collaboratively to ensure that all appropriate measures are implemented across these islands.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all leaders of industry, business and commerce, in organisations large and small, as they face new challenges every day, and have to make complex and unpalatable choices. Grant them wisdom, creativity and compassion.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all faith leaders, those serving local congregations and those who are chaplains in healthcare, educational, prison, military and workplace settings. From learning new skills to managing others' expectation, from the challenges of being defined as 'key workers' to feeling inadequate and exhausted, this has been a hugely demanding week and uncharted territory. Enable them to care for themselves and those closest to them, taking time for rest and refreshment,

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for those in our nation who are especially vulnerable because their already fragile lives are now further endangered. People who have no homes, people who have sought asylum or refuge from terrible situations, people who live in food, fuel or period poverty, people whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted. Show us how, to these neighbours, we can be the light of the world, how we may shine like stars in simple acts of kindness, compassion and grace.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the people of Croatia following the major earthquake in Zagreb on 22nd March. Grant wisdom to their national leaders as they seek to respond to both this and Coronavirus; strengthen all whose work it is to undertake the work of rescue and care, and bring a measure of peace in the inevitable bewilderment and fear.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the Baptist churches of these islands, among whom are many who are fearful about loss of income in these uncertain times. We pray for wisdom and compassion as they discern their way forward; and also for those employed by our Unions who offer advice, guidance and support.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Lastly, we pray for ourselves, each one of us with a unique mix of emotions, fears and challenges. In the quiet, we name them before God...

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

God who knows and names the stars in the universe, hear our prayers, and empower us to shine like stars in the days ahead. We make our prayers in the name of Jesus, Amen

 

 


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