Saturday, January 16th
Dear Lord: help those who will be ministering in churches across the country tomorrow as they prepare their hearts to serve you, help them to know, trust, and declare the truth about you tomorrow. Holy Spirit, make us ready to hear your Word and to grow in our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ together as your Church. Today, give us your rest and peace, we pray.
Sunday, January 17th
Dear Lord: As we look ahead to the challenges of 2021, help us each to seek you above all else. We pray for our services and children's and youth groups happening this weekend. Lord, by your Spirit, please equip and use all who are involved leading and serving in different ways, stir up people's hearts to connect and take part, and be at work in individual lives bringing salvation and hope to all at the start of this new year. Amen.
Monday, January 18th
God, we pray for all the churches in East Grinstead and surrounding areas through these challenging times. Give us the courage and ability and opportunity to continue to make known the hope that every person can have in Jesus, even in the darkest of days. Lord, this town needs strong churches so would each one go from strength to strength under your guidance and as you shepherd your people, and we ask that the name of Jesus would ring out across this place. Amen.
Tuesday, January 19th
Heavenly Father, so many are experiencing changes when it comes to their day-to-day work. Lord, help us each to adapt and to cope. We particularly pray for those under increased pressures: whether those working on the frontline in hospitals, schools, care homes, social services and essential shops, or whether those faced with difficult decisions to make or processing new regulations and working practices, or whether those working hard for their business to survive. Givesupernatural strength each day and keep us from collapsing under the burden of these times. Amen.
Wednesday January 20th
God of compassion, we thank for the Churches Together initiative in providing and running a foodbank for our community. Lord, thank you for those leading the foodbank and please give wisdom to all involved, particularly as they manage the necessary operational changes at the moment. Please provide the food and finances that are needed, and we ask most of all that food parcels would reach those who need it most right now so that no-one in this community would be unable to put food on the table. Amen.
Thursday January 21st
Loving Lord, so many have increasingly been working from home during these times. Help us each to adapt, to find the time and space to be productive and to be able to be making progress in our career. Help us also to find time to rest and switch off and to handle the stress. Lord, please help those who are now home-schooling to have patience and skill to teach their children under all sorts of pressures. We pray particularly for people with very little space to work in, or without access to computers or with poor internet connections. Amen.
Friday January 22nd
Dear God, thank you for the work of CARE in East Grinstead and Lingfield, and the vision of Churches Together for this organisation to serve our community. Thank you for the support they offer to those in need, whether through lifts to essential appointments, helping with shopping and prescriptions, assisting with tasks at home and many other ways. Lord, continue to provide the people and finances for this charity to thrive, and especially at the moment when the support CARE provides is so much harder to give with restrictions in place and people isolating. Amen.
Saturday January 23rd
God of hope, we pray for those unable to carry out their work at the moment or who have lost their jobs over the last year. Lord, comfort and help people in these situations, keep them from losing hope and provide new opportunities at the right time. As our world has been changed, help people to develop new and inventive businesses to respond to this new world so that jobs would be available and the economy strong as we look to the future. Lord, we pray that you would continue to raise up workers for churches in this nation, so that the light of the gospel would continue to shine and the promise and hope of the new heaven and earth proclaimed to every generation. Amen.
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