Transfiguration

A series of prayers and reflections inspired by Jesus’s powerful encounter with His Father and two representatives of the heavenly host, Moses and Elijah. This was His ‘transfiguration,’ the pivotal moment in which Peter, James and John caught a glimpse of His Heavenly glory and majesty in the Kingdom of God.
Transfiguration Soundcloud Playlist
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Below you will find each track with illustrated lyrics to follow as you listen.
Click the button above to listen to all the tracks on a SoundCloud playlist.

The term ‘transfiguration’ describes the experience of being changed utterly in form or appearance, to reveal true and luminous spiritual beauty. Inspired in part by the remarkable Transformations videos from the turn of the millennium, which revealed the beauty of the Holy Spirit at work in communities touched by Him as the result of believers giving themselves to prayer, in 2008 we recorded an album called Transfiguration. The reflections and prayers are set to some extraordinary music, including, at the very end, a stunning improvisation concerning heavenly realities. May they engage your heart and mind and inspire you to seek ever more of the Lord’s transfiguration and transformation at both a personal and wider level.

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Shortly before the Fire from the North Conference that we organised in Shetland in 2005, Francis Cummings spent an inspired morning improvising with a group of classical musicians and playing some of his own pieces. The Spirit came on them, and they created some exquisitely beautiful music, which has blended so well with these prayers.

We were also blessed to be served by Dave Hart, who recorded our sessions, produced the CD and also allowed us to use several of his own compositions.

A huge thank you to Francis Cummings, Alex Robertson, Linda Entwistle, Elisabeth Long, Robin Stevens and Shirley Richards, and to Philip Whigham for recording that session. What you played then will bless many now!

We are grateful, too, to Bill Klein for allowing us to use the harp music from his album, Lauda.

The absolutely glorious music that ends the album is taken from The Return, as is also the more sombre music that accompanies Track 4. The Return is an outstanding compilation of improvised meditations that members of Wellspring played, and which Mike Thornton recorded. We are deeply grateful to Mike for permission to use both these tracks. The voice you will hear at the very end, reading from the book of Revelation, is that of Mike Allen.

For the most part, the voices you will hear of those of myself, Ros and the poet, Robert Eggleston. Unbeknownst to us when we invited him, Robert had first come to the Lord by opening and reading his Bible at the point where the Gospel writer describes Jesus’ transfiguration. I love it when the Lord inspires our decisions in such ways!

Most of the prayers are our own, but we have also included short ones by George MacDonald and Teresa of Avila: ‘Maker of me, go on making me,’ and ‘Let nothing disturb you.’ We have also adapted Charles Whiston’s version of the beautiful ancient prayer, ‘O come, Holy Spirit, come.’

Flute music Dave Hart

‘Peter, who do people say that I am? And who do you say that I am?’

‘Lord, you are the Christ, the Son of God.’

‘Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah; for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood but by my Father in heaven. Now the Son of man must make His way to Jerusalem and suffer many things, before being put to death, and being raised from the dead on the third day.’

‘Peter, James, John; come with Me; we’re going up this mountain!’

Why this detour Lord? If You’re going to teach and feed the crowds again, where are they? And what about all the people in need down there in the valleys?

Peter and the others had no idea that they were about to witness something still more awesome than when the voice spoke from the cloud above Mt Sinai. The glory of the Lord was about to break through.

As Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face changed; His face shone like the sun, and His clothes glowed whiter than light, brighter than the lightning’s flash. The Father had revealed His glory and set His seal of approval on His Son.

Lord, at any moment, Your power and presence can break through.
You could have met with Your Father on Your own, and we would have been none the wiser, but You wanted to share with us all that You received from Him.
One moment a bare mountain, and then the veil parted.
and suddenly the Shekinah glory that fills the heavens poured across the mountainside.
You are surrounded with glory, Lord, and so, by Your mercy are we.

Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about His suffering and departure, which He was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:31)

The era of the Law and the Prophets was passing away, for now the One the prophets had foretold was here – the Lord Jesus, to whom all majesty and Dominion are due.

But what would we know of Your heart today if Your Son had not been willing to suffer? Just as You strengthened Moses and Elijah in their ordeals, and gave Jesus the strength He needed to continue on to Gethsemane, so You will send us, too, all we need to complete our journey.

When trials and afflictions strike us, and all sense of glory fades, grant us faith to meet every challenge that lies ahead.

Even though You lead us along surprising paths, You know exactly how to fulfil Your purposes.

Add compassion to our wisdom and passion to our knowledge, so that we can follow courageously when You beckon us to venture out far beyond our comfort zone.
Sometimes it takes more faith to lay a project down than it did to start it up. Shortly before he met a martyr’s death, Jim Elliot declared, ‘He is no fool who loses that which he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.’

As Elijah and Moses were leaving, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah. But Peter did not know what he was saying. While He was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them all – and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. (Luke 9:34)

Lord, we love the summits and the mountain tops. It’s hard when something that means a great deal to us comes to an end. Like Peter, we want to stay there forever, and build a shrine to preserve it. But just as You knew You had to go to Jerusalem, Lord Jesus, give us grace to embrace the next thing You are showing us, and not to continue one hour beyond Your anointing, for if we hold on to anything that You are asking us to lay down, the blessings will wither and become a burden.

Jesus told the disciples to keep quiet about what they had seen – but they were confused. None of them had understood what He meant when He told them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be killed, but that on the third day He would be raised to life. As friends so often do, they tried to steer Him away from the path that would lead to the Cross. They had no way of knowing that this was how God had planned to reconcile the world to Himself.

Jesus, Life-bringer and Trail-Blazer,
Hope-Giver and Soul Restorer,
Open our eyes to see You as You really are.
As we set our hearts to follow where You lead.

Shine Your light into the dark places,
where fear grips and doubts assail.

Draw us after You, and we will run together
through all life’s mazes and in all its joys,
leading, guarding, guiding
every day, every hour, every place. 

Lord, why are we so afraid of Your leading? Lead us further on into Your purposes. When we come into the loveliness of Your presence, there’s nowhere we would rather be.

Forgive us when we hold back on You,
for You are always going ahead to plan and prepare new things.

Keep our hearts focused, so that when strange and fiery trials come our way
we will not be overwhelmed.

We worship and adore You, Lord,
We dare not build booths,
but we praise You, for the wonderful gifts you have given us.

In our lives and in our homes
May we welcome angels unawares.

May the gift of hospitality touch people’s hearts
and bring lasting fruit from Heaven.

We pray special blessings on all homes and families that are experiencing unusual trouble or prolonged stress.

While the Lord Jesus was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; listen to Him.” (Luke 9:35)

Lord, on the slopes of Mount Hermon,
You showed Your Son how very much You love Him.
This day we have seen that man can live, even if You speak to him. (Deut. 5:24)

Lover of our souls, keep on loving us,
and help us to realise how much it thrills Your heart
when we give You the love of our hearts.
seeking first Your kingdom, and not ours.

Make our hearts soft towards You, Lord, –
yet utterly determined to accomplish all that You have put within them.
One word from You imparts life to our souls.

You love to speak, Lord, even beyond the need for words.

You listen to our inmost thoughts
and bring us to a place of stillness,
where attentive listening ushers in the intimate communion that You are longing for.

Enlarge our understanding, Lord.
Never stop speaking,
We need to hear what You are saying –
even if that means saying the same thing over and over again.

When the disciples heard the voice that came from heaven, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Don’t be afraid.” (Matt. 17:6-7)

Lord, we are only truly at home when we are in Your presence.

Help us not to waste time living in dread of what You might ask us to do,
for that would open our hearts to fear.

Even as Your hand rests upon us,
bring this same rest through us to many others.

Show us what to do and how to do it –
and may we take the beauty of Your presence with us wherever we go.

The Transfiguration reminds us that at any time God’s power and glory can break through – but we will not always feel so intensely the nearness of heaven. When the voice from heaven had spoken, the disciples found that Jesus was alone. (Luke 9:36) We can no more hold on to these experiences than Peter could. God works according to His own timeframe. There are reasons for His delays, but we never feel more alone than when we set out in faith to accomplish something only to find that it has not worked out as we had hoped or expected.

All the joy the disciples had experienced on the mountainside evaporated as they re-entered the world of illness sin and unbelief and found themselves unable to heal a boy.

Lord, when we come down the mountainside and find ourselves confronted by pressing problems, may we continue to pursue the God of the Breakthrough, and yield no foothold to despair. Let us glimpse what You are doing, rather than reacting to what others are saying or demanding.

Jesus warned, “Peter, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail – and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Lord, Beyond the shame of Peter’s outward denials, You knew his desire to love and walk with You. You no more washed Your hands of him when He let You down than You do with us. You can pick always pick us up one time more than we can ever fall.

Forgive us, Lord, when we speak and act as though our trials are too great when, in reality, it is our love which is too small. Help us to embrace the royal road of repentance, and the gritty road of perseverance – for somewhere along these paths Your presence will break through.
We lift to You those who are in danger of falling from their first love.

In Jesus’ name, let the warmth of Your presence steal upon them unawares.

Speak words of freedom to those whose minds are haunted by thoughts of failure.

Shake them free from all that oppresses them, and help them discover opportunities in every challenge.

Just as You delighted to restore Peter to his rightful position, once he had acknowledged his failure,
may the peace of Christ restore many to Your service, and grant them a willing spirit to sustain them.

For You delight to weave new beginnings out of the tangled tissue of our failures,
and ordain strength from the depths of our brokenness.

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There is hope for a tree.
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.

Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.

Even so let it be, that we who experience Your pruning may bear still more fruit in years to come.

Lord, it is in the darkness that our faith and love are tested;
when we know so little and find ourselves obliged to seek so much;
when the pressures seems too strong, and we are unable to make any progress.

Enlarge our hearts to trust You in the confusion, for this is how we will experience treasures in the darkness.

‘Maker of me, go on making me,
and let me help Thee.

Come, oh Father, here I am: let us go on.
I know my words are those of a child,
but it is Thy child that prays to Thee.
It is Thy dark I walk in – it is Thy hand I hold.’

Even when the days seem dark, You remain faithful.

Therefore we must sow our seed in the morning, and again at even-tide,
for we do not know which will succeed, whether this or that – or whether both will do equally well.

Direct us, Lord, to reach out to those who are wandering in the dark,
that they may be restored to minister in Your name.

When opportunities are few and far between,
use these quieter times to renew our strength
and to attend to matters we might otherwise have neglected.

For as we are faithful in with what You give us to do today,
You will bless our many tomorrows.

Come, light that knows no night,
infuse and quicken our dull and listless minds.

Bid turmoil cease and hope shine through
Free our minds from vain and empty thoughts
that make us prone to pride and rejection.

When we have reached the end of our resources,
let Your full giving begin.

Send ministering angels to open doors
and accomplish more than we can think or hope or imagine.

Come, Almighty and Beloved,
fill our minds with words of faith,
and our hearts with gladness.

We are longing for Your touch.
Come down O love divine.

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The miracle on the Mount of Transfiguration foreshadows not only the Cross but also the Resurrection itself. For the light of God’s glory to remain in us, we must keep our hearts pure and free from lust and bitterness.

Lord, You taught us on another mountain, that the pure in heart are blessed.

Purify our heart’s desire, that we may we see and understand Your ways,
and overflow with a compassion that mirrors Your own.

Help us bite back cutting words before they wreak hurt and havoc in people’s hearts and lives.

Help us not to despise or disbelieve someone who is telling me truths beyond our present experience, but to be willing to embrace all that truly comes from You.

“You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.

You shall not set your desire on your neighbour’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.”

Lord, help us to see each other aright.

May we not look on others as objects for our gratification.

Keep us from filling our hearts and minds with fantasies that would lead us far astray if we were to act on them them – for if the act is wrong, then so, too, must be the intention.

Help us to confess our wrong thoughts and deeds to You before we forget or even deny that they are wrong.

When our heart strays, and we allow someone or something too prominent a place, we ask for Your forgiveness and offer that person or situation back to You.

Expand the flow of Your love within our hearts;
make us quick to honour people’s good intentions,
and slow to write them off.

Set the hearts of Your people free from wounds of rejection and division that they have received.

In Jesus’ name we forgive those whose words have shocked and wounded us:
Our parents, relatives, children, friends, neighbours, teachers, colleagues, managers and leaders.

We bless and release you from our unforgiveness:
and the churches, ministries, institutions and families that you represent.

We ask Your forgiveness, too, Lord,
for all that we have done that has crushed or belittled others.

Pour out a double blessing on those whom we have hurt and hindered.

Where we are nursing hate and prejudice towards particular nations or people, we ask Your richest blessing on them.

In the name of the Prince of Peace,
Release the power of Your favour
on these people.

The miracle on the Mount of Transfiguration points the way to ultimate Reconciliation. Through the mercy of the Cross, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, black nor white – though to our shame we continue to perpetuate such divisions.

Forgive us where we build barriers instead of bridges,
and fail to honour Your presence in each other.

Where I can put wrongs right, let me reach out in love and forgiveness
Especially towards Christians of differing traditions,
and toward those for whom I feel no instinctive affection.

Wash me clean from words that defame,
deeds that shame,
and thoughts that defile.

Cleanse me from the arrogance that insists on my own way,
the prejudice that poses as wisdom,
the contempt that stems from pride,
and from the envy and ill will that lies so close beneath the surface of my heart.

Cleanse me from all eagerness to indulge in gossip, slander and dubious practices;
all tendencies to selfishness and greed,
all bitterness and cynicism,
all needless thoughts and activities that rob my soul of peace and purpose.

Lord, let Your Kingdom come in our hearts, and our communities as we proclaim the victory of the Cross over the memory of past abuse and exploitation, and over present strongholds of fear, disease and death.

Jesus was transfigured in the presence of three close friends, but it was to Mary that He first appeared after His Resurrection. In Christ we are one and there is neither male nor female, yet prejudice against women continues to hamper the Church.

Worldwide, violence against women remains a greater cause of death and disability than cancer, malaria, or even war itself.

Lord, You created woman in Your image.

Protect all who are menaced by violence today;
shield and protect their hearts and homes,
honour their willingness to follow the wounded man from Galilee.

We pray for all who labour long, yet can barely feed their families.

Grant hourly grace to juggle competing claims;
wisdom to know when to soothe and placate,
and when to say ‘no’ to unfair demands.

Save and empower women around the world who’ve been betrayed, or forced to sell their bodies to survive, or who live in bondage to rich and powerful overlords.

Grant to those who have been denied justice and dignity, the special grace You gave to Mary and Joseph to endure the humiliation of becoming refugees and asylum seekers.

Find ways to make their exile a chapter in their lives and not the end of the story.

We lift before Your throne the plight of women
who are shut off from a full and normal life;
Women who suffer terrifying ordeals
who are held against their will or seized for immoral purposes;
We cry to You to let your Spirit flow to reach these women.

Let men and women serve together in the power of the Spirit,
the gifts of one complimenting the strengths and weaknesses of the other.

As a man, I ask forgiveness for all the ways by which I degrade women, and do not honour them as I should.

As a woman I ask forgiveness for all the ways by which I demean and make unfair demands on men, where I exert control and manipulate to get my way.

When I look into the eyes of a new born baby, I pray that the Lord will keep them from all that will defile their soul and spirit.

I long for Jesus to take them by the hand
Keep them in body soul and mind and
make them men and women after God’s heart.

May the Lord guard and guide them as they grow,
Open their hearts to the wonder of His grace
keep them seeking Him with all their being
and fill them with insights into the heart of the Lord.

For the LORD your God is living among you.
He is a mighty saviour.

He will take delight in you with gladness.

With his love, he will calm all your fears.

He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
for He is the Alpha and the Omega, Who sees the end from the beginning, yet walks with us through every delay and obstacle from the moment we are conceived to the moment He calls us home to glory.

Thank You Lord that You delight to reveal Yourself to the very young and the very old just as much as to those who are in the prime of life.

Bring joy to Your Son, Lord God, as babies are born into the world. Be with all midwives and doctors. Bless them with compassion as well as skill for the women whom they serve.

I pray for young people who are facing pressures that are far beyond their years.

Guide them through the turbulence of growth and change.

Pour out Your blessing on every church and organisation
that is reaching out to young people for Christ.

We pray “Grace” in Jesus’ name for teenagers as they ride the swirling tides of adolescence. May they venture safely out on the cresting breakers of life.

Guide these leaders of tomorrow’s Churches in the choices they must make;
Keep their hearts wide open to You, and to each other.

Favour them with mothers and fathers in Christ
help them to overcome the spirit of the age,
and to extend Your kingdom in this world.

Come afresh into the hearts of those who were brought up believing, but who have wandered away.

Let disappointment not harden into unbelief.

Remind them that You are there – the waiting Father,
eager for them to bow their hearts and bend their knee.

Overcome the passions that bewitch the heart,
and the strongholds that bind the mind,
restoring the language of love and the passion of faith.

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At the constant risk of being rejected love always reaches out.

As the Lord Jesus shared fellowship on the mountainside with His awe-struck disciples He foresaw the struggles they would endure as they sought to fufil their God-given mission.

Even as the glory shone upon the mountain of transfiguration, Moses and Elijah spoke about the suffering that Jesus was shortly to endure. For every person on a mountaintop today, many others find themselves in valleys filled with grief and mourning.

Lord, the ways by which You lead us often seem mysterious, especially when precious things and people are taken from us and nothing makes sense any longer.

We would not have chosen it this way, Lord, but because You make all things work together for good, we cry to You to turn these circumstances around for Your own good purposes.

Lord of bruised and broken hearts, where threatening clouds overshadow, send Your light to oust the darkness and to bid all fears subside.

Open wide Your arms of comfort, so that, in the shadow of Your unchanging love, aching souls may find true peace, and hearts begin to heal.

Where loneliness encroaches,
Grant grace to accept changing roles.

We hoist our sails to catch the winds You send,
and refuse to let our sails billow with strange and sudden whims.

May hope not wither with the advancing years,
Neither let anxiety fill our days,
Let happy memories fuel our faith in readiness for our eternal homecoming.

For this God is our God for ever and ever;
He will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14)

From the heights of Mount Hermon, the Lord Jesus looked down across the nation, knowing His disciples were soon to embark on the greatest mission of transformation the world has ever known.

The Transfiguration reminds us that the final seat of authority resides in the courts of heaven. But Scripture also teaches us to pray for earthly seats of power, imperfect though they are.

In the tossing of the nations and the pride of earthly kingdoms,
we confess that we have set up laws that challenge the decrees of Heaven.
Our guilt towers to the skies, and Your judgement rests heavily upon us.

May lawmakers, politicians and reporters catch the echo of Your heart for the world, and reflect the principles of Your love and justice.

Exert and establish Your will, in Westminster, Brussels, Strasbourg,
and in all centres of power.

From the storehouses of heaven, we ask You to champion the plans of godly men and women as they seek to impact society for You.

Unblock hearts; resolve deadlocked situations, and release souls from oppression.
Power that is above every power,
shine Your light into the darkest places.

Restrain evil’s tyranny;
thwart and rebuke ungodly plans.

Overthrow the reign of lies and terror
and usher in the day of hope and truth.

Impart courage and resilience to all who suffer for their faith today.

Protect and preserve both victims and their families.

For all who are in confinement
Or enduring torture –
The nearness of Your presence
and resilience of body soul and mind.

For all who labour to see great wrongs put right,
and loved ones set free from spite and injustice, Your comfort and empowering.

For all who scour the rubbish tips for food, Your daily manna, Lord.

For those carrying HIV and Aids,
and the widows and orphans,
That where the darkness is at its most intense,
You will send the greatest strengthening;
the care and comfort of a Father’s strength
and the tenderness of a mother’s soothing.

Inspire and guide them by Your Spirit with the knowledge of the Most High,
The nearness of Your love and the friendship of Your Son.

Prosper Your work today, in Iran and Iraq; Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Yemen; in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Liberia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia and the heartlands of Pakistan and Bangladesh – let people hear and receive the good news in all its fullness.

Ignite faith in many hearts and homes and disciple those who respond to You.

Keep the airwaves free in Jesus’ name, and bless all who prepare and transmit broadcasts,
and the churches that form as a result of them.

Send the convicting and converting power
Of Your Spirit who knows no limit,
Let souls be snatched from Mammon’s grasping ways,
and embrace the Saviour of the World.

Jesus, bring many millions of souls to Yourself in Russia,
Restore the nation to be all that You envisaged it could be in the Redeemer,
Shed Your love abroad in the former nations of the Soviet Union: the Ukraine and Azerbijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Send Your convicting and converting Spirit to protect precious souls from crushing and despotic powers.

Touch a thousand million souls in China.

Let the blood of the martyrs and the tears of Your saints,
water this great work of Your Spirit
and propel the work of Christ in province after province.

Let your Church spring forth in the midst of the millions who dwell in the Hindu heartlands of India and Sri Lanka. Bless all who seek to advance Your kingdom there and raise a mighty harvest to Your glory.

Across the boundless steppes of Mongolia and Central Asia, and the teeming millions of South East Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malayasia,
let the power of Your Spirit sweep more and more into Your kingdom.

Spirit of Love, strengthen all who are enduring the pressing vice of totalitarian regimes,
That the faith of Your children in Vietnam, North Korea and Laos may not falter, but grow from week to week.

Pour out Your strength and help them rise above the pressures that unjust leaders and evil ruling spirits send to crush their souls.

Touch hearts and minds in Thailand, Cambodia and troubled Burma.

Establish Your Church in purity and holiness; and rescue lives from depravity and oppression.

Stoke revival fires in South and Central America that millions may cherish the name of Jesus

In sprawling shanty towns and crowded metropolis.

Let praises resound to You in both the Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
in Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Columbia, Guyana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Spirit of God, sweep through Australasia. Guide and inspire ministries in Australia and New Zealand to be on the cutting edge for You.

Make them strong in faith but compassionate of heart.

Bear aloft our island nations: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales.

Let Your power flow from the north to meet the myriad streams You are raising up in the south.

Bless all who are seeking to make You known in Scotland.

Cause Your fire to blaze again in the heart of that nation;
let Your people embrace Your full empowering.

We pray for the land of Wales, where the tide of prayer is rising.

Bless the tens of thousands who are entreating Your Spirit to come again to that parched but precious land.

Gospel of full Salvation, take fuller root in Ireland’s soil and soul.
Strengthen and unite believers in their walk with You.
Spirit of grace, overcome the constraints of sectarianism.
Spirit of conviction, save the land from Mammon’s taint.

God of Hope and Truth,
rescue England from our stubborn, sinful ways.
Even as we reap the havoc we have sown,
we cry out to You in these days of Your Spirit’s moving,
that our hearts be opened wide to the life that is truly life.

Establish outposts of Your kingdom in hurting communities we pray,
in plush suburbia and on crack and violence-ridden estates.

Extend Your covering over the Church that bears Your name,
and over all who depend on livestock, soil or sea.

All hospitals and social services;
all schools and universities, businesses and factories,
that with the shops and civic establishments form the core of our communities.

Forgive us, Lord, for forfeiting the faith foundations of our nation.

We have been slow to proclaim Your Gospel, and quick to compromise.

We have dethroned You in our land and in our lives,
leaving broken homes and hurting children,
and violence in our homes and streets.

Forgive us for tolerating injustice.

As we repent of our many failures, come in mercy to cleanse and renew.

We pray now for a fresh out pouring of Your Holy Spirit in Your Church and upon our homes.

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In Jesus’ name, send Your convicting and converting power and
cause the leaders of our nation to humble themselves before You.

Bless the prodigal peoples of our European continent: in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Switzerland; in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland; Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg; Greece and Italy.

Raise up a people for Your own possession,
and a Church that bears Your name,
As You glorify Your Son through a harvest in each one of these great lands.

For the nations we once knew as Eastern Europe:
Albania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Rumania, Bulgaria and beyond to Turkey.

Inspire and guide them by Your Spirit with the knowledge of the Most High,
The nearness of Your love and the power of Your moving.

Let the millions who own your name in North America heed the call to honour You,
and place their resources at Your disposal.

Stretch out Your hand across the African continent,
where revolution, famine and violence continue to take their toll.

Empower Your servants, and stem destructive ways.
Illuminate teachers of Your Word so that the life of Jesus may shine forth through a multitude of souls, strong in doctrine yet sensitive in Spirit.

Arise O Lord with healing in Your wings.

Assuage the devastation in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, the Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique and the Sudan.

Let righteousness prosper and tyranny be checked,
from Cape Town to Cairo, from one end of Africa to the other.

In a continent where oil is revered as black gold, we pray for the oil of Your Spirit penetrate so-called closed countries with the message of Your love:
Iran and Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait.

Inspire and guide them by Your Spirit with the knowledge of the Most High,
the nearness of Your love and the power of Your moving.

The call of God resounds across the earth,
From farthest east to deepest south,
In faith-resistant West and hardened northern climes.

Lord, light the fire of Your Spirit’s power
Let the people of God rise up this day.

Let banners wave and trumpets sound,
as the call extends around the world.

Lord, light the fire of Your Spirit’s power
Show us Your strength, as You have done before.
from one end of the earth to the other.

Pour out Your anointing oil
that the world may know that Jesus is alive.

Lord, light the fire of Your Spirit’s power

God of grace and Ruler of all,
You love and weep for these people.

Wash these nations clean,
even as the waves of Your oceans scour the beaches of the world.

High King of Heaven,
hold them close to Your heart.

Raise up missionaries for Your vineyards, O Lord of the Harvest,
evangelists to make You known,
and prophets, pastors and teachers to support and sustain the seeds they plant.

Let the clarity of Your blessing rest on the centres You have raised up,
to refresh the broken-hearted,
and to inspire Your anointed ones.

(Charles Whiston adapted an ancient prayer)

O Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Come as fire and burn within us,
Come as wind and cleanse us,
Come as light and lead us,
Come as truth and teach us,
Come as forgiveness and free us,
Come as love and enfold us;
Come as power and enable us,
Come as life and dwell in us.
Convict us, convert us, until we are Yours, through and through.

‘For whoever would save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

‘What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and He will reward each person according to what he has done.

God raises mighty spreading trees from the smallest seeds. What only three people were privileged to witness on the Mount of Transfiguration, millions now have heard about.

Lord, make Your glory known in our generation as we speak and sing of You.

Direct singers, authors and producers to the themes that best reflect Your heart,
and to sources that will inform our minds and fire our spirits
to carry forward the work of Christ.

Light fires of revival, and let the touch of heaven rest on all that we speak, write and create in Your name.

Behind the welter of news items that we read and watch lie intensely personal stories.

Each one of us is also living out our personal drama.

Lord, we have only one life to lead;
Help us make it count for You.

In the name of the one true Head of the Church,
Keep Your people from foolish entanglements,
and from setting their hearts on personal gain.

We lift our leaders now into the light of Christ,
That they may embrace Your ideas and lay other ways aside,
That in every way Your church may be as You intend it to be.

Lord, you dwell in the heights,
but also with those who are humble at heart.
keep us walking humbly in Your way.
let Your glory touch our hearts
our homes, our travels, our relationships, our places of work.

“Let nothing disturb you,
nothing frighten you;
all things pass,
but God never changes.
His Patience achieves
all it intends; and He who has God
will want for nothing.”

Therefore, Father, we rest in the love that supports us all the days of our life, as we embark on all that you have called us to be and to do for You.

May the joy of the Risen Transfigured Christ,
the intimacy of the Father
and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit be ours this day and forever.

By day and by night, both waking and sleeping,
until the morning star rises in our hearts,
and we are transfigured into the likeness of our coming King.

Lord, when You return to Earth, riding on the clouds of glory, with death defeated and every victory won, You will take captivity captive and recompense Your saints. Even so, come quickly Lord.

It is fitting that we should prepare the way for His return by praying for the people and the land to which He will one day come; a nation that has suffered so much, but which has been miraculously preserved by the hand of God.

We share Your heart cry, Father, for the moving of Your Spirit in Jerusalem and Israel,
Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord;
awake, as in days gone by,
Arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show her favour;
the appointed time has come.
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” (Is. 59:18-20)

Let Israel yield to Yeshua,
and let the surrounding nations, hear of Esa,
Messiah, and learn to follow Him.

In Jordan, the Lebanon, Syria and Palestine let Your Church be a force for change; a fountain of hope and a stream of blessing.

Prince of Peace, whose domain will extend from shore to shore,
cleanse and prepare these nations as they await the day of Your return,