Prayer before Bedfordshire

When it comes to time for a person to go to Bedforsdhire, and time to sign off for the evening, my mind hearkens back to a curiosity of the 1990’s which has stood the test of time when it comes to cheese, but also longevity in terms of being memorable: MC Hammer’s song (but does a rap performance count as a song?) “We need to pray”.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ikaMK_De8

 

More appropriately – and more Biblically – Paul urges Believers to pray instead of being anxious:

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

 

What follows is a prayer concerning my anxious thoughts:

 

Heavenly Father

 

I come to you in Jesus’ Name

 

Please undertake for those who are oppressed and your children all over the world who face persecution for your name, in Syria and wherever Islam opposes you, in the West wherever ministers of State oppose your rule;

 

Please bless my loved ones and guide their lives, keep them safe from harm and heal their diseases and bless them with long life;

 

Please save those who don’t know you: those living in sin, or ignorance; those who follow false ideas and comforting lies, those who don’t want to give up pleasure to walk the narrow path;

 

Please comfort those who face all kinds of loss, and those who mourn and those who know that the years have flown by and seem to be wasted and they cannot go back in time and fix a mistake or a regret;

 

Strengthen those who are weak and don’t know how they stumble from morning till evening and make it through a day;

 

Help us Christians to be in unity, to demonstrate to the world that Yours is the way to follow; help us to stand for truth and to tell the truth in love, and to never stop telling your truth even though we see the angry teeth of those who hate you;

 

Plead the case of those who have been falsely or maliciously accused and face imprisonment or harassment by agents of law abusing their authority (I think particularly of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and Donald Trump);

 

Please help us Believers to seek you at all times and to draw closer to you in the good times and the bad;

 

Please strengthen the marriages of those I know and love, and keep them safe in this wicked world;

 

Amen

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