Friends will you pray with me?
You are our reliable protector. You are the one we can lean on and trust, whose strength overcomes sin, death and every evil. You are our teacher and our comforter, you do not fail to come to us when we need you and turn to you in trust. You are the source of our strength and the solid basis of our lives. You are the fountain of unfailing grace and promise, you make a path into peace from each moment of this hurting world.
I thank you for the courage and intelligence with which your people are responding to this outbreak of sickness. I thank you for all the people who are working to nurse the sick and dying, even though they and we are scared. I thank you for those who have recovered, to give hope to the sufferers. I give thanks for your people who have died and for those who bury them, for those who mourn them, and who comfort each other. I give thanks for our good leaders and scientist advisers, who have studied and researched, who have planned and who are carrying out their very best idea of how to respond, who are communicating and co-operating to care for your people and your whole creation.
Please grant peace to those who are dying. Please comfort those who are bereaved. Give strength to those who nurse the sick and those who take care of the nurses, those who clean the hospitals and other public places, and those who provide food and water, or who otherwise support those who sick or who are nursing. Give your grace and insight to all those who work on your behalf in this world, to care for each other as you care for us in the hour of need.
Grant in your wisdom good insights to those who seek to find the source of the outbreak, and to find the very best ways to mitigate it. Give your wisdom and grace to all of us who lean on you, that we might turn to you and do as you bid us without fear or anxiety, secure in your unfailing and everlasting grace. We trust that you in your grace and wisdom can make a path from this sickness into the heart of your kingdom of grace, for the healing of the world and each heart in it.
As we grow as branches from your root, each one of us learning to live as your son Jesus lived, in your grace and power, Holy God, we entrust ourselves to you.