How do you pray? When? Is there a special place where you pray in your home? Or a special place outside where you can be alone with God- a desert place? Is your prayer mainly giving thanks or seeking God's intervention? Are you finding it difficult to pray during this pandemic? Is there someone you would like to pray with- why not ask them to pray with you this week? Why not spend this week reflecting on your prayer life and renew your request to God to help you to pray.
Prayers for our local area this week
Lord God, creator and sustainer of all, be with those affected by flooding and winter storms.
Guide those making decisions about future sources of energy and how the economic recovery will sustain or plunder your world.
Guide the hands responsible for the distribution of Covid vaccines, empowering those struggling to get supplies to those most in need.
Be with our Methodist and URC friends and colleagues.
Sustain and encourage Matt, ORYC Pioneer Youth Worker, and the ORYC team as they reach out online to the youth of our deanery.
Guide and inspire the Shaping for Mission process, leading the team as they meet online to share wisdom and prayerfully discern a united vision for mission our deanery.
Enfold all involved with local schools and nurseries in your protective care, and all those homeworking and homeschooling, and encourage them as half-term comes to an end and a return to school is on the horizon.
Sustain local businesses in these difficult times, opening their imaginations to new possibilities and their hearts to the wonder of your love.
In a moment of silence Lord, we offer thoughts and prayers for those people and places God places on our hearts.
More resources to help with Prayer
Here are two websites with ideas and resources to help you to pray.