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Day of Prayer

Thursday 2nd April

8am – Prayer to start the day

O gracious and holy Father,
We look to you alone today,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Prayer of St Benedict)

Read and reflect on a moment in Jesus’ life with His disciples, captured in Matthew 8:3-25.

Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!

Take a few moments to reflect on this. What do you particularly notice today? What stands out? What are you being led to pray for through this story?


Play the song ‘Cornerstone’ and allow it to lead you to worship Jesus at the start of this day.

9am – Pray for the NHS, scientists and researchers

10am – Pray for the government

11am – Pray for the critically ill and the vulnerable

12pm – Pray the Lord’s Prayer

1pm – Pray for people

Pray for those grieving, anxious, and hopeless. Pray that many would come to know Jesus through this.

2pm – Pray for the Church

Pray that she would walk this season with love, grace, compassion, strength, kindness, wisdom and emerge more beautiful and full of the Holy Spirit.

3pm – Pray for essential workers

Pray for police, teachers, armed forces, fire and rescue workers, social workers, food chain and delivery workers, charity volunteers, care workers, production staff, postal workers, utility workers, prison staff, and transport staff.

4pm – Pray for vulnerable children and families

5pm – Pray for the economy, small businesses, and the arts

6pm – Pray for other nations

Pray for those badly hit, those without adequate infrastructure, those hosting refugees and in poverty.

7pm – Read Psalm 23 a few times

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right path for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

What are you being drawn to particularly? Spend a few moments reflecting on those words and turning your response into prayer.


Play the song ‘The Blessing’ and sing it over your home, your street, the city, the nation, and the world.

8pm – we will pray and worship together, for around 40 minutes, to end the day! Join the Zoom call with these details:

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