We invite You

Image credit: Ian Greig

Celtic Prayer

As You are with us in Spirit, we invite You to join us in all we think and do;

As Your presence is healing, peace and joy, we move over and make room for You;

As You created time and gave time and have time to converse with us, we make time for You.

Bless us, and ours, and all our relationships today to experience Your presence.


Prayer for Boris and others like him

Intensive care unit similar to St Thomas’ ICU where Boris Johnson is being treated. Image credit: The Times

Loving Father, we come to you to stand in the gap for Boris, our Prime Minister, to intercede for his return to health and leadership. We join in praying to break the grip of corona infection over him. We see the hand of the author of sin and sickness and discouragement.

We respond asserting the victory of Jesus Christ, who shed His blood for us in death as a sacrifice for mankind’s sin, then rose again in new life and eternal authority as King of kings and Lord of lords, also our High Priest, interceding for us at the side of the Father.

We remember prayerfully before You that your plan and purpose is salvation in spirit and in soul — and in body. With that salvation purpose, we bless the Prime Minister, together with others who are suffering the same illness, with Your gift of life and renewal and freedom.

May it be to Your glory alone. Amen.

A prayer of Serapion

Serapion (d. 360) was Bishop of Thmuis

We ask for your help, Father of Christ, Lord of all that is, Creator of all the created, Maker of all that is made; we stretch out clean hands to You and lay bare our minds before You.

Have mercy [on Weobley], we pray; spare us [especially during this present epidemic], be kind to us, improve us; fill us with virtue, faith, and knowledge.

Look at us, Lord; we bring our weaknesses for you to see. Be kind and merciful to all of us; have pity on this people of Yours and show them your favour, make them equitable, temperate and pure.

Send the Holy Spirit into our minds, I beg you, and grant that we may learn to understand the holy scriptures He inspired. May we interpret them correctly and fittingly, for the benefit of all. through Your only Son, Jesus Christ.

Through Him may glory and power be Yours, now and age after age. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Adapted from With God Daily, Skye Jethani

A prayer based on Psalm 91

Some people find written-out prayers really helpful – and others hate them, preferring to approach God in a more free and Spirit-led way. Have the best of both worlds with this sample prayer, based on Psalm 91, a starting point for your own, or to pray as an individual or as a family. Be blessed. –Ian Greig

“My refuge and my fortress…”       Image credit: Ian Greig

Father God, You are the Almighty, the Most High, my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. At a time of fear and threat, I look to You for peace. I rest in Your shadow.

I am putting my trust in You to save me from the “deadly pestilence” and the fear of waking up in the night unwell or finding myself exposed to other carriers during the day.

I put my trust in Your promise that saying, “The LORD is my refuge, and He is my dwelling”, I will not be overtaken by harm and disaster. You are my safe place and my security, and I thank You that angels commanded by You are real and present to guard me and those close to me.

I thank You so much that, through Jesus and not any righteousness of my own, I can call on You, sense Your answer and experience Your peace-bringing presence with me. 
Thank You for Your ongoing salvation in spirit, soul and body in Jesus, in whose name I pray, Amen.