Written for the daily realities of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, these prayers will give you…
- words to speak over this crisis when you are stunned and don’t know what to say.
- a healthy way to enter into our communal suffering and connect with God.
- a stay-at-home way to support various workers and citizens affected by this crisis.
- a way to recenter when you’re over-saturated with the daily news or yet another Zoom call.
- a memento of God’s work in your heart at this historic moment.
A SAMPLING OF OUR 30 PANDEMIC PRAYERS
AS I WASH MY HANDS
As I wash my hands,
Interlacing my fingers in a prayer
I think of the work that is paused
or the work that is increased.
Lather, water, clarity,
Now your work is more visible
in the world and in me.
You desire clean hearts
Wash us with water
And your Word.
Present us to yourself a radiant Church
A model of holy sanity
As we wash our hands.
O God of peace and joy,
we have heard the tears of our nation’s nurses.
We have seen them praying on a rooftop
or crying out to You in a pre-shift prayer circle.
We pray with them and for them.
Even now, as red lines on graphs climb up or down,
as IV drips fall from saline bags to hydrate and treat,
as ventilators stand in for tired lungs,
You are there.
FOR THOSE WHO FEED US
Jehovah Jireh, you are our Provider.
When we have eaten and are satisfied,
we praise you for the good land you have given.
We also thank you for the hands that have harvested it,
transported it, stocked it, scanned it, and prepared it.
Be with them in this uncertain time.
May they know your grace and provision like never before.
FOR FURLOUGHED WORKERS
We ask that you guide hearts and minds
of business owners and employees,
as we strive to do what’s best
for our families, our economy, and our world.
Allow us to be creative in this time,
using our unique skills and resources
to meet needs in a new way.
Lord, be with us as we scramble.
Fighting with technology that breaks.
Wrestling with new ways to teach old things.
Ways to bring light and understanding across too small screens.
Inspire our imaginations to find our way through this difficult place.
Ignite our God-given creativity and help us direct it toward our marriage.
Let us see from your perspective.
Give us each a heart of gratitude for the person we share our lives with….
Continue to fill us with your Holy Spirit
that we might love extravagantly in sickness or in health.
-Dorothy Littell Greco
FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH CANCELED EVENTS
In this moment, we are unable to welcome
our loving community of friends and family
to add joy and celebration, or to help us grieve.
God, bring us comfort as these events
are canceled or rescheduled.
Help our virtual gatherings offer connection
May heartfelt expressions of loving care
soothe our disappointment and sadness.
WE ARE NOT A VIRUS
I pray that we would stand with assurance and dignity,
as ones formed in Jesus’ likeness,
and render our contributions to solving this problem in the world.
I declare that we shall do so,
not from the need to prove our worthiness
as “good Americans” or “model minorities”
but as the manifestation of hearts set free
by the acceptance and delight of our loving Heavenly Father.
FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH
Fearfully, they reflect your image.
Even as they fight against fear in the foxholes and trenches of their brains.
Alongside misfiring amygdalae, neurodivergent circuitry, and scarcities of Serotonin. They wage their war on mental illness, within. And without….
Holding us fast,
In these uncertain days.
Hem us in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon us.
We lift up nonprofit leaders to you now.
Grant them your wisdom, peace, and passion.
Remind them that you “did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Help them to let go of the illusion of control and trust you.
-Adam J. Nevins
PRAY WITH US
CONTENT & WRITERS
Prayers for a Historic Moment
As I Wash My Hands: A Prayer for Faith and Sanity
Peace, Be Still: A Prayer for COVID-19 Patients & Families
On the Front-line: A Prayer for Nurses
Hands of Healing and Hope: A Prayer for Physicians
Breathe: A Prayer for the Medically Fragile
Enduring Presence: A Prayer for those in Nursing Homes & Long-Term Care Facilities
To the God of Small Things: A Prayer for the Development of Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines
Supply All Our Needs: A Prayer for Urgent Healthcare Equipment
Strong and Courageous: A Prayer for First Responders
Let Us Understand the Times: A Prayer for Journalists
Bless Those Who Feed Us: A Prayer For Farmworkers, Delivery Drivers, Grocery Clerks, and Restaurant Workers
Provision in the Pause: A Prayer for Businesses and Furloughed Workers
At Our New Small Desks: A Prayer For Those Working From Home, Maybe For The First Time
Inspiration Is Not Cancelled: A Prayer for Creatives
New Lessons: A Prayer for Teachers
Standing in the Gap: A Prayer for Parents & K-12 E-learners
Dreams and Dissonance: A Prayer for University Students
Hope Deferred: A Prayer for Those Dealing with Postponed Events
Every Anxious Thought: A Prayer For Those Struggling With Mental Health
How Long O Lord: A Prayer for the Lonely
At Home with You: A Prayer For Those Staying at Home When Home Isn’t Safe
Bless and Protect This Sacred Covenant: A Prayer for Marriages
With the Comfort We’ve Received: A Prayer for Chaplains
Your Church Is Your People: A LIturgy for Local Church Staff
In Your Sight, In Your Hands: A Prayer For Those Who Serve In Nonprofits
We Are Not a Virus: A Prayer for Asians in America
Let Disparity Be A Thing Of History: A Prayer For African-American Healthcare
Those Who Wait In Danger: A Prayer For Detainees And People In Migrant Camps At The Border
Heal Our Lands: A Prayer for Recovery in Coronavirus Hotspots Around the Globe