Prayer for April 2020
In these uncertain times when life seems to present a whole raft of new challenges for us all, it is important that we remember the comfort prayer can bring. As communal worship is put on hold, we need to explore new ways of sourcing spiritual nourishment. The internet is an obvious choice for this and the URC web site offers a daily reading and prayer, as do many other websites; daily Bible Study notes can be purchased from Oasis; or we can simply just speak with God as we would speak to any friend. So, I offer this simple prayer for these uncertain times.
Dear Lord God
We thank you for all you have done for us and all that you give to us each day. Thank you for your love shown through our friends and family, and through the gift of your Son. We ask, Lord God, that you be with us as we face the challenges of each new day; bringing us comfort when we feel alone and helping us to be aware of the needs of others. Lord God, we think of those not so fortunate as ourselves and ask they may draw strength from the knowledge that you are alongside them, both at times of joy and also in times of trouble.
We pray especially for those who are ill at this time, and for those supporting them and ministering to them. We give thanks for the dedication of those providing medical care, ignoring the risks to which they may be exposing themselves. May we never take such dedication for granted but be ready to follow the example they, and Jesus, have set for us. We ask that you help us to be your hands and feet, bringing your love to others; your eyes and ears to respond to the needs of others. May the power of your Holy Spirit touch us as we respond to your call. This we ask in the name of your Son and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.