Prayer Guide for Renewal’s day of prayer
Our goal today is to encounter Jesus and to seek his intervention for the church, the city, the nation and the world.
You may choose to spend time simply seeking God, praying about your passions and as the Holy Spirit leads you.
If you feel that you would prefer a little more structure and guidance, there are a couple of resources below that you might like to follow to help you to use your prayer time well.
Option 1: Praying for the Coronavirus Pandemic (resource from 24-7)
The time is split into four phases:
P – Pause
R – Rejoice
A – Ask
Y – Yield
PAUSE (5 minutes) PRAY
Pray Psalm 46 aloud.
Breathe deeply and welcome the Holy Spirit.
REJOICE (5 minutes)
Pray Psalm 91 aloud.
A song of worship about the greatness of God
PRAY FOR THE CONTAINMENT OF THE VIRUS
Ask God to slow and halt the spread of the Covid 19 Coronavirus. Take a moment to pray for God’s particular intervention in the nations most affected.
PRAY FOR THE ILL AND ISOLATED
Write down the names of the people you know who are self-isolating or who have contracted the virus. Ask God to make His presence felt in solitude and to protect, strengthen and heal them. PRAY FOR PROTECTION OF THE VULNERABLE
Mention the names of the people you know who are elderly or have an under-lying condition that may make them susceptible to the Coronavirus. Ask God to protect them from infection.
PRAY FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEADERS
Place your hands on your head and ask God to give wisdom to national and local political leaders as they make decisions to protect people. Cup your hand over your ear and ask God to bring excellent advisers to guide them. Open your hands in front of you and ask God to give them the ability to communicate clearly to the public.
PRAY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Rub sanitiser into your hands as you ask God to protect the health professionals (doctors, nurses, ambulance crews and more) caring for those affected by the virus. Ask God to give them peace, wisdom, to anoint them for their jobs and to protect them from infection.
YIELD (5 minutes)
Pray this prayer of yielding, written by Pete Greig:
Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer -
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)
Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer -
“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.” (Psalm 79:8)
God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved-ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared - the frail, the sick and the elderly. [pause] God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer -
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)
Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer -
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2)
Option 2: Praying the Lord’s Prayer (adapted from Thy Kingdom Come)
APPROACH: 10 minutes
— Read Matthew 6:9: Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
— Think of all the names for God you’ve heard. If you need inspiration why not read: Genesis 21:33, Exodus 3:14, Judges 6:24, Deuteronomy 7:9, Deuteronomy 10:17, Isaiah 5:16, Psalm 136:26, Isaiah 7:14 & John 8:58.
— Which name do you most use when speaking to God?
— Read Matthew 7:9-11: Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
ASK: 10 minutes
— Read Matthew 6:10-11: Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give
us this day our daily bread.
— Write your name in the centre of a sheet of paper. Surround it with the people, situations and places that you want God to move in. Include anything that has been worrying you. Ask God to teach you to pray in His will for His kingdom in each of these situations.
REFLECT: 8 minutes
— Read Matthew 6:12: Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
— Think back through your last 24 hours, the things you’ve done, the people you’ve met. Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight things you’ve done wrong. Next ask the Holy Spirit to show you times you should have acted and did not. Write everything that has come to mind on a piece of paper. As you say sorry, tear up the sheet of paper and throw it into the bin. Thank God for forgiving you. Is there someone you need to forgive today? Ask God to show you who.
SUBMIT: 2 minutes
END BY PRAYING ST PATRICK'S PRAYER:
I arise today through the strength of heaven...
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise. Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me. Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me. Christ in every ear that hears me.