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.
Have you lost your peace and joy? Well, I want to remind you that these two gifts are gifts from the Lord Jesus and that he doesn’t take his gifts back. Also he has given you not just any peace – but his peace (John 14:27). It’s not like the peace that the world gives which is here today and gone tomorrow depending on what happens around us, but he gives us his peace – the kind of peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). As well as this he doesn’t just give us joy that lasts for a moment and disappears – he gives us his joy (John 15:11) the kind of joy that can give us strength to take us through the worst things that can happen in our lives. Jesus’ joy is our joy! His joy took him through the cross – the most horrific death ever. That’s two gifts that he has already given to us. Let’s remember that they will not be taken away as his peace is a person – Jesus – he is the Prince of Peace and he never leaves us nor does he forsake us (Duet 31:8 and Hebrews 13:6). Our peace and joy cannot be removed as they are the person of Jesus, but they can be clouded by worry, fear or anxiety. That is why I encourage people not to always focus on the news (a lot of their information is sensationalised) instead focus on God’s truth – read your Bible every day, pray and talk to the Lord about everything. Phil 4:6 tells us that when we do that that our peace and joy returns. Jesus said he had come to give us life in all its fullness – yet here we are feeling as though our life has disappeared, it hasn’t! We can live life in all its fullness even in troubled times. After all, Jesus is the one who told us: “In this life you will have trouble, but take heart (take courage) for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Let’s keep our eyes on him, let’s focus our attention on the truth of the word of God and allow your peace, joy and your life to the full to return in all its wonderful technicolour.
- Let’s pray for everyone’s mental and emotional health during this lockdown. So many, particularly children and young people, are saying they are finding the lockdown difficult – so let’s pray for hope for everyone. Without hope we die, that’s why there are so many suicides in these times. Hope is an essential ingredient for life. So, let’s pray for hope, but also share hope with our family, friends, neighbours and churches. To help you – I have recorded ten talks on Hope – they are all on YouTube http://nancygoudie.com/experience/on-demand/ . Share these talks and encourage and share your own hope too. Our hope is not in ourselves but in a much higher hope – so let’s keep our eyes on him – the God of Hope.
- The statistics are continuing to go up and if we keep our eyes on the mainstream media and even on some posts on Facebook, we can lose our hope and feel that our prayers are doing nothing. But we know that it is always darkest before the dawn – so let’s continue to fight through in prayer. Pray for all the statistics to come down- (there is a sign that the cases have begun to turn downwards but it’s too early to say if this is a definite turn). Pray for all four countries within the UK – but especially England whose stats (especially the death rate) are much worse than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Pray that everyone decides to adhere to the guidelines from the government. Keep praying God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven in our nation and in our world.
- Let’s continue to pray for our Government – for our Prime Minister, all MP’s and for our Royal Family. We so need good and godly leadership at this time. I heard through a Facebook friend about a call for a National Day of Prayer in Parliament last week and have since heard it myself. I have now written to our PM, the Health Secretary, the Shadow Health Secretary and also the MP who raised it – will let you know if I hear anything. Pray that our nation turns to God on its knees and cries to him for help. Pray for our Queen and Prince Philip too who recently received the vaccine. Pray for a spiritual as well as physical protection for them both. As our national anthem says – God save our Queen. Remember whether you agree with the leaders over you or not, you are called to pray for them. Do this knowing that God hears our cries. Do this for the US too which is so troubled at this time.
- We continue to pray for the NHS staff and those who work in care homes. Their tireless work is not in vain and many are testifying how their kindness and expert work has pulled them through. God sees their hard work and the tears they cry as they continue to save lives through this pandemic. Continue to pray for their mental, emotional and physical strength. Pray too for their spiritual strength and that they will find the great joy of knowing God and his incredible strength at this time. Pray that the hospitals will not be so overwhelmed that other treatments would not be able to go ahead.
- Let’s pray for the vaccines – there are now 3 vaccines available in our country. Pray that each one would be safe and quickly given to all who need it. We now have over 2.5million people vaccinated within a short while which is so good. Pray that each person getting these vaccines will testify to how good they feel after having received it. Remember though our faith and trust is not in the vaccine itself, it is in the Lord our God. Continue to pray for protection for each person receiving the vaccine and pray too against the fear people have of taking it.
- Pray again for our economy. Very few places are not being affected by this lockdown. Pray for each business and each person who are affected by this. Give them fresh and new ideas as to how to serve our country in business. Pray that each person will find ways of finding a job which can help them financially at this time. Continue to pray for a spirit of kindness and generosity at this time. Ask God for ways of being able to encourage the community around you and follow this through in this next week.
- Let’s continue to storm the heavens with our cries for help. If you can why not spend some time on your knees asking God to help us in our weakness. We need God now more than ever and he is never ignorant or deaf to our prayers. He hears every prayer we pray. Let’s pray for a deep move of his Spirit on our land and in our world. Pray that we will hear from God and obey what he is saying. His ways are better and greater than ours, so let’s ask the greatest mind in our universe what we need to do. I know one of those things is to keep close to him and to pray! Let’s make sure we do so and see God heal our nation. Remember to use the song we wrote many years ago which is a cry for God to Heal Our Nation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg
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Let’s hold on to the hand of God as we walk through this pandemic. No matter what comes against us, let’s continue to trust in God. He is faithful and true and he brings good out of every difficult and tough situation. I’m sure the disciples must have thought at the time that nothing good could come out of Jesus dying on a cross, yet the greatest triumph ever happened at the cross. If God can change the disciples’ pain, heartache and fear into joy and peace, then he can do the same for us. Let’s take a hold of the hand of God and let us never let it go. Let him turn your sorrow into joy and your anxieties into peace as you trust in him. Sending you all loads of love – 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://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