For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time – do read the information at the bottom of this report which includes how this started and tips and pointers to help you during this COVID time.
I was reminded this week of a man I admire so much – his name is Smith Wigglesworth. He is no longer alive, but his life speaks volumes to me. He saw revival happen almost everywhere he went and lived with revival in his heart. People used to ask him what was his secret? He used to say that he was not just filled with the Holy Spirit, but he was possessed by the Spirit. In other words, God had control of his life. He chose always, like Jesus, to do the will of the Father and therefore every time God’s will crossed his will, he would go God’s way. He made sure that God’s choices, were his choices. He was determined to do what the Lord told him to do and to go where the Lord told him to go and to say what the Lord told him to say. God had total control of his life. Are you possessed by the Holy Spirit? Today, give him total control. Surrender your will to his. If you have never done this, then do this now. It’s so important. People also used to ask Smith Wigglesworth how long he prayed for assuming that he prayed for hours to see the many supernatural things he used to see. He would answer them, “I rarely pray for more than 20 minutes at any one time, but rarely 20 minutes go by without me praying.” This too is key. It’s says in the Bible, pray without ceasing – and although it is very important to carve out time to pray on a regular basis, it is also very important to live in an attitude of prayer. Bring God into every decision in our lives, so that we are praying/talking often to the Lord. Do you talk to him more than you talk to others? Let these two things challenge us today into action as we begin another National Day of Prayer.
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 27th November
- The lockdown is finishing on December 2nd, however there will be tougher restrictions brought in as we all go into various lockdown levels. Pray that the government get the rules right so that it helps to control the virus but also it doesn’t destroy our mental health or the economy. The R rate for the UK is estimated to be at 1 – 1.1; people being admitted to hospital is coming down and those testing positive is on its way down too. Do keep praying for this trend to continue. Deaths are still rising but could be levelling off. So, our prayers are being answered – keep praying and be encouraged.
- Continue to pray for Boris Johnson and all our leaders. Pray for our Royal Family too – for the Queen and for all her family. Pray for health, strength and wisdom for them all. Pray that they will work together and respect and honour each other. Pray for good decisions regarding the whole of the UK. Pray too that the four devolved governments work together and don’t use it as a political statement. Pray too for world leaders everywhere. Pray for wisdom so that they can govern wisely. Do continue to pray for a testing system that works well. Pray the same for the Track and Trace system.
- There is good news that the Oxford vaccine has been passed as being highly effective in fighting the virus. This is so good to know, but we continue to pray that before it is given to the general public that every precaution will be taken. Continue to pray for a safe and reliable vaccine. Pray too for the many fears that are around about taking this or any vaccine. Pray that each of us will know the way ahead as to whether to take this vaccine or not.
- Let’s thank God for our NHS and that it is not overwhelmed at this present time. Praise God that those being admitted to hospital at this time because of the virus is coming down. Continue to pray for all staff who are working in the hospitals and also those who work in the care homes. Pray for health and strength for them all. They work to tirelessly on our behalf. Continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones because of this horrific virus. Pray that they will find the Lord’s comfort and peace. May people at this time draw near to the Lord God – our healer. Look out for ways that we can help show kindness to others around who are in pain or are in mourning at this time.
- Let’s continue to pray for the physical, mental and emotional health of all at present in our nation. As we know a lockdown can produce huge anxiety, stress and mental health issues. Let’s continue to pray for people to receive the gift of peace that Jesus so freely offers. Let’s pray and look out for each other. Pray for hope in the midst of hopelessness. Pray particularly for those who live by themselves. It can be easy to lose hope yet it is hope that brings life. Pray for those in Care Homes who are suffering because of lack of contact with their families. There seems to be light at the end of that very dark tunnel with the Prime Minister saying that tests can be done so that relatives can be able to see their loved ones. Praise God too that we will be able to see some of our family at Christmas.
- Let’s pray for our economy and for businesses everywhere. Some of the hospitality places can re-open, but others cannot as it depends on their location. Pray for those who have lost their jobs, pray that they will find secure work soon. Pray against fear as it definitely does affect our physical health. Pray for young people in schools, colleges and universities and also those who have just started jobs or who are looking for jobs to find peace and freedom from fear. Pray the same on the older people in our society that fear would not rule in their hearts. Pray a protection on vulnerable people everywhere and that peace would reign in their hearts at all times.
- Pray that each of us will like Smith Wigglesworth put God in control of our lives. Let’s seek him like never before. Let’s linger in his presence and sense his sweet, amazing comfort and peace on our lives. Out of that place of security, let’s call on him to bring revival to us and to our nation. Let’s lay down our often selfish desires, and align our will with his will. Let’s be saturated and drenched in Him – so that He is seen through all we do. Pray that the love of God is seen in us, in our church communities, in our national Christian leaders and in our world at this time. Let’s fall in love with the Lord more and more so that we do what he wants us to do and say what he wants us to say. Let’s seize the day and the opportunities every day presents to see others won for Jesus. We have many opportunities – let’s take them and believe God for a great revival.
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What a joy it is to pray and to see things change for good. Keep going – carry these prayers in our hearts. Pray without ceasing by drawing closer to the Lord every day. God is moving. He is listening. Even the smallest cries from our hearts are heard, even if we cannot articulate them. God knows you by name and he loves you immensely – so whatever is going on in your world, let’s be thankful and grateful for his love and for who he is. Woohoo! Our God is in control and he is the God of the impossible! Sending much love to you all……. NANCY GOUDIE
For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time, do read below:
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. Thank you for joining us. To read previous prayer points and encouragements – go to www.nancygoudie.com/blog/
- 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. Perhaps try meditating on Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my Soul in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
- Use the UK Blessing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U Play it in your home – make this as a wonderful blessing on you and your family, your children and their children. When you go a walk pray it over your neighbourhood. The song was written in Elevation church, USA. You can watch here and discover how the song came together in the presence of the Lord – no wonder this song is being used at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4&feature=emb_rel_end