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
As I write this, I am on a four-night holiday break in the UK. I am spending four nights/five days by the sea. I have always loved the sea. I was born and brought up in Ayr in Scotland and had the privilege of living only a street away from the sea. When I left Ayr to follow God on a huge adventure, I missed the sea immensely and I still do. To hear the waves crashing against the shore is a beautiful thing. To me those waves constantly talk of the beauty, splendor and power of our God. I love being by the sea. I am having a few days break away to rest. The sky is blue and the sun is shining. In the UK, we have had amazing weather ever since this horrific virus has struck. This to me is the goodness of God. If we hadn’t had such good weather, lockdown would have been so much harder. As I sit here, I am overcome with the blessings God gives us every day – some of which we do not even say thank you as we take them so much for granted. It’s only when you lose one of those blessings that you realise how much you are blessed. When my husband found it difficult to eat, we were reminded that for many years we took this function for granted. Today and every day, let’s remember to thank God for the normal things we do every day – like having the ability to walk, to talk, to see, to smell, to laugh, to cry, to drink, to eat and even to go to the toilet. We have so much to be grateful for. Like the children of Israel, we often find ourselves grumbling and complaining, when we really should be grateful. Not everyone has these abilities. So today and every day, let’s remember to be grateful. Let’s find something to be grateful for. Each day God pours out his blessings on us. I often tell God I am so grateful for who he is and the blessings he brings. Let’s remember during all the complications of life to be thankful. Being thankful is important. I always love it when my family remember to say thank you even for the simple things of life that I give them – like a lift in my car or a meal I have cooked for them. If I love to see gratefulness, then I know our heavenly Father will love our grateful hearts too. Today no matter what is going on in your life, find something to say thanks for and remember to cultivate an attitude of gratefulness. Be sure of this: God is with us in this COVID-19 time and he will bring us through it – for this and many other things in life – I am grateful.
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 14th August:
- We continue to praise God that the number of deaths in the UK continues to decrease. In fact, the death rate is lower now than it was in March. However, we continue to pray that we will get to the place where we can see no deaths recorded from this horrific disease. Continue to pray for those who have lost friends and family through this crisis. We know that our God is close to the broken hearted and that he can comfort like no other. Continue to pray for the rate of infection to come down. In many areas in the UK and also in the continent of Europe the rate of infection is still too high. Pray for people to have wisdom and to comply with the rules from the government. Pray that we never have to go back into lockdown and that this virus is defeated.
- Continue to pray for Boris Johnson, our government and for all world leaders that they will have wisdom from God. Pray for leaders to have integrity and honesty at their core. Pray that all MP’s would work together for the good of the country. Pray for many who are in places of influence to find God during this time.
- We continue to praise God for our NHS and for all caring professions all over the world. Pray for surgeons, doctors, nurses, care workers, dentists, assistants, cleaners, receptionists and everyone putting themselves at risk so that we can get the help and treatment we need. Pray for those who need the expertise of the hospitals and doctors but cannot get it because of this crisis. Pray for those who have health problems – whether serious or not so serious. Pray for healing for each one – pray that they will find healing in Jesus.
- Praise God that we heard last week that the economy in the UK is not going to be as bad as they had originally thought. The reports coming from businesses is that people are coming back to buy goods and that is cultivating hope for the future. Continue to pray for the UK and our world’s economy. Pray for supernatural provision for all. There is still the threat of many jobs being axed, pray against the anxiety that this news brings people. About 730,000 people have lost their jobs so far – do pray for them and pray for a good way through this for people as well as businesses. Continue to pray for kindness and generosity at this time – a little kindness goes a long way! Have a think about who you can bless this week!
- Pray for those who are concerned over lack of finance – there are so many who are worried and filled with fear. They see no way through this crisis and we know when this happens their mental health can be affected and hope can disappear. Pray for those who find themselves in this position – pray that they will find a welcome in the churches that are open for prayer. Pray that the Lord will place a Christian friend in their path. Ultimately pray that they will discover Jehovah Jireh – our provider.
- Let’s speak in a positive way to others – the media releases so much anxiety, negativity and tension, so let’s counteract that by speaking positively to each other. Let’s do what the Bible says in Philippians 4:8 and look for things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy and spread that fragrance around. Let’s pray for ourselves and ask God to help us to be his fragrance of joy in a world of fear; to be the fragrance of life and not of death. We have a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference – so let’s take it and be the fragrance of life to others.
- Continue to pray for the greatest move of revival that the world has ever seen. We sure do need God in this time. Let’s take every opportunity to tell others of the hope we have. The world is looking for hope, and we have the greatest and surest hope – let’s ask God to give us opportunities to share that hope with others. Pray for revival and ask God to start it with you. That’s my prayer today and every day.
- 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
What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent weeks. Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray. Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – email@example.com
As I look out of my window this morning, I see a calm and peaceful sea. Let’s pray for ourselves and for many across our world, that each of us would experience the peace and the calm that comes from our amazing Heavenly Papa. This peace that passes all understanding only comes through trusting in God. Philippians 4:4-7 says this: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thankfulness, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Let’s trust in our incredible God. Let’s allow his peace to come on us as we give him our troubles, our fears and our worries. Let’s turn those fears, anxieties and worries into rejoicing. Let’s remember to capture every worrying or fearful thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Let’s eat the living word until the truth it contains becomes our reality. We have the victory in Christ Jesus. Let’s believe this as we pray this week. With love to you all – NANCY GOUDIE