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A call to prayer, Friday November 13th. The Evangelical Alliance calls for Christians across the UK to unite in prayer for our communities

12 November 2020

This message has been forwarded by Graham. Through the pandemic there have been various times when we have been called to prayer. Indeed moving in prayer has been an important and powerful part of our experience.

In Lockdown 2, church buildings have been restricted to quite prayer. But maybe prayer is at the heart of what we do and it not a limiting factor.

Jesus said of the busy temple in the heart of the city of Jerusalem: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”? Mark 11: 17, looking back to Isaiah 56: 7

We can pray in church  twice a week, on Monday and Friday mornings between 10 and 12. And we can pray wherever we are in our households, homegroups and personal prayer.

Here are a couple of resources that may help us (you may have some of your own that you could share, if so please send them to mbcnewspics@gmail.com:

Baptists Together have a series of weekly prayer broadcasts

https://baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx

The Evangelical Alliance have produced this helpful guide for praying through the day:

Weave listening and sharing into the daily routine of life.

Lord, today direct my thoughts, inhabit the stillness, give power to my words. In Jesus’ name, amen 

Breakfast

  • Pray for those in the caring and emergency services, often tired, discouraged and weary.
  • Those in hospital, and those in intensive care.

Mid-morning

  • Pray for the bereaved, anxious and fearful.

Midday

Pray the Lord’s 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from the evil one.

In Jesus’ name, amen

Matthew 6:9 – 13, NIV

Lunchtime

  • If possible, go out and move around and pray for your community, streets and local businesses.
  • Those shielding or in isolation. 

Early afternoon

  • Pray for the church in the UK, that we would carry the gospel, be salt and light.

Mid-afternoon

  • Pray for the poor, unemployed, homeless.
  • Those with addictions.
  • Those struggling with mental health issues. 

Late afternoon

  • Pray for the vulnerable, children, those with disability and their carers.
  • Those who are lonely.
  • Those who are fearful in their home situation.

Evening

  • Pray for those in positions of power and leadership and decision makers.

Night time

Pray:

Lord of grace, 

may your goodness fall in our nations.

Father of love, 

pour out your love on, in and through us.

Spirit of fellowship, 

build and strengthen communities across the UK. 

Have mercy,

heal our land,

extend your kingdom in our day.

In Jesus’ name, amen

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