RALEIGH – The power of prayer is always needed, but recognition of this varies with circumstance. We look to the sky, or bow our heads, most, it seems, when we are at a loss. The current state of affairs, marked by pandemic fears and the drastic control measures governments have taken in response, is certainly one of those times.
Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League has offered several prayers for these times, and we at First in Freedom Daily want to share them with our readers so that their power is amplified, and that they might offer you perhaps a sorely needed sense of peace or perspective. We’ll bring you new prayers from Rev. Creech periodically as we all endure the fallout from the spread of this virus, from the trivial to the fundamental, and look toward God for guidance.
We’ll begin this prayer series with a general prayer, but first an introduction by the reverend:
“Our country has entered the place of the unknown, unchartered territory. We need wisdom, strength, and hope for the days ahead. God knows our comings and our goings. The following are written prayers I penned to address various people and circumstances affected by the coronavirus pandemic. You are at liberty to make these prayers your very own. Pray them with your family and friends. Share them via email or social media. However, let me add a caution. These are scripted prayers meant only to help with intercession. Scripted prayers are meaningless unless one’s heart is united with the words.
In The Impossible is Possible, John Mason has written, “Prayer brings momentum. It lifts the heart above the challenges of life and gives it a view of God’s resources of victory and hope.” Won’t you join me in praying to Him?”
Almighty God, your integrity is impeccable. You can be trusted
implicitly. Your power is infinite. Nothing is too hard for you. Our sins
are many. Forgive us and show us your mercy. Your Word says, ‘The
king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth
it whithersoever he will’ (Proverbs 21:21). So rule the hearts of our
President, Donald J. Trump, and the Governors of our states, and all
who are in authority, that they, may above all things seek first your
honor and glory. Grant unto them grace to reject all partisan and self-
serving seductions and think only of the people whom you have called
them to serve. Grant that we, and all the People, duly considering whose
authority they bear, may faithfully, obediently, and appropriately honor
their leadership. Moreover, we pray that you would make us, the People,
cognizant of our duty to love our neighbor, even as you have loved us.
We pray for the sick and the dying. Grant to them healing, comfort in
their discomfort, and the peace that surpasses all understanding. We ask
that you not only remove the scourge of this pandemic from our land,
but that while it passes over us we should be given eyes to see the good
which you often bequeath in the midst of suffering, pain, and
impoverishment. These things we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever and ever.