Praying for the Nations in response to the Corona Virus (3)

Set to the music of Bach’s concerto for oboe and violin, BWV 1060

With Thomas Herzog (oboe), Susannah Herzog, Shirley Richards and Helen Rees (violins), Julian Chan (viola), and Jo Garcia (cello).      


Lord, You warn in Revelation of seven last deadly plagues, those plagues are the completion of Your wrath, and the last of the seven seals, when You permit that sickly, pallid horse and its deathly rider to have authority to kill one-quarter of the world by famine, war and plague. (Rev. 6:8)

Covid 19 may not be on that sort of scale, but even those terrors did not lead the greater part of humanity who survived to humble themselves and turn to You. (Rev. 9: 20-21) We cry out for many turn to You while there is yet time.

Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just and true are You in all these judgments, O Holy One, You who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of Your holy people and Your prophets. (Rev. 16:5-6)

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever. (Ps. 29:3,10)

Comfort the hearts of the fearful, Lord Jesus.
Soften the selfish and stubborn,
Especially those most directly afflicted or infected by Covid;
Yes, humble the proud, and save to the uttermost those in isolation, or awaiting test results;
those separated from loved ones by distance or restrictions.

Show Yourself greater than all human and viral limitations
and continue Your mighty work of bringing in a glorious harvest, we pray.

Help us in our communities to pull together to meet our neighbours’ needs, and to watch out for one another’s wellbeing, so that in all things the Body of Christ may function as one. May we not lose our sense of focus, momentum and compassion as we respond to these unprecedented times.

We pray especially for all doctors and nurses and all in any way associated with caring for others, with the huge responsibilities so suddenly thrust upon them: carers, cleaners, teachers and their organisations, matrons, care home supervisors, pastors and priests and house group leaders . . .

Those losing work and pay; service industries, travel firms and airlines, hoteliers and the whole tourist scene; taxi drivers, carpet fitters, estate agents . .  . Lord, for the homeless and for the foodbanks, that they may be manned and restocked.

It has been wonderful to hear reports from Wuhan about the numbers of people who have been turning to Christ as a result of daily prayer meetings that have been being held online, and the great opportunities that have opened up to reach out to bring others to Christ.

Thank You Lord that You used a stable for the birth of Your Son, a Cross as the means of salvation for the world, and the crisis of a pandemic as the means of bringing spiritual life to many. What we hear from Wuhan Lord, You will be doing in other places too.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever. (Ps. 29:3,10)

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Worship the LORD in the splendour of holiness;
tremble before him, all the Earth!
and say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! (Ps. 96: 7-10)

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