taking the words of Jesus seriously

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed life as we know it! It has disrupted our plans, daily routines, communal rhythms, and spiritual practices. There is no denying that we are in uncharted territory.

As we strive to adjust to our new circumstances, I offer up these resources in love. I have created COVID-19 prayer calendars for the rest of March and the month of April. March’s prompts can all be found below, while the others can be accessed by those links. I hope these resources can help center, ground and encourage us during this pandemic.

Let’s encourage one another, pray for each other, and keep our spirits up. Let’s pay attention to the advice of medical professionals, be intentional about checking in with each other, and find healthy ways to adjust to this new season of life. We are going to make it through this, and we are going to do it together!

MON, MARCH 23:

Pray for Italy where 793 people died on Saturday due to COVID-19. Pray for the bereaved families and for the country’s public health. Pray against a sense of despair and for residents to heed the advice of medical professionals.

TUES, MARCH 24:

Pray for our healthcare workers who are serving on the front lines during this pandemic. Pray for their health, energy, and rest. Also pray they have sufficient supplies. Pray that test kits become available for everyday people and that they are reasonably priced.

READ: Open Hearts, Closed Doors

WED, MARCH 25:

Pray for our elected officials to govern with wisdom, compassion, mercy, and justice. Pray that they have, or develop, a healthy fear of God. Pray that they will be led by the Holy Spirit during this pandemic and not just by human strategies.

THURS, MARCH 26:

Pray for the most vulnerable: the immunocompromised, homeless, elderly, incarcerated, & undocumented. Pray for God’s protection, provision, and presence to be with them during this season.

FRI, MARCH 27:

Pray for those who have been recently laid off due to a slowed economy. Pray for families who are wondering how they will pay the rent, put food on the table, and make ends meet amid this crisis.

SAT, MARCH 28:

Pray for small business owners who are detrimentally impacted by COVID-19. In particular, pray for owners that have had to close, lay off workers, and honestly don’t know how they’re going to survive and provide for their families (for those who have families).

SUN, MARCH 29:

Pray for Asian and Asian American communities impacted by xenophobia, racial/ethnic profiling, scapegoating, hate crimes, and business boycotts.

MON, MARCH 30:

Pray for those who are still working to keep society functioning: grocery store employees, gas station workers, custodians, and public transportation and sanitation workers.

TUES, MARCH 31:

Pray for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. May they experience God’s comforting presence and healing hand.

May we continue to spur one another on in love and good deeds even and especially during these uncertain times. And may we, whenever and however we are able, become the answers to our prayers for the sake of a better world.

About The Author

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Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the author of the new book "Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores" and the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He serves on the boards of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” An ordained minister, he has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland.

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