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
I am so aware of the need of a move of God across our land. We have left our first love as a nation. This country used to be called Christian, but oh how times have changed. We used to be a nation who sent missionaries to various parts of the world. Now it is us who need to be evangelised. It is us who need to hear the truth.
When Ray and I founded our band called Heartbeat about 40 years ago, one of the things we did was to visit various schools all over the UK. We took many RE lessons in the schools and shared our faith. One of the things we noticed was that the teenagers we met were totally unaware as to what a Christian was. When we asked them to tell us what they thought a Christian was some of the answers would have been hilarious if not so tragic. They thought a Christian was someone who drank tea and watched “Stars of Sunday” (a Christian programme on TV similar to Songs of Praise). Others told us a Christian was someone who ate bacon and eggs for breakfast (this was in a Jewish school) or someone who grew their own vegetables. Others told us the usual answers of someone who went to church and sat on a hard pew listening to a boring sermon. When we told them what a true Christian was and showed them how God was real and alive today, they listened. They didn’t want to go to church, but they wanted to discover a God who was real, alive and who could deeply affect their lives today. They wanted to know a God who loved them and who understood what they were going through in life. The story of Jesus and how he loved them, gave them a taste of real Christianity and thousands of them throughout the 80’s decided to come to know God for themselves. Our nation again needs to hear again about a God who cares, who loves us and who will never leave us even when life is bad. Right in the middle of this pandemic, whether we are a Christian or not, we need to hear that our God is good, he is kind and he is so faithful. He doesn’t leave us to fight our own battles, instead he is right in the middle of this pandemic with us. If you are a Christian, then trust him now and know the depths of his love for you. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy that he has deserted you. The truth is that he is with you always. If you have known this truth, then begin to share with others, what God has done as you have travelled through this tough and awful time. Tell them that you could not have been able to go through this journey without him. I know this is true for me. I live to declare the goodness of God in the land of the living. He has been my strong tower, my shield and my faithful God. If you are not a Christian, then I implore you to discover our God who loves you and doesn’t stop loving you. He has loved you from the beginning and he will love you to the end. He is a God who gave himself so that others might live.
My husband sadly died 4 years ago. It was the toughest time of my life yet I have been able to endure the loss because of the presence of my God who loves me and who engulfed me with his love. During Ray’s last stay in hospital I remember one day the nurses trying to get blood from him so that they could test it. My husband’s veins were never easy to find and so after a while of trying to get blood from his arms and his hands they eventually tried to get blood out of his feet. Ray was in agony as they poked a needle all over him without success. At one point I almost said, “Here take my blood, I’ve got lots of veins”. I would have done anything to stop them hurting Ray, but I realised how futile my offer would have been. My blood would not work for Ray, they needed his blood to find out what was going on. Through recalling this awful time, I was reminded that Jesus freely gave his blood for each of us. Through the shedding of his blood, he gave us the opportunity of knowing God and living life to the full. He died so that we could live. What a wonderful God we have. He is a good and faithful God. He never leaves us alone. He is always with us. We don’t go through this virus alone! No matter what trauma we experience, God is with us and he cares like no other – enough to give his blood for you. Join me as we talk to this incredible God who today woos us as individuals and also as a nation back to himself.
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 10th July:-
1) Pray for many to come to know the Lord who gave his blood so that you and I may live. Pray that our nation turns back to God. Pray that we will discover a God who loves us and cares for us. Pray for revival to sweep our nation and for many thousands to be swept into God’s Kingdom. Pray for a Tidal Wave of his Spirit to come and hit our land bringing healing, justice and forgiveness. Pray for God to Heal our Nation – https://soundcloud.com/nancygoudie/heal-our-nation Use this song to cry out for God to come and heal our nation.
2) Praise God that the number of deaths continue to fall. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are seeing the death rate fall dramatically. The death rate in England too has been much lower. We continue to see less deaths in the UK than is usual for this time of year which is wonderful, but we won’t be satisfied until we are seeing no deaths at all from Coronavirus. The rate of infection overall for the UK is still below 1 although we do need to be careful to follow the government advice to make sure it doesn’t rise above 1. We have also been able to deal with the hotspots in Scotland and also in certain places in England. Do keep praying – we have a long way to go, but we are going in the right direction. As long as we continue to observe the guidance from the government then as we pray, we should see progress.
3) Let’s continue to pray for our government as the Lord has instructed us to do. Whatever your politics, pray for the Prime Minister and MP’s of all parties. Pray for those who work in the government too as aids and advisors. Pray for unity in fighting this virus. Continue to pray for God’s wisdom to know how to control this virus and to see the economy get started safely again. Continue to pray for good reporting in the media. So many report inaccuracies and often spread much fear. If you find this happening to you, then don’t watch the news every day as it can affect your mental and emotional health. Let’s praise God for what the government have given to help in this crisis. They have released money so that people’s jobs might be safe. They have ploughed money into the NHS etc. They have done more than any other government have done across the world. Just this week they announced a grant of £1.57billion to the Entertainment and Theatre industries. They have also announced this week many measures to help employers to retain their employees or to create many new jobs particularly for those in the 16-24 age bracket. Do pray that these measures help in the long run to avoid huge unemployment.
4) Let’s continue to praise God for the NHS and for all who work in the caring professions all over the world. Praise God for the surgeons, doctors, nurses, care workers, dentists, assistants, cleaners and everyone putting themselves at risk so that we can get the help and treatment we need. Pray for all those working to help on the frontline against this virus. Pray for those who have not had their treatment or scans because of the urgency to deal with Coronavirus patients. Pray that those needing treatment for other diseases will get the treatment they need quickly.
5) Do pray for our economy – most businesses have opened up now but are finding that the public are not coming out to spend in the way they did previously. The government have issued a new Eat out to Help Out scheme during August – do pray that this works well and helps in some way. Pray that we will all have the confidence to shop and also eat out safely. Pray for those who work in those shops and pray that they will be able to retain their jobs. Pray for restaurants, hotels and pubs that they will find safe ways of opening. Two or three pubs this week in England have had to close again after someone was found to have tested positive for the virus. Pray for all businesses and for the public to keep safe. Pray for those working in places that are as yet not allowed to open – like gyms and spas and nail salons. Pray that it may be safe soon to open up again. Pray for the many thousands who have lost their jobs over the last number of weeks. Pray that they will quickly find a new job. Do pray that their lack of finance and their insecurities lead them to the God of all comfort and provision. Praise God as I said earlier that the government has said they are going to be ploughing £1.57billion grant into the theatre and entertainment industries. This is huge. Pray that each penny will be spent in the right way. Continue to pray for schools and college students who have found this lockdown difficult. So many young people have struggled with missing their friends. Do pray for their mental and emotional health.
6) I am aware that many are weary of all the structures that have been put in place so that we can be safe. I am aware that many are finding their peace and confidence in God at this time being shaken. Now is the time to renew our confidence in our great and powerful God. Let’s continue to read the Bible and soak in his truth. We must remember that the enemy would love to feed us lies (after all that is his native language) and feed the insecurity within our own hearts. So, let’s pray for ourselves that as we trust in God, we will have many testimonies to tell others about how God brought us through this crisis. Instead of giving in to the enemy’s tactics, let’s stand strong knowing that as we declare our trust and faith in God, God will give us HIS peace and HIS joy and indeed HIS life. Remember what it says in Psalm 46 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. V7 – The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. V10 Be still and know that I am God. Let’s still our stressful hearts and rejoice in who our God is. Pray for many that today they will find that no matter what happens, that the Lord is their refuge and strength in times of trouble.
7) We have accomplished much as we have prayed over the last number of months since March 20th. However, we mustn’t stop now. Let’s continue to pray until this virus is defeated. The government and the scientists are expecting a second wave of this virus in the winter and so it is important that we are praying into this now. We must keep in our minds that although the death rates are coming down, this virus has not disappeared. It is still very much here and it can be deadly. We are not depending on our own strength or indeed own wisdom, but we are depending on God’s help and strength at this time. Let’s unite our prayers for a great move of God across this nation and in our world. Let’s pray for many to turn to God and that in time we will see this virus eradicated.
1. 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.
2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
I will leave you with a few verses from Joshua 1. This was when Joshua was commissioned to lead the children of Israel into the promised land. His mentor/leader Moses was now dead and Joshua took over as leader. I can just imagine the insecurities that he must have felt. Can I do this? Am I able to lead these people? Will God be with me as he was with Moses. It was at that point that God spoke and said, V5b “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” V7a “Be strong and very courageous.” V9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So, in these days when we too can feel weary and insecure, let’s hear the voice of God speak to us as he did to Joshua and tell us that we need not be discouraged, for he is with us every step of this coronavirus journey. Trust in the God who is faithful to all his promises (Joshua 21:44-45).
Let’s trust him with all of our heart and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways let’s acknowledge him and he will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Let’s continue to praise, let’s continue to pray and let’s continue to trust. With love to you all – NANCY GOUDIE