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
Welcome to another National Day of Prayer. As time goes on so many more prayer initiatives are starting and this is so encouraging. We need as much prayer as possible during this Coronavirus time….we are not in competition to one another rather we are complimenting each other as we encourage prayer from all over the UK and beyond. If ever we need to pray it is now…..so let’s encourage each other and pray!
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 17TH APRIL –
The Government has told us that we are continuing the lockdown/self-isolation until at least May 7th. For many we were expecting this, but for some this is really difficult. Some people find it difficult being in their homes alone or with others all the time. Sometimes the small space they are living in is hugely affecting their mental and emotional health. Another three weeks can seem so long, especially if you don’t have a garden or many rooms in your home. Let’s pray for the most vulnerable in our society, and remember those who are vulnerable don’t always look or act that way – they can be hiding a huge amount of negative or difficult emotions. Pray for people’s mental and emotional health in particular but also pray for those who are at home with their abusers. Pray for protection, pray for joy amidst pain and peace among sorrow. Pray that God becomes so real to them all.
- Let’s continue to pray for our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Praise God Boris Johnson was released from hospital on Easter Sunday – what a wonderful answer to prayer. You can see in his talk to the nation after he was out how grateful he was to the NHS who he said had literally saved his life. He told us that his life was in the balance at one point. I believe our prayers at that time changed the outcome for him. So, let’s take time to thank God for answering our prayers and pray that his recovery is good and solid. Continue to pray for his physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Pray that he will realise that as well as the nurses and doctors playing a wonderful role in his healing, that ultimately his life was spared because others were praying for him. Praise God that after he went into hospital, that many newspapers and people were encouraging prayer for the Prime Minister. Prayer is at last being mentioned. What a difference from the weeks before when God and prayer were ignored. Let’s continue to pray that many in our nation will turn to God in prayer at this time. Also continue to pray for wisdom for our Government and all leaders around the globe.
- Continue to pray for the NHS – pray for each worker who is on the front line whether it’s doctors, nurses, care workers, surgeons or medical scientists and administrators etc. It’s been wonderful to hear stories from those who are Christians working in the NHS how God has been moving inside the hospitals. Let’s continue to pray for these wonderful people who are on the front line right now against this virus. Let’s support them with our prayers at this time. Pray that each person who works in the NHS will recognise that our God is real and alive and pray that they turn to God in this dark hour. Also pray for those who work in care homes – so many are at risk caring for the elderly. Pray also for other workers, like those who drive our buses (I heard of at least 7 who had died from this coronavirus in London), those who work in supermarkets, those who empty our bins etc. There are so many who are putting themselves at risk so that we can all survive during this time.
- Pray for those who are struck down by this virus – we now have around 13,000 deaths. A few weeks ago, someone in the Government said that if we got away with 20,000 deaths, we would be fortunate. At that time this number seemed so far off and so ridiculous, but now we can see how easy it will be to reach that total. It’s just so awful to see the number of deaths that are happening every day. It’s also awful to know that these people are dying alone. It was good to hear on Wednesday night about the changes that will happen to ensure that people can see their loved ones before they die. Let’s continue to pray that those who have the virus will in their weakness turn to God and cry out for help. I have been hearing of a number of people who are being healed supernaturally when people have prayed for them at this time as well as others who are being healed through hospital care. Your prayers are making a difference!
- Pray that people will adhere to the Government guidelines and stay at home so that people are still able to go out for a walk or a run. There are many in our society who need, because of their mental health, to take a walk or run each day yet this is being threatened by others disregarding the rules. A friend of mine who works in the police told me that the police are receiving more phone calls about house parties now than they do on New Year’s Eve!!! People are still disregarding the rules and having parties in their garden or in their home. Please pray that people will understand how important it is to abide by the Government rules at this time. Please pray too for people’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
- Do remember to pray for the most vulnerable of our society. Pray for those who find being in their own homes the most dangerous place to be. Pray that somehow in the midst of fear they will experience the love of God and that the peace that passes all understanding will fill their hearts and minds. Pray their lives will be protected from the abusers within their homes. Pray for those who are vulnerable health wise too, that they will know they are not alone so they will not lose hope, but will find comfort and experience kindness from neighbours, family, friends and of course through God at this time. Pray for God’s protection to be around all vulnerable people at this time.
- Do remember to pray for those who are worried about their business or about their finances. Despite all the good things that our Government have done to help, there are so many who are distraught about the future. Newspapers are filled with doom and gloom regarding the economy, and I am sure this is not helping some to find peace in their own individual circumstances. Pray that in the midst of their fear, God would meet them and provide for them.
- Pray that many will find God in this unusual time. Pray for supernatural encounters with the living God. Pray that the fear and panic people are experiencing will draw them closer to God. Pray that Christians everywhere would have the courage and faith to speak out about the sure and certain hope we have in God. Pray for a global awareness of God’s love and for revival to come.
On Wednesday night they said that they are hoping that the peak of the virus had happened in the UK, let’s pray that this is so and that the death rate will go down and the virus will end. Let’s pray for victory, for healing, for salvations, for faith to be kindled in people’s hearts and for hope (a sure and certain hope) in God to be restored. We have a great and awesome God who is able to do beyond all that we ask or even imagine! Woohoo!
- 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.
God will hear every prayer – however weak or strong that prayer may be – he hears every prayer and will answer. Let’s trust in him at this time for yourself, your family, your neighbourhood, your town, your city and your nation. Pray with faith. Pray believing. God is good so let’s encourage each other and pray!
Never forget: you are amazing! Keep praying and keep praising! – NANCY GOUDIE