Mildenhall Anglican Church

60 MINUTES OF PRAYER FOR YOUR NATION


All you need: - a national newspaper, a pair of scissors, glue or tape, a window and/or a torch, a map or drawing of your

nation


WHAT IS YOUR NATION LIKE?: 15 minutes

In 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


Now 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

nation.

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and

their 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)

Look 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

wisdom.


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 to

guide you as you pray into their strengths and weaknesses.


THE LORD'S PRAYER: 10 minutes 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.





EASTER TIDE


The Easter Season, also known as the Great fifty days, begins at sunset on Easter Eve and continues


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.


Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter, comes from the Greek word for fiftieth, pentekoste. Greek speaking


Jews called the Jewish Feast of Weeks the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2 tells how the anxious and fearful


disciples, who 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



Easter 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


From 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?


The Archbishops are encouraging us to join with churches around the world in extra prayer between

Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Archbishop Justin Welby says:

I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.



Each 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


During 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.


From 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 individuals or

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.


That the day may come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, we

pray:

Thy kingdom come.


Almighty God,

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 don't


receive any support in the form of food, water or assistance to earn money.


Jesus 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.


Please pray


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


remember accurately,


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.