Fortnightly Prayer Diary

Monday, 6th April – Saturday, 18th April, 2020

Guy has written a very special prayer diary for us to use over these Easter weeks – it helps us to pray for our country and all affected by the Coronavirus at this time.  He writes…

As we approach the season of Passover, in these extraordinary days, we are all praying that the current plague will soon pass over and that we will be saved.  But for many families the pestilence will not simply pass over, it will discover and latch on to its weak and vulnerable victims and will bring death and much sadness.

In this Prayer Diary, each day begins with a brief observation on a physical characteristic of the corona virus or its effects and is contrasted with a spiritual response.  Each day contains a prayer for one or other of those organizations in our land which is working so hard to combat or contain the virus. 

Thank God that, although our churches may all be closed and the church bells hushed:  ‘the voice of prayer is never silent, nor dies the strain of praise away.’

 

Monday, 6th April

This virus is enormously contagious – and so is God’s Truth.

‘Then, leaving her water-jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”  They came out of the town and made their way towards him..........  Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did”.’ (John 4: 28 – 30, 39)

‘Lord Jesus, we pray that in weeks to come many stories may be told of your amazing grace and your saving power. We pray that you will act in great power and mercy in these days to glorify your Name.’

We pray that many may hear of all you have said and done, leave their water jars by the well and rush to tell their families and friends about you.  May many believe in you.’

Please pray today for 111 staff and for paramedics.  Pray for great wisdom and loving kindness in all they say and all that they do.

And when they feel weary, strengthen them for continuing service.

 

Tuesday, 7th

It is a sad fact, of which we were reminded by our Prime Minister, that, for thousands of people in our land, this virus will be a death sentence.  But we are quite convinced that all who are in Christ are safe/alive for ever.

Pray that many may flee to the Cross.

‘For Christ is to me life and death is to me advantage.’

(Philippians 1: 21) (Tyndal)

‘Lord Jesus, today we pray for those many families across our land who will witness the serious ill health, and even death of loved ones.  Speak to them, O Lord, in their hour of darkness and may they, even at the eleventh hour, turn to you and find a certain Saviour and eternal rest.’

Please pray especially for any such known to you.

We are asked to pray for all Armed Forces medical

personnel who are deployed on the front line in our hospitals.

Thank God for them and pray for them, for their units and for their families.

 

Wednesday, 8th

The virus seeks to drive us apart. It seeks, even, to make us more selfish.  ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: .......... a time to embrace and a time to refrain,’ (Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 5b)

But the Lord draws us closer together, binds us tight, especially in adversity, and gives to each a role and a responsibility.

‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.’ (I Corinthians 12: 27)                                                                      

‘Lord Jesus, show me what I can do, what part I can play, in these immensely challenging days.  Show me how I may pray more earnestly, love more passionately, act more decisively – to your glory.’

Please pray for your local small businesses which have been forced to close, which are losing money daily, whose owners and employees are so desperately worried about the future. Pray that you may be shown how to demonstrate your support and concern.

Pray for all who staff local tax and benefit offices.

Pray that they may speak and act with wisdom and compassion.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY

‘They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds  

fulfilment in the Kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying “This is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”’ (Luke 22: 13 – 19)

‘Lord Jesus, although we will not be able to share bread and wine today we pray that you will remind all your faithful people, at home, that our doorposts and lintels are marked by your blood and that we are forever safe with you.  You have shed your blood upon the Cross that we might live forever. The Angel of Death has no power over all who trust in you.’

Please pray for all you know who live alone, who are isolated and who fear for the future.

Pray that each one of us may do all that we can to show

our care and concern for anyone we know who is lonely.

 

GOOD FRIDAY

‘It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out

with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”.

When he had said this, he breathed his last.’ (Luke 23: 44 – 46)

‘Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.’

Please pray that today, millions of people in our land may take time, wherever they may be, to recall and give thanks for the greatest sacrifice ever made.

Pray that many may follow the services on the internet and online.

Pray that many may open the Gospel and read of Jesus’ saving work.

Pray that many may stop to pray, to remember, to give thanks.

Please pray for all of the churches in this area.

 

EASTER EVE

‘The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath, in obedience to the commandment.’ (Luke 23: 56)

‘In these days, O Lord, when the busy world is hushed and so much of the fever of life is stilled, speak into the quietness.  Speak of your love, speak of your truth.  Speak of your holiness and of your call to repent

and receive forgiveness.

Speak of your patience and of your desire that none should be lost, but that all should respond to your word of Life.’

Please pray for all our online services planned for tomorrow.

 

EASTER DAY

‘When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb?”.  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  “Don’t be alarmed,” he said.  “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter.  He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you.”’  (Mark 16: 1 – 7)

‘Thank you, our Father, that you raised your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus, from the dead – to give hope to all who believe and trust in Him.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have opened the life-gate, that all may go in.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, that you breathe upon us all and give us peace.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless us all this day.

Help us to look ahead with fresh hope and fresh anticipation to all that you have planned for these coming days.’

On this Day of Resurrection, this day of New Beginnings, please pray for expectant mothers, and all who staff the Maternity Units in hospitals across our land.

Please pray for God’s mercy and protection on them all and that all mothers may return home in safety and with thanks to God in their hearts.

Please pray for, and give thanks for, all of the churches in this area.

Monday, 13th April

This dreadful virus originated in China, a country in which tens of millions of men and women, boys and girls, worship the One, True God.

Let us pray today for the Chinese Church and for the Persecuted and Suffering Church across the world.

‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’

(Matthew 5: 11, 12)

‘Lord Jesus, have mercy on your beloved people in China and in so many countries of the world, who are suffering for their faith and trust in you.  As their days grow darker, so may your Light in

them grow brighter.  Lord have mercy.’

Please pray today for our NHS staff, who are working night and day to care for and seek to heal the thousands of virus victims.

Pray that the Lord may strengthen and sustain them.

Pray by name for all NHS staff known personally to you.

 

Tuesday, 14th

This merciless virus targets especially the elderly and the vulnerable.

Let us pray today that God’s compassion and mercy may shine forth in what we say, in what we do and in how we pray.

‘Just then, a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed”.  Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter”, he said, “your faith has healed  you”. And the woman was healed from that moment.’ (Matthew 9: 20 – 22)

‘Lord Jesus, today I pray for the many who are suffering today because of this virus. I pray for those who are afflicted by it and for their families and friends. I pray especially for ________ . Christ, have mercy.’                                                                   

 

Please pray for our Government, our Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Health.  Pray that they and their advisers may make wise and timely decisions.

 

Wednesday, 15th

This virus is spread through touch, or through breathing in infected air; as a result, we have all been driven apart.  This has made many people afraid of being infected.  Let us pray that Christ’s love in us may conquer fear.

‘Perfect love drives out fear.’  (I John 4: 18)

‘Lord Jesus, you encountered many people who were afraid – for themselves, for their families or for their friends.  May your love in us, especially in those of us who are visiting or caring for the sick, drive out fear, and grant peace.’

Please pray today for the many care workers who are visiting the sick and the elderly or who are working in care homes.

Pray by name………. for those known to you.

 

Thursday, 16th

This virus attacks particularly the lungs and respiratory systems of its victims. In the worst cases, it stops people for breathing altogether.

Let us pray, in these desperate days, that many may cry out to the Lord, that many may pray for mercy and forgiveness and that God’s life-giving Spirit might be breathed into them. 

‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!’ This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: “I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord”’ (Ezek. 37: 4 – 6)

‘Lord Jesus, many families in our land will, in these coming days and weeks, see loved ones become seriously ill and even swept away from them by this virus.  May a virus which seeks to separate people from you actually serve to cause many to return to the Lord

whom they have worshipped in the past.’     

Let us pray for the thousands of NHS administrators and managers, behind the scenes, who are supporting front-line staff day and night. Let us pray that each may have a deep resolve to get the job done.

 

Friday, 17th

There is no current vaccine or protection against this virus. Many who contract it will be in grave danger.

Let us pray that many may re-discover Psalm 91:-

‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust”.

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.’ (Psalm 91: 1 – 3)

‘Lord, may many flee from this pestilence and into your protection.’

Please pray today for all those civilians backed by the Army Logistics Corps – who are working night and day to keep hospitals supplied with Personal Protective Equipment.  Pray for their safety as they work long hour, and travel long distances.

 

Saturday, 18th

The virus attacks indiscriminately – all people, everywhere. It is very Bad News.  Our Lord Jesus is the Saviour of the World – the only

Saviour, for all people, everywhere.  He is Wonderful, Good News. 

‘Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.’   (Acts 4: 12)

‘Lord Jesus, as thousands of churches across our land prepare internet and online services for tomorrow, we pray that the glorious news of your saving Name may be proclaimed with renewed confidence and vigour and expectation.

We pray that, as hundreds of thousands of us at home hear again the eternal and life-saving message, our hearts may be warmed and refreshed anew.

We pray that faithful words may be received by faithful hearts and stir faithful wills to renewed action in your service.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.’

 

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