After the horrific explosion on Tuesday 4th August, we pray for the people of Lebanon. With around 5,000 injured and the death rate likely to rise further, and many now homeless, their lives have become even more harsh than they were before, with high inflation and a struggling economy. We pray that practical help and support will be given by other nations to help them rebuild their lives.
“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 7
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, South Africa has a serious infection rate. We pray for all the charities working in these areas trying to bring medical support and food to people.
We pray for the many migrants who have risked their lives crossing countries and borders, using all their savings to get to a better life. They are often targeted by criminal gangs, and rape and exploitation is common. Crossing the Channel in rubber dinghies is often their final danger. Whatever we think of this, they are only trying to gain what we have in the West - a decent standard of living, safety and democracy.
We pray for those affected by serious flooding in China (Wuhan and Shanghai), and Assam and Nepal which are suffering heavy monsoon rains. Several hundred have lost their lives and others have been displaced.
We pray for those who have fallen between the Furlough scheme and Universal Credit and have no income. These can be freelancers often working in media industries and the arts. We pray too for people who changed jobs before the pandemic hit, and for those on zero hours contracts.
Nations with high infection rates
We pray for Brazil and other South American countries, together with the USA, where infection rates continue to rise.
Also, we pray for African countries with limited healthcare facilities.
Pray for scientists working to identify a Covid-19 vaccine. Pray too for the drug trials being held in support of their work.
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