At Love Nations Sunday, as well as celebrating the nations and thinking how we can serve our diverse city, we also took some time to pray for the world.
In addition, we gave each person an envelope containing the name of a nation, and encouraged people to set aside 5 minute this week to pray for that nation. If everyone does their homework, every nation of the world will be prayed for by at least one person from ChristChurch London over the coming week!
Below is the prayer we prayed on Sunday. You may find it helpful to use as part of your own prayer for the nations this week.
We lift our world to you right now – from the Vanuatu to Afghanistan, from Korea to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and everywhere in between.
We particularly bring to you situations across our world where there is need right now.
We lift those suffering from the effects of the cyclone in Vanuatu. We ask that you would give wisdom to Governments and Aid Agencies like Tearfund as they seek to bring relief to those in need. Would you help food and medical supplies reach those who need it and provide the resources required to repair the damaged infrastructure across the nation. We ask that you would comfort the grieving and draw close to those who are afraid.
We bring to you the ongoing situations in the Middle East: in particular across Iran, Iraq and Syria. We pray for peace across that region. May fear be submerged by compassion; may distrust be diluted by hope. We pray where hearts are filled with hate and anger, that they would instead be overwhelmed by your love. We bring to you the wounded and injured, the grieving and those who are afraid. We ask that you would come Lord Jesus, and bring healing and hope, and an end to the conflict. Protect those who are bringing humanitarian aid and those bringing medical assistance; give wisdom to those in power who can make a difference. We ask again for peace across that region in the name of Jesus.
And we also lift our own city to you. We ask for your blessing across London. We thank you for the diversity on our own doorstep. Help us to work to break down cultural and racial barriers. Teach us about unity. And we ask that what you do amongst us as a church family would spill over into the community’s of which we’re apart – right the way across this city.
We ask this in the name of Jesus and for his glory.