We believe there is a God who bends his ear to listen, and so we pray:
For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.
For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.
For the young and the strong: God, give them the necessary caution to keep them from unwittingly spreading this disease. Inspire them to help.
For our government: God, help our elected members as they allocate the necessary resources for combatting this pandemic.
For our scientific community, leading the charge to understand the disease and com-municate its gravity: God, give them knowledge, wisdom, and a persuasive voice.
God, help us to be good neighbours. Keep us from anxiety and panic, and enable us to implement the recommended strategies, even at a cost to ourselves
For those with mental health challenges who feel isolated, anxious, and helpless: God, provide them every necessary support.
For the homeless, unable to practice social distancing Protect them from disease, and provide shelter in every city.
For workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship: God, keep them from panic, and inspire your church to support them.
For families with young children at home for the foreseeable future: God, help
mothers and fathers to partner together creatively for the care and flourishing of their children. For single mothers and fathers, grow their networks of support.
For parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children: God, present them with creative solutions.
For those in need of regular therapies and treatments that must now be postponed: God, help them to stay patient and positive.
For business leaders making decisions that affect the lives of their employees: God, give these women and men wisdom, and help them to lead self-sacrificially.
For church leaders faced with the challenges of social distancing: God, help them to encourage and cheer those in distress and need.
For Christians in every neighbourhood, community, and city: May your Holy Spirit inspire us to pray, to give, to love, to serve, and to proclaim the gospel, that the name of Jesus Christ might be glorified around the world.
For frontline health care workers, we thank you for their vocational call to serve us. God, keep them safe and healthy.
God, we trust that you are good and do good. Teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of love. Glorify his name as you equip us with everything needed for doing your will. Amen.