Prayer Diary

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The monthly prayer diary for Tipton St John and Venn Ottery

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Prayers for July and the General Election

Sharing God’s love with our community

“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”   Psalm 141:2

                  Please scroll down to find prayers for the General Election

This month please pray for the residents of Venn Ottery Road, Venn Ottery and Southerton.

Loving God, we rejoice with Darren and Jo following their wedding here last month – be with them as their begin their lifelong journey together as a married couple – be their companion and guide every step of the way.

4th July – As our nation votes in the General Election today may we hold its future before God in prayer, looking to him for our hope, not earthly powers, and may we seek his wisdom and the fulfilment of his will in all things, especially in those challenges that seem insurmountable. Please continue to use the Election Prayer Page alongside this one.

5th July – As our new Government is formed today we pray God’s blessing on those given the responsibility of leading the Departments of State. May they govern for the people with wisdom and compassion.  

5th July – God of healing and compassion, we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service, 76 years ago today, and for the dedication of all who work in it: give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who care for the sick, and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research. Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord our Creator and Father of all, we pray for those who are unwell at this time. Bless them, and those who serve their needs, that they may put their whole trust in you. We continue to pray for Alan, and also David’s mum after a recent spell in hospital. Where it is your will bring healing, and where it is not grant the grace to endure in faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

5th–9th July – Almighty God, we pray for our General Synod as it meets in York. Bless all who attend with wisdom and all who speak with graciousness. May the decisions taken, including on further proposals arising from debate on Living in Love and Faith, support the spread of your gospel throughout our nation and encourage us as we serve you in our communities, to your glory.

8th July – We pray for our school’s full Governing Board as they discuss the result of the recent public consultation on the site of the new school building which opposes relocation outside the village.

14th July The theme of this year’s Sea Sunday is Psalm 107 which not only reminds us that God looks after seafarers, but also that they see things that we don’t: “They saw the works of the Lord, His wonderful deeds in the deep.” Pray for the work of the Mission to Seafarers as it brings Christ’s love to those in danger at sea, far away from home and the support of family.

14th July – On this Disability Awareness Day pray that all churches might reach out to disabled members of their community, helping them to become fully involved in the life and work of the Body of Christ.

Following the announcement last month of the appointment of Right Rev’d Dr Mike Harrison as the 72nd Bishop of Exeter, we pray for Bishop Mike as he prepares for his installation in the Cathedral later this year, and for him and his wife, Rachel, as they prepare to move here from Suffolk. May God bless him, and us, through his ministry with us.

Father God, we pray for everyone taking a holiday in our area at this time that they may find wonder and joy in the places they visit and safety in travel. Grant stamina to those busy working in the tourist industry – may they always provide a warm welcome.

25th July – As our school holds its End of Year Service we pray for the children, especially those leaving Tipton to go on to secondary school. Pray too for fun and safety over the summer holiday that they, and the staff, may enjoy rest and refreshment of body, mind and spirit.

30th July – On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons we pray especially for accelerated action to end child trafficking – 1 in 3 victims globally is a child – through forced labour, criminality or begging, illegal adoption, recruitment into armed forces, and online and sexual abuse. Pray God may bring rescue and restore their childhoods.

 


“When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.” William Temple

PRAYERS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people –

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”                        1 Timothy 2:1-2

 

In these uncertain times it is more vital than ever that as Christians we pray in an informed way for the future of our nation. I hope this brief guide is of help as you pray for our country right now.

Church of England General Election Prayer: God of grace and truth, send your Spirit to guide us as we discover your will for our country. Help us to discuss the issues before us with courtesy, truth and mutual respect, and grant that all who stand for parliament will seek to serve the common good, through him who came not to be served but to serve, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Church of England is also providing a daily prayer and refection themed for the election from 14th June onwards – sign up at: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/topics/pray-your-part-general-election-2024 

Please pray for all candidates in the General Election on 4th July, that they may each be given the opportunity to demonstrate what they stand for, have the stamina to cope with the demands of campaigning day after day, be kept safe from verbal and physical abuse and be supported by family and friends during this stressful time.

The full list of candidates for our Honiton and Sidmouth constituency can be seen at: whocanivotefor.co.uk/elections/EX10%200AG/ where more information on each one can be found. The final list of candidates is:

          JAKE BONETTA, Labour Party

          VANESSA COXON, Independent

HAZEL EXON, Party of Women

          RICHARD FOORD, Liberal Democrats

          HENRY GENT, Green Party

          SIMON JUPP, Conservative and Unionist Party

          PAUL QUICKENDEN, Reform UK

Ask God’s blessing on all Christian candidates across the nation that they would also be true witnesses to their faith.

Pray for the leaders of all the parties fielding candidates in this election, for wisdom, honesty and integrity in all they do and say. Links to all the parties’ policies and manifestoes will soon be available via: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/crggn4j2lm0t

Pray for all journalists and political commentators that they would be fair in their reporting on the people, the parties, and their policies.

Pray that there would be strong engagement with the political process, that young people in particular wouldn’t be disillusioned by modern democracy and would see the value of participation.

Pray that the new parliament may seek to build on the Christian values that formed the foundation of our nation. For relevant issues see:

Pray for all local authority staff involved in planning and administering the election – and give thanks that we live in a free democracy.

After all the votes have been counted pray that the new Government will be faithful to its manifesto promises and serve the nation well, seeking to heal the divisions in our society with justice and compassion.

Use the daily general election news as further prompts for prayer as we approach polling day, and beyond, for example: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/crggn4j2lm0t (other news agencies are available!)

Heavenly Father, guide us as we vote in this election. Grant us wisdom to assess the character of the candidates as well as the policies they represent. Pour your Spirit on us and on our nation so that, whatever the outcome, we may see your kingdom being built right here. In Jesus’ name, Amen.