Prayers for Covid-19

Original and Ancient

Prayer is the first step — before we act, connect, serve, or work, we give God praise for His goodness and ask for His help.

The following are both original Grace prayers we use in our worship services or traditional prayers we love. You can also ask for prayer at the links below. 

Almighty God,
In difficult times,
we are reminded of our dependence on You.
Though we are weak, You are strong.
Though we are uncertain, You are unchanging.
In our times of chaos and confusion,
You calm the storms of our lives.
Oh God, we trust in You alone.
May we lift our heads to see You in control.
Let our souls be refreshed by Your Spirit.
Remind us daily that “good” is not our past;
It is our future.
Oh God, we hope in You alone.
Enable us, by your Holy Spirit,
To be Your light that shines in the darkness.
As in ages past, empower the Church
To be the love of Christ to the world.
Set our hearts aflame for Your mission.
Oh God, we live for You alone.
You call us to be “makers of peace” in the world.
May we be the people who bring peace, in the midst of unrest.
Show us how to speak words of life and comfort to those around us.
Oh God, we long for your Shalom (peace).

Gracious Father,
You are compassionate and rich in love.
We look to you in times of trouble
We find peace and rest
in the mention of Your name.
Your kingdom is eternal.
Your power is immeasurable.
We confess our inconstant trust in You.
Forgive our ignorance of Your abundant provision.
Show us the way back
to dependence on You alone.
May we bring Your peace
In a world that is ever changing.
In the midst of chaos,
Empower Your people to be a light of hope.
Let Your Church continue
To bring the Gospel.
While our world is searching for answers
May we show them the love and salvation of Jesus.
We hold fast to Your grace to sustain
us through this season.
Amen.

God of All Creation,
You are the hope of the world.
You are peace to our souls.
Your hands hold the entire universe together. Your voice is a comfort to our weary hearts.
Forgive our lack of trust in You.
We confess that fear can hide
Your face from us.
Draw us close to you and
empower us to live boldly.
May Your Church display the
sacrificial love of Christ.
In all of our interactions, give
us empathy and compassion.
Let the hope of Christ shine through
us into the darkness.
Remind us of the reward that awaits us.
Keep the promise of salvation on the forefront of our minds.
Lift our eyes from the temporary
to the eternal.
We hold fast to Your grace to sustain us through this season.
Amen.

Triumphant God, 
we lift our voices with those who welcomed you into the Holy City.
With gratitude, we celebrate your presence in our lives.

We praise you for the promise fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We confess our lack of zeal in following You. Forgive our indifference to Your passion.

Let us remember Your suffering for the sake of the world.

Embolden us to carry one another’s burdens, as you carried our burden of sin. Enable us to lay at your feet all that we have and all that we are, trusting in You alone
to forgive what is sinful,
to heal what is broken,
to purify our hearts,
and to redeem our souls.

May Your Church savor this moment in history to be the light of Christ in this darkness.

Oh God, we long for Your return.
Hosanna in the highest. Amen.

Victorious God,
Death is crushed under the weight of Your boundless mercy.
Your abundant grace has overshadowed the reign of fear and despair.
Fill us with joy and wonder as we celebrate Your triumph over the curse of sin.
We confess how easily we lose sight of Your victory.
Even in the aftermath of Your empty tomb, we let fear and despair dominate our thinking.
Remind us daily of Your glorious Resurrection.
Let it focus our hearts and minds beyond our present
circumstances to an eternity in glory with You.
May we look to the conquering Lion of Judah,
whose mighty roar shatters the chains that enslave us. M
ay we be a people who are marked with an
unshakable trust in our King of Kings.
In the name of the Risen Christ, we boldly pray. Amen.

Loving God,
Your voice is a comfort
to our restless hearts.
Your hand guides us
to trust Your promises.
Your power emboldens us
to live out our extravagant love.
Your grace sustains us
in our darkest times.

We confess our anxiety to You.
Forgive us for believing the lies of fear.
Blinded by our insecurity,
we forget Your sovereignty.
Discouraged by our circumstances,
we lose sight of our eternity.
May we rejoice in the God
of our salvation!
Remind us that in every situation,
we are not alone.
Our God is near to us.

We turn to You, our gracious Father,
as our source of help and strength.
Amen.

God makes the sun rise and set.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God makes summer and winter come and go.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God helps plants grow and flowers bloom.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God gives us food to eat, places to live, and people to love us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God is always with us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God keeps his promises to us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
Let us praise our faithful God.

Amen.

-Traditional
Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty— all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand.
 
Therefore, we can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love.
 
—from Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 27-28
God of our life, through all the circling years, we trust in you.
In all the past, through all our hopes and fears, your hand we see.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil, we own your mercies, Lord, which never fail.
 
God of the past, our times are in your hand; with us abide.
Lead us by faith to hope’s true promised land; be now our guide. 
With you to bless, the darkness shines as light, 
and faith’s fair vision changes into sight.
 
God of the coming years, through paths unknown we follow you. 
When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone; our refuge be.
Be for us in life our daily bread, our heart’s true home when all our years have sped.
Amen.
 
-Traditional

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we, your unworthy servants, give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life,
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.
Amen.

– Traditional

GIVER OF ALL GOOD,
Streams upon streams of love overflow my path.
Thou hast made me out of nothing,
hast translated me from ignorance to knowledge,
from darkness to light,
from death to life,
from misery to peace,
from folly to wisdom,
from error to truth,
from sin to victory.
Thanks be to thee for my high and holy calling.
I bless thee for ministering angels,
for the comfort of thy Word,
for the teaching of thy Spirit,
for thy holy sacraments,
for the communion of saints,
for Christian fellowship,
Thy will is in all thy provisions
to enable me to grow in grace,
and to be meet for thy eternal presence.
My heaven-born faith gives promise of eternal sight,
my new birth a pledge of never-ending life.
I draw near to thee, knowing thou wilt draw near
to me.
I ask of thee, believing thou hast already given.
I entrust myself to thee, for thou hast redeemed me.
I bless and adore thee, the eternal God,
for the comfort of these thoughts,
the joy of these hopes.
Amen

From Valley of Vision, A Prayer of Comfort

FATHER OF MERCIES,
Hear me for Jesus’ sake.
I am sinful even in my closest walk
with thee;
it is of thy mercy I died not long ago;
Thy grace has given me faith in the cross
by which thou hast reconciled thyself to me
and me to thee,
drawing me by thy great love,
reckoning me as innocent in Christ though
guilty in myself.
Giver of all graces,
I look to thee for strength to maintain them in me,
for it is hard to practise what I believe.
Strengthen me against temptations.
My heart is an unexhausted fountain of sin,
a river of corruption since childhood days,
flowing on in every pattern of behaviour;
Thou hast disarmed me of the means
in which I trusted,
and I have no strength but in thee.
Thou alone canst hold back my evil ways,
but without thy grace to sustain me I fall.
Satan’s darts quickly inflame me,
and the shield that should quench them
easily drops from my hand:
Empower me against his wiles and assaults.
Keep me sensible of my weakness,
and of my dependence upon thy strength.
Let every trial teach me more of thy peace,
more of thy love.
Thy Holy Spirit is given to increase thy graces,
and I cannot preserve or improve them
unless he works continually in me.
May he confirm my trust in thy promised help,
and let me walk humbly in dependence
upon thee,
for Jesus’ sake.

Valley of Vision, Grace in Trials