You are our Good Shepherd and we are your sheep. As you lead us and we look ahead, the path seems uncertain and perilously dark. Yet, we embrace your promise that we do not have to fear because You are with us (Psalm 23). Although you never promised we will avoid pain, sickness, death, nor the ominous shadow it casts, you do promise to always be with us and because of that, we don’t have to be afraid.
As a result, we courageously march ahead into this microscopic war with its macroscopic implications. The toll on human life is growing exponentially and we pray for those on the front lines of this battle.
We pray for the victims, especially those in hospitals, under the compassionate and skilled care of our medical professionals. We pray for their recovery and for their peace. As they suffer alone and, sadly, as some die away from the comforting embrace and physical presence of their family and loved ones, may you be their comfort in their pain. We pray for all those who will labour for their last breath, may they know and embrace Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.
We pray for the victims in this microscopic war. Lord, have mercy!
We also pray for all the health care workers who are caring for the sick and dying with courage and strength. Thank you for these brave men and women who are physically caring for these individuals. This war is such that the victims are not on a battlefield geographically far away but in our local hospitals in isolation beyond our ability to physically comfort. It is heartbreaking! Our health care professionals are not just physically caring for our loved ones but holding their hands for us and telling them they are not alone.
Although this is not a war of ethical ambiguity. Whether one is a pacifist or not, the decision of whether to fight this war is clear. Although entering this war may not be ethically complicated, the war itself is. For health care professionals it is filled with ethical challenges and conundrums. With very limited resources, difficult decisions have to be made. We can’t imagine the emotional and physical strain this would cause a human who entered a profession with a desire to heal. Would you give each of them the wisdom of Solomon and the clarity of conscience as they practice their profession with compassion. These are perilous times with impossible decisions, and we need you, Jesus!
Protect these health care workers who will rush the front line of an unseen enemy without either the defensive or offensive weapons needed. With lack of Personal Protective Equipment, ventilators and therapies, this is a battle like none other. Protect them as they courageously and vulnerably fight on our behalf!
We pray for those on the front lines of this war. Lord, have mercy!
God, we pray for a vaccine and therapies to be developed and deployed in the days to come. For all the scientists working in laboratories around the world, give them strength, clarity, and ingenuity. You often work through human minds and hands, so we pray that you would use their collective and cooperative ability to find the therapies and vaccines needed in this battle.
We pray for the end of this war. Lord, have mercy!
As we all do our part to shelter at home and give our medical professionals and scientists the time to effectively care for the sick and find a cure to this disease, may you help us to endure this storm as a society. We pray for every relationship impacted by this. We are all broken and during times like these, the cracks in our brokenness are split wide open. We specifically pray for all those in the scourge of abuse. For spouses, children, and other vulnerable people in the evil clutches of abusive relationships and with nowhere to go, God have mercy and protect all those who are imprisoned in their home. May they find rescue and protection from their abusers.
We pray for the protection of our population as we shelter at home. Lord, have mercy!
We also pray for every student trying to figure out how to learn from home in a new environment. We especially pray for those younger students where the curriculum and social skills don’t transfer as easily from the physical classroom to a home and virtual one. Help our educators in this adjustment and the parents who are trying to help their children grow and develop socially and academically, all while juggling other responsibilities.
We pray for our educators, parents and kids in this season. Lord, have mercy!
We pray for all those who are fighting the war as essential workers. They are the vital supply line in this war. Often barely making a living wage, these individuals are risking their own safety so we can have food, utilities and needed services during this time. Protect them and bless them as they serve us. May they know the impact of their sacrifice and be celebrated as heroes in a society that often overlooks their important contribution to our societal fabric
We pray for our essential workers: bless them and protect them. Lord, have mercy!
This will be a long and drawn-out war with many direct and indirect victims and we need your strength, perseverance, guidance and peace. May you help us in this war and may we fight it with love and compassion.
Lord, have mercy!
In the name of Jesus, the Great Physician, Amen!