I pray today Lord, for those people who are watching family members suffering from illness. Help them to lift up their loved one to you in prayer and in love. Help them to support the medical staff and to find helpful ways to express their love towards their loved one throughout the process until healing comes. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for journalists in the media and ask that you will give them the capacity to convey information that is accurate and true. Help them to recognise their own bias and to declare this so that the public can make allowances as they assess the opinions expressed and “colouring” of the news. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for those people involved in legal proceedings that reveal details of their private lives and intimate family matters. Help them to cope with the unwanted publicity and the hurt they are being caused. Give them the courage and strength to live through this difficult time. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those family members who are mourning the death of a parent. Help them to rejoice in the life, strength, love and example of the one who has died. Enable them to experience family solidarity and the drawing together of all family members. May the memorial service be one of celebration. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Lord, sometimes in the daily round I find it hard to maintain my faith without calling your love or wisdom into question. When I am tempted to waver, Lord, hold me fast in your love and strength and point me to the cross of Jesus. Renew my faith, and keep me ploughing a straight furrow, however hard. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
Living God, I pray that today somewhere the heroic deeds of small and unknown people will be recognized and publicized. Help the people who never get and never seek, publicity to do their acts of courage and selflessness because they believe in doing the truth, and not because people will see and hail them. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for all who will be mourning the loss of loved ones in two world wars. Grant them a quiet memory and a sense of thanks that there have been no further world wars. Grant that the world may know ongoing peace and that strife may cease in those places where it is being experienced. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.