Lord, we know that this situation was not a surprise to you and that you are sovereign and powerful and able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. So we bring this outbreak to you and ask you to move in your power and bring a swift resolution.
Lord, thank you that you are our refuge and strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble. Thank you that have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I pray for all those who are currently battling with fear, will you pour out your love which casts out all fear to them and where we see fear increasing would you bring your peace to calm the storm.
Lord, I ask that you would protect us and halt the spread of this virus. I particularly bring to you those I know who are vulnerable and scared, who are frail, sick or at increased risk. I pray your peace and protection over them today and show me if there is a specific way that I can be a help to them at this time.
I ask that you would draw near to those who are living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in the isolation, peace in the turmoil and patience in their waiting.
Lord, you are the Comforter. We pray for those who are grieving after the sudden loss of a loved one from this virus. May they know your comfort, presence, strength and hope.
Lord, we pray for all our medical professionals as they deal with the pressure of this situation. Give them resilience, protection, strength, energy, wisdom and compassion for those they are caring for. We pray for the researchers, working on a cure. Give them wisdom, clarity of mind and breakthroughs in their work.
Lord, we pray for our world leaders, national governments, the World Health Organisation and for our local leaders - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. You have positioned them for such a time as this, grant them wisdom in their decision making, the ability to communicate truth and not to raise unnecessary fear and strength to sustain vital institutions in this difficult time.
I pray that the truth will be communicated through our media and throughout our nation. Lord, may we as the Church rise up to be your voice, to speak truth, to bring peace to troubled hearts, to show faith, wisdom and compassion to those around us and to point people to you.
Lord, may this situation cause people to turn to you and find you in a new or a deeper way and may your will be done and your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
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