Praying for our nation

Praying for our nation

Praying for our nation Devote yourselves to prayer, and be thankful. Col 4;2-3 (NIV) I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. scriptures 1 Tim2;1-6 (NLT) Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanitythe man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

Devote yourselves to prayer scriptures from Col 4;2-6 (NLT) with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ (to) proclaim this message Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Scriptures Eph 6; 10 18 (NLT) Put on all of Gods armour so that you will be able to stand

firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of Gods armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of Gods righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lords plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

Scriptures Psalms 33: 10 22 (NLT) What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Dont count on your warhorse to give you victoryfor all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. prayers

The Lords Prayer Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we also have forgiven those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen prayers Archbishop of York God of eternal love and power, Save our Parliamentary Democracy; Protect our High Court of Parliament and all its members From partiality and prejudice;

That they may walk the path of kindness, justice and mercy. Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good. The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength, Therefore we pray earnestly, Father, send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength. Lord, graciously hear us. Amen. prayers Rev John Beer (Baptist Union) We are deeply thankful that for many years we have been blessed by relative peace and freedom from war in Europe. As a new chapter opens we earnestly pray for continued stability in this geographic area. We ask that as a nation we would be able to move forward together after the

divisions that the referendum has exposed. May the Christian community provide support to the oppressed and the needy, and in our struggles encourage us to show the love and compassion of our Saviour, Amen. In this time of turmoil... We pray for the Prime Minister and Party Leaders as they negotiate the political future of our nation: Father, give them your wisdom and vision. prayers We pray for all in Parliament as they represent their communities: Jesus, give them your humility and strength. 24-7 Prayer We pray for the media as they interpret events for the nation: Holy Spirit, give them your truth and compassion.

We pray for ourselves, your Church, as we show your love to our neighbours: Would we speak hope, embody courage and model unity in diversity. Almighty God, we place our trust in you: For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory, now and forever, Amen. prayers CARE O Sovereign Lord, in Your mercy move in each of our nations; to restore the honour of Your Name, restrain the forces of evil, renew Your Church and bring spiritual revival! We pray for all people, especially those in authority; that we may live quiet and peaceful lives. Loving Shepherd, please bring back those who have wandered; to repent and receive the forgiveness and eternal life of Your gospel. Lift up the vulnerable and wounded and grant them healing, comfort and new hope. Almighty God, we beseech You to guide our

government and all others involved in the Brexit situation; that Your will may be done in the UK and throughout Europe now and in the years to come. In Jesus name. Amen. Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 TIM 2;1-2 (NLT) Holy Spirit, please help people with passionately-held opinions to speak with integrity whilst acting with respect and tolerance towards others. Amen. prayer topics GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY We pray for the Government and Parliament to be built up in unity and understanding to work wisely and fairly, for the benefit of British citizens, and others who live here. Amen. Lord, we ask You to direct our national and local governments to provide necessary support for the vulnerable. May Your Church continue to bring practical help and hope to local communities. Amen.

We pray for Peers, elected Members, advisors, administrative staff and those in supporting roles working in all the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. Amen. May more Christians engage in public life: as candidates at national or local elections, working in the Civil Service, with local authorities, on health or school boards and in other paid and voluntary roles. Amen. Lord, thank You for the UKs democratic freedoms. Draw near to those living under oppressive regimes who suffer because the believe in You. Amen. Father, may the tide of atheistic secular humanism be held back as Your people pray and engage in society - living out the grace and truth of the gospel. Amen. The Bible is literally at the centre of the Palace of Westminster. Inscribed in Latin on the stone floor of the Central Lobby are words from Psalms 127: Unless the Lord builds the house, its labourers labour in vain. Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God ROMANS 12;1-2 (ESV) Lord, we pray for children and teenagers. Strengthen parents and carers; that our youth may become wise, loving adults who can serve Your purposes. Amen. Holy Spirit may more Christians commit to pray for local schools and the educational, health and social challenges facing young people. Amen. prayer topics

YOUTH AND CULTURE We remember children controlled by gangs, suffering sexual abuse and other forms of ill-treatment, neglect and danger. Please send help so they can recover from their ordeal. Amen. Please help young people to be wise in their use of social media and other online applications. Guard them from harm from cyber-bullying, exploitation and inappropriate material. Amen. God, grant courage, skill, understanding and determination to young people, who face problems of many kinds to discover solutions that benefit all. Raise up many Christian leaders in this generation. Amen. Father, thank You for all who teach, nurture, encourage and challenge children and young people in schools, higher education, sport and many other activities that enhance their lives. Amen. Lord, please draw more children and young people to hear the gospel, meet with You, continue to grow in their faith and introduce others to Jesus. Amen. The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends toward the sun of righteousness. Matthew Henry; 17th century author of a famous six-volume Bible Commentary.

Clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. COLOSSIANS 3; 12 (NLT) Loving Creator, each human being is uniquely made in Your own image. May we remember that every life, however vulnerable, has innate dignity that calls for protection and respect. Amen. prayer topics CARING FOR PEOPLE We pray for humanitarian workers distributing food, medicine and other essentials to the poorest of the poor; to save them from starvation, disease and hopelessness. Amen. Lord, inspire local churches to find effective ways to reach out to lonely older people, those with disabilities, and many who are depressed and even suicidal. Amen. Lord, we grieve over the millions of lives lost through abortion. May public opinion change; so the unborn are protected and the needs of women also upheld. Amen. We pray that any attempt to legalise assisted dying will fail. Comfort those with incurable conditions who suffer incapacity and pain and grant them, their families and medical professionals fresh strength and hope. Amen. Thank You God for the skill and dedication of medical, nursing and other staff who work with vulnerable patients. Grant them continuing compassion and wisdom.

Amen. Father, please bless the endeavours of the UKs 200 or more centres of free hospice care serving around 20,000 patients each year. Encourage staff, patients, volunteers and fundraisers as they face the challenge of raising large amounts of money. Amen. You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you to die peacefully but also to live until you die. Dame Cicely Saunders (1918 2005), devout Christian Founder of the Hospice Movement. He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? MICAH 6:8 (NKJV) We intercede for our 215 million brothers and sisters suffering for their faith throughout the world. Grant them a sense of Your presence, and courage as they face persecution. Amen. prayer topics JUSTICE, MERCY AND GRACE

Lord, please help those affected by alcohol, drugs and substance abuse, or addicted to pornography and gambling, leading to relationship breakdown, illness and debt. Amen. God, please strengthen those working in the prison service, courts and judicial system, as police officers, and in other roles; responsible for delivering justice and support to the victims and perpetrators of crime. Amen. Judge of all the earth, we know there is an appointed Day when all wrongs will be righted. Meanwhile, teach us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with You. Amen. Lord, may rich countries and corporations increasingly shoulder responsibility to protect the worlds most vulnerable habitats and people as rising sea levels, climate change, pollution and other hazards cause damage. Amen. Saviour; we lift to You the millions of trafficked and enslaved adults and children. Cause governments and other influential bodies to prevent this appalling trade, convict perpetrators and assist the victims. Amen Please guide and empower Christians and others who speak up for the voiceless, give to those in poverty, seek mercy for asylum seekers and refugees, and defend those unfairly treated. Amen. True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Dr Martin Luther King

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