“TO GET NATIONS back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” This Billy Graham quote has never been more apt as our country, and indeed the world, faces the challenge of Coronavirus. This page is here to encourage you to pray. Janet leads us in prayers specifically for our nation and communities. Sheila offers us special prayers as we walk through this crisis and may become in need of peace and healing.
Janet's prayer points for our nation and communities - series 10
1 Covid-19 in poorer countries
Please pray for the poorest countries affected by the virus: Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh, together with the Cox's Bazaar Rohinga refugees, and the Republic of Congo. Also, India is struggling to cope with a high infection and death rate, as are many Central and South American countries.
2 Covid-19 in England
Please pray as we now face another lockdown. Ask the Lord to sustain and guide us all. Pray especially that the media take on a positive helpful attitude towards the current situation. Newspapers and TV news are powerful influencers of people's attitudes in this crisis.
Tropical storm Nangka has hit areas of Vietnam and Cambodia. Almost 40 are known to have died, but others are missing after severe floods. Many people have lost their homes, and crops have been destroyed. We pray also for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey with many injured and others dead. We thank you for the perseverance of those rescuers searching day and night to find those still left alive.
4 Climate change
Mindful of the WWF Report for 2020, we pray that governments around the world will take climate change more seriously and stop taking more and more from the planet. Carbon and nitrogen emissions need to be reduced if we are to save our planet. In the last 50 years, two thirds of species have gone: fish, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and insects. Lord, help us to adjust our lifestyles so we are not so greedy. Stop us from destroying habitats to grow more food.
5 Armenia and Azerbaijan
We pray for the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan where fighting has broken out over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Ceasefires have been broken and innocent civilians killed by both sides. Also, Turkey supports Azerbaijan and Russia the Armenians. We pray that this fighting doesn't escalate into a more serious war.
Pray for scientists working to identify a Covid-19 vaccine. Pray too for the drug trials being held in support of their work.
We pray that the Brexit negotiations will reach an agreement soon, and that 2021 will not be as difficult for businesses and hauliers as some predict.
Sheila's special prayers
These are difficult days. So many of us may be experiencing moments of worry, or perhaps loneliness. Here, Sheila prays for you in your time of need. Just click on the arrow in each box to hear her voice.
Prayer for peace
Days of worry
Hope in despair
Prayer for sickness
Prayer for wholeness