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“Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint.”

~ Oswald Chambers

Photo courtesy of Howard Wilson for Bread for the World.

God of Mercy and Grace,

You have called us from the east and from the west, from the south and from the north to be your body in this world. Keep us connected through you even in our physical distance.

We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.

We pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and for the family and medical staff who surround them in care.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable to this disease, whether from underlying health conditions or other contributing factors. May they rest in your peace and protection.

We pray for healthcare workers and people on the front lines of this disease. For workers who are in essential roles to keep our communities going. Keep them healthy; keep them safe.

We pray for parents and children who are struggling with this new normal of homeschool, especially those who rely on school meal programs. We pray for everyone struggling with these rapid changes. May we be comforted by your peace and your presence.

We pray for people who face hate and discrimination brought on by fear and anger. May these your beloved children feel your embrace.

We pray for those whose actions are motivated by fear and anger. May they remember that you are a God of abundance.

For the rest of the prayer…

…the whole truth of God washes over us, even in the face of coronavirus. It comes with incomparable comfort: “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (Psalm 94.19). “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers them out of them all” (Psalm 34.18-19).

No man can comfort our souls in this pandemic the way God can. His comfort is unshakable. It is the comfort of a great, high Rock in the stormy sea. It comes from the word, the Bible.

Dr. John Piper, Coronavirus and Christ27-28

More in the coming days!

His word is the kind of counsel you want to heed. “He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom” (Isaiah 28.29). “His understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147.5. When he gives counsel about the coronavirus, it is firm, unshakable, lasting. “The counsel of the LORD stands forever (Psalm 33.11). “His way is perfect” (2 Samuel 22.31). Therefore, his words are sweet and precious. “More to be desired are they than gold…sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19.10).

…Therefore, in the best of times and worst of times, God’s words bring unshakable peace and joy.

Dr. John Piper, Coronavirus and Christ21.

More in the coming days!

I just started reading a brand new book: Coronavirus and Christ by Dr. John Piper. In the opening paragraphs, Piper writes: “Do we have a Rock under our feet? A Rock that cannot be shaken–ever?” (8).

More in the coming days!

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“Read and pray daily. It is for your life. There is no other way”

~ John Wesley

Father, 

We come to pray for those who are caring for the sick. It takes a kind and selfless heart to care for those who are sick, and so Father we pray for them. We pray that You would be their source of rest, their source of replenishment when weary, and their source of hope in such overwhelming times. Lord we know in Luke 6:38 that whosoever pours out shall be given back in proportion, so we pray blessings upon these caregivers. We also pray for their health that they may not fall ill. Father protect them with a hedge of protection against the germs of coronavirus and help those who are giving to be protected as they nurse others back to health.  Bless them, oh Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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