“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 9
Please pray for the poorest countries currently 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.
We pray for the migrants on the island of Lesbos in Greece where a fire has destroyed so many tents and left many without shelter. They have lost their few possessions too, and have no idea what the future holds. Greece is struggling to cope with the many migrants crossing from Africa and needs more support from the EU countries.
We pray for those in California and Oregon experiencing numerous raging wildfires. People have had to escape and leave their homes, and firefighters are overwhelmed. In Sudan, there has been severe flooding and many people are homeless, with nearly 200 having drowned.
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.
We pray for the people of Belarus protesting and wanting political change after the population thought the last election was 'rigged'. However, the current president of over 20 years, still has control of the police and military, and many arrests and beatings have occurred. We pray for a peaceful resolution.
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