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
I know for some people this last six months has been so tough and for all of us it has been incredibly weird. Going through lockdown etc., has affected all of us in some way. I know even though I am a faith filled, positive person, I too have felt affected at times. It’s at times a struggle not to feel down and at times lonely, especially when you cannot see your friends and those you really care about. Life seems to have come to a stop in many ways, yet it’s at times like these that we need to remember that God is in control and that he is calling us to a deeper and more intimate walk with him. It’s time to remember that this COVID-19 has not taken him by surprise and that he is with us and is protecting us. It’s at times like these that we need to see things from God’s perspective and not our own. It’s time to look higher. Let’s lift our gaze heavenward and see beyond the natural. (I lift my eyes to the hills – Psalm 121 – this is a great Psalm to speak out loud to yourself and to the Lord). Ask God what he is doing and ask him how you can join in. Listen to his words of encouragement.
Let’s keep our eyes on the bigger picture and not just yearn for what we know. Life will not go back to the way it was, so let’s find out what God wants each of us to do. I believe he wants to bring revival. I believe he wants to stir each of us to really know and live the teaching we have learned over the years through the many teaching sermons we have heard. Do we really live what we have learned? Do we really know how much the Lord has done for us? Do we really live as though we know that he has cancelled out all our sin and shame (Colossians 2:14-15 The Passion Translation)? Do we really know that he loves us unconditionally? If we did then life would be so different. It would change us completely. The other day, the Lord showed me again how much he loves me and as he did tears poured down my face as the realization of his love came to me afresh. He loves me totally and completely and he loves you the same way too. He wants to show each of us his overwhelming, all-consuming love. It’s a time to make sure our words match up to our deeds. This is an important time. A time when we will look back in history and say, “Wow!” It’s a momentous time and each of us can make a mark where we are. Are we really going to live for Jesus – or are we going to grumble through our wilderness? It’s time to rejoice! It’s time to sing our praises for our King! It’s time to be loved and to share that love. It’s a time for revival….are you ready?
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 28th August:
- Praise God the people dying daily from Coronavirus continues to go down. Let’s keep on praying until we see this virus gone in the name of Jesus. The death rate continues to stay below the five year average and has done for over 8 weeks! On Monday this week we had 4 deaths in the UK so even from last week it continues to fall. However even 4 is too many, so let’s continue to believe that we will get to the place where we have no recorded deaths in the whole of the UK. Continue to pray for the rate of infection to go down both in the UK and also in Europe and indeed the whole world. Let’s keep praying for each prayer however small or weak is accomplishing much. Every prayer is powerful in the hands of God.
- Praise God some of the towns that were put on lockdown or threatened to be put on lockdown have now come off the list of problem areas. This is a great answer to prayer. Continue to pray for towns and cities such as Aberdeen, Preston, Greater Manchester and Birmingham who are in lockdown or are at risk of going into lockdown if the numbers don’t come down. Pray for protection for everyone and for the risk of infection levels to come swiftly down. There are many places in Europe where the levels of infection are spiking. Pray that this will come down swiftly.
- Let’s continue to do what the Bible tells us to do and pray for our leaders. Pray for Boris Johnson and for our government – pray for all MP’s and for all parties. Pray for those with wisdom to rise to the top. Pray for integrity and honour and for those who have a faith in God to take the lead in our country. Pray that Boris finds God in this time. Also pray for the aids and advisors. Pray that our government have people around them giving much godly wisdom. Remember to include the leaders of other countries around the world.
- We continue to pray for the NHS and for caring professionals and staff all over the world. Praise God for their skills. Pray that God will continue to use their caring skills to bring hope and healing to many. Continue to pray for those who need treatment from other illnesses such as cancer who have not had it during the lockdown time. Pray that they will be seen and given the treatment they need, but also that instead of their health being worse because of the lockdown period, pray that their health will have improved and many will find healing through the blood of Jesus
- Pray for all the young people going back to school soon and for those who have already gone back in Scotland. Pray that they will all be kept safe and they would enjoy being taught in schools. Pray for the teachers that they would find it easy to maintain the social distancing within the school times. Pray for those still waiting for BTEC results this week. Pray for all people who have gone through mental health situations – there have been many. Fear, stress and anxiety whether caused by the situation with the exam results or caused in general by the COVID-19 crisis has affected the young and the old. Pray for freedom from this and for many to turn to God through this time.
- Pray for those who cannot find a job at present. Pray for peace for those who are anxious about finances. Pray that they will come to know the living Lord Jesus who can supply our every need. Pray that churches will be aware of the dire situations that some people are in. Pray for kindness and generosity. Pray that many will find great and wonderful jobs – far better than they could ever have asked or could imagine. Pray that the churches will have wisdom about how to reach those who are struggling in this way.
- Let’s pray for each other. Let’s remember to be kind to each other. We may not see what another person is going through – so don’t judge by their face, instead bring them before the Lord in prayer. Pray for yourself too. Pray for a heart to seek and know our great God. Pray for a desire to see revival come and ask the Lord to start it with you. Pray for your neighbours, friends, family and be kind to strangers and others around you. Pray for hope for yourself and for our nation. Pray for a revival heart and a joy in singing praises to your King. Above all, remember you are loved, God is with you. There is no shame or guilt upon you if you have given your life to Jesus – so live in the freedom that comes from the cross of Jesus. Woohoo! Let’s keep moving forward and seeing our world change with the powerful love of God.
- 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. We are seeing many answers to our prayers. 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
I read the following scripture whilst I was writing these prayer points. Let’s say this with conviction in our hearts. This is truth: “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day, you will say: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” Isaiah 12: 2-6). So – let’s sing, let’s shout, let’s rejoice and let’s trust in our mighty God. We have nothing to fear when we know we are loved by our great and wonderful God. With love to you all – NANCY GOUDIE