Sister Rachel Dixon offers Our Prayer for 01 May 2020 for Front-Line, Essential Workers and Business Owners.
My Brothers, Sisters and Friends, we hope that you are well. However, we continue to ask that if you are anyone you know is in need of prayer or any other form of support, please let us know.
Lauren Daigle sung a song titled “Look Up Child.” Based on the words of this song, tough questions are asked of God and thereafter an affirmation is made, then God speaks and is heard:
“…Where are You now when darkness seems to win? Where are You now when the world is crumbling? Where are You now (where are You?) when all I feel is doubt? Oh, where are You now when I can’t figure it out?
“You’re not threatened by the war. You’re not shaken by the storm. I know You’re in control, even in our suffering’; even when it can’t be seen I know You’re in control.”
I hear You say, You say, You say; Look up child, hey; I hear You say, You say, You say; Look up, look up, look up, look up….”
We are called to look to God for “… all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17, NIV). “God’s faithfulness continues through all generations. He established the earth and it endures;” (Psalm 119:90, NIV).
God is in control, and that has not and will never change. We look to God not only for ourselves but for the interest of others. Jesus Christ did so sacrificially. As followers of Christ, we aim to be Christ-like. It is with this in mind that we look to God for help lifting up those who are working hard in the midst of the Covid-19 Virus pandemic. We cannot waiver in our prayers because lives have been lost, lives are at stake, and apparently/allegedly mistakes have been made. Lost lives can result in lost souls.
We cannot over-emphasize the seriousness of what is happening worldwide. In times like these we are called to spend extended times with God, diligently seeking Him.
We continue to look to God on behalf of our leaders, front-line and essential workers and business owners. Today’s prayer is led by our own Sister Rachel Dixon.
Let us now look to the Lord in prayer:
Father, I stretch my hands to thee, no other help I know, if thou withdraw thyself from me. Ah! Whither shall I go?
I do believe, I must believe, that Jesus died for me, upon the cross He shed His blood from sin to set me free!
Our God and our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name! Father God we come to You right now asking that you forgive us of the sins we have committed in our deeds, thoughts, words and actions and humbly ask that You hear and answer our prayer as we look to You in the Mighty name of Jesus our soon coming King!
Dear God, there is so much currently happening in our island Jamaica and the world at large. Father God we thank You for everything that is going on but we ask you to strengthen our hearts and minds to deal with the various issues that are taking place with and around us. Comfort those in need of comforting, heal those in need of healing and provide for those in need of provisions. Lord help us as believers at this time to not panic, not fear, not be frightened but to put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand firm in these times.
Lord we commit the leaders of this island Jamaica in Your hands right now, and we ask that You steer them in the way that will result in the best interest of your people. The National Leaders including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke, health workers and support staff, Minister of National Security Horace Chang, Peter Philips leader of the opposition and their families; Lord may they lead this country in a way that is pleasing to You.
Father God, help them as leaders to come to realize that there are those who look to them fully and intensely and grab unto every word that they speak and as such they should speak with clarity and look to You for guidance in going about the task set before them. Speak to their advisors Lord that they will advise with wisdom and understanding and that they will hold the best interest of this country and its citizens at heart.
Father God, we commit all the staff relating to the health sector working on the front-line, essential workers and business owners at this time to you. Lord I ask that you will intervene in their lives at this time and help them in making the sometimes harsh decisions they have to make daily. Lord in particular we ask that You cover all those linked to Grace Missionary Church in the shadow of your wings. Dear God, protect them and their families.
- Medical Doctors: Asana Anderson, Rohan Wilks, Kahlete Falloon, Tina Kong, Vernon Jones, Leighton Logan;
- Dentists: (doing emergency cases) Jhenell Black, Dana Jones, Eleanor Reynolds;
- Pharmacists: Sandra Bucknor-Jones, Viveen Watson;
- Other doctors and nurses from GMC: or in connection with members and adherents of GMC (such as Richard Reynolds) who are working on the front-line;
- Merchandisers and manufacturers: Spacie Shepherd and others,
- Supermarket workers, restaurant workers, manufacture workers, taxi drivers; protect them from disease and keep them safe.
- Custom Brokerage: Loy Evans, Jackie Mair, Janet Williamson and others;
- Judges: Paula Blake Powell, Grace Henry McKenzie;
- Lawyers: Ilene Felix, Nicole Roberts and others, Donahue Martin Jnr.;
- Airport: Alecia English;
- Bankers: etc. Lord may they look to You to keep them under Your wings.
- Business owners: Ewan and Maxine Oliver; Lanna and Desmond Bennett; Warrick Bogle, Carol and Leroy Blake, Marcia Leair, Robert and Beveline Smith, Paulette Dixon, Kemorine and Karl Henry, Ava Comrie, Catherine Barckley and husband, Cornel Richards and family, Everton Lewis, Pauline and Mark Garvey, Maxine and Benedict Ranger, Melva Knight, Nicole Fender, Sharon Baldie, Karl Jones and others.
Lord we ask that You cover them under Your blood that was shed for us.
We commit the Jamaica Defense Force, Jamaica Constabulary Force and Security Guards fully under your care. We ask that you provide a hedge of protection around them as they carry out their duties Lord. They too have their families to go home to and so we ask that you supply their needs. Therefore provide the necessary protective gears and relevant equipment for them, and shield them from fear and exhaustion.
Lord we ask that you will help us all to look to You the author and finisher of our faith. May we look to You as our Father who has a store house that is full and that can never run dry. So God as the leaders worry about the economy crashing and having a hard time to be rebuilt, I pray Father that you will remind us and allow those who do not yet know, to know that God’s economy can never crash.
Remind us Father that even if we have an earthly father who is rich and even when they are not, we tend to look to them in times of need. Yet, we have a Heavenly Father who is wealthy and all we have to do is look to You and trust You to do the work that You promised.
May we not always grow tired and weary regardless of the circumstances placed before us but help us to look to You Lord. In the good times and bad, help us to praise Your Holy and Matchless Name, Jesus! As the songwriter says; “And as You speak, a hundred billion failures disappear….” So let us trust in You, the same God who can do all things. We know that You are a miracle working God because we ourselves have proven You numerous times. You are the same God from the days of Noah, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego. Therefore, Mighty God of Daniel we ask that You continue to stand by us and deliver us from fear and mayhem.
We thank You for hearing our cries and as we look to You God. Hear, bless, and answer our prayers as we wait upon You and tell You.
Thanks, in Jesus’ name,
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