Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Prayer as independent panel reveals how the pandemic could have been better handled



Almighty God, we are thankful for the report shared Monday by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. We are grateful that this independent panel was able to investigate the COVID-19 pandemic and determine what can be done better in the future. Lord, they found that both China and the World Health Organization should have taken specific actions earlier in order to save lives. Rather than dodging responsibility or playing blame games, may all involved remain humble and move forward with greater awareness in what to do better. We know, Lord, that this may not be the last time a virus threatens global health. We pray against that, but we also pray that we will be better-prepared. May we put others’ interests before ourselves. May we humble ourselves before you and seek your assistance. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Prayer about hospital fire in India that claimed ten young lives



Lord, you promise to comfort those who mourn. Please comfort the mourning in the western state of Maharashtra, India, as they grieve the loss of 10 babies Saturday. Lord God, we celebrate and acknowledge the courageous hospital staff members who saved seven babies when the fire broke out. Please comfort and uphold them as they deal with not having saved all. Be with the parents, grandparents and siblings of the lost. Give them enough light during this dark time to take the next step forward. Heal their broken hearts. We pray for the injured, that they would recover quickly. We pray for the investigation, that the cause of this fire will be uncovered and addressed. We pray for the patients and staff at the Bhandara District Hospital, that they can continue their duties and treatments with trust in you and the peace that passes understanding. May hospital repairs not hinder anyone’s healthcare. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Prayer for grieving families after tragic California drownings


https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/sonoma-coast-drowning-victim-identified-as-petaluma-man-search-continues-f/?sba=AAS&artslide=4  PC: Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Lord God, we take a moment to thank you for our loved ones. When we hear such stories as what happened to the Michael Wyman and David Reyes Juarez families on the North Coast of California last weekend, we want to hold our loved ones close and cherish the moments we have together. First, Lord, we pray for Sarah Wyman, who lost her husband and both of her children in one tragic coastal incident Sunday. Please comfort, sustain and strengthen her. Surround her with supportive people and helpful resources. May she find purpose and hope as she moves forward after this unimaginable loss. May people remember her husband as a selfless hero who gave his life as he attempted to save his children from drowning. Lord, we also pray for the Juarez family as they grieve their horrible loss. God, it is unclear to us who was present for this incident, but we do know that at least two of Juarez’s children helplessly witnessed their father’s death, despite their best efforts to retrieve help. Please help them recover from this trauma. Grant them the resources they need and a special measure of your grace and presence. We thank you for the example Juarez set as an educator and administrator, and as a hero who at least once directly saved a child’s life. May his legacy continue through those who worked with him and studied under him. Lord, nurture grateful, courageous, wise hearts within us. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.        

Monday, January 4, 2021

Prayer about child labor on Malawian tobacco farms


Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

Lord God, we pray about the claims against specific British tobacco companies that were filed in London’s High Court in December--on behalf of several thousand poor Malawian farmers and their families. Lord, it is grievous to hear the claims of child labor, modern-day slavery, and coerced prostitution that the farmers mention in their lawsuit. British American Tobacco’s stated commitment to end child labor in its agricultural supply chain by 2025 indicates that at least some of these claims are true. We are thankful that these lawsuits are bringing these terrible practices to the forefront. We pray for the legal process to make the truth clear. We pray for justice and restitution wherever appropriate. We pray for child labor and this form of slavery to end on Malawian tobacco farms. Please rally some of your children to offer healthy alternatives to the farmers trapped in this cycle. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Praise that the pandemic has forced China to address mental illness in a healthier way



Heavenly Father, we thank you for another demonstration of how you can bring good things out of bad circumstances. Today we celebrate that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed China to address mental illness in a healthier way. Having been hidden and suppressed since the time of Mao, mental illness has been denied or stigmatized. With fewer than nine mental health professionals for every 100,000 residents, resources and care are extremely hard to find in China. Thank you that the overall trauma of the pandemic has forced Chinese citizens and government officials to acknowledge that trauma is real and has a genuine impact on people—and that it is OK for the affected to ask for help. We thank you that hotlines have been created and that schools are providing resources for students. We pray, Lord, for continued growth in this area. We pray for stereotypes to be broken, more people to seek training in this field, and for those who struggle to seek help from both you and mental health providers. Lord, we also pray for frontline healthcare workers in China, more than half of whom have been showing signs of depression in the aftershocks of the pandemic. Rally support and resources around them, that they may find healing, even as they bring healing to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.