Weekly Prayers

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Loving God, we give you thanks for the opportunity to travel away from home, to live elsewhere, and to meet new friends. We do appreciate our friends of a lifetime and can now learn about others.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th May 2024

Gracious God,    as the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland begins in Edinburgh from this week, we bring to You in prayer the Business with discussions and decisions.

We ask that all involved there will have clarity and wisdom in what they undertake.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st May 2024

Caring God, as we look at the beauty of Your creation on days of sunshine, we give You grateful thanks for our many blessings.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th April 2024

Loving God, we give You grateful thanks on a beautiful day of blue skies and sunshine, for the joy that this day can bring?  We also think of those who cannot enjoy such a day perhaps due to illness, are housebound or personal sadness. We ask Your blessing on all who need You at this time. 

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th April 2024

May we see and hear the signs of God in nature, in the environment, in others and in ourselves.

Let us give grateful thanks, as always, for the closeness and support of family and friends in our lives.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th April 2024

Loving God,

Be a bright flame before us,

Be a guiding star above us,

Be a smooth path below us,

Be a kindly shepherd behind us,

Today, tomorrow and always.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd April 2024

Gracious God, help us to remember that we should think before we speak. If we should decide to give advice let us think it through. At times it is the silence that enables people to cope. The friend who listens is the ray of hope. Let us be aware that this Easter past is the season of renewal and hope.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th March 2024

Caring God, sometimes we do not realise how fortunate we are, for others live in turmoil as You well know.  To have a roof above our heads, food to eat each day, good health is another blessing. Loving Heavenly Father for all these things, and more, we give You grateful thanks at this special time of Easter.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th March 2024

As we approach Palm Sunday we remember Christ’s joyful entry into Jerusalem with cheering, waving of branches and the many children in the crowds. In the week to come let us meet together as Christians and friends within our churches to think once again of Jesus’ sacrifice for us all.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th March 2024

Heavenly Father, help us to work our way through our busy lives with faith, humility and love, so that we may bring blessings to others wherever we go.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th March 2024

Caring God, we give grateful thanks for a day of blue skies and sunshine which makes life seem so much better for many.

Let us also remember, with love and concern, those who at this time have lost loved ones and days are sad and dismal, where no sun shines. We pray that they feel You near.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 28th February 2024

As we go about our daily lives, in this sometimes complex world, let us be aware of others and their concerns and needs.

May we know the presence of God, now and always, who is beyond us and within us.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st February 2024  

Where there is difficulty or failure 

HE IS HOPE 

Where there is hurt

HE IS HEALING

Where there is love

HE IS THERE

Thanks be to God

Amen

Prayer Thoughts for 14th February 2024

Caring God, may our anger never endanger our relationships or the lives of others but may steadfast objections right wrongs, with Your wisdom and guidance. We pray that You be in our thinking and speaking in every situation.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 7th February 2024

Loving Lord, at times it is tempting to give up on our efforts, especially when things become difficult. Help us not to dwell on past mistakes or setbacks but to start again looking forward with optimism and faith, as we go in to the future with You.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 31st January 2024

Heavenly Father, You are with us at all times, in sorrow, in sickness and in happiness.

You hold us in Your loving arms when the world seems full of challenges and uncertainties but You are always there.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th January 2024

Caring God, At this time of dangerous winds, together with very heavy rain, we pray for all who are alone and may be anxious and frightened. We do bring before You in prayer the many who have to carry out their work in dreadful conditions. We ask for Your blessing on each one.

Amen

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th January 2024

Dear Lord, walk closely with us each day, go with us in everything we undertake. Let us feel You very near in all that we do.

We thank You for what is past and trust You for what is still to to come.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th January 2024

Loving Father, we ask You to help and guide with our, at times, complicated lives. We pray to do so with faith, grace and humility so that we may bring sense and happiness wherever we go.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd January 2024

As we begin this year let us think of many things to do that are important.

A book to read, a call to make,

A walk in the park, a stroll by the river,

A dog to hug, and rest by the fire.

We have comfort, contentment, dreams to inspire

Amen

Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 20th December 2023.

As we approach another Christmas Day we should be truly thankful for what we have in life, when so many in this world know hardship, trouble and worry. At times we take food and warmth for granted, good friends and family too. Let us stop to think of others who are not as fortunate as we are.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th December 2023

Caring God, we bring before You all in our community and town as we anticipate the joy and fellowship of Christmas. We give thanks for the achievements and pray for Your wisdom and guidance in challenges to come.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th December 2023

Father in Heaven, help us to work around, with Your guidance, our complex lives with faith, grace and humility so that we may bring blessing wherever we go.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 29th November 2023

Caring God, at times it is tempting to give up on life, especially when things become difficult. Help us not to dwell on past mistakes or setbacks but to start again now to look forward with optimism into the future with You.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Lord of care and compassion,

As we bring our prayers to You, in the season of Advent, for the tragic troubles in the Middle East, we continue to go forward with anticipation and love.

God with us, Prince of peace, come with us as we pray for all caught up in the misery and cruelty of war.

Be with us into the loneliness and fear of the unknown.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th November 2023

Heavenly Father, deepen our desire to see Your plan completed for the spiritual growth of all, and for a world at peace in which there is justice for everyone and care for the whole of creation. We pray that we come to realise the flaws in our understanding and lead us in Your ways as we hold the future of Your creation in our hands.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th November 2023

Once again our thoughts and prayers turn to what Remembrance Services mean to us. We bring our prayers, as always, to our Loving Father for peace throughout the world. We give grateful thanks for the many who gave their lives for our freedom.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st November 2023

Each day let us pray for the gift to see the mystery of God in the beauty of creation, and to reflect that in all our endeavours.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 25th October 2023

Let us continue to pray for our troubled world. We think especially of all who are attempting to help in any way in the Middle East. We give prayerful thanks for the gesture of politeness and the spoken word shalom.

Amen

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 18th October 2023

As the days pass we are horrified by the atrocities taking place in the Middle East.

Let us think of all involved at this time, praying for all those who have lost their lives and the many who are missing with their families heartbroken in the total uncertainty of this desperate situation.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 11th October 2023

Heavenly Father, You are with us at all times, in sorrow, in sickness and in the tragedies throughout the world. We ask You to hold us in Your loving arms as countries and their peoples who are suffering cruelty and pain. Be with all who mourn.

Amen

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 4th October 2023.

Loving Heavenly Father, help us to recognise the joy of simple things. There are so many familiar situations that we stop and lean on every day. So familiar that we don’t realise how much we enjoy their comfort and support.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th September 2023

Caring God, we pray for all who have been affected by the severe weather we have been experiencing.

We think especially of those who are alone and are perhaps afraid. Let us find ways to help them, if they are in need.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th September 2023

Loving God, at times we come across dates that are special to us. It may be in relation to family or friends, where we remember memories that can be happy or sad. Caring God, we simply give You thanks for these memories and pray that we shall have the opportunity to make many more.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th September 2023

Loving God,

We bring before You once more the many who are suffering and have lost their lives around the world. We give thanks for all who strive to rescue those who are trapped and ask your blessing on each and every one.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th September 2023

Gracious God, we ask You to make us aware of the opportunities every day to offer kindness and hope in the lives of those around us. May we also remember daily our many blessings which have come from You.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 30th August 2023

BLESSING

Good is stronger than evil,

love is stronger than hate,

light is stronger than darkness,

life is stronger than death,

Victory is ours, through him that loves us.

(Desmond Tutu)

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 23rd August 2023

At times we start on a journey, with dreams in our hearts.

Striding along with hope, from the start.

Our paths may be rocky, yet we carry on.

Knowing if we try our best, all will be well.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 16th August 2023

Loving Lord,

Your voice is heard in the sound of utter silence, and with that silence You challenge us.

When we fill our lives with chatter, out of the fear of silence, You break through to us with the stillness of Your peace.

Help us to learn when to remain silent for the sake of others, and for our own sakes.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 9th August 2083.

Let us think of those whose hopes and hearts are troubled, may they find the support and love of others until they are restored.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 2nd August 2023

Let us pray that we can each approach difficulties we encounter day by day, not as causes of irritation and anger, but as sources of insight and strength.

God of care and compassion will hear us as we bring our concerns to Him in a time of need.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 26th July 2023

We should take time to find space to breathe, to stop and think.

Let us enjoy the moment, as life can pass so quickly.

Admire nature’s splendour, as God’s beautiful creation is so precious and impressive.

As we do not know what tomorrow holds, may we treasure each day that we have.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 19th July 2023

May love and laughter light our days and warm our hearts and homes.

May good and faithful friends be ours wherever we may be.

May peace and plenty bless our world, with joy that we pray will be everlasting.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 12th July 2023

Gracious God, Your love surrounds us.

You are before us and behind.

Hear our prayer that those who seek You may find You, and those who find You may feel Your presence always.

We bring our prayers to You in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 5th July 2023

Caring God, in this special week for the National Health Service we give grateful thanks for the past 75 years. We remember now all who have served with dedication over the years and pray for Your blessing on the challenges of the future.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 28th June 2023

Gracious God, from the moment our eyes open on a new morning to the time our heads hit the pillow, each day provides many opportunities for deepening our relationship with You.

For that we bring prayers of thanks as we realise what a privilege that is in our lives.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st June 2023.

Loving God, when we feel the warmth and light of summer, we thank and bless You.

Let us remember when our lives are darkened by pain or sadness that Your love still shines and that Your presence is always there.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 14th June 2023

Loving God,

We bring before You at this time, prayers of great sadness and shock as we learn of the deaths in Nottingham. Our hearts are full as we think of the tragic loss of life. We ask You to be close to the families and friends who are mourning and to all in the city.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 7th June 2023

God of compassion and wisdom,

We ask You to help us to deal with our, at times, complex lives with faith, grace and humility so that we may bring blessings wherever we go.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 31st May 2023

Compassionate God, Wherever You are, Wherever You stay, Your Church is to be found.

Caring God, Wherever You move, Wherever You breathe, Your Chuch is to be found.

Gracious God, We pray that in this time of challenge and change, Your blessing and guiding, Will be with Your Church.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th May 2023.

Gracious God, We are pilgrims on a journey, so strengthen us as we go forward and may we too glimpse Your presence behind and before us, leading us on. We pray that You will walk closely with us each day.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th May 2023

Gracious God, we thank You that whatever our situation, we have so much for which to be grateful.

Help us to feel Your presence, Your kindness, Your love for each one of us.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th May 2023

Let us remember that it is not so much what we say,

as the manner in which we say it.

It is not so much the language we use,

as the tone in which we convey it.

Caring God, help us to speak kindly always.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Loving Lord, please help us to give over our will to You. We wish to fulfil Your ambition for each one of us. Holy Spirit, we ask that You will guide us, day by day.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 26th April 2023

May our Lord bless all those around the world.

Young and old, who in their own quiet and caring ways, are seeking to heal our damaged planet, sowing precious seeds for tomorrow’s children, and their children, and their children.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 19th April 2023

Loving God, we give You thanks for days of sunshine when we can really appreciate the beauty and wonder of Your creation.

We are indeed fortunate and we bring before You in our prayers those who are perhaps sad and lonely. We ask You to be close to them in their time of need.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 12th April 2023

Let us give thanks to God for Jesus, for as the hymn says;

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

(Joseph M. Scriven, 1855)

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 5th April 2023

God of earth and sky and sea, You have created us and as we come to You we are filled with amazement to think that You know each one of us and You still love us, as we are.

At this time of Easter, a time of renewal and hope, we ask that You will help us to be renewed in our work for You.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 29th March 2023

Loving Lord, walk closely with us today and every day as we go about our day’s work. May we be aware of Your presence with us in all that we do.

We give You thanks for what is past and trust You as we look to the future.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Loving Lord of every believer’s heart, You are beside us and before us on the way, meeting us through Your Spirit at every turning on the path. In this moment, and whatever the day may hold, open our eyes to see Your presence that we may celebrate with You the gift of a fellow spirit.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th March 2023

Loving and caring God, on this special Sunday we prayerfully bring before you mothers everywhere. We remember with loving thanks how important they have always been in our lives, as they constantly loved, guided and cared for us over the years.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th March 2023.

Good is stronger than evil:

Love is stronger than hate:

Light is stronger than darkness:

Life is stronger than death.

Victory is ours, through Him who loves us.

Amen.

(Desmond Tutu)

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st March 2023

Loving Father, help us to understand You in a new way each day. We ask You to teach us to see Your glory day by day, in our actions and work that we undertake for others in Your name.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd February 2023

As we approach, in this week, one year of war for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia, we bring them, as always, before our caring God.

We pray for the end of atrocities, hardship and cruelty suffered by all ages during the months gone by.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th February 2022

We are fortunate that we can choose to believe in a God who never lets go from one struggle to the next, a friend who is there with us from coffee at daybreak, until we sleep at night.

May we always be prayerfully grateful for this is a great privilege.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th February 2023

Caring and Loving God,

Be with us now as we see, day by day, the tragedy and horrors taking place in Turkey and Syria. We bring all those who are suffering, to You in our prayers and those who have lost their lives. Our hearts are full as we see the babies and children in such unbelievable conditions. We also pray for those who work tirelessly as they strive to rescue the many who are trapped. However, to see the joy when little ones and adults are found alive is truly wonderful.

Caring and Loving God be close to each and every one at this time.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st February 2023

God of wisdom

Bless to us, O God,

The earth beneath our feet,

Bless to us, O God,

The path whereon we walk,

Bless to us O God,

The people whom we may meet.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 25th January 2023

Loving God, we once again bring the tragic situation in Ukraine before you. We pray for all who are suffering, remembering the little ones who may be too young to understand why they are living in this turmoil and chaos. Caring God, we bring the innocent people of Russia before you also, at this time.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 18th January 2023

Gracious God, we believe in You who can take our smallest moments of hope and help them grow like a tree with spreading branches as they shelter new life.

We believe in Jesus who walks amongst us and is hopefully seen in our faces, felt in our hearts for all that is true, just and full of hope.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 11th January 2023

Loving Lord, be with us at this time, as we go about our daily work.

May we feel Your presence with us in all we do.

We give you grateful thanks for everything that is past and trust You for what we shall face in the weeks and months to come.

Amen.

Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 4th January 2023

As we greet another year, we can once again hope and pray that the world will find peace and happiness, laughter in each day.

As new opportunities beckon, let us follow our dreams and keep on looking forward.

May we take the famous poem’s advice:

“Go out into the darkness and put our hands into the hand of God. That shall be to us better than light and safer than a known way.”

Amen.