Deadly law change – legalising physician assisted suicide could make the ‘right to die’ into a ‘duty to die’ for the most vulnerable.
Here are ten ways to pray for end of life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 23:4 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.