Praying for the world

At this time as the COVID-19 Pandemic sweeps the globe, it can be very easy to forget the needs of those in other parts of the world. With this in mind, every so often in the coming weeks, we're going to post some specific prayer points to encourage one another to keep praying for the nations, as the Lord continues to work in hearts and minds across the world.  A big thanks to Rev John Faris for guiding us in the days ahead to keep praying for those in other parts of the world.

Thursday 23rd April 2020: The global effects of the Coronavirus

Tragically, the needs across the world have multiplied just at the time when income to missions and aid agencies is slumping, partly because many fund raising efforts have had to stop and the incomes of many who give are under pressure. If you are now surviving on 80% of your previous income or on universal credit, that inevitably impacts on what you can give. But some of us are blessed with regular income which has not been affected at this point. Could we not give as much as before and maybe more? The frustration of lockdown means that we are spending much less on petrol and on coffees and meals out. If we have been refuned the money we laid out on a cancelled holiday, what could we do with that maybe large sum?

Of course we want to care more than ever for people near us who are struggling e.g. helping Storehouse and similar groups more than we ever did, and we are concerned that hospitals and care homes get all the resources they need, but please do remember those countries which were already struggling with dieases like tuberculosis and malaria and unsafe water supplies before this vrius arose, where ventilators and PPE will be in very short supply.

Let's pray that the LORD may guide us to show love to both our local and global neighbours, in both prayer and action. This prayer, sometimes used in New Year services, may help.

Heavenly Father, I am no longer my own but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You, exalted for You, or brought low for You; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.