Prayer for this week
From a prayer by Nick Fawcett
We thank you that you are always with us in the bad times as well as the good
the difficult and well as the easy, the sad as well as the happy.
We thank you that though we are uncertain of the way ahead, you can guide us,
though we feel discouraged you can give us fresh inspiration,
though we are in despair you give us hope.
We thank you for the assurance Easter brings of your steadfast love that never ceases,
of your mercies new every morning, of your great faithfulness.
Give us confidence in the days ahead that whatever problems we face
whatever disappointments we experience, whatever sorrows befall us,
we shall still find reason through you to look forward,
reason to believe in the future, reason to hope.
Verses from Psalm 139
1. O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
7: Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8: If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in the grave, you are there.
9: If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the far side of the sea,
10: even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
11: If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night”,
12: even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
With all that’s happening with Coronavirus I actually forgot it was Lent. But it struck me that a Lent has been imposed on us and we are having to give up all sorts of things including being in control of our lives. But perhaps that giving up can help us to turn more to God and deepen our relationship with him. God is always with us wherever we are wherever we go or don’t go. In communion we often say “The Lord is here His Spirit is with us” as a reminder. But the Lord is just as much with us in our homes as in church. So why not join me in stopping for a moment several times a day to say “The Lord is here. His Spirit is with us. You, Lord are here. Your Spirit is with me.