Day 56 – Tuesday 25 August 2020 – Libraries

Good morning to you all and welcome to day 56 of our Pray for Ryde 2020 initiative. For those of you that don’t know, my name is Paul Meredith and I am the minister of Ryde Elim Church.

Today our focus of our prayer is upon the libraries and the great the service they provide. In Ryde and across the Island, there are multiple libraries of various kinds! Not only do we have a library in Ryde and a community library in Bembridge, but we also have access to the mobile, home, and online library services. They provide a vital role in our society, especially with those who have a passion to read and including mental wellbeing. During this time of lockdown, Libraries have had to close which has meant a loss to an extent for those that regularly use them, but also for those that serve in them. We pray that they will find their peace and rest during this time until they are able to return.

We are also encouraged to read God’s word, the bible. We recognize the bible to be God’s infallible word that gives life and instruction on how to live in relationship with him, and live in the fulfillment and fullness of life that he offers.

Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, we thank for the gift and ability of being able to read and also to listen to audio books that have been made available. We thank you that you have given us your Word, in the knowledge that the outworking of your word in our lives will bring fruitfulness and fullness of life. We praise you that the libraries are able to make your word, the bible, accessible and available to all. We thank you for the facilities that the libraries offer us, not simply the books but also in Ryde library the help centre and the citizens advice that is on offer and also the various groups and clubs that use their facilities.

We pray for all those that serve in the library and ask that during this time as they start opening to the public, that you protect them from any potential spread of the virus and they would also be respected by those using the library.

We also pray for those that use them and find a place of peace whilst there. Help them Lord to respect the staff and one another. We recognise that real peace can only be found in you, so we ask that those in the libraries would be led to read the bible and find the source of true peace.

We pray that the libraries, whether they be situated in a building or online, that they would receive the funding and resources they need to remain open as an active part of our social lives.

We thank you that the libraries are now accessible both in the physical presence and the online presence and ask that people will engage in all forms, regardless of their disabilities. We thank you for the groups, clubs and social activities that the libraries host and pray that they continue to be a great service to all those that attend them.

Finally, we collect our prayers together to pray for the users, the workers and the oversees of such an essential part of our society and community. Bless all those that use them and those who serve in them to accommodate the needs of the public.

In Jesus name, Amen

Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: