Pray For London

"we invite you to set aside one day a month to pray specifically for the city of London, on your own, with your family, together with a small group, in your church or at your workplace. There is a new topic every month.  These prayer prompts have been an experiment for CCNL this year and we are so very grateful for your responses.

Below are monthly prompts for you to use to pray for the City of London. Need more? Visit 24-7 prayer for more prayer ideas. If you would like these prompts delivered to your inbox, please email usIf you would like these prompts delivered to your inbox, please email us at praylondon@ccnl.org

 


 

Pray for workplace

March 2020 


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May Your will be done, God, in workplaces in London. Many of us spend an average of 40-50+
hours weekly in our various occupations, usually for around 45+ years of our lives...that's over
95,000 hours of our lives! Jobs allow us to provide for both our needs "our daily bread", and
some of our wants. Beyond that, our work gives us each an opportunity to make a difference in
our world in big ways and small ways. It can increase learning, help us to work in teams, grow
our leadership capacity, expand our understanding of others, allow to give to help others, or
just offer some encouraging words.

Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not
for human masters."

Psalm 90:17: "May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for
us— yes, establish the work of our hands."
The Message Bible words that verse this way: "And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest
on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do."

 Thank you God for the ability to work - with our bodies, with our minds, and with our spirits.
May the outcome of our work and the effect on the recipients of our labour be meaningful.
Help us all - whether we are teaching high school students, caring for elderly patients in
long-term care, working on a production line, harvesting crops, picking up garbage,
preaching a sermon, wiring a house, defending cases in court, running a day care, entering
data, checking out groceries, washing floors, serving coffee – to recognize that all of these
jobs and thousands more are honorable in your sight.
 Give us better appreciation that each item we use, each piece of food we eat, each piece of
clothing we wear, each idea that we read - they were all created by someone. Teach us to
express gratitude and pray your blessing on each person. You are the ultimate creator, God,
of our world and you daily sustain our lives. Let us bring a taste of your creative generous
spirit daily into our workplace and say somehow, as you did at the end of the day, "and it
was good." God, we confess that there are many days where that is not the easiest thing to
do - which is why we definitely need your help.
 We pray for those who are employees. May they be trustworthy, honest, hard-working,
diligent. May they find ways to work for their boss as if somehow, you, Jesus, were their
boss - easier said than done! May they seek to be an encouragement to others in the
workplace and not be a source or enabler of complaining or gossiping.
May they, those who are people of faith, set a good example, demonstrating the love of
Christ in how and why they do their work, and always ready to explain the choice made to
love God and to love others ... to those in the next cubicle or office, those in the lunchroom,
those who answer the phone, or pass in the parking lot each day.
 We pray for those who are unemployed in London, and ask you to surround them with your
peace and hope. These are times of much anxiety about jobs, finances, and the future. Give
to the jobless much perseverance in times of discouragement. We pray that they may be
connected with opportunities for interviews and assistance in the process and thank you for
the many agencies and frontline workers in London that offer help and training in times of
employment transitions and upheaval.
 We also pray God for those who are unable to work because of physical or mental or
intellectual limitations. May they know that they are valued in this city. May you meet their
needs for community, worth and provision for daily needs. We thank you God for the many
people and organizations that assist them.
 Thank you God for those passionate souls who are owners and investors and innovators, for
their commitment of vision, effort, time, and money in London - in order to create jobs not
just for themselves but for others. They contribute to the prosperity and well-being of our
city. They are the entrepreneurs, the self-employed, the small business owners of "mom
and pop" operations, the growers of medium size businesses, large businesses, and
corporations - all part of the mosaic of workplaces in London.
 We pray for those who are employers. God, give them the desire to be fair and wise; the
strength to display courage and integrity; the capacity to be diligent and knowledgeable;
the character to be respectful and worthy of respect. Give us more grateful hearts for jobs
that allow us to care for ourselves and our family's needs. We pray for employers'
imagination and perseverance in good times and in hard economic times. The marketplace
is changing exponentially and growing more complex - challenging for employers to keep up
with effects of automation, global trends, new trade agreements, ever changing technology,
environmental concerns, online competitors and powerful political tides.
 We pray for those retired from paid work. Help them God to discover new identities about
who they are, not from title or job, but from who you created them to be. Help them to find
ways to make meaningful contributions to families, to churches, to neighbourhoods and to
this city as long as they are willing and able. Bless them, please God, for the thousands of
volunteer 'work' hours that they offer so freely and generously - how important and
inspiring as an example of being good citizens.
 We pray for wisdom for governments making decisions about current important workplace
issues - things like equal pay for equal work, equal opportunity for all, consideration of a
living wage to lift people out of poverty, fair taxation laws, workplace health and safety
regulations, freedom from sexual and racial harassment in the workplace, mental health
supports. There are so many challenges.
 We also acknowledge that work can both be fulfilling and frustrating. Oh, for those bad
days God - where conflicts, stress, demands, fatigue and expectations overwhelm us. We
can become discouraged and sense that we lack direction in what we do. We need more
patience and clarity and hope in those times. Work can easily become a demanding
taskmaster. It is a great temptation to let our work define us, - to give us value or worth in
the eyes of ourselves and others - instead of looking to you, God. Work can also become like
an addiction, an idol, another god that we serve gladly despite the potential destruction it
may cause us, or our families, or our relationship with you. It is really difficult to sort out the
blurry lines between being hard-working, professional and diligent for economic survival
and well- being ... and/or an obsessive pursuit to get ahead, to be perfectionists, and to
always wanting more, looking for wealth, prestige and material possessions to fill the soul.
Help us all look to you in that tension of setting priorities, being responsible in creating good
margins and learning what sacrifice is.
We need you God in our work life. Remind us to invite you in daily. May we pray for
workplaces as we pass by and engage with them. AMEN.
 

 

February 2020
Single Adults
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While February is often perceived as a romantic month for couples in our culture because of Valentines day, we want to focus our prayers on a very special part of London's mosaic of people that may sometimes be unrecognized at this time of year yet deeply valued by God - those who are single adults.

Canadian population analysts project that in 2019, 54% of adults over 18 years of age are likely single
adults. Single means "never married, not currently married or in a common-law relationship; widowed;
divorced or separated." Singles are in all ages, stages and seasons of life - just like married adults. Think
about that statistic as you pray this month - one in two people - in your family, in your community, in
your workplace, in your friendships, are, or may become single.

The 2016 Census Canada (www.statcan.gc.ca) revealed that "for the first time in recorded Canadian
history, one-person households were the most common household type, overtaking households
comprising couples with children. In recent decades, the number of persons living alone has grown
fastest among adults aged 35 to 64." It also points out that many singles however do not live alone -
they may be raising children independently, they may be living with family members, or they may be
living with roommates.

Churches struggle to reflect this shift in society - single adults comment that they find it challenging to
find their place of belonging in faith communities and can feel like people view them as "broken"
because they are not a "couple". We want to truly honor them this month by first remembering that we
all, whether single or married, share these truths in common as people who are called by Christ's name.
Philippians 1:9-11: I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing
in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live
pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your
salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ - for this will bring much glory and
praise to God.

Matthew 29: 37-39 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul,
and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your
neighbor as yourself."
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his
will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
We pray:

 God, thank you for creating each of us as unique human beings, full of enormous potential,
gifted by You, important in your eyes, loved beyond measure. Help us God, to see each other as you do.
Jesus, you were a "single adult" - highly unusual in the culture in which you lived here on earth - you
truly understand the many lonely moments and awkward conversations. Teach us to show enormous
love to those who are single as if they were you, Jesus.

 Each single person has a one of a kind life story. They may be single by choice for a variety of
reasons. They may be single due to circumstances, some within their control, and for others, it may be
situations way beyond their control or hopes - tragedy, broken relationships, illness, or death. We pray
that you will give us ears to listen tenderly and respectfully to one another's stories - to care enough to
seek to understand. We pray for healing of any past hurts. Develop grace in us to not pass judgement or
offer unsolicited advice to each other.

 Thank you, God, for including each of us in your Kingdom work, no matter our marital status. For
some who are single, it gives distinctive opportunities to serve - full of calling, focus, and purpose.
Remind us that while singles may have more flexibility to make time to serve in churches and in families,
they have also busy personal lives, commitments, friends, and responsibilities and individual giftedness.
Some singles are gifted by your Spirit to be leaders or teachers, some have serving or evangelism, giving
or preaching gifts ...the list goes on. Please God, use the ministry of single adults to be fruitful and
impactful in your Church.

 Forgive us who are married God, for those times when we have failed to consider the words we
use, the attitudes we project, or pre-conceptions we may hold about those who are single. And also
help those who are single to forgive those who unintentionally convey negative or hurtful messages
about seeing marriage and family as better than singleness for all people - guard our hearts against
bitterness or envy.

 For those raising children on their own, we pray for such grace, strength and wisdom for them -
parenting is a great challenge in the best of times. Doing it alone can be often more difficult, draining
and discouraging. May we all support single parents around us with compassion, practical help,
friendship, and much loving encouragement.

 Help us as well to be more sensitive to the greater economic impact of singleness. The financial
costs of everything - housing, transportation, benefits, savings, education, caring for kids, even travel -
are all borne alone, often causing more hardship. Even the simple tasks of buying groceries/cooking
meals alone can be a challenge to maintain healthy eating habits and budgets.

 We pray for those who are seeking relationships. It is indeed a different dating world in today's
culture. We pray for wisdom, discernment, and protection especially in on-line connections. God, we
know you can use a variety of ways to connect people - there are many wonderful, joyful stories of
people who meet on-line...and many disappointments too. Even in that cyber-venue God, help singles to
be people of deep integrity and truth - and guard them from evil.

 Holy Spirit, may you meet singles in the midst of seasons of loneliness, sadness, and suffering. A
relationship with you is eternal. Please be their best comforter, their sweetest encourager, their
greatest cheerleader, their faithful companion, and their solid rock in good times and in hard times. We
all need more of you.

 But you created us all God to need community. We pray for churches and ministries in London
that are seeking to meet some of the specific needs of singles in different seasons and stages of life. We
thank you for their leadership and their creativity in planning…but give us greater imagination God to
figure out how we can become not only more inclusive of those who are single, but really welcoming in
practical ways with open arms and generous invitations. Help us to recognize that it is hard to go
somewhere new by oneself, or to sit alone in church, or even to know who to sit with! May we learn to
see our friendships beyond the boundaries of marital status - single adults and married adults can enrich
one another's lives and deepen our understanding and faith in so many precious ways, as vital, valued
members of the family of God in London.

January 2020
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As we begin a new year, there are fresh opportunities, new beginnings and bright hope for
what God can and will do in our lives, in our churches, and in our City of London. When we pray
for London this month, let's remember some of these words of scripture to inform our prayers:
Isaiah 41: 18-19 "But forget what lies behind - it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make
a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."
Lamentations 3:23-26 "The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great
is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my
inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new
person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought
us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him."
Ephesians 4:23-24 "Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new
nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
1 Peter 3: "But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a
world filled with God’s righteousness."
Our Father in Heaven,

 We praise you, God, as we pause and reflect back on this past year. Help us to see Your
gracious hand at work in many ways and many places. We thank You that it is always an
adventure journeying with You. While we are often stuck in our own limited solutions,
reactions, and habits, you are such a creative, imaginative being beyond our wildest dreams
and understanding - beyond and beyond. When we can see no way through, you create a path.
Whether we encounter good things or difficult things, your expressed desire is to use them all
for ultimate good in our lives and for Your Kingdom's sake, even when we cannot see, feel, or
understand it.

 We confess that we are imperfect people. Remind us to be thankful that You see us as
brand new every day and that Your mercy and love is really fresh each morning - it is truly
amazing that you love us so!

When we mess up, when we forget whose we are, when we choose wrong over right, when we
focus on ourselves instead of You and /or others .... you still place such high value on us.
Let us in turn demonstrate that kind of love to our families, our co-workers, our neighbours,
and strangers that we meet. Help us this year to be people who forgive faster, who
demonstrate patience longer, and who offer grace quicker and more frequently. Change us God
please, through the power of your Spirit, to become those kind of people. We imagine how
London would be transformed if we all took on this challenge!

 God, thank you too for new lives that will come into our community of London this year
- babies yet to be born, refugees yet to arrive, newcomers, students and job-seekers yet to
come, and new believers yet to discover you! May this city become a safe haven for each
person - a "sanctuary" city where people are treated with great respect and dignity. Help us to
have open minds, hearts, and arms to welcome them and nurture them.

 We pray for new things that are springing up already in London and we ask your blessing
to be poured out on each and every one of them. There are new churches, new ministries, new
affordable housing projects, new leaders, new marriages, new partnerships, new innovations in
business and health care and governance .... and much more.

Starting out new is never easy. There is always funding to be found in order to move from
conceptual to reality; organizational structures to be figured out; people resources needed and
to be trained; mistakes to be made and learned from; much patience, energy and perseverance
required to move to any kind of sustainability. Thanks God for all these people taking great risks
for the future. May many people look to you as the ultimate Creator of all things and seek you
to inspire them in the process.

 News is not always good - some news is actually just bad news. We will lose loved ones
this year to death and new realities of these losses are so very painful. Jobs may be lost.
Illnesses may occur. Tragedies may happen - inexplicable tragedies that just leave us numb and
confused. Families may be broken and relationships deeply damaged. Depression may
overwhelm us. Evil may seem to be winning. Hatred appears to grow. It is really hard to see you
God in the midst of these difficult, sometimes random injustices and circumstances. At times,
we are angry with you because it hurts so much. Yet we know you are there too, loving us,
mourning with us. Humanity in a broken world is not pretty or easy. May we not run from these
painful issues but rather invite Jesus to enter into them with us in ways we cannot comprehend
yet.

 Finally, we thank you for hope. Hope that someday the world will be made right. That
good will finally triumph over evil. That truth will reign. Give us hope for change and not give
up. As we begin to prepare for the upcoming citywide prayer breakfast on Wednesday March
18th, we have great hopes that you will use it to unite us together as your church in London to
both challenge and inspire us to become part of your answer to these prayers.