Verse and prayer: “Do good”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Romans 12:21 NLT


Prayer

Father God, everything about You is good.

You are always doing good, and You look on us with love and patience.

You always have time. You are full of generosity in every way.

Fill us with Your Spirit and Your love, to join with what You are doing.

And let Your good, coming through us, conquer the evil behind today’s troubles – and give glory to You.

Through Jesus we pray. Amen.


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Thanksgiving for ‘the revival of kindness’

“Wearing uncomfortable protective kit…”    Image credit: Press Association

VERSE AND Prayer of the day

Lord, You bless those who do what is right; You protect them like a soldier’s shield.
Psalm 5:12 New Century Version

Father God we are so grateful for those who are putting the needs of others far above their comfort or safety.

We think of doctors and nurses and care assistants in over-busy wards, wearing uncomfortable protective kit,
working shifts of 12 hours
often with additional handover time.

We stand with them in their emotional drain —
being responsible for very sick patients
and talking to their families.

We thank you for GPs, community nurses and pharmacists,
all working with increased pressures and risks.

We thank you for dedicated carers
looking after our most vulnerable folk in care homes.

We thank You, too, for all who continue to supply our needs
in shops and filling stations and all places of service,
at risk to themselves.

As we thank You for them, we surround them with Your blessing — may “Your beauty and love chase after them every day”.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
Psalm 23:6 The Message


Thought for the Day with Bible teaching on this theme

Prayer for front-liners

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Heavenly Father, thank You for the front-liners caring for, protecting, and serving our communities, our families, and us. Thank You for these servant leaders, called to this work, trained for such a time as this, daily risking their own health and safety for others.

Please protect them from harm. Give them courage and strength. Draw close, Lord, and let them feel Your presence throughout the long hours they are working.

Father, please provide everything they need, both for the people they are serving and for their loved ones. Surround them with people who will help and support them and their families, even as they selflessly care for others.

You said we would face troubles in this world, but also that You had overcome it. Please work together with our front-liners, Lord, to ultimately bring about the best outcome possible.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

With thanks to Bible.com/YouVersion

Finding refreshing springs in the loss and difficulty

Poplars growing by the side of Newbridge Brook near Dilwyn.      Image credit: Ian Greig

VERSE

Psalm 84:5-6
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.

PRAYER

Lord, we come to You in a testing time —
a ‘Valley of Weeping’ for many who are trying to keep businesses afloat,
those who have lost jobs, or friends,
the ones are seeing patients and loved ones fighting for their lives
or enduring isolation at home with no end in sight.

Lead us not into the temptation to judge and to blame.
Forgive us for thoughts which may have blamed You,
while ignoring the unseen spiritual battle behind the crisis.

Deliver us from this evil.
Bring Your kingdom rule to bear.

May we all find “refreshing springs”
in a new place of knowing You,
and find strength from having an inner joy
from a renewed relationship of journeying through life with You.

In the name of the One who made it possible,
Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Image credit: Ian Greig

Verse and prayer of the day: Be alert… and resist…

1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
Be alert… Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Lord God, as we think of Your Son Jesus going to the Cross, dying there and then being seen and known resurrected, we thank You again for what He has done for us.

We thank You, Holy God, that we ordinary and unqualified people can know You and be one with You through Jesus.

We thank You that our “enemy the devil who prowls around like a roaring lion” may have a voice and may still be able to suggest, but his power has been broken. On the Cross. By the bloodshed, precious blood.

To that voice we say, together with You, “Be silent!” and to the fear we say, together with You, “We know and trust God’s love!

May we be filled with the confident expectation of hope in You, togetherness with You and partnership in Your purpose, as we stand against the threat of Coronovirus illness and join in protecting those most at risk.

We especially bless, with Your love and peace, those who are the most exposed and vulnerable – those with health and age issues and those working in close proximity.

We pray for Your kingdom to come on our world, for Your greater purpose to unfold, and for many who are estranged from You to turn and find joy and peace in You at this time. For the glory of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for jobs and businesses

Philippians 4:18-19
I am amply supplied… and my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER

God, You know what we’re going through. And we’re thankful You can take the hardest circumstances and turn them around for our good, and for Your glory.

You can restore all things — so we’re asking You to restore crippled businesses, lost jobs, and struggling finances, relationships, resources, and hopes.

Show anyone struggling financially that You hold them close; surround them with people who will help them through this time. Meet, we pray, their immediate needs as they trust You for long-term solutions.

May Your perfect love turn fear into faith as Your good plans for them unfold. As they wait on You, renew their hope and give them the courage to dream again. Remind them of their value. Fill them with peace.

Our God, come and do what only You can do.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Prayer based on Psalm 34

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. (v.10)
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I am here to praise You, Lord — for Your greatness, your goodness, Your faithfulness in answering.

Whether I see things going well, or I feel fearful about what I see happening, my heart is set on praising You, because of who You are.

As I come to You, You save me and I sense Your angels standing guard. You are looking out for those who want to do right by You, and listening out for us when we cry for help.

At a time of anxiety with no end in sight, we thank You that You are our sure rescuer, and close comfort when we need it. We look to You, gracious Lord, for your protection, for You to “protect our bones” and be our refuge.

We worship You as those in awe of You, Your greatness, Your power, Your gracious provision and watchful defence of us. Yes, You are good and Your purposes are all beneficial. Thank You for the joy we have in You that sustains us. Thank you that we have no need to find others to blame, and we can choose not to entertain gossip.

May we play our part as active peacemakers, those who cancel the fear and hopelessness sown by the enemy, in the opposite spirit of praise and trust in You.

We exalt Your name and praise You for Jesus our Saviour and Lord. Amen


Psalm 34 NLT

1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
not one of them is broken!
21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.


Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation

The resurrection of Jesus and the pandemic

The Queen, in her Easter message, said this:

“We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be — particularly for those suffering with grief — light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”

“The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave His followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this.”

The resurrection of Jesus is about Him being with us in life – the meaning of the name Immanuel.

Jesus appeared, first to an outsider among the disciples, Mary of Magdala, not the one with the best CV, but the one who felt most forgiven and accepted.

Jesus came back to life, to give us life and life in abundance, in Him. Where all the news is about lock down, and terrible mortality rates, He is saying to us: “Look UP! I AM the Way, the reality and the life.”

What is God saying, in this pandemic?

Jesus proved, by being seen as a flesh-and-blood person following His resurrection (not a ghost), that there is life after death.

This pandemic is a prompting to all of us to turn to God! Is God calling you to take the step whereby you will come to know Him personally, receive His assurance that you are forgiven and have an eternal life with Him? Do you want to be be empowered to live, pray and know His peace, even in difficult times such as these?

Here’s a prayer you can pray

Teaching from the Bible on the above

Longer post on Why the resurrection of Jesus changes everything

Safe Haven

Weobley Village, NW Herefordshire. Image credit: Ian Greig

To the tune ‘Londonderry Air’

Please stay at home, while danger prowls around you,
    Don’t leave your house, except in case of need;
Please stay indoors, for your sake and for others’,
    Keep to the rules, in thought and word and deed.
Please stay inside, until this war is over,
    Speak on the phone, while social groups are banned;
And don’t forget, we’re all in this together,
    You’re not alone — support is close at hand.

Please stay at home, secure in your safe haven,
    Enjoy the day, and don’t forget to smile;
And in the evening, rest in quiet contentedness,
    Remember this — it’s only for a while.
May God protect you through the hours of darkness,
    And keep you safe from lurking fears within;
And bring you through the night of doubt and wakefulness,
    Until you see the next new day begin.

We cannot tell how long our isolation,
    How many moons will pass while we endure;
We wait in hope for signs of consolation,
    An end to feeling anxious and unsure.
But this we know — it will not last for ever,
    The time will come when all will be revealed;
When friends can meet, and we can be together,
    And all our loneliness and hurts are healed.

Lesley Floyd, March 2020

Prayer of blessing especially for small businesses and their owners

A village like Weobley is built on its small businesses. Image credit: Ian Greig

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord… who will never fail you… never abandon you.” Psalm 27:14 and Hebrews 13:5

Lord God, You are good, always working Your good purposes out above and beyond the difficulties that are confronting us. You tell us that a grain of faith is effective against a difficulty that seems the size of a mountain. So we come before You today on behalf of all in cash flow difficulty while their businesses are on hold or restricted.

We bless with Your blessing our neighbourhood businesses, our friends’ businesses, the businesses we rely on and that serve our community.

We say with them, that “Yours is the greatness… because everything in heaven and earth is Yours… wealth and honour come from You… In Your hands are strength to give strength.”

We bless with Your strength our small businesses and those who serve through them.We bless them with different ways of operating, and new sources of income, known to You if not yet known to us.

May they, together with everyone, be prompted to turn to You and acknowledge You as helper and provider: “I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord…

On earth we are constantly hearing bad news, but we choose to tune in to heaven’s channel, because Your word to us always brings good news of Your good intentions, and we choose to be influenced by what You are saying.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


There is a longer article with a local flavour with a Bible study on the meaning of ‘Wait for the Lord” on http://www.believethegoodnews.com