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
Have you ever read about revival? Have you ever experienced or longed to experience what you have read? I am more aware this week than ever before that our world needs an unprecedented move of God in our society. I listened to two talks this week recorded in the USA encouraging people that pedophiles should be accepted and that there is nothing wrong with the feelings and desires that they have. I also read this week that in New Zealand abortions can now be legal until the moment of birth if two practitioners agree and that if a child is aborted but is born alive, that the baby should be given no help at all to live and should be allowed to die. I don’t know about you, but when I read and listened to both these items in the news, my heart cried. There are so many other issues in our society that should make our hearts cry such as the violence we see and we don’t see, the murders we hear about on the news, the injustice that happens, the racism that continues to occur and so much more. However, it’s not sufficient just to have a sadness in our hearts when we hear of such things, instead we need to rise up as the church and pray. When we pray, God moves and changes people’s lives. In the Bible it talks about “If my people will humble themselves and pray then God would hear from Heaven and heal our land. The Lord was not speaking to society when he instructs his people to pray, he is speaking to the church – we need to wake up and see what is happening in society, but not just mourn about what is happening but humble ourselves and pray. I’m talking to myself here just as much as to you. We can all be complacent and we can all think to ourselves, “Well, what can I do? I’m only one person.” Yet as we look at the scriptures, often God used one person and usually a weak person but used them in incredible ways. Who am I talking about, well what about Moses, who was so full of fear that he ran away? He was a murderer, a stutterer and yet God used him and he became one of the greatest leaders that the world has ever seen. What about Esther, a young girl, a refugee, an orphan, a foreigner yet she became Queen. What about David, a poor shepherd boy, not even thought about by his family when Samuel came to see them. He became King and even when he was King and became a murderer and an adulterer, God did not reject him. What about Gideon who was the weakest in his clan and his clan was the weakest in his tribe? What about Mary a young virgin girl who was around 13 or 14, yet God used her as the mother of Jesus. There are so many in scriptures that God didn’t reject because they looked to the naked eye as weak, because God saw them as they really were, strong and mighty. God sees you today as a strong and mighty warrior. You may think your prayers are weak but God takes the weak things of this life and makes them strong.
My brother sent me a recording this week of a story of the Hebridean revivals which happened in 1949 – 1952. The Hebrides are a group of islands off the coast of Scotland. In this recording you can hear the evangelist Duncan Campbell who was used to bring revival to these islands many years ago, talking about a young 16 year old boy who through his prayers brought revival to his land – https://youtu.be/wgAZdtuBucE – I look at our world and I can see that we need revival. I look at the church and again I can see we need revival. I have seen first hand how God moves in the church and in society with revival when we pray. I have read about past revivals in books, but I have also seen those same signs happen when we seek God and pray. In 2003 – 2006 my husband and myself saw, all I can describe as, a revival in our church/ministry where people were flat on their faces before God repenting of everything and anything in their lives. No one preaching, but God moving in unprecedented ways his wonders to perform. Literally the floor of our building had puddles of water all over it from people’s tears as they repented and sought God. Our longing for God and for his ways burned in our hearts. When someone who didn’t know Jesus entered our building, they were immediately struck by the Spirit of God and wanted to know what was going on in our building. Someone walked in through our garden gate and immediately said, “Wow, I feel like I have entered into Narnia,” – she gave her life to Jesus and came to work in our ministry. It all started with my husband and I praying and seeking God and God increased the desire in our hearts for him until we just could not get enough of him. We need God to do it all again. Will you pray? Will you seek God? Will you humble yourself and pray? Will you ask for forgiveness for ourselves and for our world? Let’s not judge someone else, but let’s ask for God to wake us up and pray. We have much to thank God for; there are many signs that this Coronavirus in coming under control, but it has not gone away. We need to continue to pray for a move of God not just for the virus, but for the spiritual state of our land. Will you join me in praying for revival in the UK and also in the world? Will you seek God with all your heart because that is when God reveals himself? Remember no matter how weak you feel, God sees you as a mighty warrior and stands with you in the battle. If we have him, we have all we need. We are living in an unusual yet wonderful time, a time where we could see revival happen. Are you longing to see God move? Are you ready to pray?
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 26th JUNE:-
- We have much to thank God for – the number of deaths continue to go down. The numbers of those in hospital continue to fall too. In our own local hospital here in Bristol there’s seemingly no Covid19 patients left. Let’s continue to pray that we will get to the point where there are no further deaths from this virus. This means that the restrictions can be lifted too which is wonderful for so many of us. From July we can now meet with another household and this can be a different household each time. We can also meet inside and outside. Do continue to pray that the R Rate will be kept under 1 – at present it is between 0.7 – 0.9. Pray too that the number of people encountering the virus will continue to fall.
- I was so excited to see today that unity was more evident at the Prime Minister’s questions. The opposition leader not only agreed with the government about the way ahead, but also thanked him for what they were doing and said they were doing a good job. What a difference our prayers are making. Let’s continue to pray for those who serve in government and in the opposition parties. Pray that the media would not try and divide as it so often does, but that it would report well with honesty and add to the unity we are seeing rather than working against it. Pray too for the media in the USA and in various other places in our world that they would have integrity and report accurately. Pray that the Prime Minister and his government and every leader of whatever party will recognise their need of God’s help in tackling the many difficult issues they are facing each day. Indeed, pray for national leaders all over the world. Let your heart continue to cry God soaked prayers for our land.
- Let’s continue to praise God for the NHS and for all who work in the caring professions all over the world. So many of them deserve a medal for all they have done. Pray for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as we come out of lockdown. Many may find that they need healing of their memories for some of the things they have seen in the selfless work they have done. Some have lost their lives because of their amazing dedication. Let’s continue to pray for their families and all they have left behind. Pray that their grief doesn’t turn into bitterness. Pray for many to come to know God and turn to him for their help and strength at this time.
- Let’s praise God for the businesses that are now able to open because of the reduction in the 2-metre rule. Pray for the restaurants and pubs that are opening soon. Pray that they will find safe ways of opening and pray success and favour upon them. Pray for the economy and for those businesses trying to recover after a long shut down. Pray for those working in places that are as yet not allowed to open – like gyms and spas and nail salons. Pray that the businesses will still be able to retain their staff. Pray for those who have lost their jobs -my own son lost his job this week and my niece a couple of weeks earlier. Pray that all who have lost jobs will find work soon and that they will know God’s hand in that. Pray too for the events, theatre and entertainment industry. This industry has been hit so hard and as yet, there is no clear pathway back and no clear support either. Already there have been redundancies and many self-employed are struggling. Let’s pray for hope, but also for clear instruction to be given from the government so there’s a plan and support for these industries. Praise God that some pupils have been able to go back to school, but let’s pray for all pupils that they will not have problems in their learning because of the lockdown. Pray that each pupil will find creative ways of learning at home too. Pray for all workers everywhere – many of whom are finding life so difficult. Pray that in this time God will invade their dreams and many will find God at this time.
- Many are still struggling with mental and emotional problems and a lot of that is coming from the fact that they feel so insecure as to whether or not they will have a job. Both my niece and my son lost their jobs recently. Do pray that they and others like them find what they should be doing in life. Pray to for people’s mental health. Pray the peace of Jesus on them all. His peace is the peace that passes all understanding. Pray for his presence to come on them particular at night when they sleep. Pray for good and positive dreams and ones that lead to God rather than away from him. Fear and worry if not checked can eventually lead to ill health and some have even died because of the fear and concerns they have. Let’s pray against this and pray that they find the Prince of Peace. Let’s pray for our families, friends, neighbours and fellow citizens to recognise the wonderful blessings that only God can provide.
- The Prime Minister has told us that churches can now hold services again from July 4th, this is good news – albeit without singing and with social distancing, but let’s pray that churches will not just go back to normal. Let’s pray that they will remember all those who have attended a church online and who will even now never darken the door of a church, but they will listen online. Pray that church leaderships will have wisdom and vision to have both normal and online church services. We are reaching so many who now attend church in their pyjamas and are hearing the good news we carry! It is also good news that marriages can now take place albeit with only 30 guests, but this is still good news for all those who wanted to get married this year. Praise God for good news and let’s pray for more. I noticed that in their talks this week, the government and the scientists have stressed that they are expecting the virus to raise his head again in the autumn/winter period. Let’s pray for the eradication of this virus and that the second wave will not cause the destruction we have seen over the last number of months. It’s interesting to note that the scientists are not expecting the virus to disappear at all, they believe the only way ahead is a vaccine, but that’s without the power of our God. In Egypt God removed the plaques when Moses prayed – and he can do it again in his time, if we pray with faith. God is not limited in power. Remember God’s agenda is that none perish, physically and spiritually.
- As I mentioned in my first paragraph, let’s continue to pray for revival. More than ever we need God to bring a spiritual awakening to our world. Let’s pray “Lord, bring revival and start with me!” Pray for yourself, your family, your neighbours, your town, your city, your area, your country and our world. Let’s pray for revival for us all. We don’t need to wonder whether this is on the heart of God or not, God wants to move in power and to bring a move of his Spirit across our land. So, “God we cry to you to move in power and to start with me! Reveal yourself to me and to us all. Soak me in your presence and may many want and desire your presence more than ever before. Lord let us cry tears of repentance but also tears of joy at seeing you move so much in our land. Come Lord and Heal our Nation…” https://soundcloud.com/nancygoudie/heal-our-nation We have an opportunity now that we may not have again. So, don’t delay, but cry with everything within you for God to move in power in the UK and in our world.
- 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
What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent weeks. Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray. Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – email@example.com
I saw a photo on Facebook recently of a street preacher calling people to repentance and several people in the crowd kneeling to accept Jesus into their lives. People are hungry, but we need to pray and be ready for the opportunities when they come….and they will. Let’s be in the golden waterfall of his Spirit and let’s be soaked in him; it’s not a chore, it’s a privilege! If you feel seeking God is a chore then perhaps can I kindly suggest that you have never really known him. When you fall in love, you cannot get enough of the one you love. The same is even more true about when you fall in love with our amazing, incredible God. It’s certainly not a chore, it’s a delight. Let’s soak ourselves in him and make ourselves ready for all he wants to do. Let’s hear, obey and trust him like never before.
Let’s pray – our prayers may be weak, but he is strong. Let’s join with others in the Bible, like Gideon, Moses, Esther and many others who didn’t see themselves as mighty warriors, but God did. You are a mighty warrior and through you and your prayers God is doing so much more than you could ever ask or even imagine. If God can do things through a 16 year old boy in the Hebridean islands then he can do just as much through you. Let’s listen to God and not the enemy, let’s believe God. Remember, you are amazing and your prayers can move mountains. Woohoo! Let’s get praying! With love to you all – NANCY GOUDIE