Benefice of Derwent Ings
Prayer Focus July and August 2018
In our school assemblies we have been thinking about the Lord’s Prayer, a line at a time. Let’s do the same over the next two months; perhaps beginning each day by saying the whole prayer and then meditating on one particular line.
Our Father – God wants us to come to Him in the intimate parent – child relationship. Come to Him as His precious child and spend some time thinking what it means to be a child of God. As children of God that makes us all Christian brothers and sisters so let’s pray for one another within our benefice as well as within the worldwide Church. Let’s remember too our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith.
Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come. Our heavenly Father is also our heavenly King. Hallowed means holy, set aside as special, so let’s now adore God as King.
Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You. Amen.
Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Pray that we may indeed do God’s will: to love Him, to love one another and to bring others to know Him. Pray that we may know God’s will for our lives and especially pray for anyone you know who is at a crossroad in their life.
Give us this day our daily bread. As we think of this line we remember how dependent we are on God for all our daily needs. Give thanks to God for our food, clothes, homes and luxuries but remember too those who are living in hunger or poverty. Ask the Lord to help us share what we have and pray for the work of Worldwide charities which help the needy. As you eat your meals give special thanks for what we often take for granted – a full plate!
And forgive us our trespasses,
Spend some time in confession followed by this prayer:
May the God of love
bring us back to Himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we forgive those who trespass against us. This is always a difficult challenge. Pray for strength here for yourself as well as for others. Pray for reconciliation in broken relationships and new beginnings.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Pray for protection against the evil one. Pray for people suffering because of the evil ways of others, especially those caught up in war torn countries.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
We finish by glorifying God:
So, with angels and archangels,
and all the company of heaven,
we praise you for ever, saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
September & October 2018
After what, for many people, is a summer break, there will be a sense of newness in much of our village life. People will be starting new schools, colleges, jobs and so on. Others will just be settling again into familiar routines but with a bit of new energy after a holiday. And it often feels like a new year for the Church as many of our activities start afresh after a breather in August.
Let’s pray for energy and vision in the Church, and that all new enterprises will be approached with wisdom and trust in God.
Loving God, creator of all things and source of renewal, bless every good new enterprise which we attempt this autumn. Be with those who step into new adventures, and give them peace of mind if they are nervous. Help us know your presence with us in all we undertake.
As our churches will shortly be celebrating all sorts of events which come round annually – harvests, remembrance services, Advent and so forth – let us pray for freshness in the way we approach and participate in these important things.
you have given us the rhythm of the seasons and of the years as an assurance of your faithfulness. Help us not to be stale when familiar times and festivals come round again. May we look beyond the routine and see in it your unchanging love, and may we constantly experience new joys from your inexhaustible store of riches.
As we think about the harvest and give thanks for all God’s gifts, let’s remember with gratitude those who work, in so many ways, so that we may have the things we need and much more.
Why not sit for a few minutes with a plate, mug, glass or even picture of your favourite food, and think of all the producers, processors, transporters, retailers and many more people involved in getting it to you. And include God in that – “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).
Thank you, Lord, for all your good and perfect gifts. Thank you for all the imperfect people who have brought these gifts to us. We, too, are imperfect – never sufficiently grateful, always taking things for granted. Please help us to realise the astonishing abundance that we have and to be humble, content and generous with it.
This year, the weather has made things exceptionally tough for our farmers. Many will be struggling to sell crops or to get good prices; livestock farmers have had to sell animals early just to reduce pressure on the farms, or to use winter feed early in the year.
Then there are other countries where no harvests have been possible. Some of these are very poor, but even ‘advanced’ countries like Australia are in crippling drought.
Father, may we never forget those in great need, nor underestimate the troubles other people are going through. May our hearts be as yours, and your help be with them. Amen.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful
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