Recent government economic statements and forecasts suggest that the UK economy is beginning to show signs of recovery. We give thanks for the hope of improved conditions in the months and years to come, and ask for your blessing and guidance on all those with the power to influence policy, that they may make wise decisions. We continue to pray for all those for whom talk of economic recovery is so far nothing but empty words, who suffer from continued underemployment and struggle to afford basic commodities. As further cuts are expected in the coming months in both national and local government expenditure, we pray for those who will inevitably lose out on services and support. Help us to help each other in difficult times, and do what we can to work for a fairer and safer future for all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.