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/
I read something in the Bible and posted it on my Facebook page recently but I feel it bears repeating again. Micah 7:1 says this: What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave….Some of us might be feeling like this – some of the normal things we used to do – things we took for granted – like seeing our friends and family – like having a hug or a kiss – like sharing a meal, having a celebration, attending a wedding, going to the theatre, watching football from the terraces, so many things we cannot do because of COVID-19, yet if we read verse 7 it says: But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me! He does indeed – every word we speak is heard in the presence of God our Saviour – this is truth and this is why I call everyone to pray each week. If we go on in the chapter, he goes on to say in verse 8, Do not gloat over me my enemy, though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Let the Lord be your light and your salvation during this awful time. It is good to speak to our enemy with the word of God. Our God loves us – even when we turn to our own way, he pours out his love upon us because of what Jesus has done on the cross. We sin often in thought, word and deed – but praise God – when we ask for forgiveness, he forgives our sins and cleanses us from all iniquities (1John 1:9). What a wonderful gospel we have and what a wonderful Saviour. Why not use this scripture in your prayers today – Repeat the verses and speak to our enemy and say, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Saviour, my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” Woohoo! What a wonderful gospel we have – the truth is he helps us in our weakness – if you feel weak today – remember he is strong! Keep trusting – keep hoping – keep believing! Keep speaking out the truth. Remember there is power in the spoken word! We will all get through this because God has the victory.
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 2nd October
1) Pray for the infection rate to fall. It is rising everywhere in our nation and in other nations too. Pray that as the winter comes in that everyone would be protected from this virus and that those who are vulnerable in particular would know the healing touch of the Lord. The death rate seems to be slowly rising, so keep praying that it will not rise further, but that those who do get the virus will be safe and will recover quickly from it. Some people are having long term problems after having COVID-19, pray that they will recover and that this will not happen anymore.
2) Many places and areas (like the North East) are experiencing lockdown situations. Do pray for these towns, cities and areas. Pray that people will be sensible and follow the rules that the government lay out. Pray for those who cannot meet family or friends at this time. Pray for people’s mental and emotional health. Pray for those in care homes and hospitals who cannot see their family members. Pray that they will be filled with hope and that they will turn to the Lord for their comfort and help. Pray for many to come to know the Lord Jesus and his incredible presence.
3) We continue to pray for Boris Johnson and for the government. We may not agree with his policies or the way he runs the country, but the Bible instructs us to pray for our leaders, so let’s do that with a good heart. Pray that he and those who advise him with have heavenly wisdom. Pray for the Christians who are in key positions to have a wise and good voice and that the government will listen to the word of the Lord. Pray that Boris will turn to God as he faces decisions and situations he has not faced before.
4) Pray for those who are in education, particularly those in Universities. Many young people are in lockdown situations away from home and are unable to see their family and friends. Pray for their mental and emotional health. Pray that this situation will not affect their education. Pray that they will adhere to the lockdown rules and that this situation will be quickly reversed. Pray that they will be able to go home for Christmas. Continue to pray for teachers and school children. Many are being tested for Coronavirus, although only very few of them are actually testing positive so far. Pray that this virus does not affect the schools’ education and that those who do contract the virus recover from it quickly and easily. Pray for the parents too as they will have to be in isolation too. Pray for them as this will affect their working and home life.
5) We continue to pray for our caring staff – for our incredible NHS and for everyone who works in the caring profession from surgeons to cleaners. Pray for health care staff all across the world that they will be kept safe and that they will show grace and mercy whilst they work in difficult situations. Pray for good health for them and for them to be encouraged and blessed at this time. Pray that many of them will find the Lord as they face difficult situations. Continue to pray for a safe vaccine to be found. Pray for others too who are suffering from other illnesses that they will be able to receive the treatment that they need. Pray for a supernatural release of God’s healing power across the world. I am hearing of supernatural healings as people who have COVID-19 are being prayed for – woohoo!
6) Let’s continue to pray for our economy – for businesses to succeed and for those without jobs to be successful in getting a job they enjoy. There are many businesses that are struggling to keep afloat – do pray that they find innovative ideas to prosper their business in these difficult times. Pray that they discover that when they put God first and show kindness to others, God will honour them and bless them. Pray for those who are struggling financially at this time – many have lost their jobs and many will possibly lose their jobs in the months ahead. Pray for God’s answer for them and also that they will turn to God in their need.
7) Oh my heart continues to cry out for revival. Our nation and our world needs revival – we need our Lord. Pray for a tidal wave of God’s Spirit to impact our land. Praise God for the wonderful prayer meeting in USA where over 50,000 people came together to pray. Oh, that we were able to do this in our nation. We cannot pray together, but we can pray individually and in small groups – so let’s storm the heavens and see our God heal our nation and send revival on our land. Let’s pray prayers of repentance on behalf of our nation, but also on behalf of ourselves. Let God touch your heart and change your prospective. May we begin to see ourselves and our nation the way the Lord sees us. He loves us, he wraps his arms around us. He calls us his own. He encourages us to speak his words. He instructs us to do what he calls us to do and to go where he calls us to go – after all, that is what a true disciple of Jesus does. Never be afraid to follow the voice of the Lord. Pray that many will know the love and power of the Lord. Pray that he will visit people in their dreams and that he will give them visions that will turn our nation and indeed our world to the Lord.
1. 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.
2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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
Do you need prayer? What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent months. 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 Psalm 128 recently. What a great psalm! Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labour; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. This is God’s generous reward for those who love him. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem and may you live to see your children’s children. God bless you all with this blessing in Christ Jesus – may all of us live to see God’s blessing on our nation and our world and may we live to see our children’s children. Sending much love to you all……. NANCY GOUDIE