Daily Devotional 3-23-20

Prayers for the World 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

…Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:7-8 (Message)

Let us join Christians around the world in these prayers, adopted from Christianity Today:

  1. For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.
  2. For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.
  3. For the young and the strong: God, give them the necessary caution to keep them from unwittingly spreading this disease. Inspire them to help.
  4. For our local, state, and federal governments: God, help our elected officials as they allocate the necessary resources for combatting this pandemic. Help them to provide more tests.
  5. For our scientific community, leading the charge to understand the disease and communicate its gravity: God, give them knowledge, wisdom, and a persuasive voice.
  6. For the media, committed to providing up-to-date information: God, help them to communicate with appropriate seriousness without causing panic.
  7. For consumers of media looking to be well-informed: God, help us find the most helpful local information to equip us to be good neighbors. Keep us from anxiety and panic, and enable us to implement the recommended strategies, even at a cost to ourselves.
  8. For those with mental health challenges who feel isolated, anxious, and helpless: God, provide them every necessary support.
  9. For the homeless, unable to practice the protocols of social distancing in the shelter system: Protect them from disease, and provide isolation shelters in every city.
  10. For international travelers stuck in foreign countries: God, help them return home safely and quickly.
  11. For Christian missionaries throughout the world, especially in areas with high rates of infection: God, provide them with words of hope, and equip them to love and serve those around them.
  12. For workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship: God, keep them from panic, and inspire your church to generously support them.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers!