National Day of Prayer
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Jesus traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” (Matthew 4:23)
The sick were made well.
Lord, we pray to you now to heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Lord, we pray for:
the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know Your peace.
the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know Your protection and peace.
the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know Your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.
In place of our anxiety, and anxiety in our children and loved ones, please let us know Your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us.
We ask this in Your Son's Name.
(Prayer adapted from Kerry Weber, God bless you!)