Prayers

Daily Prayers for February 2020

Prayer is at the centre of our Christian faith. It is when we spend time with God telling Him of our love for Him; giving thanks; asking for forgiveness; sharing our worries, concerns and frustrations; asking for guidance and help; and praying particularly for others, especially for those who are suffering in some way or facing particular challenges – for healing, for peace or for release from the burdens that they carry. 

You may like to follow the Church of England's Daily Prayers (services for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer); and we have a special prayer for St. Michael's, and a One Prayer: from me to God and from God to me. There is also some information about our prayernet.

At St. Michael’s we also use our prayer diary (below) to include in our prayers. These daily suggestions are usually about our Church and the Myland community, but sometimes include national and international issues too. We invite you to join us in using this diary; and may the Lord answer your prayers.

Please also remember in your prayers all those mentioned on our St. Michael’s Prayer Cross. Our Prayer Cross is in the north-west corner of the church nave. You are always welcome to place on our Prayer Cross the name of someone who is particularly in need of our prayers, or you may like to contact us and we will add their name for you.

You can find more about prayer at St. Michael's on our Prayer Meetings page.

 

You may like to include the following in your daily prayers this month:

Give thanks and pray for Her Majesty the Queen, the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Chelmsford and the Bishop of Colchester. (Please also refer to the back page of the newsletter.)

Give thanks and pray for couples getting married this year; and for those who are celebrating a special anniversary. (National Marriage Week, 7th - 14th)

Pray especially for couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage; and for those remembering the love of someone no longer with them.

Pray for people who are suffering hardship; those in need of food, clothing and shelter; and for all who are disadvantaged. (World Day of Social Justice, 20th)

Pray for wisdom, compassion and understanding for leaders of all nations.

Pray for forgiveness as we confess our sins; and for guidance in our reflection and learning as we enter Lent.  (Ash Wednesday, 26th)

Pray for those who prepare the Lent Lunches held at St. Michael’s; and give thanks for the food that is served. 

Pray for our country as we enter a new phase in our history; may the transition be a smooth and peaceful one.

Give thanks for the love God has for you; and ask for guidance on how you may reflect His love to others.

 

Cut out and Keep Section

Oh God, open my heart

that it may be big enough to receive
the greatness of your love.
Open my heart that it may take into it
all those near and dear to me.
Open my heart that it may take in
all who are not lovely in my eyes
and whose hands I do not want to touch.
Oh God, open my heart
that it may be filled with generosity, kindness,
and reverence for all who enter
the sacred space of life.
Amen.

(From: Mothers’ Union - The Prayers We Breathe;
adapted from a prayer of an African Christian)