Prayer in the Economy: March 2021
With 20 million people vaccinated by the beginning of March, there is a real prospect of the economy starting to revive as people get back to work, shops and schools re-open and even the huge leisure and hospitality sectors begin to see some light at the end of a very long tunnel. This will not be easy, with many still facing the very real possibility of redundancy and re-training.
In our prayers we need to give thanks for progress made towards overcoming the pandemic, but also pray for all still facing significant challenges in their working lives as they seek to earn a living, and that, as a society, we may tackle the increasing inequalities within our economy.
Almighty God, as we give thanks for progress in combating the COVID virus, so keep us mindful of those facing a continuing crisis in their work and income.
By your love and compassion encourage us to reach out to those in need; supporting all faced with redundancy and living with uncertainty in their working life.
Inspire us, by the choices we make, to shape a more equitable global economy, where all enjoy the fruits of their labour, the most vulnerable are cared for, and your provision is shared so that none go in need.
This we ask in the name of you Son, Jesus Christ.
Especially we pray for:
- Those whose work is at risk, and who face the possibility of unemployment.
- All who struggle to make ends meet, especially when government support schemes end.
- Those experiencing mental illness through stress as a result of their employment situation.
- All who have responsibility for economic planning in government and business, as we look to the future shape of our economy.
- Wisdom to know how to reduce inequality and injustice in our global economy and safeguard the environment.
- Workplace Chaplains, and chaplains in other contexts, reaching out, as opportunity allows, to offer God’s love through the support they offer
- Those currently taking the Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy training course with Faith at Work in Worcestershire, due to end on March 24th.
- Those involved with the vaccination programme.
- Give thanks for signs of hope and new beginnings.