Weekly prayers from 2022
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 28th December 2022
Caring God, we give thanks for happy celebrations just passed and help us to look forward in faith as we come to the beginning of another year. May we always put our faith in You knowing when we pray You will be there whatever our needs will be in the days ahead.
We give You thanks for Your wise guidance in the past as we once again pray for peace in countries desperately striving for survival against dreadful odds.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st December 2022.
Once again the festive season is here and in full flow, Carolers singing, tills are ringing, children’s faces all aglow.
There is a sense of love and caring in the happy atmosphere. Let us enjoy this special time of fellowship and cheer as we celebrate the Birth of Our Saviour Jesus.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 14th December 2022
We know that You are with us at all times, in happiness, in sorrow, in joy, in sickness and in poverty.
You hold us in Your loving arms though the world can seem full of confusion and uncertainty.
We love You with faith and trust.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 7th December 2022
Caring God, as we live through this period of severe weather let us remember all who have to work outside at this time.
We bring before you also, in our prayers, the many who are homeless and begging in the street.
May we take a moment to stop and realise how fortunate we are, with blessings of family, friends and our homes.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 30th November 2022
Blessed are those who know their need is the grace of heaven.
Blessed are those who weep for their tears will be wiped away.
Blessed are the humble for they are close to God’s sacred earth.
Blessed are those who hunger for earth’s security for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the forgiving for they are free.
Blessed are the clear in heart for they feel God’s Presence.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they are born of God.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 23rd November 2022.
Sometimes we seem to lose a day, and it is a bit frightening when we can’t remember where the day went to or what happened to the week.
We don’t want our lives to trickle away, we don’t want to waste each day we want to live it.
We want you to show us the way caring God.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 16th November 2022
Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 9th November 2022
God of care and compassion,
At this time of Remembrance we think especially of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. We pray for all suffering in so many ways as winter is making life even more difficult. We pray for continuing strength to be the brave people of this country.
Loving Lord, we bring our prayers to You for peace in our troubled world.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Lord of life
Give us each day the wisdom to recognise what things are important and what things are not.
Show us what to do with the time and talents You have given us.
Give us faith, give us hope.
Help us to trust in Your guidance all the days of our lives.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 26th October 2022.
Caring God, we bring before You in prayer the troubled countries in our world. We look at the continued horrors and cruelty with almost disbelief and great sadness. Be with all involved as they attempt to survive in their times of danger.
We also bring our own country to You as we ask that Your wisdom and guidance be with those in positions of leadership.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 5th October 2022
Loving God, we give You grateful thanks for family and friends. As seasons change, we appreciate the company of those close to us and that we can enjoy times of reminiscence and memories together. We also remember those who are not so fortunate at this time.
“The nights are drawing in again,
As summer slips away,
All too soon it has flown by,
Autumn is on its way.”
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 28th September 2022
Faithful God, We give prayerful thanks for the many years of varied work carried out by Presbyters within the Presbytery of Ayr.
We ask now for Your continued guidance and wisdom as we go forward to accept the challenges in the future when we meet as the new Presbytery of the South West Scotland. We pray for Your blessing on all we undertake in Your name in the years to come.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 21st September 2022.
Let nothing dismay us,
Let nothing disturb us.
All things pass.
God never changes.
Let us remember that patience gains
All that is wished for.
We who have God
God alone is sufficient.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 14th September 2022
We give You thanks for Your presence in our lives throughout the week gone by.
We have experienced various emotions because of the respect and love many have for our late Queen, who has been part of how we have lived for such a long time.
We pray for all who mourn loved ones, and those who mourn for what we have lost in this country and in the Commonwealth.
At this time we ask that You uphold us with Your grace and wisdom.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 7th September 2022
Help us to see our world with Your eyes and Your love. In our busy lives it’s hard sometimes to take time to see the beauty around us, not only in places and buildings and nature, but also in people and the things they do and say.
Perhaps we could look more closely and allow ourselves to be surprised by our world and the people we meet.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 31st August 2022.
Loving Lord, in this day there are now opportunities.
Opportunities to begin again, to forget old failures, old mistakes.
But where can we start with many mistakes to mend?
Thoughtless words that can hurt.
Caring God, we ask for Your guidance and help.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 24th August 2022
God of Guidance and Wisdom,
We bring before You Congregations, Kirk Sessions and Ministers throughout the Church of Scotland.
We give You thanks for all that has been achieved over the years and look to You now as many challenges have to be faced in the future.
Help us to listen to how You would wish us to go forward in Your name.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 17th August 2022
Loving God, we give you grateful thanks for days of sunshine and warmth when many have been able to relax with family and friends.
When the sun shines somehow troubles seem to fade and life is brighter. We can see and hear the little ones and children at play and happy.
However, as always, we think of these who are lonely and perhaps housebound. Let us constantly remember them in our prayers and our actions.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 10th August 2022
God of Wisdom, we ask You to help us to face up to the opportunities and challenges of our lives, and in doing so, may we have the courage to recognise all that is right, and act upon it.
Let us take time to listen for Your words of wisdom and guidance to each one of us as we bring our prayers to You.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Gracious God, Your love enfolds us always. You are before us and behind.
Hear our prayer that those who seek You may find You, and those who find You may rejoice forever.
We bring our prayers in the name of Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th July 2022
Father in heaven,
We ask You to help us to deal with, at times, difficulties and challenges in the reality of our lives.
May we face this with faith, grace and humility so that we bring blessings whatever we do and wherever we go.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th July 2022
Loving God, we give thanks for many days of sunshine and warmth at this time. Although it makes each day very pleasant, we have to bring before You in our prayers the concern for those have health issues and do not find this situation at all suitable. We also think of the very young and the elderly where attention must be on them.
We ask that You be close to all.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th July 2022
Caring and compassionate God, we ask that You will walk closely with us today and in the days to come.
Give us a sense of Your presence and constant love still in all that we do.
Gracious God, we thank You for all that is past and trust You for all that is to come.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th July 2022
Lord, help us to be thankful that yesterday’s problems have passed. Let us look at today not by the difficulties we might meet but by the good things the day will bring. May we see that this day will be full of opportunities. Give us the knowledge that no matter what happens today, or any day, nothing can separate us from You, loving Lord, and your love.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 29th June 2022
Loving God, we give you our thanks as we enjoy days of sunshine and some warmth. Let us appreciate these blessings with family and friends, and with times of fun and laughter together.
Caring God, be especially close to any who are lonely and days to them may not seem bright and joyful.
We pray that they will feel your presence and love.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Loving Lord, be with all who may struggle with confusions in their lives. Give us at this time the wisdom to recognise what things are important and what things are not.
We ask You to show us what to do with the time and talents You have given us.
Give us faith, give us hope.
Prayer thoughts – Sunday Service – 19 June 2022
Gracious Lord, give us the humility to admit that day by day we can still be taught new ways to live. Help us to see the needs of others and know that there are times when someone else’s concerns must come before our own.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 8th June 2022
Caring God, we give You grateful thanks for the recent blessings in our lives.
Loving Father, we pray that You will be in our hearts and minds so that we may continue to do good, bringing happiness to others by our actions, care and concern.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 1st June 2022
Loving God, we give You grateful thanks for, at times, glorious days of sunshine which bring happiness for many.
May the sun shine on the celebrations in our country as we show kindness, with time for laughter, time for love.
We do prayerfully bring to You all who are sad perhaps ill and feel they have no hope.
Help them to realise that You walk closely with them.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 25th May 2022
Loving God, as You have said let nothing disturb us,
let nothing dismay us, all things do pass.
Caring God, You never change, when we have You we lack for nothing.
You alone are sufficient, and we give You
grateful thanks for every blessing.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 18th May 2022
Gracious God, we bring before You at this time the Business of The General Assembly. We pray for all involved in the importance of debate and decisions, asking that You walk closely with everyone, blessing them with Your guidance and wisdom.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 11th May 2022
Loving God, we bring before You in the days to come, the work of Christian Aid throughout the world. We pray that volunteers will be met with generosity and that much will be raised in various countries, and, that monies will be used wisely to help those in need.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 4th May 2022
Caring God, we realise that while change can bring perhaps uncertainty, it is also the source of newness, discovery, excitement and growth. Change opens opportunities not possible before and challenges not ready to be made until now. How we treat change determines how change treats us . Welcome it with faith, hope, and courage, and we’ll find that change can be good for us.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 27th April 2022
Gracious and caring God,
We give You grateful thanks for the beauty of Your creation, as we enjoy days of sunshine and pleasure. We also enjoy the company of family and friends as we remember those who may be ill and sad, unable to appreciate these times at the moment.
We pray with great sadness as we think of the tragic situation in Ukraine and, as always, the people of Russia.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 20th April 2022
Dear Lord, be with us today, walk with us in all we undertake.
May we feel You close to us day by day.
We give You grateful thanks for every blessing and
trust in You as we are faced with future decisions and challenges.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 13th April 2022
Loving Lord, at this special time of Easter ——- a time of renewals, help us to continue to trust You especially when our journeys seem difficult and hard. Give us peace and the knowledge that no matter how many problems may be in the way ahead, You can bring strength and stillness into our lives. We rejoice now in the Glory of Easter with its gifts of Hope, Joy and Love.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 6th April 2022
Caring God, as always we bring before You in prayer the atrocities that continue in Ukraine. It is with total horror we see what cruelty is constantly taking place day by day. The images we see are heartbreaking. We continue to pray for all who are living in fear, for the leaders of Ukraine and the people of Russia.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 30th March 2022
Loving God, fill us with Your spirit that we might, where there is hatred, give love,
where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy,
Caring Lord, help us to live as You would wish us to.
Prayer thoughts for Wednesday 23rd March 2022.
Lord God, You are father to the fatherless, the protector of widows and orphans, as we constantly think of the cruelty and senseless killing in Ukraine let us remember each day of the opportunities to offer kindness and hope to the lives of those around us here. God of compassion we bring before You in prayer all who are having to defend their country so bravely. We admire them and pray for an end to the heartless atrocities. We pray also for the young Russians, many of whom do not want to be involved in these evil actions.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 16th March 2022
Heavenly Father, You understand the depths of pain and anguish that at times we feel.
We ask You to be with all who have to face bereavement, depression and despair.
In our most desperate moments, please stop us from getting lost within ourselves, and help us to continue to respond to the important needs of those around us.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 9th March 2022
Loving and caring God, we bring to You in prayer all who mourn at this time. We think especially of families close to us as we remember with love, the dear friends who have died.
One week on in the lives of all in Ukraine, we watch in horror at the cruelty and death there. We ask that You will continue to guide with wisdom the President of this country and all who work with him.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 2nd March 2022
Compassionate and caring God, Our hearts are full as we bring our prayers to you. We feel so many emotions as we watch in horror the atrocities which are taking place in Ukraine through orders from the President of Russia. We pray for the men, women and children so cruelly caught up in such a nightmare situation. We also pray for the President of this beleaguered country, for all in authority and each person defending their towns. Loving God, we ask that your blessing is on those in need and that your wisdom and concern will reach the hearts and minds of everyone in power.
Lastly we pray for the people in Russia and the armed services sent to carry out the orders of others.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 23rd February 2022
Loving God, Lord of life and hope help us to see, to experience, and to treasure every good moment.
Caring God, when we come to the end of each day, help us to remember the big problems that turned out to be little ones. Also to think of the things we worried about that did not happen.
As always, we give thanks for your constant love and presence in all that we do day by day.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 16th February 2022
God of care and compassion, we come to You at this time with prayers of concern for many.
We ask that You will walk closely with all who are in fear of the severe winds, rain and blizzards which will be with us in the days to come.
We think especially of the elderly and frail who may be living alone, together with those who have to work outside in these treacherous conditions.
May each and every one of us feel You very near in our moments of weakness.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 9th February 2022
Lord, at this time we ask that you bless our political leaders throughout the world and each and every one of us with strength, humility and wisdom to act with dignity in all that we undertake.
Let us contribute selflessly and tirelessly towards acts of kindness to others, to put their needs first always.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Gracious God, as we begin another day we give You our thanks for the fresh chance to begin again.
Help us to not waste the minutes and hours that have been given to us. We ask You to give us enthusiasm to enjoy every experience, conversation and times of relaxation.
Loving Lord, help us to appreciate our everyday life, to realise that the ordinary events of our lives are so important day by day.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 26th January 2022.
Loving and caring God, we do give You thanks for how our lives are at the moment. We can look towards a situation that appears to be more hopeful.
Our gracious God, we bring before You many who are still coping with the loss, and are mourning family and friends. We ask You to give them peace in their times of sadness and loneliness. We ask for Your blessing on each one in need.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 19th January 2022
Loving Heavenly Father,
You know that we all struggle with doubts and fears at times.
Help us at such times to notice the things that really matter and give us hope for the future.
We pray also that the people in authority will be able to be concerned with troubles throughout the world and not simply concentrate on our country. We bring before You the situation facing Ukraine as we give You thanks for our blessings.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 12th January 2022
Gracious God, we once again come before You with our prayers of concern for others. We know that You want us to pray, to spend time with You.
However hard prayer may seem at times, however reluctant we may be to pray, we must remember that You have already put the gift of prayer into our hearts.
We realise that You love us and ask nothing in return but our love.
Caring God, we simply ask for Your wisdom and guidance in all that we undertake as we face challenges and opportunities in this year to come.
Prayer Thoughts for Wednesday 5th January 2022
Loving God, as we bring our prayers to You at the beginning of this year, we see at this time that things are still changing as they did during the past year.
We do feel that life, as it is makes little sense, so we ask You to help us to continue to cope with the many situations we are faced with. We pray that in this year to come our lives will improve slowly and many of today’s concerns and problems will become past memories.
Caring and compassionate God, as we step in to the unknown once again, we ask that You will walk closely with us all ensuring us of Your constant love. We ask that You will guide and support us with wisdom as we face challenges to come.