20 April 2021
A Prayer for Myanmar
The Rev'd Susan McIvor of Nottingham and Derby District has had links with the Methodist Church in Upper Myanmar since 1998 and visited many times. She has written this prayer for the current situation:
We pray for the people of Myanmar in their struggle for justice, peace and freedom.
We stand in solidarity with all who are calling for the restoration of democracy and an end to the violence perpetrated by the Myanmar military against protestors and civilians.
We hold in our hearts those towns, cities and communities where the loss of life is great, and where it is no longer safe for people to go about their ordinary tasks. We pray for those who have fled into the forests or neighbouring countries fearing for their lives or their loved ones.
We pray in solidarity with the minority Christian population in Myanmar. We pray for all churches as they support their communities.
We pray for the Methodist Church in Upper Myanmar, its colleges, healthcare and social development projects, grieving alongside our brothers and sisters as they count the loss of loved ones. We pray that, in the face of atrocity, people will be strengthened by their faith and the knowledge of Your goodness and love.
We pray for ourselves.
When we feel powerless to change things show us how through our actions and our prayers Your love is made known.
When we reach out to support people in Myanmar, give us words of wisdom, compassion and hope.
And when our hearts are breaking with despair for those we know in Myanmar, fill us with Your peace.
Please read more from the church in Myanmar on the current situation: Methodist Church stands in solidarity with Myanmar