MINUTES OF PRAYER FOR YOUR NATION
you need: -
a national newspaper, a pair of scissors, glue or tape, a window
and/or a torch, a map or drawing of your
WHAT IS YOUR NATION LIKE?: 15 minutes
every country there are things to thank God for and things to ask for
His help with. Look through a recent newspaper
and cut out words that
describe good and bad things about your nation. Stick them to a piece
of paper and look at the
image they create. Thank God for the good things you read. Ask for His help with the bad.
PRAYING THROUGH THE NEWSPAPER: 10 minutes
look through the articles in the newspaper you’ve been using.
Choose two things happening in or affecting your nation
today. Stick the articles to a window and if there’s daylight ask God to shine His wisdom on these situations. If it’s night,
use a torch to
illuminate the stories to represent God’s truth and wisdom
illuminating our world. Ask Jesus to move and for
His Kingdom to come and His will to be done.
PRAYING FOR YOUR NATION: 15 minutes
Think about the role that government plays in our lives today. Lay the map of your nation on the floor and point out the
place where your
government meets. Pray that Jesus’ Kingdom would be the foundation
of law and leadership in your
first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how,
for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and
governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of
living simply, in humble contemplation. This is
the way our Saviour God wants us to live.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MSG)
around you at the different parts of your country. Ask the Holy
Spirit to move in your nation and speak out His fruit of
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. Ask God to give national leaders
PRAY FOR A FRIEND OR ENEMY: 10 minutes
Every nation has allies and enemies. Jesus teaches us to love our neighbour (Matthew 22:38) and to love our enemies
(Matthew 5:44). This can be difficult when war or oppression is at the root of dislike.
Choose a nation that is closely allied to your own, and then choose a nation that is historically or currently an adversary.
Write their names in
your prayer room and pray for God’s kingdom and blessing to come in
both. Ask the Holy Spirit
guide you as you pray into their strengths and weaknesses.
LORD'S PRAYER: 10
Before you leave pray The Lord’s Prayer over your nation. Take some
time on each line, thinking
particularly about your nation and its needs. Finish by praising God.
also known as the Great fifty days, begins at sunset on Easter Eve
through the Day of Pentecost. This is a season for celebrating with joy Christ’s resurrection and ascension
and the giving of the Holy Spirit on the first Easter ( John 20: 22-23) and on the Day of Pentecost ( Acts 2)
Ascension Day, when Jesus ascended to heaven, is the fortieth day after Easter.
the fiftieth day after Easter, comes from the Greek word for
Jews called the Jewish Feast of Weeks the Day of
Pentecost. Acts 2 tells how the anxious and fearful
had gathered on the Day of Pentecost, were filled with the Holy
Spirit and thereafter preached
boldly he gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Living Presence
Season reminds us that Jesus said “I am with you always, to the end
of age “ (Matthew 28:20) The
risen Christ is with us every day; when we pray, when we make decisions, when we say grace at meals
, when we work and play, when we are anxious or afraid, when we are joyful, when we are thankful
and when we give and receive love.
Remember the traditional Easter Greeting;
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
“Thy Kingdom come”- an invitation to join in a wave of global prayer May10th to 20th
the St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan web-site: “This is a
simple invitation to pray between
Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation has grown
every year”. Who can you be praying for?
Archbishops are encouraging us to join with churches around the world
in extra prayer between
Ascension Day and Pentecost.
Archbishop Justin Welby says:
remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I
have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.
one of us can pray more and be part of this. Below are suggestions
for prayer from the “Thy Kingdom
come” web-site. More resources for prayer can be found there.
Prayer during the day with Thy Kingdom Come DISCOVERING A PATTERN FOR PRAYER
Thy Kingdom Come, you are invited to discover new habits and ways of
praying to God, that those
whom you know might come to know Jesus.
the earliest days of the Church, people have gathered together to
praise God and to pray for salvation
through his Son. Prayer During
the Day is a form of worship and prayer which can be used by
in groups, at any time of the day, as a structure for praise and petition. It is drawn from Common Worship,
one of the
worship resources of the Church of England. You are welcome to use it
in any way you like, or
change it so that it suits your needs.
Whether you are new to ‘structured’ prayer or an old hand, you are invited to try Prayer During the Day for the
period between Ascension and Pentecost. We hope you may find in it a spiritual rhythm which will nourish
your heart and keep prayer on your lips, enabling you to become part of a global wave of prayer.
HOW TO USE PRAYER DURING THE DAY
You can read what follows out loud, or to yourself.
You can pray by yourself or in a group. When in a group, everyone can say the words in bold type. You can
choose to say or sing psalms and songs.
God of our salvation, hope of all the ends of the earth, we pray:
Thy kingdom come.
That the world may know Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace, we pray:
Thy kingdom come.
That we may be bold to speak the word of God while you stretch out your hand to save, we pray:
Thy kingdom come.
That the Church may be generous in giving, faithful in serving, bold in proclaiming, we pray:
Thy kingdom come.
the day may come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, we
Thy kingdom come.
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers: Christian Aid
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12th - 19th MAY
The people of Syria need your help more than ever. As the conflict enters its seventh year, the country and its people are in crisis. Half the Syrian population have had to flee their homes, and more than 5.2 million people are now refugees.
Christian Aid is working with their partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, providing support to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. Based in countries affected by disaster they can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term.
There are more than 40 million internally displaced people in the world today. These are people who have
been forced to leave their homes,
but remain within their own country. We don't know the real numbers
who are internally displaced because people leave their homes because of disaster or climate change and
they are not always counted. Most
people who flee their homes find shelter with host families, but
receive any support in the form of food, water or assistance to earn money.
uses the parable of the mustard seed to describe how God's kingdom
will grow and flourish. Through faith, we can
unite with others and
achieve great things. Even small acts of generosity can grow into
something far beyond
our imagination will collect millions of envelopes this Christian Aid week, each envelope is like the mustard seed.
Even If they contain the smallest gifts, together they'll fund transformative work across the world, creating safe
places and a chance of a new life for many.
For all the pupil and students facing exams
help these students: to
remain calm, to attend carefully to the questions asked, to think
clearly, and to
For the new PCC and church officers
for your blessing on all who share in the life and work of our Church and Parish: In the ministry of word and sacrament, in teaching and pastoral care
For World leaders to work for peace and care of the world and its people
for peace in our world: that all people may live free from violence, in safety and security, and with hope for the future.