In the midst of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, we ask in your mercy that you would stop this pandemic and restore harmony and health to the nations, and especially Australia.
We thank you for all those who have dedicated their lives to serving our community, for health workers, doctors, nurses and essential workers.Give them wisdom, skill and patience in their work and, by your grace, give them success in their endeavours.
We also pray for those who govern us, for our Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers, for their courageous leadership and national cooperation across States and Territories. Grant them wisdom in their decisions as they navigate the threats to lives and livelihoods.
We also pray for our police force, our emergency services and defence force personnel as they seek to maintain order in our country. May all Australians respect their work, accept the limitations on our freedoms and seek the welfare of others, for the good of all.And we pray for ourselves and our families, especially those who have lost loved ones to this disease, or those suffering from its effects. May we know the peace that passes understanding, as we place our trust in Jesus, in whose powerful name we pray.Amen.
Psalm 145: 18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Jeremiah 29: 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. James 5:13-16:Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach(D) God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness) and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Grant them the courage, strength, wisdom, skills and compassion they need each day.Guard their way, their minds and lives.Keep them safe.May they receive due respect from all they interact with.
Bless and uphold them and their families. Knit them together in love. Wrap them in your peace that passes all understanding. For you are the God who sees, who hears, provides and saves.To the praise of your glorious grace,Amen.