#PrayforGRH


Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is in our parish and we would like to make sure the staff and patients there get as much prayer as possible at this time. We hope that you will be able to join us in praying for our wonderful NHS there, by signing up for a prayer slot here.

Here is a general prayer that you could use:

Gracious God,
give courage, skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those making decisions and searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Things that staff at the hospital have asked us to pray for are:

  • Courage to keep working and caring in the face of personal fears and increased workload
  • The ability to offer the care and support patients need when they are unable to see their own family and friends
  • The ability to offer the care and support patients need when they are unable to see their own family and friends
  • That there would be enough protective equipment to keep them safe
  • Strength to keep going
  • Space to draw on their own faith (whatever that is) and for staff with no faith to not feel like they are facing this alone
  • That the spread of the virus would be contained so that staff are not overwhelmed
  • Ability to make good decisions in tough situations
  • That people would celebrate, appreciate and feel proud again of the wonderful NHS

It might feel daunting to pray for an hour, but you might just want to sit somewhere quiet, light a candle (safely!) and be still. There is a suggestion here from 24-7 prayer about how you might pray for an hour in response to the Coronavirus. God hears our prayers and knows the desires of our heart, so don't feel you need to use many words as you pray. God bless you for setting aside this time.

Thank you for your prayers. Please do post your prayers, support and encouragement for the NHS on social media (use the tag #PrayforGRH so we can follow what each other is praying), as we stand alongside them as best we can.