And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
—1 John 5:14–15
Admittedly, it can be really difficult to figure out our role or our responsibility in these times. Sure, we wear our masks, we stay home, and we follow the guidelines set forth for helping to stop the spread. However, if you’re like me, you also wonder if there’s something more you could be doing to help or to respond to everything that is happening around us. And while I don’t think this is the only thing we’re called to do, I think it is helpful to remember that it is always our role and responsibility to pray.
Prayer presents us with an opportunity to commune and converse with God, to unload our burdens, and to “do” something that will always be needed. Yet, I also know that figuring out what to pray for can be daunting. One of the things I have been doing is taking one topic related to COVID-19 a day, and anytime I get a moment, whispering a prayer specific to that topic. I find that having a topic on which to center my prayer for the day, releases me from that extremely overwhelming feeling of knowing I need to pray, but not having a handle on how to say it. I invite you to consider doing the same. The following are seven prayer topics related to these times that you could consider praying about on rotation until the pandemic ends.
The beautiful thing about prayer, as 1 John 5:14–15 reminds us, is that God hears us. And because we know God hears us, we can actually rest assured that our requests have been made known, and we can release ourselves of the burden of worrying about what more we can do.
Prayers to Consider:
- Prayers for all essential employees who continue to serve and put themselves at risk daily.
- Prayers for all who have been furloughed and those trying to navigate life without employment.
- Prayers for all who are trying to navigate their mental health in a time of increased stress and anxiety.
- Prayers for all pastors who are doing their best to make decisions for their congregations in a time of such uncertainty.
- Prayers for school leadership on every level who are navigating difficult decisions around what to do in the coming months.
- Prayers for funeral home directors and medical examiners who are now faced with an overwhelming number of deaths each day.
- Prayers for all who are enduring this pandemic alone.
And guess what? This list is not exhaustive. Here’s my challenge:
- Each month take a look at a calendar.
- Jot down a prayer topic for each day (Use these seven, but feel free to add more).
- When you wake up in the morning, take a look at the topic you’ve written down and whisper (or scream) a prayer for these times.
- Feel free to join me in posting on your Facebook status what you’re praying for each day.
- Consider doing this even after the pandemic ends.
I’m a firm believer that prayer changes things; if nothing else, I am confident that when we pray, God hears us, and for me, that is enough.