Isaiah 41:13 Modern English Version

‘For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

Gracious God, as we come before You this morning, we recognise that there are the days when we have the strength to ‘stride out’, days when we need a ‘gentle nudge’ to guide us forward and then days when just ‘putting one foot in front of another’ is hard. But we know that You are a God who understands this, who is simply waiting to offer us the support and encouragement we need. So, we pray that you give to each of us the assurance that however we are feeling we can come to You, that Your firm hand is stretched out before us and Your arms are waiting to wrap around us. May we continue to put our trust in You. As communities, may we continue to support those in need, particularly those struggling emotionally at this time. May conversation and a listening ear be a natural part of our daily routine. Lord God, we come in thanks and praise that You are our living God. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

On this Thursday morning, we pray once more for all those working within the NHS. The applause on our doorsteps may have silenced but their amazing self-giving continues. And so, we lift the mental well-being of all NHS workers before You, and as we give thanks for them, we continue to hold them in our prayers. Amen.