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.
One day as I was lingering with the Lord, he showed me that there were times when his disciples showed fear and how that fear stopped them from seeing the truth of the situation in front of them. Let me give you a few examples that I explored with the Lord. When Peter began to walk on the water towards Jesus, fear of the wind and the waves caused him to take his eyes off Jesus and he began to sink. Fear and dismay at Jesus’ decision to go back to Bethany after Lazarus had died, caused Thomas to exclaim, “Let us also go, that we may die with him!” You can hear the fear and disgust at such a seemingly wrong decision from Jesus (John 11:16). Fear caused all the disciples to run away and desert Jesus when he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56b). Fear caused Peter to deny the Lord three times despite assuring the Lord previously that he would never deny him and would die with him if necessary (Matthew 26:35). When Jesus died the disciples locked themselves in a room because they were in fear of the authorities (John 20:19). As I said earlier, fear can stop us from seeing the truth of the situation in front of us. Fear can stop us seeing the situation as it really is. Peter was in the middle of a miracle as he walked on the water, but when he stopped seeing Jesus, he lost the ability to see that Jesus had made the water rock solid beneath his feet. Thomas could not see that Jesus was going to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead, instead all he could see because of fear was that he, the disciples and Jesus would die if they went back to Bethany. The disciples had been told by Jesus many times that he would be arrested, but in the heat of the moment when fear knocked on their hearts, they forgot what Jesus had said and ran away! The disciples had been told many times that Jesus had to die and that he would be raised to life on the third day (Matthew 17:22-23) but fear kept them in a locked room because they could not see what had really happened at the cross. In all these situations and many more the disciples succumbed to fear and could not see the truth of what was really happening. Let’s learn what we can from the above situations – let’s remember to keep our eyes on Jesus – to rebuke fear in us – especially during this Covid-19 pandemic. Do not partner with a spirit of fear. Fear if not dealt with can make things much worse! Let’s listen to the voice of Jesus as he tells you that he loves you and he has died so that you can be free! Let’s start to believe him today and see fear disappear in his name! Fear is never something that we should partner with, instead let’s decide to trust God, receive the peace of Christ and allow the love of the Father to permeate every part of our lives. Let’s pray today from a place of peace!
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 12th February 2021
- The statistics tell us that the deaths are coming down, the people getting Covid has reduced substantially and even the hospital admissions are going down too. We still have a long way to go, but this is good news! Do pray that the stats will continue to reduce considerably and that the hospital admissions will come down substantially too. We now have over 13 million people vaccinated and this can only be good news in controlling the virus. Let’s continue to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven and let’s rejoice that there are good signs that we are on the road to recovery. Ask God to help you and everyone around you to have confidence in him for the way ahead.
- Do pray for people’s mental health – there are so many suffering from fear, anxiety and confusion. Pray that people will turn to God in their weakness and that they will find real joy and peace as they trust in the God of hope. Many are discovering that they need someone to help them in these troubled days. Let’s be there to point people to our God. Pray against fear, pray against anxiety, but more than that, let’s show people by the peace and joy that lives in us that our God is a present help in times of trouble.
- Let’s continue to pray for our government. There is a long road ahead for our Prime Minister and our MP’s. They need immense wisdom and strength to face the future. Pray for them as they work on the road out of lockdown. Pray they will know Heaven’s wisdom for the way ahead. Pray for the advisors that they will give godly wisdom. The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders so let’s make sure we do that and not use our energy to criticise. Let’s bless them rather than speak negativity about them. Pray too for our Royal Family and also for national leaders of all countries.
- Let’s pray for our NHS. We have a wonderful health system in this nation and we need to be grateful for free and good quality health care. Pray that the admissions to hospitals continue to fall. Pray for health and strength of everyone who works in the NHS – from surgeons to cleaners. Everyone plays a part of helping the system to work. Pray too for those who work in Care Homes – pray for their health, strength and mental abilities – pray that they will continue to show kindness. Pray for those who live in care homes that they will have courage and faith to believe that they will see their families soon.
- Pray for young people everywhere – pray that they can go back to school soon. Pray for their mental health in particular. There are so many despairing young people around – pray that they will experience kindness, joy and peace at home. Pray for their education – pray that they will not suffer academically because of lockdown. Pray for parents who are struggling with home schooling – many are finding this very difficult and it can cause huge tensions in the family.
- So many businesses are going under because of lockdown. The hospitality and the performing arts industries are suffering hugely. Pray for hotels, restaurants and pubs; pray for the music industry, the theatre world and all those who perform on stage or work as a sound or lighting tachnician. Pray too for football clubs who cannot have a crowd in their stands. Pray for all businesses at this time that they would survive this difficult time. Pray for those who have lost their jobs – pray that they will find a good job soon. Pray that the government will have wisdom how to restore our economy to even better than it was before.
- Let’s continue to pray for revival in our land. Continue to pray for a great awakening in our nation. Pray that people will turn to the Lord in their time of need and that Christians will be there to point them in the right direction. We have such good news to tell everyone – so let’s find ways of being able to communicate that. Many are saying that we are on the edge of the biggest move of God that we have ever seen – do pray that this is right. Let’s all respond to God’s cry that says – Whom shall I send? I know my answer and I pray yours too will be the same “Lord, send me!”
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In the Bible we are told not to fear 365 times. if the Lord tells us 365 times (one instruction per day) not to fear then we must take notice. It was not a suggestion, but it’s a command – so it is so important that we take notice and do something about our fear. When we succumb to fear or worry, we lose our peace. It’s easy in the darkness to feel fear, but it’s in those times that we need to remember God is with us. Corrie Ten Boom said this: “When a train goes through a tunnel and your world gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer!” So, in these dark and sometimes terrifying times, let’s do what the Bible tells us to do and reject fear and instead be still and trust our kind, caring and incredible God. Trusting God is the way to live without fear. So, let’s do it – let’s trust God! Sending loads of love and encouragement to you all
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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg
- 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