Prayers for others 28th February 2021

O Lord, our God, we gather together today to give you thanks and praise your greatness. We praise all that you have done in this world. We know and love that Your power is limitless, your wisdom is infinite, your grace is overwhelming and your love is never failing. You promised that you will never leave or forsake us. Let us worship you in spirit and truth.

 

Almighty God, we pray for those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us to open our arms in welcome and reach out our hands in support. We pray that the lives that are torn apart by war, persecution from religious or political beliefs, fear and suffering may be given hope to begin a new and safe life. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who was persecuted from birth.

 

Loving Father, at a time when there is increasing fear of what will happen on your planet due to climate change, we pray for those people, communities and nations already suffering the devastating effects of climate change and we pray for the diversity of life on earth, so much of it already threatened by our actions.  Give us the strength to stand against those who do not care and continue to waste the planet’s provisions, so that future generations will be able to enjoy the bountiful earth as we have.

 

We especially pray for all those in Texas who have lost loved ones and suffered in the snow storm last week which left most of the state with no water, electricity or heat for several days.  In Your grace and mercy, we ask that You will help those who are suffering including those affected by the crisis in Mayanmar and the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

 

We thank you, Father, for the extensive Covid vaccine roll out that it may bring your light at the end of a long dark tunnel. We pray that the World Health Organisation continues its efforts in making the vaccine available to everyone across the world and that the poorer countries receive the same care and help that our country has received over the last couple of months. We pray that the Covax scheme reaches its target of sending vaccines to 92 poorer countries at the same time as the 98 richer countries buys the vaccine. Thank you for your great work in our times of struggle.

 

Dear Lord, we thank you for the internet, smartphones and other devices that allow us to be together as families and friends despite the pandemic and we thank all those that have made this possible within our church here at Wylde Green. We pray that the efforts that we have made and are planning for the community such as the Boldmere Has Talent go without a hitch and bring everyone closer to You.

 

Dear Father God, on this last day of the month, please bring your strength and guidance to help us through the coming months as we transition out of lockdown and back into some sort of normality. We pray that you guide the government into making the right decisions that are best for everyone's wellbeing and for the economy.

 

Lord, we know that you are beside us at all times guiding us, but when things start to feel tough and we feel like we are drowning, please help us to remember that you are carrying us through our struggles and that the one set of footprints we see in the sand are yours.

 

We pray for the people on our prayer cycle this week - Kay Monk, Wiilliam Monk and June Northway, the residents of Somerville Road and all our local councillors across Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

 

Dearest Lord, help us to listen to your voice and follow it wherever you are leading us this week.  Father, we ask for your blessing to go out and spread the word of Your name, though Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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