Sunday, April 5, 2020

Prayer amid global coronavirus pandemic

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Lord God, we hear you. We recognize that we are utterly helpless before you. A virus transmitted from your creatures in one small corner of this wide world has brought that same world to its knees. We need your divine intervention. Lord, we pray for the researchers around the world who are exploring solutions to this problem. Bless and protect them. Direct them to answers. We pray for our leaders. Keep them humble, focused and wise. May they lead us in the directions you would have us go. We pray for our healthcare workers, that you would grant them strength, clarity and fortification. We pray for those living in fear, that you would bring hope and peace. And, Lord, we pray for the sick. We desire healing for more of them, and the chance to say good-bye for those who do pass from this earth. On this day, Lord, we also repent. We repent of putting earthly things before you and of not living for you. We repent on behalf of ourselves, our families, our churches and our lands. We declare a desire to learn all that you have for us amid this global trial. And we worship you. Amen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Prayer against increased domestic violence under quarantine in France

https://www.foxnews.com/world/france-domestic-abuse-coronavirus-lockdown PC:Reuters

Lord, we pray with the French against the growing domestic violence they are seeing under quarantine. Increases of 36% in Paris and 32% around the country are incredibly disturbing—and we know this is happening in other countries around the world as well. We are thankful the French government is addressing the concerns by setting up pop-up counseling centers in grocery stores so women can seek help when leaving the house to go shopping. May these centers be effective, and may the alert system at pharmacies be set up quickly so that victims can discreetly ask pharmacists for help. We pray that word about these resources will get out to those who need it, as well as the news that the government will provide hotel stays for those who need safe shelter. Again, we pray against further domestic violence in France. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prayer for Heshima Children's Center in Kenya - during this time of crisis and beyond

http://www.heshima.org/

Almighty God, today we pray for Heshima, a ministry providing dignity for children with disabilities in Kenya. We celebrate how you are mightily working through this organization, caring for disabled children, as well as providing income for their mothers, clean water for the surrounding community, and construction jobs for others within the community. Lord, we pray for Heshima’s greatly intensified ministry during this global pandemic and locust infestation. We rejoice that the ministry is able to provide washing stations in the area, and that the water they regularly provide is even more helpful (and in demand) than usual. We are thankful Heshima was able to quickly build shelter for those waiting in the long water lines. We are thankful they have been able to provide emergency housing for those who need it. We mourn with them for those in the outlying areas who are dying alone because they cannot obtain medical care. Lord God, we pray for divine stamina and protection for Heshima staff members and families. We ask your most generous blessing on them as they provide emergency housing in these uncertain, anxious days. May donors give generously to their work right now and in the future. May the peace that passes understanding guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May they be strong and not fear; knowing that you come--that you save. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Prayer about 64 migrants dying in container en route to South Africa

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/24/africa/mozambique-migrants-found-dead-intl/index.html

Lord God, we are sickened to learn of 64 men dying in a shipping container as they attempted to migrate to South Africa. We cannot imagine the trauma the 14 survivors endured as the people around them died off, one by one, in stifling heat. First, we rejoice that the 14 did survive, and that they are receiving care at a local Mozambican hospital. We pray for excellent care: physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Next, we pray for the person(s) who facilitated this terrible trip to be found and brought to justice. We pray for the truck driver and his assistant to also receive appropriate punishment and to repent from this incredibly poor judgment that cost dozens of lives. Lord, we pray for the families of the deceased men, that they will be able to learn of their loved ones’ fate in due time. Grant the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration wisdom as they seek to identify these men. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Prayer as life slowly returns to normal in China

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/now-we-are-not-in-a-state-of-fear-life-slowly-returns-to-normal-in-china-1.4209010

Lord God, we are thankful that life is slowly returning to normal in China. After more than 80,000 citizens were infected by Covid-19 and more than 3,000 died, people are eager to reconnect with others and proceed with their previous routines. We celebrate that the country has recorded zero new infections in several days, and that restrictions are being comfortably lifted. We pray for leaders as they seek to restore their nation’s economy and social order. We know that so many people have been taxed beyond measure during this time: medical professionals, janitorial workers, those providing “life-supporting” services, etc. We ask that you restore them. May they find peace and renewal in you. We also pray that medical professionals and researchers will continue learning about this terrible virus so that the entire world can benefit from this knowledge. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day prayer amid the global pandemic

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/st-patrick-reclaiming-the-great-missionary/

Our dear Heavenly Father, today is St. Patrick’s Day. In the midst of our global pandemic, people are missing parades and parties, fun and festivities. Lord, help us redeem this moment by recalling the true origin of this holiday. Patrick found you in lonely and desperate circumstances. He experienced your miraculous guidance and provision. He willingly left comfortable circumstances to share your hope in a dark and dangerous place. Rather than lamenting our circumstances, may we follow Patrick’s lead on this day—and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Praise that couple held hostage for two years was released

https://africatimes.com/2020/03/14/reports-travelers-held-hostage-in-mali-since-2018-are-released/

Almighty God, in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, we are thankful for the good news that a couple held hostage in Mali since 2018 has been released! We celebrate Edith Blais’s and Luca Tacchetto’s freedom! We pray for Blais and Tacchetto as they recuperate in Bamako, Mali, and wait for transport to Italy. We know how complicated these steps are amid the coronavirus pandemic. Give them peace and rest as they await next steps. May they ultimately arrive in a safe, supportive environment. May they begin the healing process after the trauma they have endured. Lord, there are so many unanswered questions. May their mystery be unraveled in your perfect timing. We would love to see justice unfold in this situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.