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Pray with us: Here are Ten Ways to Pray for End of Life

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1. THANK GOD FOR THE HOS­PICE MOVEMENT

May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us, establish the work of our hands for us...
Psalms 90:17 NIV

Lord, please provide necessary finances, staff and volunteers to the hundreds of UK hospices that offer individual holistic care for people approaching the end of life within a peaceful, compassionate atmosphere. Amen.

2. PRAY FOR NURSES, DOC­TORS AND OTH­ERS WHO CARE FOR TER­MIN­ALLY ILL PATIENTS

Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him.
Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV

Gracious God, thank You for the dedication and skills of those working in palliative medicine, therapy, respite care, bereavement support and other services for patients and families. Amen.

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We salute the amazing work of doctors, nurses, care workers who look after people at the end of their lives

3. INTER­CEDE FOR THOSE WITH LIFE-LIM­IT­ING AND TER­MIN­AL CONDITIONS

The life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of every human being.
Job 12:10 NLT

4. REMEM­BER VERY VUL­NER­ABLE PEOPLE WHO ARE FEAR­FUL ABOUT THE FUTURE

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.
Psalm 73:26 NLT

Loving Father, please watch over anyone who is alone, uncared for, neglected or abused. Shine Your light into their lives and send Your saving grace and peace. Amen.

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There is a better story where the most vulnerable are supported, cared for and loved

5. PRAY ABOUT ATTEMPTS TO LEG­AL­ISE ASSISTED SUI­CIDE IN THE UK

Draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV

God of justice, please frustrate such plans and grant strategic wisdom to politicians and others to maintain important safeguards and provide palliative, practical and pastoral care. Amen.

6. PRAY FOR THE ROY­AL COL­LEGES AND OTH­ER MED­IC­AL EXPERTS

Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
Proverbs 28:26 NLT

Merciful Lord, as political and public pressure mounts, please raise up respected medical experts to campaign against permitting assisted suicide and persuade the professional Colleges to maintain their stance against it. Amen.

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Westminster has constantly voted against legalising assisted suicide

7. ASK THAT PAL­LI­AT­IVE CARE MAY BECOME A BIG­GER PRIORITY

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth,
Psalm 145:18 NIV

Dear God, we pray for those in authority to greatly improve access to palliative care throughout the UK to provide all patients with much needed help earlier in their illness. Amen.

8. REMEM­BER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

We have this treasure – the light of the knowledge of God’s glory – in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NIV

Lord, we pray about the ongoing debate to help those with life-limiting and terminal conditions as well as adults and children with serious disabilities. May they be increasingly heard, appreciated and supported by us all. Amen.

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a leading voice against legalising assisted suicide

9. PRAY FOR PEOPLE IN COUN­TRIES WHERE EUTHANAS­IA IS LEGAL

I have given you the choice between life and death … Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

Father, we intercede for a change in the law in places that permit various forms of assisted suicide and euthanasia, including States in the USA and Australia, and countries such as Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands. Amen.

10. ASK GOD TO BRING PEACE TO THOSE NEAR THE END OF THEIR LIVES

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:$ NIV

Loving Saviour, please draw near to those who are dying. Grant that they may have the opportunity and desire to make their peace with You and be filled with Your love. Amen.

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Nola Leach
Thank you so much for stand­ing with us in pray­er. It is won­der­ful to remem­ber that God hears and answers pray­ers offer­ing in Jesus’ name.
Nola Leach Chief Executive of CARE
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