“seek the peace and prosperity of places... Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
Father we pray for every place across this country - for every community, every village, every town, every city, every region as well as the nation and nations.
We thank you for places - places of community, places we call home, places of work, places where we shop, places of business, places where we spend our leisure time, places where we meet others, places of education and learning, places we connect with amazing countryside and architecture, places we travel to and through, places of spirituality, places of history, places where heaven meets earth.
We thank you that there is no place where you are absent, no person you do not love. Father, we thank you that through your son Jesus you call all people to relationship and purpose.
We pray for those places and people who have been affected by the situations of the last few months. We declare peace and prosperity for every place and every person. We pray that our economy, and businesses of every kind, will be strong. We pray for prosperity in terms of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. We pray for a continued sense of community cohesion and of loving others. We pray that people will continue to see true value and worth. We pray for those bringers of peace to our communities and that as your church, your people, we will seek partnership and to be a blessing.
Father help each and every one of us to be seekers of peace and prosperity for the places where we are and in doing so may your Kingdom come, your will be done, in those places as in heaven - Amen.
I can't shake off the verse from Mark's Gospel:
"And who would pour fresh, new wine into an old wineskin? Eventually the wine will ferment and make the wineskin burst, losing everything—the wine will be spilled and the wineskin ruined. Instead, new wine is always poured into new wineskins.”
For every church, organisation, business, etc - we are in the days of new! Don't try and fit the dynamics of post-covid into the methods of pre-covid.
The world has changed drastically in so many ways over the last 5/6 months - every church/organisation/business needs to produce new wineskins for the new wine not patch up or make do with the old.
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