Monday Prayer

Monday 30th March 2020 - Monday Prayers

Welcome to another set of Monday morning prayers. Our prayers this week include a few pictures and then a short prayer to accompany the picture. I hope that this approach this week will help you to engage in a more reflective way of praying before God.

 

Every Blessing to you all

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 30th March 2020

Prayer for Peace

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion in all that is going on around me at this present time. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion in not knowing what the days and weeks ahead will look like. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Like a dove, I invite you today to rest over me and give me the peace and tranquility that only You can bring into my life. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer for God's Direction

 Lord, help me not to lean on my own understanding but in everything   acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour. In the fragility of life and in all its   current uncertainties, may you give my life direction and meaning. Direct my   words, thoughts and actions, I pray. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

 

Prayer for God's Strength

 Lord, thank you for your greatness. Thank you that when I am weak, you are   strong. Lord, the Devil is scheming and I know he desires to keep me from   spending time with you. Don't let him win! Give me a measure of your strenght so   that I might not give into discouragement, deception and doubt! Help me honour   you in all my ways. In Jesus' Name, Amen

 

Prayer of God's Provision

 Dear Father God, Thank You for Your unfailing love for me, Your blessings, and   goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to guide me and se me through times   of uncertainty, for lifting me up, and setting me on high. Thank You for Scripture   that comforts and reminds me of Your promises, plan, and provision. Thank You   for taking away my fears and worries, the what-ifs, and reminding me that my   help comes from You. Help me to be a good steward and to sow wisely. In   Christ's Name, Amen. 

 

 

 

Prayer for Hope and Trust

 Father, sometimes it does feel that you have left us in the battle. We know that   you are with us, but so are our feelings of aloneness. The Enemy seems to be   taking ground. Our crying out to you seems to go unanswered. We know you are   at work, but help us trust you in the midst of our questions. In Jesus' Name,   Amen.

 

 

 

 

Maybe spend about 5 minutes on each prayer. Firstly, look at the picture and let it 'speak' to your heart and mind. Secondly, read the prayer and the spend a few minutes allowing God to speak to you.

May God truly touch you today.

 

Monday 23rd March 2020 - Monday Prayers

During these uncertain times, I will be attempting to produce on a Monday some prayers of Thanksgiving and reflection that can be used by both individuals and families. The prayers will take different formats so people can engage with them as they so wish.

 

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

God in His word, the Bible, encourages us 'to be still and know that He is God.....' and so I offer these Monday Prayers in order that we may do just that. 

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 23rd March 2020

On 22nd March, Baptists Together took part in the National day of Prayer and Action (in Light of the Coronavirus) as part of Churches Together in England along with CYTUN in Wales and churches in Scotland. Catriona Gorton, Minister at Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow led prayers with the General Secretary of the Baptist Union Of Great Britain, Lynn Green.

 

The Bible Readings that were used were: John 8 v. 12, Matthew 5 v. 14-16 and Philippians 2 v. 15b-16a. If you were unable to take part in that prayer time, then the following are the prayers that Catriona Gorton used.

 

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

The beginning of the gospel of John assures us that:

'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'

This evening (22nd March 2020) we are invited to join with other Christians across these islands to place a lighted candle on a window sill, where it may shine into the physical darkness, just as the light of Christ shines into the metaphorical darkness of the times in which we find ourselves.

 

The prophet Isaiah these words:

'Comfort, comfort my people, says your God, Speak tenderly to Jerusalem...

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens - who created all these things?

He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.'

 

In the letter to the church at Philippi, we read that we should:

'Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the word of Life'

 

With these thoughts in mind, let us pray:

God who is Light and Love, we praise and thank you for your inextinguishable presence in the darkness that surrounds us. 

 

As the Psalmist reminds us, you, our Creator, know every star by name, and ensure that not one of them is lost. For this we offer thanks and praise.

 

As the Apostle reminds us, you, our Sustaining Redeemer call us to shine brightly where we are. This is an awesome privilege, and a huge responsibility. So we thank you for your Holy Spirit, recalling how the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of fire on the frightened followers and empowered them for service and mission.

 

We pause briefly, looking back over the past week, recalling moments when light pierced the darkness of fear, anxiety or business and we found ourselves smiling or laughing, refreshed or renewed; and, in the privacy of our hearts, we name them before God...

 

This week, when so many of us feel that we have been running to stand still, we are grateful for this brief opportunity to slow down, to 'be still', and recognise that our lives are lived in the safe embrace of the God whose name is revealed to be not, 'I Do', but 'I Am'...


God who is light and love, accept our prayers and give us your peace. Amen.

 

Prayers for Others

These prayers for others include a response, which, if you find it helpful, you are invited to join in with at home:

When is says, Jesus Light of the World, you are invited to say, 'Shine in the darkness'

 

Let us pray...

 

God of compassion, we come to you in these moments with our prayers for others, and for each other. Jesus tells us that we are the Light of the World, called to shine like stars in the universe, so help us not only to pray, but also to live the answers in our own homes and communities

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Day by day, the news media are filled with updates from politicians, medical experts and scientists. We pray for those who serve in governance of the four nations of this United Kingdom, in Westminster, in Holyrood, in Stormont and in Cardiff, especially for the Prime Minister, First Ministers and Presiding Officers. Grant them wisdom, insight and compassion.

We pray for the devolved Public health bodies, working and collaboratively to ensure that all appropriate measures are implemented across these islands.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all leaders of industry, business and commerce, in organisations large and small, as they face new challenges every day, and have to make complex and unpalatable choices. Grant them wisdom, creativity and compassion.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all faith leaders, those serving local congregations and those who are chaplains in healthcare, educational, prison, military and workplace settings. From learning new skills to managing others' expectation, from the challenges of being defined as 'key workers' to feeling inadequate and exhausted, this has been a hugely demanding week and uncharted territory. Enable them to care for themselves and those closest to them, taking time for rest and refreshment,

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for those in our nation who are especially vulnerable because their already fragile lives are now further endangered. People who have no homes, people who have sought asylum or refuge from terrible situations, people who live in food, fuel or period poverty, people whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted. Show us how, to these neighbours, we can be the light of the world, how we may shine like stars in simple acts of kindness, compassion and grace.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the people of Croatia following the major earthquake in Zagreb on 22nd March. Grant wisdom to their national leaders as they seek to respond to both this and Coronavirus; strengthen all whose work it is to undertake the work of rescue and care, and bring a measure of peace in the inevitable bewilderment and fear.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the Baptist churches of these islands, among whom are many who are fearful about loss of income in these uncertain times. We pray for wisdom and compassion as they discern their way forward; and also for those employed by our Unions who offer advice, guidance and support.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Lastly, we pray for ourselves, each one of us with a unique mix of emotions, fears and challenges. In the quiet, we name them before God...

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

God who knows and names the stars in the universe, hear our prayers, and empower us to shine like stars in the days ahead. We make our prayers in the name of Jesus, Amen

 

 


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