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Prayer Diary for April 

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11: 25-26. 

St Mary’s

Pray for everyone who will join in worship during Holy week and Easter, online and in church, that they may experience the joy of the resurrection and the hope Christ brings. 

Our Community

This month we pray for residents of Copse Lane, Long Mead, Nash Way and Tye Lane for a growing awareness of God’s presence in their lives. 

Pray for a renewed sense of community as restrictions lift and we may meet outdoors. 

Our Nation

Pray for those who are homeless, that temporary care offered during lockdown may lead to more permanent provision, remembering locally the work of Stone Pillow and Turning Tides. 

Pray for those who are mourning, particularly those who have been unable to see family and friends whom they would usually turn to for support. 

Pray for those employed in the hospitality sector as they plan for reopening this month; pray for those on furlough in the travel industry that government guidance may lead to greater certainty in the coming weeks. 

The World

This month we focus on countries in Asia: 

Pray for the situation in Myanmar, for an end to oppression and violence, for the safety of ethnic and religious minorities, and for moves towards democracy, peace and stability. 

Pray for international relations with China including concerns over the treatment of Uighur Muslims, and its response to protests in Hong Kong. 

Pray for the work of Barnabas Fund in Pakistan and specifically for the families supported by St Mary’s through their Food Programme.  

The Church

Pray for the work of FEBA Radio and its partner broadcasters in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan; as record numbers of people tune in, may they hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. 

As we celebrate the resurrection, pray for comfort and hope for believers who risk harassment, discrimination, violence and persecution for their faith in Jesus. 

Blessed are the peacemakers: pray for all those who work to bring peace, reconciliation, truth and forgiveness in the midst of international, national and local conflicts.