Setting the scene
On 20th March, I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but 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 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
PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 3rd April –
As I write these prayer points, I am full of thankfulness and gratitude for the NHS and for their staff who have given of themselves so selflessly, and also for our Government who have worked so hard to help our nation at this time. However, I am saddened to see that in many ways our leaders have not turned to God in prayer. There has been no official call from our nation’s leaders to have a National Day of Prayer. Prince Charles sent a message to the nation on Wednesday 1st April, but rather than calling us to prayer, he encouraged us to, “have hope and faith in ourselves and each other.” Hope and faith are so important at this time, but I believe real hope and faith are found in God. It was wonderful to hear of one of the biggest TV news channels (MSNBC) in America interviewing Bishop T.D. Jakes recently about the Corona virus situation and at the end he asked T.D. Jakes to do something he had never asked anyone to do on air before and that was to pray for the nation of America at this time. I would love our TV news channels to respond in this way too. Unfortunately, the BBC have been cutting out stories of faith from people or pastors who have had the virus and who are now recovering. We are supposed to be a Christian nation, but the truth is for years we have turned our backs on God. It’s important in these days to stand up unafraid and confess our faith in a way which is full of wisdom and grace. We need more than ever to call on God to forgive us and to heal our nation and heal our world. Let’s continue to trust in our amazing God and pray for the following:
- Our two biggest prayer points for this week remains the Prime Minister and the whole Government and also for the amazing NHS. Pray that the Government are able to access a way of testing NHS staff so that they know whether they have the virus or not. Praise God for the doctors, nurses and care workers who are coming out of retirement to help. Pray that the NHS will not be overwhelmed by the amount of people who are infected. Thousands of wonderful surgeons, doctors, nurses, care workers and medical administrators are putting themselves on the frontline at this moment in time. Let’s praise God for these wonderful people who have such a tough task and many of whom are at their capacity. Pray that they too will feel the hand of God helping them. I heard on the news, one nurse from abroad saying that they felt like Florence Nightingale – let’s pray that as they give of themselves that their strength is replenished and that peace and joy will fill them to overflowing.
- Pray too for Boris Johnston and his ministers as well as everyone who is helping the Government at this time. You can see the strain on the face of Boris Johnson. Whatever your political stance, he needs our prayers, indeed the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. Pray for our leaders that they will have good physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Pray that they will receive God given wisdom from Heaven. Also pray for unity in our Government at this time. Pray that each of the men and women in our Government will be kept strong and at peace as they navigate their way through this unprecedented time. We have never as a country, and indeed as the world, been this way before so let’s pray that they will be aware of a higher hand guiding them in all they do. Pray for an awareness of a supernatural God at work in their talks and plans. Pray for wisdom in every decision they make. Pray that they know they are not alone and that there are many of us standing with them in prayer.
- Pray for those who have contracted the virus. Pray that many will recover quickly and that many in our nation and elsewhere will soon be out of isolation. Pray that many in their fear and panic will turn to the Lord and cry for help. Pray that many will find him.
- We continue to pray for the most vulnerable of our society. We pray for those who have to be in lockdown for 12 weeks. Pray that in the midst of this time, they will experience kindness from neighbours, family and friends. Pray that they will be protected from the virus and that their physical and mental health would be strong.
- Continue to pray for kindness and unity to prevail. It’s been wonderful to see and hear of many stories of people helping others during this crisis. Pray and ask God to give the people of the UK and indeed the world a spirit of unity. Pray that we would leave our criticisms of each other behind and call on God to unite us as a world. There are many in the UK who live by themselves. Do pray that each person would find comfort in Facetime calls, Zoom calls, and Skype calls. Find ways of sending those who are vulnerable or who live by themselves positive encouragement. Laughter is a great health benefit, so find something that makes you laugh and share it with your family or friends.
- Praise God for what the Government have done for those who are employed or self-employed in the UK. But still despite this amazing help, there will be some people who are still very concerned about their finances or their jobs. Pray too for those who have businesses that are now closed. Pray for the whole work force of the UK.
- Pray for those who are concerned over not only their physical health but also their mental health in a time when they cannot see friends, cannot attend the gym and cannot work. Pray that as they self-isolate that their mental health will improve rather than diminish. Pray also for those who are at risk by being at home – those in difficult and controlling situations. Pray for protection for each of these people.
Above all, pray for our world and that many people will turn back to God during this time. Pray that they will experience a God of love and grace. Pray that when they come to the end of themselves that they will find God there. Pray for the UK but also for China, Italy, France, Spain and indeed the whole world. Praise God that China seems to be getting back to normal life now – but Italy and Spain in particular are on the news a lot. Our world needs a miracle and our God is a miraculous God. Let’s speak out about our faith and about how much we value prayer.
- 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.
God has said, “Never will I leave you and never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b). This virus did not take the Lord by surprise, so let’s lean upon him in prayer at this time, knowing he holds all the answers and that together with him we will win this battle. This Corona virus has to retreat as we pray and Heaven moves. Continue to remember that your prayers are powerful – no matter how weak you think they are! Pray with faith. Pray believing. In the Bible it says that if we pray with a tiny seed of faith, we can move mountains. We will see this mountain move – so let’s encourage each other and pray!
You are amazing! Keep praying and keep praising! – NANCY GOUDIE