Prayers From The Psalms

Psalm. 37
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

This wonderful passage was recently read in the most extraordinary way to millions of people.  The comedian and talk show host James Cordern invited his father, Malcolm, a bible salesman to come on to his show to teach President Trump how to hold a bible.  Apart from the comedic/political points there was an incredible moving point at the end where Malcolm read Ps 37 and James was visibly moved and thanked his father.  May he, and others, come to know The Father.   Watch it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZv8GQX8E1I

“For there are but few things which we phrase correctly.  Many things we phrase badly, yet what we wish to say is understood”.  (Augustine – some encouragement for us as we pray) )

Petition: Please join with us in praying for:

1.Argentina – The number of confirmed cases is 27,560 with 735 deaths of those with Covid.  A strict lockdown has been lifted – and cases have begun to rise – especially in Buenos Aires.        

2. Western Australia. – now has had 601 (up 10 from a week ago) with 9 deaths (up 0).  In Australia there have been 7,276 (up 7). There have been 102 deaths (up 0) 6,744people have recovered (up 24).  20 are in hospital (3 in ICU).  1,679,594 people have been tested with 0.4% being positive.  

3.  One marcher on the Melbourne BLM march has been found to have Covid 19.  This is a significant development and could hold back the re-opening of Australian society.  The marches are estimated to have cost $1 billion in terms of reopening the economy.   More marches are planned.

4.  One probable side effect of the rush for a vaccine is that other vaccines and treatments for different illnesses could be developed    

5.  For those who face a hard time at work and are struggling with their jobs and thinking of a career change.

A Prayer of Repentance:   O Almighty and most merciful God, of your bountiful goodness keep us, we beg you, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that you would have us do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. (BCP)

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:   O Lord, we praise you that the salvation of the righteous comes from you O Lord; You are our stronghold in time of trouble.
You, O Lord, LORD help us and deliver us; You deliver us from the wicked and save us, because we take refuge in you. We praise and magnify your holy name (taken from Psalm 37:39-40).