Continuous Prayer

Dear brothers and sisters,

On Wednesdays, we set time aside to pray, fast and seek the Lord about the current situation in our nation. We are greatly encouraged that the lord is hearing our prayers as the curve is flattening, the reproduction rate has dropped and the expected surge has not happened.
We have much reason to praise and thank the Lord but we cannot stop but we need to persevere in prayer as we are far from being through the crises.
2Ki 13:18-19 Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”   – This means that we must press on until the Virus is defeated
Remember there are others that are also praying.- There is much power in the prayers of agreement
 
Suggested guidelines for prayer
  • Praise and thanksgiving
    • Psalm 136:1  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
      • For the Lord’s mercy towards us
      • For stabilizing the situation
      • For Continued co-operation of people with the restriction
      • to the Lord for who He is and His grace towards us
      • for our health service and our government
      • for the cooperation of people with the guidelines
  • The Government
    • 1Ti 2:1-2  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
      • For wisdom to know when and how to handle and lose restrictions
      • For wisdom to know how best to kick start the economy
      • For the H.S.E. and Garda
      • Protection, health, strength and above all wisdom
      • For the formation of the new government – that the parties will put the country above party polities
  • The sick
    • Mat_15:30  Then huge crowds of people streamed up the hill, bringing with them the lame, blind, deformed, mute, and many others in need of healing. They laid them at Jesus’ feet and he healed them all.
      • that they would recover
      • comfort for the families of those who have died,
      • that they will recognize Jesus as the one who can and wants to heal
  • Hospital staff
    • Psalm 91:14  “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
      • May the Lord sustain and encourage all who are directly involved in the care of Covid-19 patients especially those in intensive care
      • That doctors and nurses humbly acknowledge the blessings of the Lord in healing and His sovereignty in death
      • That Christians in the health service have the opportunity and courage to share the gospel in word and deed
      • For the following people who are directly involved with the HSC and nursing homes and are part of our church family ;
        • Angela
        • Thess
        • Marie
        • Mary
        • Maria
        • Kenny
        • Precious
        • Marian
        • Ken
        • Favour
        • Lucy
        • Chericca
        • Chie – Orlan (Still in the Philippines)
        • And anybody else you can think of
  • Nursing Homes
    • Isa 46:3-4  “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
      • That God will comfort and sustain all nursing homes residents, especially where there have been deaths from Covid-19 may His presence fill their hearts and drive out any fear and may they trust the Lord and know his salvation
      • For sufficient well-trained staff to care for the resident and give wisdom to staff on how best the protect residents from infection
      • For steady supply of P.P.E to meet the need
      • For nursing homes where the elderly are so vulnerable

People

  • Psalm 91:9-10  If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
      • that many people would have a life-changing encounter with the Lord at this time
      • for continued willing cooperation with the guidelines
      • for those who are isolated and lonely
      • for those who are afraid
      • for those living in stressful situations, e.g. domestic abuse, loneliness etc

Maranatha Family

    • 1Peter 1:13-16  Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
      • That our desire is to know Jesus better every day and that nothing will hold our hearts but Him
      • That we will press in, in prayer and study of his Word as well as having a love for one another
      • That we may reach out to share the gospel in love and gentleness and in the power of the Holy Spirit
      • That we will bring the needs of the church including the finance to Lord as well as the practical running of the church
      • For inspiration for our church family for
        • Keeping their social distance
        • May look after each other
        • Protection for those who may be in danger  of losing their jobs
        • Pastor Gerry and Pam and Barry and Ann
        • the fellowship to press in and come alongside people who need our help
  • Repentance
    • Ti 2:1  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people–
      • That we stand in the gap for all we meet

Although we set Wednesdays apart for prayer nothing stops you from praying everyday for items on the list

God bless you and all around you.

Pastor Gerry and Pam

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