ICF - This week's Prayer Focus

Those who work in community health


General practitioners, practice nurses, medical receptionists, ambulance workers, paramedics, first aiders, dentists, dental technicians, spiritual healers, hospital consultants and junior doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists, optometrists, speech therapists, haematologists, acupuncture practitioners, chiropractors, chiropodists, herbalists, pharmacists, homeopaths, hypnotherapists, osteopaths, speech therapists, psychiatrists, toxicologists and treaters of allergies

God who made all of humanity, You call your people the body of Christ and so remind us that when one part suffers, all suffer. So we pray for those who seek to bring well-being to our communities, by caring for the health of those within them. Help us to work together and through learning and teaching, caring and healing, prevention and cure to reflect your concern to bring wholeness to all people. This we pray in the name of Jesus whose touch brought healing, whose words brought comfort and whose presence brought hope. AMEN

Regular prayer for the world of work can be a significant feature in Sunday services. ICF seeks to provide a variety of resources to help those who prepare these. Prayer of this nature is important because:

  • It encourages Christians to see their working lives as part of their Christian Identity

  • It helps those involved in the world of work, particularly when their job makes it difficult to participate in church activities, to feel affirmed and valued.

  • It is a vital part of our intercessory responsibility to the community around us.

  • It communicates a faith that is relevant to real issues to those who visit our churches

Each week, we highhlight different groups of workers and encourage our members and followers to particularly pray for people who work in that sector. We also encourage local churches to include regular prayers for the world of work

As you pray, Consider what might be said in the context of thanksgiving, confession and intercession, both for the workers concerned and for those present.