Heavenly Father, we do not know the way ahead:
Help us to trust you, who know the end from the beginning.
Lord, we are worried about almost everything:
Will you, the Prince of Peace, fill us with your love and peace.
Father, we are tempted to panic:
Help us to feel your presence with us as we go through this crisis.
Lord God, we are used to feeling in control:
Help us to trust you, the one who is truly in control.
Prayer in a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have only low risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between risking their health travelling to work – or buying food and paying bills.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children or grandchildren when their schools close
Remember those who have no alternatives.
May we who have no need to go near a hospital
Remember those who spend every day on the front line anyway.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go anyway.
May we who are losing on our investments in the turmoil of the economic market
Remember those who have no investments anyway.
May we who settle in for self-isolation at home
Remember those who have no home anyway.
May we who are engrossed with the realities of this pandemic on our own doorstep
Remember those who suffer long-term from mental or physical health issues, as victims of war, as refugees, and from poverty & social injustice.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
The Lord’s Prayer
Richard Coekin (CEO of Co-Mission and Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church) has written this amplification of the Lord’s prayer for use in private or in church in the face of the Coronavirus:
Our Father in heaven – thank you for Jesus in whom you have adopted us as your beloved children; help us remember that sickness and death will never separate us from your love, believe you will be with us through whatever lies ahead, and trust you are fully in control and perfectly good;
Hallowed be your name – we pray this crisis will result in much praise for you – that believers will be strengthened in their faith and unbelievers will recognise our human frailty and mortality and turn from sin to worship you;
Your kingdom come – until Jesus returns to rescue us from this world of pain, as far as this virus spreads, we pray your kingdom will grow further, in the hearts of people of all nations finding in Jesus the sure hope of resurrection into your new creation, free from sickness, suffering and death to enjoy you forever;
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Father, we rejoice in your sovereign power; in your mercy, please end this crisis soon, deliver us and all your people through this crisis, and may your gracious plans to save the lost be advanced by this season of humbling;
Give us this day our daily bread – thank you for dedicated doctors, nurses and other NHS staff, for our government and its advisors – please grant them the wisdom and endurance they need; sustain us with the daily bread of Christ crucified for our sins, in the living bread of your Word; reassure us when we’re anxious, heal us when we’re sick, strengthen us when we must die, comfort us in our bereavement, and embolden us to share the gospel of Jesus, the living bread we all need;
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us – have mercy where we have presumed upon our health, forgotten our frailty, or neglected to thank you for your daily care and protection; forgive us because Christ died for our sins, count us acceptable in his perfect righteousness, and in the light of your mercy, helps us show mercy to all;
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – deliver us through this time of testing – help us resist every temptation to doubt your love; help us stand firm in our faith against Satan’s lies, knowing that all over the world, your people are enduring the same kind of trials;
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.