might like to begin with ‘a prayer for ourselves’ which is printed below and then slowly read the Bible passage, asking God to speak to you through the words. Then turn to prayer, using the prayer points to guide you. You could finish by praying the Lord’s Prayer.
A prayer for ourselves
Father, pour out your Spirit upon your people,
and grant us a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word,
and a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday 12th May
Jesus prays for all believers:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21)
Pray for people in neighbouring parishes. Pray for wisdom and enthusiasm for people who will be working together.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.