Gracious God, when we come to You in prayer, so often we turn to the words of the psalmist. In the Psalms we hear the voices of a people who laid their desires, their anxieties, their joys, their hopes and their vulnerabilities before You. And yet in You they placed their trust, in You they sort refuge. And so Lord God, at the start of a new day, we sit for a moment in the quiet and bring ourselves to You, knowing that You love us for who we are, and that You want nothing more than that we share today with You. Help us to open our hearts and not be afraid to be open and honest with You about how we are feeling this day. May You walk beside us and through the power of Your Holy Spirit, may we feel the joy, the peace and the security that comes from being loved by You. We praise You and we thank You for your unfailing love. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Gracious God, we come to You in prayer this morning remembering the needs of all our young people. As the debate continues over A level exam results, we ask that you will be with all those experiencing disappointment and heartache at this time, as they reassess future plans. We know Lord that many youngsters will be waiting anxiously for GCSE results this coming Thursday. Please give them a sense of calm and assurance amidst the stress of waiting. We pray that authorities adopt systems that ensure fair and just results for all our children. And so too Lord, we pray for the many young people seeking employment in this increasingly difficult work environment. Lord God, we acknowledge the impact the health crisis is having on the mental well-being of everyone in society, but today we particularly lift before You the emotional concerns of our younger generation, as they seek to make sense of the instability of the world around them. As we place them under the shadow of Your wings, give them courage, give them assurance and give them peace. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Gracious God, we thank you for creating a world of ethnic diversity and yet too often we do not honour that diversity. We thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to preach a message of justice and equality for all people, and yet too often we fail to heed that message. Loving and forgiving God, we ask for forgiveness for the times when we have not allowed the voices of our brothers and sisters to be heard, for the times when we have failed to speak out and allowed prejudice to hurt and destroy the lives of others. God of Grace, we pray for all those whose lives are disadvantaged simply because of the colour of their skin. We come before you in the name of Jesus Christ who taught us to love, honour and respect all people equally, regardless of ethnicity, gender or social status. May we as a Church, seek to bring restoration, justice, equality and healing into our communities, and may we commit to a vision of a world where ‘your kingdom come’, the coming of a Kingdom where the voices of all your people are heard. Amen.
For the next 11 days our prayers have been written by Thelma Commey, Methodist Youth President 2019/2020, for the global prayer initiative ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.
John 3.16 is one of the best-known verses in the Bible because it emphasises God’s love for everyone. Jesus didn’t just love those who are easy to love, he loved the people who hated him, who despised him; he loved the people that others looked down on. He didn’t just love some people – he loved the whole world.
This speaks about the action that God took to show us love – it shows us how love is an active word. God loved us so much that God sent Jesus for us. Not because of anything that we did, not because we deserved it; but because God is a loving God. God’s love is selfless and sacrificial and shows us what we are worth. If God can love anyone, the least we can do is to do the same.
Loving God, thank you that you gave your Son, Jesus, for me and for all people. Help me accept the love that you showed me in sending your Son. I pray for my friends. Please open their hearts to your love. And teach me to love more truly. Amen
John 12:10 says “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”
Gracious God, we lift before you this morning, all those involved in charitable giving; Those who couldn’t run the London Marathon yesterday but ran round their homes, all the Scouts who could not march on St George’s Day, but are walking a mile to create a united walk to the moon. Lord God, we know that many people rely on the work of charitable organisations, who at the moment are struggling to raise funds because of the lockdown. We thank you for those who continue to find creative ways of tackling this problem, for those who continue to donate and for all the charitable organisations who continue to strive to find a way forward. Please bless the witness of all those people who give so that others might live knowing they are loved, valued and cared for. Amen.
Gracious God, we lift before you this morning all those for whom lock-down threatens their very well-being, both mentally and spiritually, for those already suffering from anxiety and depression who will be feeling overwhelmed in the current climate.
God of healing, may your presence be felt by those suffering, in any way, from mental health issues at this time. We pray for a sense of peace and calm for all those in need. We pray for conversation for those in need of reassurance. So too, we pray for all those agencies and charities seeking to offer support in difficult circumstances. You are our God. May we live in the power of Your strength today. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens, your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and strengthen them and may they feel the assurance of your presence with them.
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health.
Creator God, help us to trust you, help us to know that you are with us, and help us to believe that nothing can separate us from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord of Love, it is good to come to You and remember that we do not face anything in our strength alone, but with You walking alongside us. Through the Power of Your Holy Spirit, you give us the courage and the strength to face the challenges set before us. You give us the courage to continue to serve you and others. So teach us to let go of any fears and doubts and to place our trust in You, throughout this day and always, Amen.
God of Grace, as we are reminded this morning of this text by the Methodist Charity ‘All We Can’, we lift before you all those charities who are affected by the implications of the virus. We pray that pathways will be forged to ensure that the most vulnerable continue to receive the support they need. We thank you too for all those people who are doing whatever they can to raise much needed funds to assist the NHS and those in need of financial support. May we all continue to support this work as a people united and strengthened by Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
God of the resurrection, we thank you for the beautiful sunshine that has lifted our spirits this week amongst the sadness of events in our world.
As we have seen the sun shine and felt its warmth we are reminded that You sent Jesus into our world to bring light and warmth into our lives. And so we give thanks this morning for Your love that we witness through Jesus, a love that will always warm our hearts, and may we too seek to witness to that love and share it with other people.
In John 8:12, Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’. Help us to fix our eyes upon that light, in the day ahead.