COVID19 Call to Prayer – April 7: Penitent Prayer

Prayer:
The emphasis from many of our leaders is that we are fine, we can do this. Covid-19 should humble us.  The world’s economies and idols have been brought low by this tiny virus. Instead of boasting about how great we are – we should humble ourselves, repent (not for the virus, but for our hard hearts) and seek the mercy of God. As Solomon did.

“When they sin against You—for there is no one who does not sin—
and You become angry with them and give them over to their enemies,
who take them captive to their own lands, far away or near;
and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive,
and repent and plead with You in the land of their captors and say,
‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’;48
and if they turn back to You with all their heart and soul
in the land of their enemies who took them captive,
and pray to You toward the land You gave their ancestors,
toward the city You have chosen and the temple I have built for Your Name;49
then from Heaven, Your dwelling place,
hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. 50
And forgive Your people, who have sinned against You;
forgive all the offenses they have committed against You,
and cause their captors to show them mercy.”
(1 Kings 8:46-50)

Petition: Please join with us in praying for:

  1. Iran  – has 60,500 confirmed cases and 3,739 deaths.  There are particular issues with the reporting and also the cases amongst the poor.  Pray for Christians who are seeking to minister in this situation.
  2. The ACT   – now has 96 cases (up from 78 a week ago) with 2 deaths (up 1) and 40 recovered.   Yesterday it recorded no new cases. Australia has a whole has gone up to 5,844 (up 100 – the lowest one-day rise yet). There have been 40 deaths. 2,432 have recovered and 96 are in ICU.
  3. Boris Johnson – The British Prime Minister is now in intensive care in hospital as a result of the virus.
  4. Christian nurses and doctors who have the opportunity to bear witness to Christ in the midst of this pandemic.  Prayer for protection, clarity, faith and love.
  5. Those who are finding working at home difficult – with perhaps limited space and facilities, and the difficulty of establishing a new routine.

A Prayer of Repentance:

Almighty and Everlasting God,
Who hates nothing that You have made
and does forgive the sins of all them that are penitent;
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we worthily lamenting our sins,
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of You, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Praise be to the Lord,
Who has given rest to His people, Israel
just as He promised.
Not one word has failed of all the good promises
He gave through his servant…
(1 Kings 8:56)

 

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Daily devotions by David Robertson via Christians United — COVID19 Call to Prayer.

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David is an experienced presenter and debater on the place of Christian faith in the public sphere, and a prolific blogger at The Wee Flea. He was the minister at St Peter's Church, Dundee, Scotland for 27 years.

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