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Prayers for the Season of COVID-19

Graciously re-posted with permission from W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR A TIME OF PESTILENCE

Oh Lord, you who are the refuge of the poor and needy,
we ask that you would save us
from the pestilence that stalks in the darkness
and the plague that destroys at midday.
Be our sun and shield.
Be our fortress.
Be our comfort this day.
May we not fear any evil
but rather trust in your might to save and your wisdom to guide,
so that we might rest  always in the shadow of the Almighty.
In the name of the One who heals our diseases. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR HEALTH WORKERS
Oh Lord, you who touched the leper and healed the sick,
Be with me this day.
Be a succor in the time of trial.
Be a comfort in the hour of loss.
Be a refuge in a storm of needs.
Use my hands to heal the broken in body
And my words to heal the crushed in spirit.
Make things possible, I pray, in the face of all that seems impossible.
Be my haven, dear Jesus, and my true companion
Throughout these tireless days and lonely nights.
In your compassionate name. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR THE START OF A NEW DAY
Oh Lord, you who keep watch over my life:
I rise from my bed this day by your grace,
I face the tasks of this day by your grace,
I embrace all the unpredictable and
uncontrollable things of this day by your grace,
I receive all the gifts of this day by your grace,
And I hold lightly, and joyfully,
the outcome of this day by your grace.
In the name of the One who did some things
but not all things in his earthly sojourn. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

 

A PRAYER FOR SINGLE PEOPLE
Oh Lord, you who were alone in the wilderness and in the garden,
be with me in this time of singleness and solitude;
and when I feel tempted to believe
that I have been abandoned by friends and forsaken by God,
may I sense the sweet presence of your Spirit
and the ministering care of your angels,
nourishing me in my hour of need,
so that I might know that I am never alone
but rather filled and fortified by your very real presence.
In your name. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR GOD’S SHEPHERDING CARE
Oh Lord, you who know your sheep by name, be my Shepherd this day.
Where I am burdened by the cares of life, give me rest.
Where I am helpless against the enemies of my soul, be my defender.
Where I am hungry, feed me.
Where I am weary, restore me.
Where I am vulnerable, protect me.
Guard me, keep me, shield me,
so that I might feel your loving care this day.
In the name of the One who lays down his life for his sheep night and day. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR WEARIED PARENTS
Oh Lord, you who hold all things together,
help me not to lose my mind;
you who calmed the tempest,
help me not to lose my temper;
you who promised rest to the weary and heavy-laden,
speak a word of peace to my body;
you who healed the blind,
open my eyes to see your presence;
you who speak and things come to life,
help me to hear your still, small voice
over the din of my own noisy world;
you who welcomed the children,
please take care of my own;
you who promised to be with us always,
be with me here and now in my hour of need.
Though I struggle to believe these things are possible,
I pray them nonetheless in the name of
the compassionate and wounded One for whom nothing is impossible.
Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR THE WEARIED AND ALONE
Oh Lord, you who entrusted your mother to the care of your beloved disciple
and who promised not to leave us as orphans
but instead to provide us your very own body
and the care and comfort of your Spirit,
be with all who feel afraid and alone this day.
Care for the least of these in our community
and grace us to be your Body in word and in deed,
bringing your word of peace to the fearful and the friendless.
We pray this so that we might behold your glory
and praise your lovingkindess,
in the name of the Shepherd who walks with us through darkest valley.
Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR STIR-CRAZY CHILDREN
Dear Jesus, I feel frustrated right now.
I don’t know what to do with myself and I need your help.
I feel tired and bored and my feelings are all mixed up and out of place.
But you can help me,
and I thank you that you know exactly how I feel
and that you have a special place in your heart
for children like me—and that you love me very much.
Please give me that peace that you told your disciples you have lots off.
I need it. Thank you.
In your name I pray. Amen.
PS: Please help mommy and daddy too.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR GROCERS
Oh Lord, you who are the True Grocer
who gives your life as bread and wine to a needy world,
bless the farmers who make the food
and the manufacturers who make the goods that we consume;
bless the distributors and the drivers
who go the extra mile to make our groceries handy;
bless the stockers and the shelvers
who put all things in their place;
bless the clerks who care for the customer and the cashiers who count their money;
bless the baggers and the bakers and the butchers, too;
bless the night crews and the day crews;
and bless the managers who direct it all.
Bless them with your hand of provision and protection.
Bless them with your ministering angels in their long hours of need.
Bless their families as well.
May they know your care this day, this hour, this moment,
as Living Water and Bread of Life,
as God of Refuge and of Angel Armies as well.
In your name. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR THE BELEAGUERED
Oh God of angel armies,
be my defender this day where I am defenseless,
be my refuge where I feel exposed,
be my vindicator against all false accusations,
from Satan, from others, from my own thoughts.
Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR A NEW MORNING
Oh Lord, may I walk in the way of life today,
faithful to what you have entrusted to me for this day,
no more and no less.
Let me not become anxious over the things that I cannot control
but instead receive your grace to face these things trustingly.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR RENEWED HOPE
Oh God, you who make new, again and again,
enliven the thoughts of my mind,
revitalize the cells of my body,
and cause a fresh outburst of praise to surge in my heart,
so that I might taste the Life that is truly life this day.
In the name of the One whose face is like the shinning sun.
Amen and amen!

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR THE IRRITATED 
Oh God, you who see the hearts of all with perfect clarity,
I confess my irritation with those who bully their way with words,
who fail to take responsibility for their actions,
who think no one sees what they do in the shadows,
and who live in a world of denial.
I’m angry and scared and tired of doing the right thing.
Strengthen my heart so that I not lose hope.
In the name of the Just Judge and Merciful Shepherd.
Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

A PRAYER FOR WAKING UP TO A HARD DAY
Oh God, you who promise new mercies every morning:
where I am low, lift me up;
where I am weak, carry me;
where I am vulnerable, shield me;
where I am heavy-hearted,
grant me new strength and refreshment for my soul.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

W. David O. Taylor

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