I was told about an initiative by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to call the Church of England to make November a month of prayer for our nation. I think it is a great idea and would encourage everyone, C of E or not, to take up the call. I’ve listed the sequence of daily prayer they give below, but, if you want more information it is available on the Church of England website.
The suggestion is we pray together at 6 pm each day.
- Sunday: Family, friends and loved ones
- Monday: Schools and colleges, children and young people
- Tuesday: Elderly, isolated and vulnerable
- Wednesday: Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing
- Thursday: The NHS and other key workers
- Friday: National and Local Government
- Saturday: All who are grieving, and all suffering with Physical and mental ill-health
In March at the beginning of the first lockdown people from the church made a point of ringing round and making sure people didn’t feel they had been forgotten and offering encouragement where possible. At the time and afterwards many people told me how helpful they found this.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the call to pray for our nation, please prompt many people to respond and come before you in prayer. May there be healing and renewal in our land as people faced with their own mortality and the fragility of life are prompted and encouraged to seek you in Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father please be merciful in this pandemic. In Christ we pray. Amen.