Prayer Diary for the week

Our weekly Prayer Diary gives particular topics to include in your prayers during this week.
You may also like this Reflective Service for worship in isolation.(click here to view)

Some helpful Bible Passages

(Extracts are given where readings are longer.)

Psalm 23
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
(Verse 4)

Psalm 91
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”
(Verses 1-2)

Psalm 139
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
(Verse 23)

Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

John 14
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(Verse 27)

Luke 12:22-34
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
(Verses 25-26)

Philippians 4:4-9
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
(Verses 6-7)

May the peace of God give you renewed hope and wisdom;
may you find the strength you already carry within you to be enough;
may the grace of God be sufficient;
may you find a deep breath when the air around you is thin;
may you grow in compassion in all these days.
May you love well, not in spite of these anxious times,
but because of them.

Sarah Bessey

Prayers during the Coronavirus outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love,
and of your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many can be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving, wherever we are,
whatever it costs, for as long as it takes
and wherever you call us. Amen.
(Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference)

For oneself, whilst ill or isolated

Lord God almighty, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers with Children

When friends are ill

Dear God, ( name[s] of friend[(s[ ) is/are ill.
They can’t go to school or come to play.
I’m sad because I miss them.
They must be feeling miserable and lonely too.
Please be close to them,
and be close to the people who are looking after them.
Help them to get better
and to know that you love them. Amen.

For the whole world

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses
and for all who are working to discover
medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you for being with us always
and help us to trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.

Daily prayers when we can’t get to church

Early in the day

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always.’
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for other people as well as me,
and keep us all in your care.
Help me to worship you with all my life,
serve you with all my strength,
honour you with all my words,
and love you with all my heart. Amen.

At bedtime

God our Father, by whose mercy
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, our unfulfilled hopes,
and all for whom we pray tonight.
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep. Amen.