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Prayer Resources2021-01-03T11:53:53+00:00

To Help Us In Our Prayers

Covid-19 at home

  • Pray for healthcare staff in Hospitals across Ireland, that God would give new reserves of strength for each day.
  • Pray especially for frontline staff working in units set up to care for Covid-19 patients that God would grant them safety and success in their work.
  • Pray for hospital administrators who face the seemingly impossible task of prioritising the availability of beds, asking God for wisdom and peace of heart in crucial decision making.
  • Pray for Healthcare chaplains who have been working steadily for the past nine months with this new reality, asking God to help them sensitively take opportunities to share his love.
  • Pray for people you know, including families, who have been directly affected by illness caused by Covid-19, asking God to give grace and bring healing.

Brexit

  • It is still not clear what the final outcome of the negotiations between the UK, Ireland and the European Union will be. Pray that, as the date for transition approaches at the end of December, there will be clarity on policies to follow, and their implications.
  • Pray for owners of businesses and their staff who are concerned about the impact of Brexit on the life and work, asking God to help them to prepare and provide in a time of uncertainty.
  • Pray for stability in the community in Northern Ireland, especially asking God that the good work done in building improved community relations over the past 20 years would be able to continue.

Moderator’s Appeal

  • South Sudan. Pray for the Rev Canon Emmanuel Nattania Bandi, who serves as a volunteer counsellor with a coronavirus helpline in South Sudan. For him, this is a natural extension of his calling as a pastor. He says, “I was called to care for people and as a counsellor my work is to help my people who are distressed and helpless.” Ask God to bless him and his work.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Pray for Fatuma is a 25 year-old married mother of six children. Earlier this year fighting between the Congolese army and a local militia forced Fatuma and her family to flee for their lives, joining the over 1.4 million people displaced by conflict in DRC between January and June this year. The family are now living with a relative. The house they are sharing has only two rooms and is now occupied by sixteen people in total. Physical distancing would be impossible should someone fall ill. With a population of nearly 90 million people in DRC, less than 1 in 20 people have access to soap and water at home, Fatuma’s family included. Ask God to protect and bring his peace that passes understanding in Fatuma’s circumstances.

Pastoral Needs Locally

  • Pray for families who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 or related health conditions. Especially ask God to lead and care for them as their process of grieving has been made much more difficult by the restrictions surrounding funerals.
  • Pray for PCI ministers who are seeking to be attentive pastors to their people, yet are prevented from visiting in homes. Ask God to help them find simple ways to connect, give listening hearts and find ways to bring his Word to bear on real situations.
  • Pray for congregations who are seeking to find new and imaginative ways to care for people who are lonely, isolated or fearful. Pray that a ministry of presence in person or at a distance might prove powerful.
  • Thank God for technology like the phone, Zoom, and other means of keeping in touch.
  • Pray for schools, teachers and pupils, facing uncertainty about exams and the pattern of the academic year in 2021. Ask God to help all to continue to find motivation despite many unknowns.

Mission of God in a Crisis

  • Give thanks that the Bible contains many stories of times when God’s people needed to adapt to new and unwelcome change. Pray that God would help us as a people as we learn from these important records from the past.
  • Pray that God would reveal to us what he is saying to us in this crisis, and that we would have ears to hear.
  • Give thanks for the many stories of people who have been asking questions about faith, the meaning of life and our significance as persons in the world. Pray that our churches would be ready to give a reason for our hope.

The Future

  • Pray for faith to grow among us, rather than be quenched, and that we would be ready for the next part of our story on this island.
  • Pray that God would continue to raise up a generation of new leaders to serve at every level in our congregations. Give thanks for the students for the ministry awaiting placement as they move towards completion of their training.
  • Pray that congregations which have experienced a downturn in income may allocate their diminished resources wisely, and that as a people, we would experience God’s provision.
  • Pray for staff in congregations and in Assembly Buildings whose posts have been made redundant – that they would know the peace of God in these unwelcome changes, and find places to serve.

Pray, in the Spirit, on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

(Ephesians 6 v 18)

Let’s Pray

These Three remain … Faith, Hope and Love.  This is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to draw congregations and their members together in God to express his life and witness in this moment.

For Ballynure Presbyterian Church and Community

Pray for our Ministry Team, elders and members as we seek to serve one another and our community at this time. Pray that the online services and other means of communication would bring encouragement, that God’s Word would work in our hearts and lives.

Pray for families who have recently been bereaved, that they would know God’s comfort and strength. Remember those who have relatives suffering from the virus at home or in hospital, that they would know strength and healing.

Pray for wisdom for our leaders at Stormont and for the advisers who guide them.

For those in our congregation who are caring for the sick and vulnerable

Here’s the first names of people connected to our congregation who are serving us in this way: Alexandra, Alison, Gillian A, Gillian D, Esther, Diane, Denise J, Denise W, Janet, Joanne, Joe, Lynne, Mark, Nicola (and no doubt others we are not yet aware of). Pray for them by name! They need the Lord’s strength, compassion, patience, wisdom, peace, healing, rest, and much more…

Life in Hospitals and Care Homes and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Pray for patients in hospital and residents of care homes at this time when the need for additional measures to ensure safety from spread of infection can be upsetting, asking that God would bring a sense of his peace and a freedom from fear and anxiety.

Pray for those who serve in the NHS, that they would have the resources and the strength they need to care for patients.

Pray for those with mental health challenges who feel isolated and anxious, asking that God will bring peace and calm and that they will receive every possible support.

Pray for other aspects of the wellbeing of society, such as healthy relationships, neighbourliness and care for the most vulnerable, asking that God would enable the flourishing of our life together despite lockdown and social distancing restrictions.

Global Mission

Asia Link

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TearFund

We work through local churches to unlock people's potential, helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves.

Pray for our village and surrounding area, for farmers and workers in the agri-food business under pressure, for local shops and the school, for our neighbours (name them before the Lord), for those most alone and vulnerable.

Pray for those who are on furlough or who have lost their jobs, for those whose businesses are under severe pressure and strain, people for whom the future is very uncertain – that the Lord would provide and guide.

Pray that we would grow closer to the Lord during this challenging time, that we’d grow more like Jesus, that we would live for the things that God says matter most – loving Him and loving others.