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
It’s Friday and it’s time to pray! I saw two videos recently (both are on my Facebook wall) of people in Brazil praying for God to move in their nation and it struck a longing in my heart to see this kind of prayer in the UK. Let’s pray for a deeper hunger in ourselves and in others in our nation that makes us cry out to our Father in Heaven. Let’s bow the knee and beseech God to come and heal our nation and pour out His Spirit on our world.
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 24TH APRIL –
The longer the lockdown goes on, the more despair seems to fill many hearts throughout the UK and beyond. The Government cannot answer some of the questions we have – eg How long will this lockdown be in force? When will we get a vaccine? When is it safe to leave my home? When will all this be over? We need answers, but no man knows the answers, only God does. So, let’s pray to the one who is all knowing and all seeing! Let’s depend on his words and his advice. Let’s draw close until we hear his gentle whispers.
- Let’s continue to pray for our Government. Let’s pray for those in authority that they will recognise that they don’t have the answers, but God does. Pray for them to turn to God in prayer and seek his wisdom. It says in the Bible that those who lack wisdom should ask God for it, so let’s pray our Government does that. Continue to pray for our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. We haven’t heard much about him recently, only that he is continuing to recover. Pray that he takes the time he needs to get back to full health and strength, but that in this time, he would understand that God has saved his life and that would change his perspective on many things. You could see in his talk to the nation after he was released from ICU that he was so grateful to the NHS who he said had literally saved his life. He told us that his life was in the balance at one point. Let’s pray that this reality would be foremost in his mind and that fact would drive him to his knees.
- Continue to pray for the NHS – We are hearing of more and more workers who have died from being on the front line so let’s continue to pray for doctors, nurses, care workers, surgeons or medical scientists and administrators etc. Pray that God will protect them. Pray that they receive the PPE that they need. 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. It’s been wonderful to see doctors and nurses praying before they start their work – let’s pray for more of this. Also pray for those who work in care homes – they are all putting themselves at risk caring for the elderly. The statistics tell us that many of the elderly in care homes are dying. Please pray a protection on the carers and on those they care for. Do remember to include other workers, like those who work in schools teaching NHS staff’s children, those who work in supermarkets, those who empty our bins, deliver our packages and mail and those who drive our buses – pray for all who are putting themselves at risk so that we can all survive at this time.
- Pray for those who are struck down by this virus – we now have around 18,000 deaths. So many are dying. Let your tears become your prayers as you cry and pray with the Holy Spirit for our nation at this time. So many people have died alone and this is not right. It’s no one’s fault, other than this demonic virus. But we can pray. It was good to hear 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. Your prayers will make a difference!
- Pray for people’s mental and emotional health. Being told only to come out of your home for food or for a daily walk can be so restrictive to some in our society. I live in a home that has a small garden and I am so grateful. Many, including my family, live in a one bedroomed apartment with no garden. That can be so difficult. Do pray for people’s mental and emotional health, that they would find ways of keeping strong emotionally. Pray that they would continue to exercise as much as they can, that they would keep their routines going, that they would know deep inside that this will not last forever, but ultimately pray that they would find God for themselves. One thing we can be very grateful for is our weather. Everything seems better when the sun is shining, and the sun has been shining quite a lot where I live – this is unusual for April in our country. We usually have lots of rain, so today thank God for the sunshine.
- Do continue 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 who have been told to self-isolate for 12 weeks. Pray that they will find comfort in the kindness from neighbours, family, friends and of course through God at this time. Pray for God’s protection to be around all those who are vulnerable 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. Those of us who know God as our provider, know that despite what is happening in the natural, we have a supernatural God who can provide something out of nothing. Do pray for those who are filled with doom and gloom about their futures to recognise that God can provide if we ask him to do so. Let’s pray for encouragement for them in this time of fear and for supernatural acts of kindness to happen.
- 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. Let’s pray and beseech God like those Brazilian people did in the video I shared on my Facebook wall – as we continue to pray, God will answer.
- 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.
Let’s pray that this virus will be struck down by the power of God and that we will learn the lessons we need to learn through this awful time. 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! So, let’s keep our eyes on him and on what he can do.
Remember, God hears every prayer – however weak or strong that prayer may be – he hears and he 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, you are incredible and you make a difference! Keep praying and keep praising! – NANCY GOUDIE