My Lord, how do we not worry and be concerned about what is happening in the world today. It is so close to us even here where we live in our communities. COVID-19 is different in many places in the world but is no less concerning for us here in Canada. Father, it is no different in Western Canada, for people here and our churches. The need for you and your assurance is so great now. It is so vital that you are with your people. Your people and churches need you more and more each day.
Thank you, my Lord, for your assuring words that tell us that “courage comes through prayer”. John 16:33 says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So today, we pray that God would claim and release our fears. Help the church to be a calming presence and a bright light amid confusion, fear and uncertainty. We pray that there will be unity among your people and church on how to best respond to this pandemic and what you would have the church be in this crisis.
Our hearts ache for those that have lost their jobs and/or families or those who have had their health compromised. We empathize with those who have lost all that they knew was normal. Help them to receive your assurance that you are with them and will never leave them and that you love them.
We also pray for our frontline workers and leaders, for those that must make tough decisions and are misunderstood or not taken seriously. God, we ask you to give them patience, wisdom, and a gentle spirit as they work to navigate fears and offer effective treatment. Help them to be sensitive, to listen and to react out of love and passion as you do.
We pray as well for those that have lost those those they love. For the vulnerable and elderly, who have found life most difficult. We pray that we respond accordingly to make the necessary changes to protect these precious lives, especially those who are not able to do so on their own.
Thank you God, for your reassuring words to us. Father, we pray the following. Knowing your words are true:
Let nothing frighten us,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.