Prayer for Congregation in Light of Recent Events

Pastor Joshua Hall, March 15, 2020, When services were canceled at Faith Presbyterian Church due to COVID-19.
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Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you today during a season of crisis. Our government has declared a national emergency. The World Health Organization has officially classified the novel coronavirus as a global epidemic. Fear and uncertainty defines the world in which we live. 

We thank you that we can trust in you during this difficult season. We thank you that you are still God, that you are in control, that you hold the power of life and death, and that you love us dearly. We thank you for showing us how much you love us by sending your one and only Son to die on the cross for us. You gave us this assurance in Romans 8, that if you did not spare your own Son for us, how much more will you not also give us every good thing? Yes, Father, we praise you, for we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus! Neither life, nor death, nor job loss, nor sickness, nor stock market crashes, nor fears or anxiety or even doubts can separate us from your love for us! We praise you for you have promised that you are with us, that you will always provide for us, and that these trials we face will not be wasted, for you use every trial for the benefit of those who love you and obey your commands, and what the enemy designs for our destruction you use for our good.

You have told us that when we walk through the fire, we will not be burned, and that when we go through the waters we will not drown. You have said that when we are weary you will give us strength so that we will walk and not grow weary, run and not grown faint. You set us on the wings of eagles! Yes, Father, we thank you for the hope that we have in you. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! We can face these trials with faith and not with fear or anxiety. We can trust in you despite our doubts because the Spirit of Christ is within us, and greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world!

You are our strong tower, our shield and defender, and strength when we are weak. And though we walk through the shadow of the valley of death, we will fear no evil for you are with us, your rod and your staff they comfort us! 

You are the God who shut the mouths of the hungry lions when Daniel was thrown in their den. You are the God who led the Israelites across the Red Sea on dry land, and then destroyed the Egyptian army when they tried to follow. You are the God who saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace when they were cast in for worshipping you alone and not bowing to the golden statue. And you are the God who is worthy of worship even when you choose to allow us to face the ultimate trial and let us pass from this life into the next. For Those three men of faith told the king that you had the power to save them from his fiery furnace, yet if you chose not to, still they would not bow to the golden statue. For you alone are worthy of worship! 

Yes, you are the God who preserved the life of Job through awful trials, allowing the enemy to take away his wealth and his family, yet you used that trial for good. You sustained Job’s faith. You brought him through the trials and showed Him your power. And he worshipped you. You restored to him twice what he had before. 

You are the God who tells the ocean waves how far up the shore they may come and no further. You are the God who set the stars in their places, the God who faithfully gives us the seasons, who takes care of the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth. And you have promised to provide for us. 

You have commanded us hundreds of times in your Word to fear not. We need not be afraid. You tell the coronavirus how far it may go and no further! So we ask that you would comfort us now. Grant us a deeper faith. Protect us and provide for us as you have promised.

We pray especially that you will sustain our faith. Protect us from doubts, and from all evil. And we trust that any trials you allow us to face will be used for our own good. We thank you and praise you for this confidence we have from your Word. 

We pray all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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