Prayer for wisdom

Weobley steeple draws us to look upwards. Image credit: Ian Greig

Verse

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

Suggested prayer

Father God, we come to You on behalf of researchers everywhere whom You have blessed with medical, biochemical and genetic understanding.

We thank You for the progress they have made in finding ways to cure and to prevent infection in the present coronavirus epidemic – but we humbly go further. We ask You for a mighty breakthrough

Lord God, all wisdom and knowledge resides in You, and has its source in You. Ours is so inadequate when seen from Your perspective. And the answer we desperately need is an answer that is known in heaven.

We are sorry for placing more reliance on our discoveries and methods than on asking You. We are sorry for our lack of faith to believe You and trust You for the answers. We come before You now and ask for Your revelation to flow in a new way, to the astonishment of researchers experiencing Your goodness and greatness as perhaps never before.

We thank You for Your Son, Jesus, by whom we can come into Your presence and ask You for what we could never earn or deserve. You are always about Your work of salvation – may this wisdom be our salvation now.

To Your honour and glory alone we pray this. Amen.

For a short video and article explaining the teaching behind this prayer, visit this associated website or watch the video

Psalm 4 prayer

“Break through this oppressive darkness…”   Image credit: Ian Greig

Introduction

We pray as those who have had something taken from us — our sin and condemnation, at the Cross.

And something given to us — new life and relationship with God enabled by the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost.

We come as those who are dependent, unable to save ourselves or improve our prospects by our own actions.

But we come as those filled with joy: confident we are chosen, redeemed, loved and accepted — whatever happens, we have the joy of knowing we belong.


Verse

May we never forget that the LORD works wonders for every one of His devoted lovers. And this is how I know He will answer my every prayer. Psalm 4:3

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Philippians 4:6

Prayer

Lord, I come to You in gratitude as the One who has always been my champion and my defender.
Whenever I have been under pressure, You have been there to release me.
And it’s like that again. I need more of Your kindness!

How can I ask this, of You? My right exists only because of our relationship, because You treat me so much better than I deserve.

I know I can put my trust in You: and because of who You are, You will hear me and answer.
Now, whatever I see reported, whatever concerns I overhear from others, I can live unafraid.
I don’t have to be pulled in different directions, or assailed by doubts and worries.

I come to You, not just in desperation, but in joy and confidence, because through Jesus I am united with You.

Let the light that comes from Your smile and Your favour, break through this oppressive darkness and reveal to us a different view.

Knowing that You have this. Amen.

You are truth

“…Experiencing Your goodness again today.” Image credit: Ian Greig

Lead me by Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in You.

Psalm 25:5

PRAYER

Lord, I look to You again today and trust You – You are faithful and merciful.

I seek Your wisdom again today,
for all wisdom begins with You and leads to You.

I put my trust in You today as the One who saves – worldwide and near to me, there is a lot of saving needed.

Teach me Your lesson for today. Show me Your salvation in an unexpected way today.

Grow my expectation of experiencing Your goodness afresh today. Amen.

Deity combined with humanity

Prayer of the Day

A prayer in the Celtic tradition of Iona, Northumbria and Ffald-y-Brenin


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.1

Lord, as You were in the original creation, we praise You for what You have made.

As You were in our world and among us, we praise You for Your human understanding.

As You went to the Cross to suffer torment and bear our sins for us, we praise You for Your selfless obedience.

As You preside, seated next to the Father in the heavenly places, we humbly submit our prayers through You.

And as we anticipate Your glorious, joyful return, we prepare for You.

Amen.

  1. Genesis 1:1 []

Celtic prayer honouring God

Prayer of the Day

Power of all powers, we worship You
Light of all lights, we worship You
Life of all lives, we worship You

Maker of all creatures, we honour You
Friend of all creatures, we honour You
Force of all creatures, we honour You

Love before time, we adore You
Love in dark times, we adore You
Love in the present time, we adore You

Ray Simpson


© Ray Simpson, Prayers of Love and Peace 2005 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
Ray Simpson is co-founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda based on Lindisfarne.

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.


For a ‘three-minute thought ‘ and a post giving some background to this prayer, head over to www.believethegoodnews.com

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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.