Weekly Themes #PrayThroughLockdown

Weekly prayer themes to help you pray through lockdown.

week beginning: 

WEEK BEGINNING 4TH JANUARY - PRAY FOR THE NHS

Pause and pray now:

'God, we pray for the key workers on the frontline of this pandemic. 
For NHS staff, carers, Police Officers, shelf stackers, cleaners and more. 
Protect them and refresh them after many months of serving, 
And enhance their natural skills with supernatural strength.'

Pray with your community:

'[Prayer Leader] Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure - give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthrough today. Would you rise above this present darkness as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in your rays. May this be our prayer –

[Response] Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah‬ ‬32:17‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬'

An excerpt from A Prayer for Deliverance from the Coronavirus by Pete Greig

Get interactive - pray with hand sanitiser:

Rub sanitiser into your hands as you ask God to protect the health professionals (doctors, nurses, ambulance crews and more) caring for those affected by the virus. As you pray, ask God to give them peace, wisdom and strength. Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint each person in their work.

WEEK BEGINNING 11TH JANUARY - PRAY FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, PARENTS AND EDUCATORS 

Pause and pray now:

God, we pray today for children, young people, and students across our nation:

Protect them and help them navigate the emotional, social and psychological impact of lockdown and Covid-19.

Make home and school classrooms places of safety, inspiration, and learning.

Empower teachers, parents and all those working in education, with wisdom, creativity, and stamina.

Prayer Points for your community to pray through:

  • Pray for children: that they would be happy, comfortable, and not too unsettled by change, and learning from home.
  • Pray peace: for teachers and parents, as they navigate the current schooling situation. 
  • Pray for guidance: into new routines and systems in place for schools and those learning from home.
  • Pray wisdom: for leadership teams and governing bodies making big decisions. 
  • Pray Colossians 3:12: over students and children, parents and teachers. That all would be clothed with compassion, patience kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Pray Creatively - Keep Me Safe

Equipment: Water, soap

Set up: You could do this simple activity every time you wash your hands in a sink

Instructions: Using soap and water, thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. As you wash your hands, think about how you feel about the coronavirus disease. If you want to, you can say a hope or a prayer for safety.

Psalm 46:1 ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’

Check out more creative prayer stations for children at Prayer Spaces at Home.

WEEK BEGINNING 18TH JANUARY - The SICK AND VULNERABLE

Pause and pray now:

God, we pray today for all who are sick and vulnerable: 

Heal the sick; those with Covid-19, as well as those wrestling with other illnesses and injuries,  

Help those struggling with mental ill-health, give them peace in the storm of lockdown, 

And hold close those who have lost loved ones, comfort and strengthen them in their grief. 

Pray with your community:

'[Prayer Leader] God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones.
May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your
comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared - the frail, the sick and the elderly.

[pause] God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer –

[Response] “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.”
(2 Corinthians‬ 1:10‬)‬' 

An excerpt from A Prayer for Deliverance from the Coronavirus by Pete Greig

Pray Creatively - The Sick and the Vulnerable

Using a pen and a tissue, write the names of the people you know who are self isolating or who have contracted the virus. 
Ask God to make His presence felt in solitude and to protect, strengthen and heal them. 

Find more creative prayer ideas in our: 60 minute prayer guide: Praying through the Coronavirus Pandemic 

WEEK BEGINNING THE 25TH JANUARY - Mental Health 

Pause and pray now:

Lord Jesus, we cry out to you on behalf of those struggling with mental ill health. Would you protect them from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the physical symptoms; the emotional impact as well as, the psychological effects.  

We pray against depression and anxiety, where healing is needed God, we invite you in and have faith in your promise that you are working to restore health and heal our wounds (Jeremiah 10:17).

Pour out your perfect peace into the hearts of all who are searching for answers in the midst of confusion and pain. Come Holy Spirit, bring comfort to those facing loss, hope to the disappointed, and faith into the hearts of all. 

Amen.

Pray with your community:

‘’I am giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on.” Joshua 1:3

Pass the prayer baton, and use your daily exercise to walk the streets of your community, praying for those suffering with mental ill health at this time. 

Each person could cover a different part of your neighbourhood. 

Go Deeper: learn more about prayer walking

Pray Creatively:

A great way to calm our minds and bring God into the centre of our troubles is through Breath Prayer.  

  1. Wherever you are, sit still, consciously relax your body and practice breathing deeply 
  2. As you breathe in, invite the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh 
  3. Ask God for a word or phrase you can utter as you breathe out
  4. This word might be “Jesus”, “Abba”, it may be a biblical phrase like “Be still” or a simple expression of “I love you” to God 
  5. Don’t worry if your mind takes time to become quiet. Continue to breathe deeply and as you exhale, think or speak your breath prayer 
  6. Repeat this for 2 minutes and try it at different intervals throughout your day 
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