At the start of this week we come to God in prayer with an open mind, appreciative of all of the positive aspects of our lives. We thank God for all He does for us, even though more may be needed by each and everyone of us within our individual and family circumstances.
We pray for unity of purpose as a nation as we currently battle Covid 19. We thank God for our ability to solve problems and especially so with regard to this awful pandemic. We acknowledge the importance of the old adage 'together we stand, but divided we fall' within this context. Help us to be understanding of others' circumstances and points of view and focus on ensuring the safety of all, but especially the most vulnerable within our community.
We thank God for all children whom we recognise to be one of His most magnificent gifts. We are only too aware of the stressful lives they have led during the last 18 months. We ask for God's help in reducing their burden and enabling them to enjoy life as intended. The latest announcement of vaccinations for 12 -15 year olds is an added factor within this context. We pray for guidance and support for all of those in this group, and their parents, who will shortly have to decide whether to access this vaccine.
We recognise our God to be omnipotent ( all powerful ), omniscient ( all knowing ) and omnipresent ( everywhere ). He is a God of LOVE ( agape ) for all of humanity. We realise our obligations to replicate His love for all of our brothers and sisters across our planet. We ask for God's strength and support to enable us to achieve this goal in a divided world where the philosophy of 'I' unfortunately all too often dominates and excludes the philosophy of 'WE'. We think especially at this time, within this context, of the sharing of the Covid vaccines with all humankind.
We think at this time of the many people still on the furlough scheme. They are all too aware that this great scheme will finish at the end of this month. We recognise the anxiety they may now be experiencing and hope and pray they will be able to return to their previous employment. We also think, at this time, of the many others who have sadly lost their jobs as a direct result of the pandemic. We pray that they will be able find new employment in the near future. Please help sustain all of them, both physically and mentally, until their working lives return to normal.
Sadly, in seemingly every national news bulletin, we see and hear the horrors of conflict throughout our world. North Korea's latest 'cruise missile' test is indicative of a militaristic approach to life with a pitiful disdain for people. We see a similar attitude ascendant now in Afghanistan with the return of the Taliban. We pray for all of the people in these nations and the many other nations of our world where such attitudes are commonplace.
O God, we know that we may often fall short of your expectations for us as our hectic lives seem to leave too little time to focus on your teaching. Please give us the strength we need in order to re-order our lives and so prioritise our faith.
Thank you to Crawford and Marilyn P. for the prayers this week