We pray for comfort and healing for all those who were injured or who lost loved ones in Saturday night’s needless atrocity in London Bridge and the separate stabbing in Vauxhall.
We give thanks for our leaders, our security forces and our emergency services, and we pray for wisdom and strength in their decisions and actions in the days and weeks ahead. We particularly pray for leadership at the national level in the run-up to the general election.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you sent Jesus as the Prince of Peace and the answer to fear. As our hearts break, we ask that you’d have mercy on this city and nation, and help Londoners to come together with love, strength and resolve, to stand united despite the hatred of our enemies.
We pray for Christians across this city to reach out to their neighbours in love and truth.
Jesus, who met spite and cruelty with loving arms, open wide on the cross, teach us to persevere when the road seems too difficult for us to travel.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Further reading: 'Where to look in the face of terror attacks' - Helen Thorne, our Director of Training & Mentoring, looks at 1 Peter 1 and offers some reflections to help Christians consider how to respond to the recent terror attacks.