Step a) Stop, be still. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and steadily, say the Lord’s Prayer. Now take a physical position that reflects a heart of worship. Options might be; on your knees, lying facedown on the floor, sit or stand with your hands raised to the heavens; acknowledge the presence of God in your life. When you are ready move on to step b)
1 Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
Spend a few moments reflecting on these words from Psalm 5 . The psalmist asks God to listen to his prayer, but in doing so declares the one to whom he prays is his ‘King’ and ‘God’. Consider our need to find humility both to enter God’s presence, but also, how this humility will affect our relationship with others today. Give praise that having met with Jesus we can add a new reflection to the words of the Psalm. ‘but I, by your great mercy, have received you into the temple of my heart’.
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.