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.
I woke up one morning this week and knew what I was to write this week. There are two things that I want to talk about that the Bible tells us not to do and there is one thing that the Bible does tell us to do. (You understand that there are many more instructions in the Bible of what to do or not to do, but these are the ones that I felt I should mention here.)
Firstly, the Bible tells us not to worry – in fact Jesus himself tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34) and the Bible also tells us not to fear and again Jesus himself tells us this (Luke 12:32), yet so many times we do. The truth is we don’t have to fear and we don’t have to worry because of all that Jesus has said and done, but although we don’t have to fear and we don’t have to worry – we often do. It starts with our thought process and it ends with an action of the will. If we don’t arrest our thoughts then our actions will be driven by fear and worry. Secondly let’s look at the one thing we should do and again it’s Jesus who instructs us: Come to me all who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Peter describes it like this – Cast your cares and anxieties on him, for he cares for you! Getting rid of our fear and our worries and concerns brings rest. So today take a few moments, to come to Jesus and imagine yourself (remember faith is the imagination grown up – so learn to put your imagination to good use) giving Jesus your worries, your concerns and walk away without them – how do you do that? Well, the Bible says to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ – so every time fear or worry starts to surface in your mind, take that thought captive, stop it in its tracks and tell it that Jesus has that worry/fear and therefore you don’t have to worry or fear. Then turn your mind to things that are good or things that God has done for you in time gone past (Phil 4:8). Take a few moments to do that now and then with rest and peace in your heart and mind, let’s pray, not with fear or worry, but with renewed passion that our Lord is listening and he will act on our behalf. Remember what I said at the beginning – we don’t have to fear; we don’t have to worry, so this time let’s choose not to do that in Jesus name!
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 20th November
- Earlier this week, Boris Johnson was told to isolate as he has been in touch with someone who has got COVID-19. It would be awful if our Prime Minister got the coronavirus again. He barely survived last time, so let’s again pray for him. He has been tested and is negative according to the news, but this virus can be nasty. Pray that this isolation reminds him of what happened last time and how he was grateful for the prayers of many. Pray that in isolation he will turn to God and hand over his life to the Lord. This is a reminder for Boris – so let’s pray into that and see God speak to him. Pray that he picks up a Bible for comfort. Pray for help from anxieties which he must have at having to isolate at such a strategic time in our nation. Pray for world leaders everywhere – particularly pray for the USA which is going through such a tough time with the election. Pray protection on them all.
- So much news about this new vaccine has been on the media this week and it seems as though they will have it ready for Christmas however they are unaware really how it works on older people – so let’s join our voices for older people in Care Homes who will be given this vaccine first. Pray for wisdom, pray for safety and pray that if this is not the right vaccine that it will not go ahead. Also pray for another vaccine which has been talked about this week in the media – this one works on the original system we have using the common cold and hoping that it will work to hold back the virus in people. Again, pray for wisdom for this as the common cold in people particularly older people can be drastic. Personally, I feel as though there is a longer journey ahead with either of these vaccines. Pray that in the urgency to find a vaccine, corners will not be cut.
- The cases being recorded have continue to be a concern to the government so let’s continue to pray for the infection rate to fall. Also, the death rate although it appears to be increasing it is still quite low in comparison to earlier this year, however, we don’t want anyone dying from this virus – so let’s pray into this. The hospital admission rate for COVID seems to be slightly down, but it is too early to say that this is the continuing trend. So, let’s keep praying for all these numbers to continue to fall as we pray and as lockdown continues. Please pray that the NHS will not be overwhelmed. Continue to pray for all staff who are working in the hospitals and also those who work in the care homes. Continue too to pray for those with long COVID – it must be so hard to have these symptoms continue over a long period of time. Pray for them to recover supernaturally and also that the doctors will know how to encourage and treat these patients. Continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones at this time because of this horrific virus. Pray that they will find the Lord’s comfort and peace. May people at this time draw near to the Lord God – our healer.
- As we know a lockdown can produce huge anxiety and mental health issues. Let’s continue to pray for people to receive the gift of peace that Jesus so freely offers. Let’s pray and look out for each other. We are half way through the month now – so let’s pray that the lockdown will not be extended. Pray for hope in the midst of hopelessness and the doom and gloom which seems to come from the media reports. Pray particularly for those who live by themselves. It can be easy to lose hope yet it is hope that brings life. Pray for those in Care Homes who are suffering because of lack of contact with their families. Pray for those who have lost their jobs that they would find another one quickly and that the finance they need will be found for them.
- Let’s pray against fear too as so many young and older people keep fear in their hearts and it definitely does affect our physical health. Pray that we will learn to take every fearful or negative thought captive and make it obedient to the truth. Pray for young people in schools, colleges and universities and also those who have just started jobs or who are looking for jobs to find peace and freedom from fear. Pray the same on the older people in our society that fear would not rule in their hearts. Pray a protection on vulnerable people everywhere and that peace would reign in their hearts at all times.
- Do continue to pray for wisdom for the leaders of our nation. Pray for a good and secure testing system. Pray for the Track and Trace system too. Do continue to pray for the testing system in Liverpool and also for the Track and Trace system to work really well. Pray for those making decisions about the lockdowns and the possibility of us being able to celebrate Christmas with our families this year. Pray for a safe and good way forward with this.
- We continue to seek God for revival. This is a time when people are more open to prayer and to discuss supernatural things than ever before, so let’s pray into that. Pray for churches to seize this opportunity and try and show the love of God to those who normally would not attend church. Pray for those churches who have food banks – this is a brilliant way of reaching people and showing them that God cares for them and that we do too. I have an opportunity of giving one of my books in with each of those deliveries. This is a unique opportunity and so I am giving away the books at cost price and raising finance for this to happen. I would value your prayers as hundreds of my books (on Hope, Confidence and Laughter) go out to food banks and into prisons too during November/December. We have many opportunities – let’s take them and believe God for a great revival.
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Just a little encouragement before I go. This morning I was exercising in my conservatory and the Lord spoke to me. I looked and heard the wind and rain outside as it battered on the building. As I looked through the glass windows on all sides it looked like the storm was going to batter me, but then I realised I was safe inside the conservatory. I heard the Lord say – This is a picture of how some people feel when they see the storm – their fear, stress and anxiety make them imagine that the storm is going hit them and they are going to be overcome by it. They look at the storm and see it approaching and forget that I am around them like this glass conservatory is around you. I am all around them and the storm cannot get through me. Tell them to keep their eyes on me for I will protect them. I saw someone cowering in their ‘conservatory’ when really there is no need to do so. The Lord said we can laugh and smile at the storm because we are safe in him. Be encouraged everyone! Let’s remember what the Lord has done and is doing for each of us. Sending much love to you all……. 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://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