A CALL FOR PRAYER IRELAND. PALM SUNDAY 3-4PM

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#ACALLFORPRAYERIRELAND# – SUGGESTIONS PRAYERS AND INTERCESSIONS

PALM SUNDAY 5TH APRIL 3-4PM

We are invited to pray across Ireland from 3-4pm on Palm Sunday 5th April. We are encouraged if able, to kneel down in
an act of humility during the last 10minutes of our prayer. The organisers want the heart of this prayer time to be when
we all kneel in our homes at 3.50pm.
OPENING PRAYER
Heavenly Father in this time of great need, we turn to you.
Jesus, we call upon your name. Holy Spirit we cry out for
you to come. God who is merciful; Capture our hearts,
Awaken your Church, Heal our land.
1. PRAYER FOR MERCY
Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for mercy. Have mercy
on us Lord! We cry out to you to protect this land from the
spread of the coronavirus. Shield us from this outbreak.
Guard our loved ones. Stretch your hedge of protection
around our neighbours. Jesus, we turn to you in faith and
hope, you are the God who is able.
Scripture Reflection: Have mercy on me, O God, have
mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the
shadow of your wings until the danger passes by. (Psalm
57:1)
2. PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Father, you are a Holy and righteous God. Today we turn
from our sin, our self-worship, our self-centredness, and
our sense of entitlement. Lord let us consider how our sin
grieves you. Father we repent and turn back to doing the
things that please you; loving you and loving our
neighbours. Forgive us where we have put ourselves first,
relied on our own strength, wandered from your ways, and
forgotten who you really are.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
Reflect on the things that you have put before God.
Confess them. Bring them before God.
Scripture Reflection: Be exalted, O God, above the highest
heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth. (Psalm
57:11)

INTERCESSIONS

1. BEREAVEMENT
Lord, we pray for those who are grieving at this time. We
pray that you draw near, that your comfort becomes
tangible, that your very presence becomes more and more
evident during this loss and pain. You are the God who
sees us and we pray that those who are hurting and
vulnerable will know that you see them today, that you
draw near and that you are there. Comforter. Lord we
name before you those known to us who have lost loved
ones over this period, not just to coronavirus. We pray for
those we know who are sick and suffering with the virus,
we pray that you strengthen them, return them to full
health, enable them to get the care that they need and to
protect those loved ones around them.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
Pray for the people you know by name.
Response: The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about
anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the

peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-
7)
2. MEDICAL STAFF, CARERS AND ESSENTIAL
SERVICES
We lift before you all our medical staff and professionals,
carers, community workers and those providing essential
services. We thank you for their commitment and dedication
to sacrificially serving others. We pray that your outstretched
arms will embrace their helping hands on the frontline of this
pandemic. Comfort and uphold them as they deal with the
traumatic situations they face. Lord give them strength and
tenacity in their tiredness. Protect them from infection and
guard their families. Father encourage them with your
gentleness and give them compassion and grace in how they
serve and lead.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
Pray by name for your local hospitals, care homes, medical
centres. Remember also essential services including shop
workers, police and fire services, transport services, postal
and council workers, etc. Pray by name for anyone you know
who works in these areas.
Response: Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry
heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is
easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew
11: 28-30)
3. THE EMPLOYED, UNEMPLOYED AND
UNDEREMPLOYED
Heavenly Father we pray for all those who have lost their
jobs, been placed on furlough or reduced hours and for all
those in fear of losing their employment. We pray for those
whose businesses and livelihoods are at risk at this
unprecedented time. Give them your encouragement today
directly from your Spirit and also through friends and family.
May your Church rise up to be people who support one
another. We pray for you to strengthen them today. Build
them up in heart and mind with hope and trust and remind
them of your goodness and faithfulness. Even in this time of
fearfulness and uncertainty we pray that by your Spirit you
can awaken news dreams for their future. Lift the anxiety of
the unexpected from their minds and give them rest for their
souls we pray.

PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL.
Pray by name for people you know who have lost jobs or are
concerned about their futures.
Response: Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed current
employment or livelihood. you. I have called you by name;
you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be
with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will
not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
(Isaiah 43:1-2)

4. LEADERS
We thank you for our leaders. The women and men who
have to make decisions that directly affect our lives. We
pray for wisdom, discernment, integrity and a sense of
calm in the decisions they have to make. We pray for those
in government, local political leaders, head teachers,
business leaders and other institutions. We pray for a
sense of unity and collaboration in how they work across
stressed systems and structures. We ask for clarity and
your wisdom in how these leaders can help stop the spread
of the coronavirus and protect our society. We ask for
provision and release of resources that will help maintain,
protect and sustain our health system. Jesus we ask for
courage where courage is needed and patience where
patience is required. We pray that these men and women
lead well and are supported and encouraged by the public
and your Church.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL.
Pray for our politicians by name. Pray for the World Health
Organisation. Leaders in virus research. For Police and
Public Body leaders.
Response: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and
courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for
the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
(Joshua 1:9)
5. LONELINESS
Scripture Reflection: You draw close to us when we draw
close to you. You place the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6).
Lord, we pray for those who are feeling the effects of
isolation more than others. For those whose social activities
and access to friendships and fellowship have been taken
away from them at this time. Jesus draw close to them
today we pray. We pray that those who are lonely can
reach out to you and call upon your name. We pray that
your loving touch and your presence will meet them in
their isolation.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
Pray for your neighbours who may be lonely at this time.
Name them in prayer and make a note to reach out to
them in an appropriate way later today.
Response: How precious are your thoughts about me, O
God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up,
you are still with me! (Psalm 139: 17-18)
6. FOR THE DEAD
We pray for all dead especially those who have died as a
result of COVID-19 many God grant them a merciful
judgement and eternal rest.

PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
Pray for your family members, friends, neighbours and those
in your community who have died and whose anniversaries
occur at this time.
Scripture Reflection: Do not be troubled! Trust in God and
trust in me! In my Father’s house there are many rooms;
otherwise I would not have told you that I go to prepare a
place for you. (John 14:1-2).
OTHER SUGGESTED TOPICS/
PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR
o Refugee Camps and Poorer Nations
o The homeless and destitute
o Those under threat, abuse and violence in the home.
o Fear and Trauma
o Mental Health
o World Economies
o Education – Teachers – Home Schooling
KNEEL – CALL UPON HIS NAME
Scripture Reflection: If my people, who are called by my
name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2
Chronicles 17:4)
For the last 10 minutes we would like everyone in your house
to kneel (if physically possible). Find a comfortable spot.
Kneel and wait on God and don’t rush praying lots of words,
let the silence settle.
PAUSE. WAIT. BE STILL
After a few minutes then start to cry out to God. Cry out for
mercy. Cry out for forgiveness. Cry out for your need of Him.
Pray as His Spirit leads you.
At 4pm close with praying the Lord’s Prayer/

Our Father Prayer aloud.
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.
AMEN.

OPTIONAL CLOSING PRAYER
Most merciful Father, we offer all these, our heart-felt prayers to you, in the confidence that you are a good and gracious
God. You have invited us to make requests of you according to your will, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. This we
have done today in faith that you will hear our cry. Sovereign Lord, we declare that Jesus Christ is Lord and that you Father,
are in ultimate control of this world. ‘The earth is yours, everything in it, the world, and all who live in it’. Lord of all, would
you at this time demonstrate your rule and reign on the Earth and ‘let your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it
is in heaven.’ We are grateful for governments, medics and all who serve us at this time of crisis. We declare today that ‘Our
eyes are towards you.’ We trust in Jesus. Father we thank you for your blessing upon us as the people of this island, and all
your faithfulness to us in our past. Now in this hour of desperate need we say, ‘Lord, have mercy upon us!’ Through the
great and loving sacrifice of your Son Jesus and the outworking power and presence of the Holy Spirt, forgive us our sin and
heal our land. May we as a people again turn to you because you alone are worthy of our lives! Amen.

 

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