Prayer for the Nation

24-7 Prayer is joining with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to invite you to pray daily for the nation of England over the month of lockdown.  

Join with Christians across England and pray for families and friends, pupils and educators, the isolated and vulnerable, business and the economy, the NHS and keyworkers, as well as those in local and national Government.

‘On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable.’ says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ‘… we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Is there anything else we can do? Really do?  Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love... Prayer changes things.’ 

Get involved in three simple ways: 

Pause and pray every day 
Set an alarm and at 6pm each day, stop and pray for those impacted by the pandemic. 
Add your ‘Amen’ 
Follow The Church of England on Twitter and 24-7 Prayer Great Britain on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for daily prayer focusses. Also, explore the Church of England’s website for further prayer resources. 
Fast a day a week 
Every Thursday during the month of lockdown, join the Archbishop of Canterbury and others in fasting food (or something else) to make time and bring focus to our prayers. Find out more about fasting

Go deeper during lockdown: 

Download our daily prayers

Prayers based on the #PrayerForTheNation daily themes, to help you and your community pray in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Download & print the #PrayerForTheNation Daily Prayers 

Run a virtual 24-7 Prayer Room 
Pass the baton from home to home and pray night and day with your community. Explore ideas and resources for virtual prayer rooms
#MakeYourMark: prayer walk your neighbourhood 
Use a piece of chalk to turn your daily exercise into an opportunity for prayer. Walk your neighbourhood and pray for your community. Write words of hope and prayers for your area on pavements and walls.

‘Prayer changes things,’ says the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. ‘It changes things by inviting God into the room. At this challenging time when all of us are fearful and anxious, and when so many are suffering, it is the one thing we can all do. We can pray and invite God to change us, giving us the solace, strength and comfort we need for the difficult winter that is ahead of us. Let’s pray together at this difficult time.'

Explore further Coronavirus prayer resources.