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Prayer for our times

Dear God,

It seems like lots of uncertainty around us. So many people who need prayers. Today, I pray…

  • For those whose health is compromised by the coronavirus, or so many other issues that affect their health.

  • For those who suffer from the economic impact of the virus, in travel or manufacturing or hospitality or energy or so many other industries.

  • For healthcare workers and first responders and other public servants who put themselves in harm’s way for us.

  • For our leaders of the world, our country, our state, our city, as they seek to help manage this challenge.

And beyond all of that, so many others all around the world who are struggling. I pray…

  • For those who live in places of conflict and war.

  • For those where hunger and drought are ever-present.

  • For those who lack medical care at all.

  • For our Christian sisters and brothers who are persecuted for their faith.

  • For those of other faiths who are persecuted.

  • For those who live with mental illness.

  • For those who are homeless.

  • For those who face domestic abuse.

  • For those who live with food insecurity right here in our city.

God, it can be overwhelming. But I know that you tell us over and over again not to be afraid, that you hold us securely in the palm of your hand. Show me how to trust in you. My own problems and concerns seem so small when I open my eyes to those of others. As I examine my heart this Lenten season, help me to repent and turn away from my concern with self, and turn my heart, hands, and prayers toward the concerns of others.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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