Each Wednesday we hold United in Prayer Meetings - praying together from our homes. Here is a helpful guide created by Steve Colinese to help you as pray for our nation.
Prayer for the Covid-19 situation
1-Reflecting on the world-wide situation
Let’s continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are continuing to be, affected by Covid-19. We pray that they will all know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.
Pray for countries currently suffering from the greatest outbreaks: Italy, Spain, USA, China, France, Germany, Iran, South Korea and now the UK
That God in His mercy would intervene in the situation
2-We pray for those who are particularly fearful at the moment
Pray for those of all ages in our communities who may be feeling vulnerable and scared.
Pray that the love of God might be their peace. That they may know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope.
3-We pray for the most vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods
Pray for those who are self-isolating in our neighbourhoods.
Pray for older people who are concerned about shopping, regular hospital appointments and general day to day contact with other people.
Bring to God the regular activities for older and more vulnerable people provided by our churches. Pray for wisdom for church leaders to know how to keep people connected and safe.
4-We pray for the medical staff on the frontline of care; we pray that they will be sustained physically, emotionally and spiritually in the coming weeks.
Pray for all healthcare professionals in Waterfront, that God will be their shield and strength
Pray for wisdom and insight as to how we support those in our congregation and communities involved in frontline care
5-Pray for our world leaders and for the leaders in Wales and the UK that they will seek the wisdom of God as they make decisions over the coming days
Pray for the physical strength of our leaders
6-We pray for all those leading the scientific response to Covid-19 across the world
Pray for the scientists from across the globe as they look for ways to alleviate symptoms and their research for a vaccine for the future
Pray for those who have volunteered for the clinical trials on-going at the present time
7-Pray for all God’s people in this time of uncertainty and concern. That our eternal hope would make an earthly difference
Pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. That Christians will be “beacons of hope” and “carriers of the message of peace” at this time
Pray that during the crisis, therefore, more people will come to Christ
8-Pray for the work Action Overseas
Pray for Action Overseas personnel abroad, our partners and local communities, especially those who are living in countries where the health services and infrastructure might not be adequate to protect a global pandemic.
Pray that God will use His servants to accompany people pastorally and missionally through this valley of uncertainty, fear and even potential death. May we be a people of Hope in encouraging others in the face of crisis to lean on God’s sustaining presence and unfailing providence.
9-Pray for the workers keeping the economy going
Pray that God will sustain and encourage those for example involved in the food sector, education, communications, deliveries, utilities, transport, public safety and national security, those constructing ventilators, PPE and making scrubs for the NHS. Not forgetting our spiritual leaders!
Pray that people will recognise their human frailties and limitations and look to God for strength
10-We pray for others in all parts of our world who daily face the uncertainty of life
We pray for those caught up in war.
We pray for those who face hunger today.
We pray for those struggling with sickness and ill health because of other diseases, such as malaria.
We acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty in and through all things and pray using the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus:
For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV)