Editor’s note: Serge has six teams serving with churches in the greater London area. The following is a prayer guide being used by Serge staff and other community members as they grieve and hope for the people of this great city. It was based on a prayer guide created by Trevin Wax.
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you … and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” — Jeremiah 29:7
- Pray that our churches would be places for the broken, unwanted, and hurting—that Christ will be offered as the only remedy to save us or make us better.
- Pray that the hope found in Romans 8:35,37 would become a reality. Pray for yourself, your family, your pastors, your church. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
- Pray Matthew 6:10 over London. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Pray that the Spirit would weed out the sin in our lives that has kept us from living lives on mission. Pray for your neighbours by name.
- Pray those who have lost family, friends, and possessions in the Grenfell fire. Pray for swift resolution so that children can return to school, adults can return to work, and families return to “normal” life. Pray for justice so that in the long-term we never see this happen again.
- Pray for those impacted by violence in London. Gang-related knife crime, terrorism, and hate-crimes all cut at the core of our city. Pray for the victims and their families. Pray for the perpetrators and their families. Ask the Lord to bring peace to our city.
- Pray that we would follow in the footsteps of Jesus who “when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it.” — Luke 19:41
- Pray for a deepening of relations between various groups in London: between Labor and Tory; between Muslim and Christian; between immigrant and native-born; between rich and poor; between all our ethnic groups.
- Thank the Lord for our great city and all who call it home. Thank God for our emergency services — the fire, police, doctors, nurses, and social workers. Ask God to give wisdom to our workers in government and charity sectors.