Prayer pointers for the working week ahead

These prayers are taken from the famous passage of Isaiah 40 which promising deliverance and restoration for Israel. May our own prayers echo Isaiah in crying out to and glorifying the Lord.

Monday

‘A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”’ Verses 3-5

  • Lord – we cry out over the death of George Floyd in police custody, and the countless others who have suffered at the hands of authorities as a result of ethnicity. We ask for your justice to prevail and make the way for peace and reconciliation.
  • We ask that you would support those seeking to right the systematic unfairness in our societies. At this unique time of re-evaluation – please challenge all as to how we can change society to be fairer.
  • You know our hearts better than ourselves – we ask that you would challenge us on prejudices we may harbour for anybody. Teach us to love all, the way you have loved us.

Tuesday

Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Verses 10-11

  • With regards to Covid-19, we thank you for the gradual lowering we are seeing in numbers of cases – may we continue to see a downward trend of those infected.
  • We ask for your protection over our NHS and care services. For ongoing strength, patience and resilience for their staff.
  • We pray that you would help to protect people’s jobs as we face economic downturn. For those already dealing with job losses – bring comfort and new means of provision.
  • Please strength charities both within and outside the church who are dealing with those worst hit by the economic crisis.

Wednesday

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel?

Verses 12-14

  • We praise you for your might, your wisdom and your mercy upon us. Thank you that, even in the midst of the confusion and uncertainty – you reign over all.
  • Give us wisdom as the rules of lockdown gradually ease – may we all do our part to stem the spread of the virus and consider the needs of others.
  • We see so much devastation of our planet – your creation. We pray that many people would mobilise to do their part in reducing their impact on emissions and waste. We ask that you would speak to those in positions of power and challenge them to protect the environment.

Thursday

Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.

Verse 15

  • We lift up the nations – over which you are the true ruler.
  • We pray for your will to be done over the government of Hong Kong and that you would give wisdom and courage to your church there.
  • We pray for America at this time of division – we pray that you would unite and strengthen the church there to be a powerful voice of love and truth.
  • Please assist Brazil in fighting this disease as its death toll increases. May their leaders do what is right to address the challenges of fighting the virus.

Friday

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Verses 29-31

  • We thank you for the way you are speaking to your people at this time. We continue to seek your will for the church in the UK.
  • We ask that many would be drawn to Christ at this time – may we proclaim the gospel message with our actions and words each and every day.
  • Strengthen each of us, O Lord – that we would rely on you instead of ourselves and that you use your servants to increase your kingdom.
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