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On this page we have a collection of prayers for those that need your special thoughts, either in the circuit or in the wider world. Please take a few minutes to pray for them, that God's peace and strength may be with them.

The Prayer of the Day is taken from the Prayer Handbook of the Methodist Church. If you would like to follow a daily bible study as well, please click here.

Prayer of the day

Give to us, O God, a heart transformed by grace and a life inspired by humility. Grant us fullness of faith, firmness of hope and fervency of love. Let our one desire be conformity to your perfect will; through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Thomas More (1478-1535)

Incarnational God, we celebrate your coming as a baby in the manger but where can we meet you today?
Have we imprisoned you in a frenzy of acquisition not just at Christmas but throughout the year, failing to recognise you in the needs of so many less-privileged than ourselves?
May the spirit of the resurrected Jesus burst open the doors of our hearts, stretch out our hands and liberate your incarnational presence to transform our needy world. Amen. 

Ros Murphy, supernumerary minister, Manchester Circuit

A Prayer by The London District Chairs

God of the persecuted and the bereaved,
Pour Your love upon Your sorrowing servants.
In the sickening and devastating acts of human intent,
Pour out your power we pray,
that we may be given hope
and an assurance of Your presence in these tumultuous times.

Open your hand of grace dear God to all the people of the USA
Enable them to find common ground, to yield to justice and to find peace.
Empower them to have compassion through the presence of your Holy Spirit.
Forgive our failing hearts as we allow these tragic events to overtake us,
Forgive our anger as we allow senseless killings to control us
And forgive our fearfulness in remaining silent and doing nothing.

Give us O Lord a glimpse of a hopeful future,
through the presence and life affirming power of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who reigns with You in the power of the Holy Spirit, now and always, Amen.

May justice, peace and love be a symbol of our unstinting solidarity;
The London District Chairs,
Jongi, Nigel & Micky.

A Prayer by the President of the Conference during the current health situation that the country faces

Loving God
If we are ill, strengthen us
If we are tired
Fortify our spirits
If we are anxious
Help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders!
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves
Fix our eyes on your story
And our hearts on your grace
Help us always to hold fast to the good and see the good in others.
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust, these days and all days.
Amen

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