It’s time to pray like we have never prayed before….
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Karl Barth (theologian) says “To clasp our hand in prayer is the beginning of the uprising again the disorder of the world.”
In our recent pray talks we have been concentrating on prayer being a deeper relationship with our loving Father. At a time of crisis this is key. We may have to socially distance ourselves from others but God is not socially or physically distancing himself from us. James 4:8 seems so appropriate in so many ways at this time Come near to God and he will come near you. (oh and wash your hands! It’s even in the bible)
Create a worship song list to worship with. Over the coming weeks we hope to release some Burlington playlists over various streaming services so do get in touch with some songs that will encourage others to draw near and worship.
Have virtual prayer meetings amongst your friends and community. Over time we will be working on connecting us together in larger groups to pray virtually. For now though why not set up a prayer meeting over the phone with someone or using the many platforms on social media and video messaging. (do get in touch with one of the team if you need tech help here email@example.com)
We are also in a time where prayers of intercession and petition are really needed.
Jeremiah 29: 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
As God’s people we should be calling out to God for his kingdom to come and for all those we know who need God’s provision at this time. There are so many resources coming online presently to help here. We will update this page regularly with new resource that comes our way.
Ideas for prayers of ‘prayer and petition’
Burlington’s daily rhythm of prayer. We may not be able to meet together to pray but to know someone else (or many others!) are praying at the same time as you brings great comfort and encouragement. We ask all of us to join together at 8am and 8pm to pray for each other and for this crisis. Some suggestions for prayer include:
Pray for those you know who are ill at this time.
Pray for the NHS and key medical staff as they face every day of this crisis.
Pray for the world leaders as they make tough decisions and lead us through this time.
Pray that God’s people will shine brightly in this time.
Pray for those in your street and your friends and family who may have specific needs that day.
Create your own prayer space.
During this time of having to stay at home, you may find creating a dedicated prayer space really beneficial. A simple space that you set aside to have time with God. This is a great thing to set up for your family too. Click here for resources and details on how to do this.
Use 24/7 virtual prayer room and the resources found here. https://www.24-7prayer.com/coronavirusprayer There are ideas to pray as a family as well as an hour adult prayer resource. The prayer Claire used in our morning broadcast can be found there for you to use.
And finally let’s use the Lord’s prayer. It is a prayer of surrender, a pray of petition and a prayer of thanks. It places us firmly in our Father’s arms and calls on him for his Kingdom to come. Come Lord Jesus and bring your Kingdom rule and reign in our lives, our streets and our world we pray.