Prayers

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. -Psalm 145:18

Prayers During a Pandemic

 

Lord, today we ask that You show each person reading this prayer their purpose.  In a confusing time, when many people’s lives have been turned upside down.  When businesses are closed, employees have been sent home, and the school-year has ended early in many places, people are confused. Father, we see funny memes about how much people are eating while staying at home, or how many hours of TV they are watching each day, and we understand these are made with humor in mind. But all jokes aside, Lord, we ask that You provide Your children with a sense of purpose.  Remind us of the household tasks on the to-do list that can be accomplished now that there is more free time.  Remind us of our elderly neighbors that might need assistance. Remind us of loved ones that need checking on, lonely friends who need conversation, families, and individuals that are struggling to keep food on the table.  Lord, remind us of how we can serve others right now.  Remind us that we were made to be part of a community.  Remind us that we were placed here on earth, today, “for such a time as this,” with your purpose in mind. Thank you, Father, and help us to be vessels of Your love, fulfilling Your purpose, and serving Your children.  In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.


Father in Heaven, We praise You today for the COVID-19 recoveries that have already taken place.  Thousands have recovered, and we thank You for that! Thank you, Lord!  Thank You for the everyday blessings!  Today, Lord, we think of restaurant workers and food preparers.  While restaurants have changed their way of doing business – many are open for take-out or offer delivery services. That means food-prep, workers, chefs, dish-washing crews, and delivery folks are working hard to keep their businesses open, and to keep the public fed.  Lord, we ask that Your mighty hand be upon these workers.  Give them the strength to continue their excellent work, and give them protection from the Coronavirus.  Lord, we know if one person handling the food of many people becomes sick… that means many more are likely to follow, and we ask You to help our food handlers to continue remaining well.  And, Lord, remind us that it is a privilege to be able to buy prepared food. Help us to be kind to restaurant workers, now, and always. Thank you again, Father, for seeing us through this pandemic thus far. We pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Psalm 107:9 - For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

 


 

Heavenly Father,  So many people are dealing with stress right now.  Everyday life can bring stress; however, people are experiencing extra pressure because of COVID-19 and its subsequent restrictions and regulations. Essential workers are stressed. Those staying at home are stressed.  Parents who are trying to work from home while teaching their kids’ school lessons are stressed.  Kids are stressed. Those who are unemployed, laid off, or furloughed are stressed. Business owners who’ve had to close their businesses are stressed. Business owners whose shops remain open are stressed. Families and loved ones who are missing each other are stressed… The list goes on and on.  Lord, God, give your children peace!  Take our stresses, our worries, our anxieties, and our fears away, and give us peace.  Thank you, Father.  Help us, also, to remember to show grace to each other, especially under these difficult circumstances.  In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen. 

 

Matthew 6:27 - Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?


Lord, we know some jobs are essential during this time of “stay at home” orders.  One group of people who must continue their essential work is truck drivers.  Lord, thank You for truck drivers! We ask, Father, that you bless the people who drive tractor-trailers and haul essential products like produce and food items. Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of truckers who haul gasoline and propane. Thank You for these drivers’ dedication to getting their products to consumers in every corner of our great nation. Lord, we ask for traveling protection over them as they move from town to town, city to city.  We pray for their health, Lord.  Keep them well as they deliver much-needed products.  Keep them well as they move from store to store, coming in contact with many people throughout a day. We thank You, Lord, for the blessings You will bring for these drivers and through their service the benefits to many. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

 

Psalm 91:11    For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.


Lord, today we pray for our farmers.  Our agriculture communities are taking a big hit because of Coronavirus protocols and mandates.  Millions of gallons of milk are being poured into drains, and millions of pounds of delicious fresh produce are being destroyed because the food supply chain has diminished with the closing of restaurants and schools. Lord, help our farmers survive this difficult season.  Many farmers are donating what they can to food banks; however, these organizations can only accept a limited amount of food at a time.  Lord, we ask that You open up other channels of food distribution, so the food grown in Your soil may bless Your children in need. Lord, give our farmers financial peace, too.  Help them recover the money spent on this year’s crops, and please provide for them and their workers while their income is less than expected this year.  And Lord, bless all who work to provide the foods we eat.  Bless them abundantly… overflowingly. We pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Deuteronomy 8:10 - When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.


Our Father,  Every day researchers are working around the world -- and around the clock to dissect the COVID-19 virus and to discover a cure against it. Lord, we pray for those researchers that they will not grow weary in their work; that they will discover a remedy quickly; and that the treatment will help stop the spread of the virus… and wipe COVID-19 out altogether! We pray for the families of those working in research. Many, if not all, of those working to find a vaccine and a remedy are separated from their families for an unknown amount of time. Thank you, Lord, for the time, talents, and resources that the researches are giving relentlessly until a remedy is found. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


Lord, With the COVID-19 numbers increasing daily, many people are worried or suffering from anxiety.  Lord, give them peace. Today, we pray against satan’s attacks on the mind.  We pray against fear and worry.  We pray that people will remember, Lord – You are in control.  You know our comings and our goings.  You know what tomorrow brings, and You carry us through each obstacle we face.  We have nothing to fear. Help us to remain in your peace through this unusual time. Thank you for always being there. Thank you -- that we don’t have to face uncertainties alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Deuteronomy 31:8      It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”


Father in Heaven, Today, we ask for guidance for leaders. Lord, our business leaders, our community leaders, our church leaders, and our government leader are all forced to make difficult decisions during this unprecedented time. Most of us have never experienced a time when schools, churches, businesses, and public offices have closed down… and our leaders don’t have much experience with making these types of choices.  Lord, give our leaders guidance. Give them the wisdom to make the best decisions possible for all involved.  Give them peace in their decision-making.  Help them know and trust Your Word, and please take any worries from them about the decisions they are making. Thank You for Your guidance, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Proverbs 3:5-6    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 


Heavenly Father, so often we take for granted all the small ways You bless us each day.  Forgive us for overlooking these reminders of Your goodness to us. Lord, many people are suffering through the COVID-19 symptoms right now. Thousands. The exact number changes by the minute. We may never know the exact number, but You do. Lord, these people need Your help.  We ask that You heal them.  Give them physical healing in their bodies; Give them emotional strength to endure through their battle, and give them spiritual healing to overcome any depression or fears they may be facing.  And, Lord, for those of us who are healthy, help us to remember to praise You for our health and for every breath we breathe.  Thank You, Father, for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

 Proverbs 18:10 - The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.


Lord God, We need You!  So many people are living in fear and experiencing anxiety.  People are afraid to leave their homes.  Afraid to go out for groceries.  Afraid of going to Your house, Lord... fearful of going to Church.  Churches are facing desperate times right now.  Some have closed.  Others are streaming services online.  Others meet in their parking lots, while the congregation stays in their cars. Pastors are facing the difficult task of reaching out to their church members while following social distancing protocol.  Pastoral care now looks like phone calls or video chat instead of visiting those who are homebound or in hospitals.  Most churches rely on weekly offerings to pay their pastoral staff and other workers.  Lord, we ask that You provide financial stability for churches and church staff during this unprecedented time.  Lord we pray that church buildings are in a good condition and pastoral staff are available in full abundance to welcome the number of people who will be returning when that time comes.  And Lord, we pray that the number of people attending worship when this is over is ten times the number it was before COVID-19 struck this earth!  Lord, Your people are turning to You now more never before!  We pray that their relationships with You continue to prosper when the crisis is over.  We pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

John 15:4-5  Jesus said, Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  “I am the Vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.


There are teachers and school employees who are heartbroken right now because many schools are no longer in session. Teachers are so very special, Lord.  So many of them go beyond what is expected and many times give of their own resources to make sure children do not go without.  Lord, we ask that you give an extra blessing to teachers during this season.  Some have begun teaching online. Others are doing what they can to stay in touch with parents and students while school is out. No matter their individual circumstances, daily routines for teachers have been turned upside down.  Lord, help them navigate this new normal.  Help them to have confidence in all that their students have learned from them so far this semester, and give them a sense of purpose while they are away from their classrooms. Lord, we also ask for special protection of health over the teachers and school employees who are taking steps to ensure local children continue to receive well-balanced meals while school is closed.  Lord, keep them well while they humbly serve the children.

 Matthew 22:37-39  37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.  39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’


 

Today we pray for retail workers.  Lord, those who work as cashiers and those who stock the shelves are working through very stressful circumstances.  Please give them strength to overcome their fears.  Keep them well, Lord.  Because of the type of work they do, they are not only working in the public, they are also touching the same items as their customers.  Lord we ask that no COVID-19 germs are passed from customer to retail worker and vice-versa.   We ask for protection over the exchanging of cash and the handling of cards. We ask that you protect the cashiers and the “baggers” in the stores.  We pray for guidance for store managers and for wisdom in knowing when to ask an employee or a customer to go home.  Lord, we pray for protection over those who need to shop for groceries, or toilet paper, or whatever the need is… we ask that you send angels of protection around each of us as we shop for essentials. Lord, especially take notice of the elderly.  Many times, it is difficult for them to get around.  Help them as they shop to find the items they need, quickly, and to get back home as safely as possible.  And Lord, help us to know, during these “stay at home” orders, to know the difference between needs and wants… and what’s worth going out for at this time. We pray, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Psalm 3:3  (NIV) - But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.


Good Friday is a somber day. 

On this day we remember the abuse Jesus went through on His way to the cross, and the torture He endured: The nails in His hands and feet.  The crown made of thorns.  The pain and the bleeding.  And the mental anguish from hearing insults coming from the angry crowd before Him.  We recognize the sacrifice He made for us – for you and me – the ultimate sacrifice. We thank you, Merciful God, for giving us the gift of salvation and eternal life through Your Son, Jesus. And we thank you, Jesus, for enduring that pain – for dying in our place – so we might be saved. Today; this Good Friday; we stand thankful.  We stand in awe.  We stand and praise you, Father.  In the midst of this global pandemic, help us to remember that You are in control.  You’ve written our story in the Book of Life.  Help us relinquish any worry and fear and live in Your peace. We believe You will see us through this scary time because You are our God.  You are our Savior, and we love and trust You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.


Heavenly Father,  As the numbers rise each day – the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths – we ask for Your help in keeping us calm.  Let not our worries overcome us.  Help us to trust in You. The waves in the oceans of our minds are getting rough.  Large swells of “what if’s” and the undertow of fear can consume us and tumble us around if we are not careful.  Lord, help us keep our minds on You and things above. Lord, help Your children to remember to use common sense.  Help us to think of others in our actions.  Help us to not become greedy, and to share with our neighbors. Lord, help us remain calm in this uncertain time. 

Philippians 4:8       Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Lord, we have already prayed for extra protection against COVID-19 for our frontline emergency and medical personnel. Today, we’re asking for protection against this virus for the janitorial workers that clean and maintenance workers who work on equipment in doctors’ offices and in hospital rooms.  Lord, this virus can stay on surfaces for hours or days. That means, when the cleaning crews or the maintenance crews arrive, they are susceptible to picking up the germs from various objects in the room. Lord, protect those who come behind the doctors and nurses and give them an extra shield of protection as well – not only protection from this virus but also protection from fear and anxiety. Lord, give all essential workers victory in the battle against fear and worry.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Matthew 6:25-27       25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?