Father in Heaven,
We come to you this day asking for your help, for we know that our help comes from you:
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2 (Note: Listen to Casting Crowns’ song – Praise You in This Storm)
Our country badly needs you, Father. We are a divided and hurting people. This year we have faced so much trouble. We have faced weather issues from tornadoes in the spring, to now wildfires and hurricanes. We pray for those who have lost family members and their homes as a result.
So many lives have been lost in our nation, and worldwide, during this pandemic. We pray for the many doctors who are working on cures and vaccines. We lift up the healthcare workers and caregivers to you for protection and strength.
We pray that our leaders would not politicize this issue, but instead work together to save lives and help those in need. We pray for family and friends to remain safe during this time, especially those who are most vulnerable. We pray that family, friends and churches would not be divided over issues such as wearing masks and keeping socially distant.
We pray for the many who have lost jobs or businesses because of the pandemic. We pray for the businesses that are slowly beginning to open and the workers who are returning to the workplace. Please keep them safe, Father. We pray for those who are returning to school, either in person or virtual. Keep them safe and healthy and give them perseverance and joy in teaching and learning.
Father you know the racial issues that have gripped our country. We pray that we would be good listeners during this time, so that we can make meaningful change.
We pray for the upcoming national election, for the presidential, congressional and state races. Grant us wisdom as we vote, and may your will be done.
Father this has been a most difficult year. Draw us near to you this day.
In Jesus name,