Friday 10th April – Easter Friday
Setting the scene
On 20th March I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but also for others who live further afield. A few days after it was over two friends contacted me and asked if I would do a National Prayer Day every Friday, and asked if I would continue to give some pointers each week for prayer. After prayer I took up the challenge of doing just that. Please listen to my original video calling for prayer if you haven’t heard it already – it sets the scene for what we would want to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_w9dLCcSOY
It is so encouraging to hear of many prayer initiatives around Easter – praise God for the increased prayer at this time….let’s keep praying. Herewith a video to encourage you as we seek God this Friday! Video for Easter Friday: https://youtu.be/O3wiunobvmg
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 10TH APRIL –
It’s Friday……but Sunday is coming! Easter Friday – the day we celebrate and remember the death of Jesus 2000 years ago. The day when all hope seemed gone – Jesus was nailed to a cross and the disciples were all in confusion. What is happening? We don’t understand this!! This was not supposed to happen. Fear started to enter their hearts. Were they going to be the next people to be nailed to a cross? But what the disciples didn’t remember was that Jesus had told them several times that he would rise from the dead. What they needed to remember was that although it was Friday – Sunday was coming! This coming Sunday is the day we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. On Friday all hope was gone – and many in our nation are finding themselves in that position right now. Hope is disappearing fast. This Coronavirus has brought so much fear and panic in our nation. But we know as Christians that Sunday is coming! We know that there is always hope when we know and love Jesus. We know that as we pray, God will release his power and his wisdom so that this virus will be defeated. So, as we go into prayer today – let’s remember even though we are facing a horrible and terrible virus – we are facing this with the power and greatness of our God. Let’s pray knowing that although it is Friday – Sunday is coming! There will come a day when because of God’s wisdom, answers and healing – this virus will be gone. Friday is here – but Sunday is coming! Let’s continue to pray:
- Let’s continue to pray for our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. As I am preparing these notes, our Prime Minister is still in ICU in hospital – so let’s pray that in his weakness, he will know the healing touch of God in his life. Pray for the NHS staff who are looking after him. Let’s pray that at this time he will turn to God in prayer and know the depth of God’s love and saving power in his life. Let’s pray for the physical, mental and spiritual healing of all our leaders at this time. Continue to pray for wisdom for all global leaders. It’s interesting to note that although our country has not called for a National Day of Prayer as yet, nor has there been any mention of prayer in the media – since our Prime Minister went into hospital, I have heard at least three of his political colleagues say on National TV that they are praying for him and for all affected by the virus!!
- Continue to pray for the NHS – pray for each worker who is on the front line whether it’s doctors, nurses, care workers, surgeons or medical administrators etc. It’s been encouraging to see Doctors and Nurses in Philippines crying out for God and also wonderful to see doctors and nurses praying before going in to work in America. It was also wonderful to hear on social media a call from a surgeon in the UK for us to pray for everyone in the NHS. Pray that each person who works in the NHS will recognise that our God is real and alive and pray that they turn to God in this dark hour. Pray also for other workers, like those who drive our buses, those who work in supermarkets, those who empty our bins etc. So many of them are putting themselves at risk so that we can all survive during this time.
- Pray for those who are struck down by this virus – may they in their weakness turn to God and cry out for help. A friend of mine contacted me last week to ask for prayer. Her husband had been admitted to hospital was receiving oxygen and was looking like he would be taken to ICU. He was getting worse and she knew she needed God to move so she called and asked her friends, family and church to pray. She too was unwell. As we prayed – he turned a corner and began to slowly get better – in a few days he had recovered enough that he could get home and now both of them are on the way to recovery. When we pray – God acts.
- Pray that people will adhere to the Government guidelines and stay at home so that people are still able to go out for a walk or a run. There are many in our society who need, because of their mental health, to take a walk or run each day. Please pray for people’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
- We continue to pray for the most vulnerable of our society. We pray for those who have to be in lockdown for 12 weeks. Pray specifically for them during this time that they would not lose hope but that they would continue to find comfort and experience kindness from neighbours, family and friends. Pray for God’s protection to be all around them and others who are in vulnerable situations because of this lockdown situation. Pray that each vulnerable person/child would experience joy rather than stress and peace rather than fear. Also remember those who are in prison at this time too.
- Do remember to pray for those who are worried about their business or about their finances. It’s so good that the Government have helped many who are employed or self-employed but despite this there are many worried about how to make ends meet. Pray that in the midst of their fear, God would meet them and provide for them.
- Pray that many will find God in this unusual time. Pray for supernatural encounters with the living God. Pray that the fear and panic people are experiencing will draw them closer to God. Pray that Christians everywhere would have the courage and faith to speak out about the sure and certain hope we have in God.
Continue to pray not only for our own nation but for the nations of the world. Pray for Italy, Spain, France and other countries that are experiencing the fierce blast from this virus. Also pray for those in Africa who are worried about how they are going to get food during this horrible time. Pray for a global awareness of God’s love and for revival to come.
- Set your phone, your watch, your alarm clock or whatever to remind you to pray throughout the day. I would suggest praying every hour for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, but make a time that is suitable for yourself.
- Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
- Every time you wash your hands, which should be often – then pray a ‘Heal Our Nation’ prayer – sing or speak the lyrics of ‘Heal our Nation’ and ask God to pour out his Spirit on this land. ‘Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, pour out your Spirit on this land.’ Sing or speak that twice. And finish with the first line from the verse ‘Lord we long for you to move in power’ – and ask God to move in the UK but also move in our world. https://soundcloud.com/nancygoudie/heal-our-nation
- Keep reading Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Psalm 46 to encourage yourself and your family with the truth of the word of God.
And remember above all – It may be Friday, but Sunday is coming! Our prayers are being answered, even as we speak. Hold on to God and be full of courage and faith. As I have said before, this virus did not take the Lord by surprise, so let’s lean upon him in prayer at this time, knowing he holds all the answers and that together with him we will win this battle. This coronavirus has to retreat as we pray and Heaven moves. Continue to remember that even the simplest prayer is powerful. Pray with faith. Pray believing. Have you only got a tiny seed of faith? That’s enough to move mountains. We will see this mountain move – so let’s encourage each other and pray!
Never forget: you are amazing! Keep praying and keep praising! – NANCY GOUDIE