Weekly prayers from 2021
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 29th December 2021.
Loving God, as once again we bring our prayers to You at the end of another year, we see at this time how everything is still changing.
Again, over the past year sadly, we realise that life is still different.
Caring God, as we step in to the uncertainties of a New Year we ask once more that You will walk closely with each one of us enclosing us in Your caring love, supporting and guiding us to face the challenges ahead.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd December 2021.
A ray of hope flickers in the sky.
A tiny star lights up way up high.
All across the land dawns a brand new morn.
This comes to pass when a child is born.
Our God of compassion and care,
At this season of Advent we have, as always, feelings of anticipation as we approach the Birth of Jesus. We also see the joy and excitement of the little ones as parents and grandparents are busy in practical ways. However, we ask that You help us to remember and think of the many who are sad and alone and that we should care for them in their situations.
We pray that You will be close to all Your children.
Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, Love Divine
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th December 2021
Loving God, You understand the depths of pain and sadness into which we are sometimes plunged. Be with all those who have to face bereavement, depression and despair. In our darkest moments please draw us out from getting lost within ourselves, and help us to still respond to the needs of others around us
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th December 2021
Gracious God, at this season of Advent, a time of anticipation, warmth and hope we once again ask that You will walk very closely with us as our lives are now tinged with further concern throughout the world.
We pray that all will be sensible and caring as we are facing serious changes in the spread of a new variant, remembering everyone involved in the work of our important health service. Loving God, we have the privilege of Your love enfolding us. You are before us and behind.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st December 2021.
Gracious God, We give grateful thanks, as always, for the freedom to worship as we wish which is a great blessing. We realise that we have an even more important freedom that You give us through Your Son, Jesus. Jesus came to earth so that we could know You and make it possible for us to enjoy a strong and loving relationship with You.
We also treasure the privilege of taking our prayers of care and concern to You each day.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th November 2021
Loving God, We ask You to help people anywhere, who must live apart, to know that they are together here in our hearts.
At this time, even though perhaps some loved ones may be miles away, we remember them in our prayers to You.
Caring God, our thoughts are with so many who are grieving for family or friends. We have felt such sadness, but are ever grateful for the happy memories we can share.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th November 2021
An Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light our days and warm our hearts and homes.
May good and faithful friends be ours wherever we may roam.
May peace and plenty bless our world, with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to each and everyone.
Caring and loving God, we ask Your blessing on all who have gone before.
We pray that we can accept and understand as we love and miss them so…….
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th November 2021
Loving Heavenly Father, another year has gone by, and now we especially bring our prayers to You for peace.
Once again we give You thanks for all members of the Armed Forces throughout the world as they strive constantly for safety in many countries.
However, this is also a time of remembering as we join together in Acts of Remembrance for those who gave their lives for each one of us here now.
Loving God, we ask for Your blessing on them and their families who lost so much.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
At this time of intense concern which has been taken to the conference of COP 26, we think of the future of all ages.
We naturally have in our thoughts the children and young people, many of whom are being made aware of the seriousness of the present situation. We bring each one of them to You in our prayers as we ask Your blessing and wisdom on every discussion and decision in the weeks, months and years to come.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th October 2021
God of care and compassion
We know that You want us to pray, to spend time with You as we bring every prayer of concern to You.
However hard prayer may seem at times, however reluctant we may be to pray, we do remember loving God that You have placed the gift of prayer into our hearts.
At this time we especially ask for Your presence in all that takes place at the forthcoming COP 26 Conference as many countries meet to act on their concerns within Your world.
Our caring and compassionate God we feel Your love for us and that You ask nothing in return but our love.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th October 2021
Loving and Caring God,
We bring our troubled world before You at this time of tragedy near to home and beyond.
Our prayers are full of sadness for how cruel life can be, but we know that You are a God of compassion.
We remember those who have lost loved ones and all who are injured or traumitised by circumstances of destruction.
As we bring our prayers to You we think of the ongoing work of all in the National Health Service with the increase of Covid-19 at the moment.
We ask that You walk closely with each one of us.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th October 2021
Let nothing dismay us,
Let nothing disturb us.
All things pass.
God never changes.
Let us remember that patience gains
All that it has wished for.
We who have God
God alone is sufficient.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th October 2021
Caring and compassionate God, You know our every thought and realise that it is hard for us to hold on to faith, when life is difficult and things are frightening. Many situations can trigger doubt, anything that raises questions concerning Your presence, Your power, Your compassion, and Your care for us all. We think of the times that we have lifted our hands and hearts to heaven and cried out to You.
But, loving God, we truly know that Your love for us is constant and everlasting.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 29th September 2021
Let us reflect that – Time is too slow for those who wait,
– too fast for those who are afraid,
– too long for those who grieve,
– too short for those who rejoice,
– but for those who love, time is eternity.
Loving God, walk closely with us now, and always.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
Loving God, we thank You for the pleasure of friendship. We realise that true friends are precious gifts making life better in a way that nothing else can. Old friends reminisce with us then new friends bring to us their stories, experiences and interests. Friends are the people who are walking beside us and sharing the times of our lives with us. Let us hold them close in our hearts, treating them with special care, praying for them often and let them know how much they mean to us.
As we bring this prayer to You, caring God, we are remembering how many of our families and friends are no longer with us at this time. We ask for Your blessing on each one.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 15th September 2021
If we ever feel that God is not right there beside us it is only because He has gone ahead to build a bridge to keep us safe from harm and lead us forward to the light shining through.
Let us bring before our gracious God the many we have loved and lost over the last months and years. We give grateful thanks for their many blessings in our lives.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th September 2021.
Let us reflect on these few lines from Galatians 5 v 22-23.
But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.
The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another.
Loving Lord, we simply ask that You will help us to live this way.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st September 2021
Loving God, we do realise that every task we tackle, word we speak, action we take, and talent we share paints a picture of who we are. Our pleasant attitude, enthusiasm, and willingness to help others add details that will not be missed by those who know us. And when we give it all with joy and love we have given ourselves. We simply ask Loving God that You will continue to walk with us as we go forward day by day.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 25th August 2021
Loving Heavenly Father, we give You thanks that from the moment our eyes open on a new dawning to the time we fall asleep again, each day provides many opportunities for deepening our relationship with You.
May every prayer we bring to You show how with Your help, our days can be times of healing, belonging, laughter and love through the ordinary circumstances of our lives.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 18th August 2021.
Loving and caring God, We thank you for continuing to show us that the best we can give to those we love is the gift of our love. Help us to remember to demonstrate that we care for and about them, not with just words, but with actions — those little gestures that mean so much . Perhaps a note that is appreciative of what they do for us — the time we spend with our attention focused on them.
Giving love away never leaves us with less, but enlarges our hearts so they can hold even more. At this time also our hearts are full of concern and compassion for all involved in the dangers in Afghanistan.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 11th August 2021
Father in heaven, help us to face any difficulties or problems with faith, grace, humility and clarity, so that we may try to bring many blessings wherever we go.
We ask that we continue to feel You very close and are guided by Your wisdom and compassion in all we attempt to achieve for good, in the future.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 4th August 2021
As we bring our prayers to our caring God let us remember that our past experiences have shaped us into the people we are today and the opinions, hopes and dreams that we hold are, in a large part, a response to what has happened to us.
Accept yesterday, because it has been part of our lives, but don’t let it determine tomorrow. We pray to our loving God that He will help us to let go of old thoughts and habits that no longer fit who we want to be and discard what is not working.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesdy 28th July 2021
Loving God, we come to You at times with feelings of weakness where we pray for Your support, wisdom and guidance.
There can be fears, self-doubt and lack of enthusiasm for beginning a project or confronting a situation that is not going to go away no matter how long we attempt to ignore it.
We ask for Your presence and strength if we grasp an opportunity that may hold great promise for us.
We pray that we find You near as we go ahead and take the first step and can be surprised at how easy the next one comes!
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st July 2021
Dear Lord, be with us today and in the days to come. We ask that you give us a sense of Your presence in all that we do. We thank You, as always, for what has been achieved and is past as we now trust You to help us to accept opportunities in the future.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 14th July 2021
Loving God, help us to remember that as each day dawns and until we fall asleep in the evening, we have the privilege of deepening our relationship with You.
We can bring our prayers to You in so many situations, such as our morning prayers for others, at times the need to wait patiently, and reflections on using our speech to heal rather than hurt.
Our prayers can show how, with Your guidance, our days can be full of belonging, laughter, caring and love.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 7th July 2021.
We give You thanks for times of relaxation and rest in days of glorious sunshine.
We thank You also for family and friends, as we now manage to meet together over the summer months.
Compassionate God, we remember and think of those who are alone for whatever reason, who may be ill or worried and for whom the sun does not seem to shine.
Bless them and keep each one in Your constant loving care, showing us where we could be needed to make life better for all less fortunate.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 30th June 2021.
“If we have the opportunity to make people happy. Just do it.
Sometimes people are struggling silently.
Perhaps, our acts of kindness can make their day.”
Loving God, help us to be aware of the needs of others as we meet friends, or make friends, throughout the weeks and months. We do give prayerful thanks for this time of contact with each other. We ask that we feel You very near in all that we do.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Help us to look forward in faith. May we always put our trust in God knowing if we call You will be there, no matter what our needs will be in the days ahead. We give thanks for all Your goodness and guidance in the past. We are mindful of those who find life difficult, and don’t know where to turn. We pray that they will find their way to You. In Jesus’ name hear our prayer.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 16th June 2021
” Our hands lift up and are open wide as the eagle soars away………………
Sometimes, we have to do the same. We have to let things go and release them to God who knows and loves us.”
Loving Heavenly Father we bring our prayers for others and for ourselves to You. You are aware of our every need, day by day. We leave our cares with You and ask that You will guide us with wisdom, sense and compassion.
In Jesus Name,
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 9th June 2021
Loving Lord, at times it is tempting to give up, especially when life is becoming difficult. We ask You to help us not to dwell on past problems or setbacks, but to start again now to look forward with enthusiasm and optimism into the future with You to guide us.
We pray that nothing will disturb or dismay us, as all things pass. Let us remember that God never changes and all who have Him in their lives are secure in His loving care.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 2nd June 2021.
Gracious God, we bring these lines of praise in our prayer and pray that soon we shall be able to sing joyfully to You, as before.
” Drop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease,
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.”
The Lord gives strength to his people and blesses them with peace.
Psalms 29 v11.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 26th May 2021
Lord, we know that today, and days to come, are full of challenges and possibilities.
Help us to believe that we are all capable of many and great “little” things.
Let us pray that we can each approach any difficulty we encounter, not as a cause of irritation and anger, but as a source of understanding and strength.
We bring our prayers to you in the sure knowledge of your constant love and guidance in our lives.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday19th May 2021.
Gracious God, at this time of concern help us to continue to see the needs of others and realise that are occasions when someone else’s troubles must come before our own.
Loving Lord, open our hearts so that we may do good and show kindness which will bring smiles to the faces of many.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 12th May 2021
Loving and caring God, we come to you prayerfully during this Mental Health Awareness Week. We pray for Your presence in our lives especially at this time as for many, many months life has been difficult and distressing, day by day. Walk closely with us all as we need the security of your love.
We do give grateful thanks for the glory of sunshine, blue skies and the opportunity to meet now in a joyful way with family and friends, who are so important to each one of us.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 5th May 2021
Heavenly Father, we know that You are with us at all times, in sorrow, in sickness, in happiness and joy. You hold us in Your loving arms when the world appears unstable and uncertain.
We give You grateful thanks that slowly we are able to meet family and friends once more. You will know how hard it has been for each one of us not to be allowed to open our doors, in welcome, as we would normally do. We bring prayers to You also of how much we would wish that churches can be as they were, where we can praise You in prayer, music and singing, with hearts overflowing as we worship together.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 28th April 2021.
Loving God, We continue to bring our prayers for others to you.
We pray for the National Health Service and all who work within it in many different ways, as they give of their time, effort and experience.
At this moment we also remember those who live alone and have had to adjust to so much. We think too of the aged and perhaps infirm in Care Homes and Nursing Homes. We give grateful thanks for the staff who work tirelessly in various ways to care and make life easier for each resident.
Caring God, walk closely with everyone in need, now and always.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st April 2021.
God of compassion, we bring our prayers of gratitude to You as we look in wonder at the splendor of Your creation. We have the warmth of the sun when skies are blue, the necessity of gentle rain at times. Day by day, week by week we are conscious of the beauty around us as trees and bushes bud and grow, with flowers bringing colour in to our lives.
Caring God, as we appreciate all that You give us daily, we ask You to help us to have the strength and enthusiasm to also be renewed in various efforts in our lives to go forward to work for You and to walk in Your ways, as You would wish.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 14th April 2021
Loving God, we know that You are father to the fatherless, protector of all who have been bereaved. We ask You to awaken us today to the opportunities to offer kindness and hope in the lives of those around us.
Let us always bring to You, prayers for others before ourselves. Help us to see where there is need and to assist, in any way, with love and compassion.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 7th April 2021
Gracious God, we ask You to be with us as we face future challenges and opportunities so that we shall be able to face them with faith, strength and humility. We pray we may bring blessing to all that we undertake in the weeks and months to come.
Loving God, help us not to be concerned unduly, but to pray about everything. We realise You know all our needs and give You thanks for your constant care for each of us,
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 31st March 2021
As we anticipate the glory of Easter and look at the world around us, we once again see its beauty and the warmth of God’s love.
We bring prayers of gratitude as we think of the mystery and miracle of creation. We are able to gaze on the wonders that are ours to treasure each day. The growth of the trees and bushes in bud, the colours of flowers and plants as they appear with the rain and sun.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday, 24th March 2021
Heavenly Father, through Your Son You are able to understand the depths of pain and uncertainty into which many are sometimes plunged. We ask You to be with all who have faced bereavement, depression and despair. Thankfully in our darkest and most desperate moments we do know that You are with us.
Loving Father, at this time of reflection after a year of difficulties and fear, we are grateful to look forward with hope and anticipation to the weeks and months to come, in the security of Your love.
” A light shone in the darkness and the darkness couldn’t put it out.”
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th March 2021
Loving Heavenly Father in any uncertainty we come to you Lord, for you are constant and your love is sure.
We see your constancy and love, not only in our lives, but all around us. We give grateful thanks for days of sunshine which all ages can enjoy. The pleasure that young people have as they meet, at times, in this present situation, and with the hope they have of many more days of happiness to come.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th March 2021
Compassionate Lord, we ask that you walk closely with us today, may we have a sense of Your loving presence in all that we do.
At this time we remember especially the good people of Dunblane, as their hearts will be full of the sadness and terror of twenty five years ago. We pray for the little ones and their teacher who were killed, and for those injured.
However, we can also give You thanks for the blessings of happy memories although time was short.
We prayerfully leave the town of Dunblane and their memories in Your tender care.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Loving Lord, we thank You for this lovely day, and the days to come. Help us to continue to enjoy good and loving relationships within our community even as our lives are at the moment.
“Let us pray to have eyes that see the best in every action,
With a heart that forgives the worst,
Together with a mind that forgets the bad,
And a soul that never loses faith.”
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th February 2021
Caring and Loving God, We bring our prayers to You at this time in our lives which can be frustrating in many ways. We therefore ask You to help us to remember today and in the days to come, to find ways to speak that will heal rather than hurt. May we use our power of communication with kindness and compassion, finding the strength to live as You would wish us to do.
We give thanks for Your constant love as You care for us.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th February 2021.
Let us take time to realise that yesterday is but a dream and our thoughts of tomorrow are simply visions. However, if we have lived today well it makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
May we always aim to live each day bringing grateful prayers to our loving Lord, for the happiness and hope we do receive.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th February 2021
Caring and compassionate Lord we, as always, bring our grateful prayers of thanks to you. In the days that have passed many of us feel more secure in the medical fight against this silent and deadly virus. Our feelings are not of complacency and we pray that we shall, in the months to come, hear that all, of any age, who require vaccination will have received it.
Loving Lord we simply ask that you will give us the strength and wisdom to continue to accept life as it is, as we long to be with our families and friends.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
Loving and caring God, we bring before You in our prayers all little ones and young people who face another change in their lives. We pray also for their parents and teachers as they cope and adjust to what is necessary at this time.
Let us also remember in prayer the many who are lonely unable to see family or friends. We ask for Your blessing on each and every one now and always.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th January 2021
Loving God, You know that we have had sad, painful moments in our lives that have changed our entire world in a matter of minutes.
We realise that they are moments that will change us, let them make us stronger, smarter and kinder.
Caring God please be with us, to support us with Your love as we struggle to accept what we have to face at this time.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th January 2021
Caring God, we bring to You, once again, our prayers of concern for our world in these uncertain times.
Help us to be strong as our lives are difficult, as we strive to continue in the fight of dealing with the changes in this virus.
We pray also for all leaders, old and new, in countries around the world that they will be guided in their tasks .
We now would give grateful thanks for the vaccines available and prayerfully trust that these treatments will be given to all in the coming weeks and months.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th January 2021
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46 10.
God is Almighty
God is in control
God is love
God is King
God is our hope, rock and fortress
God is ever-present, a help in times of trouble.
God is our Father
God is our shepherd
He will lead us,
Protect us and
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th January 2021
Gracious God, What will we do with the year that has begun? The choice we know is ours. You leave that to us. May we today prayerfully accept the challenges and the possibilities of the year that lies ahead.
We do realise, Gracious God, that we cannot do this alone. We ask You to be close to each one of us and guide Your unsure people as we at times are afraid during the days, weeks and months of this uncertain time. We pray that we shall feel Your constant love surrounding us all.