Pete Greig: A Sabbath Prayer

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! …
The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.

Psalm 46:1-3,6-7

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, I pray for those currently living in isolation and fear. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer:

“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.”

Psalm‬ ‭79:8

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God of all Comfort and Counsel, I pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved-ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. I name before you those known to me who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly. God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be my prayer:

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:10‬

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Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, I pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. I thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthroughs this week. Would you rise above this present darkness as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in your wings? (Malachi 4:2) May this be my prayer:

Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Jeremiah‬ ‭32:17‬

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God of all Wisdom, I pray for the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too – heads of hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, I ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be my prayer:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

Psalm‬ ‭46:1-2‬

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Yield

Prayer of Yielding
I pray the blessing of Psalm 91: “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” ‭‭(Psalm ‭91:3-7‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm‬ ‭4:1‬

May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves us protect us. May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for us save us. And may the Holy Spirit who broods over the chaos and fills us with his presence, intercede for us and in us for others at this time.

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy‬ ‭4:18‬

Closing Prayer
Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
Amen.

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