1. Reflecting on the world-wide situation
Continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are continuing to be affected by COVID-19. We pray that all will know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.
Pray for all the countries of the world, but particularly for those in the developing world least able to cope with the virus.
2. We pray for those who are fearful with the relaxation of restrictions.
For those in our communities who still feel vulnerable and wary of going outside or meeting others. Pray that the love of God might be their peace. May they know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope.
3. We pray for the most vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods.
Bring to God those who are lonely and isolated because of illness or age. Pray for wisdom for church leaders to know how to keep people connected and safe.
4. We give thanks for all those who have kept our society working
We think of refuse collectors, shop workers, delivery drivers, transport workers, care workers and those who work goes unseen. May God be their shield and their strength.
We think of health care workers in hospitals, clinics and in the community, and for medics in our own congregation. May God be their shield and their strength.
5. Pray for our world leaders and for the leaders in our own country
That they will seek the wisdom of God as they make decisions over the coming days.
Pray for physical strength for our leaders
6. We pray for all those leading the scientific response to COVID-19 across the world.
Pray for the scientists from across the globe as they look for ways to alleviate symptoms and as they seek a vaccine for the future.
7. Pray for all God’s people in this time of uncertainty and concern.
That our eternal hope would make an earthly difference.
Pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. That Christians will be ‘beacons of hope’ and ‘carriers of the message of peace’ at this time.
8. Pray for workers overseas
Pray for all personnel overseas, our partners and local communities, especially those who are living in countries where the health services and infrastructure might not be adequate to protect a global pandemic.
Pray that God will use His servants to accompany people pastorally and missionally through this valley of uncertainty, fear and even potential death. May we be a people of hope in encouraging others in the face of crisis to lean on God’s sustaining presence and unfailing providence.
9. We pray for others in all parts of our world who daily face the uncertainty of life.
We pray for those caught in war
We pray for those who face hunger today
We pray for those struggling with sickness and ill health because of other diseases, such as malaria.
We acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty in and through all things and pray using the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV