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Philippians 4:6-7

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


In recent days, as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic and countries have taken urgent measures to stem the spread of infection, I wish I could say that my first impulse has been to pray. It’s probably more honest to say that I’ve obsessively refreshed my feeds.

The crisis is urgent, and I feel powerless. But perhaps feeling small is the best reminder to pray. Prayer is how we actively practice believing, so simply, so confidently, that God has the whole world in his hands. It’s where we “let petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know our concerns. Prayer is never the last resort of God’s people.

It is our first point of action.

This list isn’t comprehensive, of course, but it’s a good place to start. My hope is that it can provide words for us as we pray collectively (if also virtually!) as a church body. We believe there is a God who bends his ear to listen, and so we pray:

For the sick and infected - For our vulnerable populations - For the young and the strong - For our local, state, and federal governments- For our scientific community - For the media, committed to providing up-to-date information- For consumers of media- For those with mental health challenges - For the homeless - For international travelers stuck in foreign countries: God, help them return home safely and quickly - For Christian missionaries throughout the world - For workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship - For families with young children at home for the foreseeable future - For parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children - For those in need of regular therapies and treatments that must now be postponed - For business leaders making difficult decisions that affect the lives of their employees - For pastors and church leaders faced with the challenges of social distancing - For college and university students, whose courses of study are changing, whose placements are cancelled, whose graduation is uncertain - For frontline health care workers, we thank you for their vocational call to serve us. –

Finally: For Christians in every neighborhood, 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.

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