We encourage everyone to keep praying during this pandemic

There are some wonderful resources available to help us pray. 

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Philippians 4:6-7

 

Prayer Resources from other organisations

“I’m praying” posters and Facebook frames for you to put up in your windows and on social media (generously shared by Rediscover Church Exeter):

How to pray when you don’t know where to start?

You can pray anytime, anywhere. God is always listening and he wants to hear from you.

Prayer is a conversation. You don’t need fancy phrases or the right words. Just start where you are.

Chances are, if you don’t usually pray, you’re praying now because you need God’s help. That’s an ok place to begin with.

So, what to pray?

It can be as simple as “God, help me”, but there are some prayers below that might be helpful for the current Coronavirus situation. You can of course change them, and add in specific prayers for yourself and others. And after praying, you may want to pause and be still for a while.

A simple prayer for help during the Coronavirus situation

God, you are God, powerful and loving.

Thank you that you are a good God.

Life was not meant to be like this. You want good things for this world, and for us to live knowing you. Please help me to know your hope and peace in my life.

Where I am worried about resources, please provide what I need today, the essentials of food and housing.

Where I am worried about health of myself and others, I pray for protection and healing and access to healthcare.

Please help the isolated and vulnerable, and help me to keep my eyes and heart open to where I can help others.

Please look after me – I need your help.

Thank you God.

A prayer to say with children during the Coronavirus situation

Jesus, you are my strength. You guard my life and you watch over me. I speak to myself and say “Be strong and confident, I will not be scared”. Thank you that you are with me wherever I go. Amen

Adapted from a prayer by Victoria Cooper

Bookham Baptist Prayer for this time

At this time, we pray for healing, help and hope for all those affected by Coronavirus in the UK and around the world. God, help us to embody these prayers too in the many practical opportunities that will come your way to love our neighbours.

We pray for those in our communities who may feel vulnerable and scared, and those who are self-isolating, that they may know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope and peace.

We pray for the medical staff on the frontline of care, government leaders, and those leading scientific responses to Covid-19, that they will be sustained physically, emotionally and spiritually in the coming weeks.

We pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. We pray for those across the world for whom life is difficult and uncertain, regardless of Covid-19. We pray that we as Christians will be ‘beacons of hope’ and ‘carriers of the message of peace’ at this time.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, in Heaven

May your name be kept holy

May your Kingdom come soon.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

Forever and ever,

Amen