“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-8)
The head of the World Health Organisation said ‘our key message is: test, test, test.’ As followers of Jesus I want to urge us to ‘pray, pray, pray.’ Here are some prayer ideas for the week ahead:
1. Prayer & Fasting On Thursday 19th March
I am calling us to a day of prayer and fasting. While we cannot meet together in person, we can join together in prayer in our own homes. I encourage you to set time aside to draw near to God.
Fasting can be varied from missing meals or a meal. Fasting from TV, the Internet etc. Fasting is setting aside something to give time over to seeking God in prayer.
Gather your family together for prayer. If you are living alone, why not phone a friend and pray together over the telephone.
Here are some prayer pointers:
Look Up – Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith in who we hope
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer.” (Acts 1:14)
Look Out – Pray for our leaders, the Prime Minister, and the government, national and local. Pray for care workers, teachers, and medical services. Pray for those whose jobs and businesses are uncertain. Pray for God to raise up Daniels and Josephs who can speak Godly wisdom and direction to all in authority.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
2. Thy Kingdom Come - Pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12 noon
While we cannot meet together we can commit to praying together at the same time. A few years ago some of us were putting a reminder in our diaries to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12noon. We can pray the Lord’s prayer as we wash our hands.
This is a great time to be praying ‘Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven’.
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
3. Sunday 22nd March – Day of Prayer & Action
This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, Church leaders in Britain and Ireland are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action about the coronavirus.
At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that He holds.
People are asked to light a candle in their window at 7.00pm on Sunday “as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ”.
What a beautiful symbol of light of life this could be. Not only if we pray for our neighbours and communities but also let God guide us in how we can share His love with those around us.
Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or e-mail someone who is isolated, buy food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
From Pastor Michael Reid
Tuesday 17th March 2020