A Prayer About Reopening the Country

RALEIGH – In the midst of what is predicted to be the worst week of the coronavirus impact, many are looking up from the lows of the valley to see where and how we might climb again. The U.S. economy has been effectively shutdown for weeks, the livelihoods of millions continue to be suppressed as Stay at Home orders cover cities and states across the nation. Reopening the country is a must, but the fear is hard to dispel and the control hard to give up, so we must appeal to a higher authority for guidance.

Reverend Mark Creech of the Christian Action League offers us that prayer; a prayer for reopening the country.

Most gracious God, to know and love your will is righteousness, and we would be righteous in our ways. Enlighten our souls. Give us a word from heaven, for your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We know not which way to turn.

How, O Lord, do we reopen our state and nation, addressing the needs of our economy in a timely manner, while also preventing the spread of a deadly pestilence? The debate intensifies among us, with the President saying he has the authority to reopen the country. The Governors say they alone have the power in their states.

Some in our own state protest the Governor’s executive order under the threat of arrest, saying their constitutional rights are violated. They say the Governor must lift his order now, lest their businesses fail entirely. Should the economy be reactivated
gradually or right away?

Lives and livelihoods are at stake, and the need for answers is urgent.
How long, O Lord, shall we wait? Which way should we go? Show us grace, for we are but flesh. You have promised if we lack wisdom, we need only ask of you, who
gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not. You have pledged that if we look in faith, nothing wavering, you will answer.

In some instances, we already have the knowledge needed, but unsure how to utilize it. Therefore, make us wise. Grant us to know your will that we may perform it. We earnestly plead with you the fountain of all truth; pour upon us the glory of your brightness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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