DAY 6 - For parents of children who have been murdered
Day 6 MORNING
There can be few things worse than to lose a child in this way. We hold before God all parents of murdered children. We pray that they may find it in themselves to forgive in order that the burden for them may not be too great.
PRAYER – Merciful Jesus we pray for the souls of all these children that they may abide in safety with You in heaven. We pray for their parents
Day 6 EVENING
We hold before God those whose children have gone missing or who have been abducted and are presumed dead.
PRAYER – Dear Lord Jesus comfort the parents of these children through the love of those who minister to them in any way. We ask that children who have been abducted and are still alive may come to know your love as a consolation. Please keep them from harm this night.
DAY 7 - For all in hospital and for those who care, Nurses, Doctors, Ancillary staff, domestics, Paramedics, Ambulance Crews, other emergency services
Day 7 MORNING
Bring before God all who are in hospital especially those who are seriously ill and for those who watch over them. Remember Doctors, Nurses and all hospital staff whose lives are dedicated in service and who see it that way. For the advancement of medicine, for the NHS, for all involved in developing new medicines and technology.
PRAYER – Dearest Jesus come alongside all in hospital this day, patients and hospital staff.
Day 7 EVENING
PRAYER – Let us give thanks for all hospital and ambulance staff working this night. Stay close to them heavenly Father and to those to whom they minister. We pray for all in severe pain and for those for whom this will be their last night on earth. For their loved ones as they receive this news.
DAY 8 - The Church, its faults and divisions
Day 8 MORNING
Jesus longed for unity. His whole life was a testimony to love. Why is it then that the Church has failed to live up to these ideals? How much a part are we to blame for the divisions?
Consider any part we have played in preventing or not encouraging local Christian unity and of times when we have criticised those in our own fellowship or congregation.
Pray that we may put aside our personal preferences and unite in our mission to proclaim Jesus to the waiting world. Pray for all our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Day 8 EVENING
There are thought to be over 40,000 Christian denominations in the World and yet only one proclamation. How often have our individual traditions prevented us from truly loving our sisters and brothers in Christ?
DAY 9 - For all who have let the Church down, Priests, Ministers, ourselves
Day 9 MORNING
We have heard or read of those in ministry who have not only let the Church down but those to whom they minister. That makes us sad but what about us? As Jesus said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Pray for all who have disgraced the office bestowed upon them that they might acknowledge their sin and seek forgiveness. Pray too that we might be forgiven for those times when we have failed our sisters and brothers. Help us not to be too judgmental of others.
Day 9 EVENING
Think of the damage to the Church caused by inappropriate and shameful behaviour. Consider how those outside the Church view this.
Pray for those who have been damaged by the Church that they will be listened to with sympathy and if possible that their faith in God might be restored.
Father we are sad and ask your pardon for all that we might have contributed by keeping quiet or by putting down others within the worldwide church who are different from us. Forgive our idle gossip.
Think of when Peter denied Jesus 3 times and how He turned and looked at Peter. Imagine him turning and looking at you. What would he see?
DAY 10 - For those who have suffered abuse by trusting Church leaders and others in positions of authority in the church
Day 10 MORNING
We remember the vast numbers who suffered abuse at the hands of Christian institutions. For the unmarried Mothers who have had their babies taken away from them. For children and vulnerable people abused by Priests and Ministers. For all let down by the Church in this sort of way.
Let us keep quiet whilst we remember before God those whose lives have been mentally and physically destroyed because of the abuse they have suffered at the hands of those who should have been trusted. We bring our sadness and sorrow for the damage done to so many victims to our Father in Heaven.
Day 10 EVENING
Remember before God those who have turned away from their faith on the account of the abuse they received at the hands of those who should have known better.
We hold before Jesus those still traumatised and angry from the abuse to which they were subjected.
Light a candle in loving prayer and kindness for the abused and in the hopes of forgiveness for the abusers
DAY 11 – For the elderly and bewildered
Day 11 MORNING
People are now living longer and they still have so much to offer. Even if housebound they can still pray for us. Let us pray for them.
We are hearing of more and more who are living with dementia or alzheimers. We hold before you Lord our elderly and for those who are bewildered and confused. We give thanks for those who care for them and for families who are affected by these conditions.
Day 11 EVENING
Before we sleep we hold before you all who are confused, for those whose personalities have been changed, for those who are violent without knowing it. Thank you for all who care for the elderly and especially those who live with dementia or alzheimers. We also remember their families
DAY 12 - For Care homes and their staff
Day 12 MORNING
With gratitude we remember those who work in care homes and who see it as more of a vocation rather than a career. Many of these people are on minimum wage and are devoted to those they care for. We thank you God that so many put duty before money. We pray that they may be treated fairly and with respect by those who employ them.
We pray for those who keep vigil in care homes, who will sit beside a person in their dying hours as they have no family or because their family are unable to visit due to such as Covid 19. We thank you for all who show love and compassion as others come to the end of their lives.
Day 12 EVENING
Our prayer tonight is for all who reside in care homes. We pray for any who are treated badly and that those who treat them with contempt may be found out. We thank you for so many good homes and for the companionship within.