Prayer in uncertain times
As Christians, we believe it is vital that we lift our eyes beyond our own immediate situations, ensuring that despite changing seasons in our lives, we maintain a rhythm of prayer. We invite you to join us in praying for a different justice issue every day. You will find them daily on our social media, and if you ‘follow’ us, you might see them pop up on your feed as a reminder to pray.
- Maybe you could pray for 20-30 seconds every time you wash your hands?
- Maybe you could pray every time you are waiting your kettle to boil?
- Or maybe every time you find yourselves scrolling through the news or social media?
We put our daily Stay and Pray prompts into a weekly digest to be used as a basis for prayers of intercession that you could use in collective worship such as in a church service, small group or youth gathering. We upload this document each Friday. You can download the prayers or read them below.
We give thanks for supermarkets taking action to reduce food waste. Several stores have scrapped ‘best before’ dates on fresh food, helping customers to cut waste and save money. We give thanks for businesses that consider their social and environmental impact, and pray that more would do so.
We give thanks for the recovery of the large blue butterfly, which was once extinct in the UK. The successful conservation project shows how species at risk of extinction can be saved. God, we give thanks for the success of this work. Help us to treasure the breadth of biodiversity that we have been blessed with.
We pray for businesses, churches and community groups facing uncertain futures amid the soaring cost of energy. The domestic price cap does not apply, meaning they pay higher business rates on utilities. God, we pray that these vital community spaces and businesses that provide livelihoods, goods and services would not have to close.
We pray for students whose learning has been impacted by Covid. A Level, GCSE and BTEC results have been released in recent weeks, showing various disparities. God, we do not yet know the full impact of the pandemic on education, but we pray that every child would have the support they need to flourish.
We pray for Pakistan after historic monsoon rains and flooding in the last few weeks. More than 30 million people are said to have been affected, with more than 900 deaths. God, we pray for those who have lost homes and loved ones, and pray success for the relief efforts and disaster response.
As Season of Creation begins on 1 September, we pray that the voices of those who suffer the impacts of climate change would be heard. God of all creation, hear the cry of the Earth and all that lives in it. Help us learn how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. We pray for an approach to housebuilding that meets both imperatives of the housing crisis and climate change. The government’s current housing strategy could consume all of England’s carbon budget, unless action is taken to reduce the ecological impacts of housing. God, help us to build houses for all that respect our common home of the Earth.
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