Our Prayer For You 08 May 2020
Brother Cornel Richards offers Our Prayer for You 08 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 urge that if you or anyone you know is in need of prayer or any other forms of support, please let us know.
Based on your feedback so far, we appreciate your concern for each other. We are encouraging those who want to provide any form of support for those persons who are in need at this time, to do so. One of the avenues to give support is through the church office.
God assured the Israelites:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10, NIV
We pray that He will do so for us, our leaders, front-line workers, essential workers and business owners who we continue to lift up to Him in prayers.
Babbie Mason sung a song that reminds us of the need to intercede on behalf of others. It is called “Standing in the Gap”. The chorus goes like this; “I’ll be standing in the gap for you. Just remember someone somewhere is praying for you, calling out your name, praying for your strength. I’ll be standing in the gap for you.” So let us continue to stand in the gap, and may God Almighty keep our hearts and minds focused in the right way.
Today’s prayer is led by our own Brother Cornel Richards who is offering his services as an engineer in critical areas at this time. Brother Cornel and his family members are business owners. He is also a member of the GMC choir.
We try to give you a little information about the person who is praying, hoping that it may provide a reminder for those who may need to know who is praying. We also hope that it will help us to know how to intercede for some of our brothers and sisters.
A few words from Brother Cornel and prayer:
My Brothers, Sisters, Friends, we are living in serious times. As we see the devastation that is taking place in our country and the world, we will be very concerned and don’t know where to turn because this is new to us, a first experience. It becomes difficult for us to determine how to act or conduct our lives. Nevertheless, may we look to God for the answer and conclusion to the issue of Covid-19 and its impact.
Let us now look to the Lord in prayer:
Our Eternal, loving, Heavenly Father we thank You for protection, yesterday, today and Your guidance for tomorrow as You alone hold the future in your hands. You are seated high above the heavens and looking down on us. We can’t hide from You Lord because You are omnipresent, and You see and know our every thought and movement.
Dear Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, as we intercede on behalf of Your people, we ask that You will cause us to approach Your throne as a sinner saved by grace. You freely offer grace to all who will accept You as Lord and Saviour. So Lord, forgive us where we have sinned and come short of Your wonderful glory and cause us to live lives which will reflect You living in and through us. In so doing Lord, draw men and women to You.
Lord we thank you for hearing us.
Almighty God we put before You this Covid-19 pandemic which is affecting us in a very real way. This pandemic may be causing some persons to waver in their beliefs and grow fearful. Help us to understand that we can trust our heavenly Father because You have not given us a spirit of fear. All we have to do is to trust Your word. As the song writer says: “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word what a glory He sheds on our way. While we do His good will, He abides with us still and for all who will trust and obey.”
May we be obedient to those in authority who advise how to conduct self to decrease the number of Covid-19 cases. Lord, may we look to You in such a time as this because it is only You alone who can save us. Lord, it is not because we are good why You have spared so many of us from the scourge of Covid-19.
We thank you Lord.
Our gracious God, at this time as we pray, we lift up to You our leaders, in churches, in government, health care workers, especially those front-line professionals whose lives are on the line, and their families. Some have elected to stay away from home whilst attending work for fear of exposing their families. Therefore Lord we, ask that You will place a special covering over them as they perform their work. We also pray that those who do not know You will seek a relationship with You, and those who know You will be drawn closer.
Lord, we stand on behalf of our 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. Also the amaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force personnel and Security Guards. We pray for their covering, protection, strength, wisdom and understanding.
Our Lord we ask that You watch over those in our congregation who are at risk in one way or the other. Place a hedge around them to keep them safe and offer assurance that You will not leave or forsake them. O God cover, sustain and protect each person and their families.
We lift up to you the following persons from our congregation:
- Medical Doctors: Asana Anderson Wilks and 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 who are working on the front-line (for example Dr. Richard Reynolds) and their families;
- Merchandisers and manufacturers: Spacie Shepherd and others, Supermarket workers, restaurant workers, manufacturer workers, taxi drivers;
- Custom Brokerage: Loy Evans, Jackie Mair, Janet Williamson and others;
- Judges: Paula Blake Powell, Grace Henry McKenzie;
- Lawyers: Ilene Felix, Nicole Roberts, Donahue Martin Jnr. and others;
- Airport: Alecia English;
- 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 Barkley 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.
We thank you Lord for hearing us.
Lord, may we be forever thankful and gracious for all You have done for us. Lord, these are difficult times. Help us to live in a way that is upright and pleasing unto You, in and out of seasons, in time of scarcity and of plenty, good or bad times. Let us learn to hold fast especially at times when we are alone, scared, worried, afraid and tempted. Therefore, let us hold on, come what may. Father, You calm the raging waters and You specialize in those things that are impossible in the sight of man.
Lord we lift up to You those of our church family who have been negatively impacted by the present situation. Some have not been able to work to provide for self and family. May we as a church (each one of us) dear Lord, not only offer lip service but reach out to our brothers and sisters in need, seek them out, don’t stop until we identify how to, and offer help in a very tangible way.
Lord, remember the sick and shut-ins, those who have lost loved ones and are in mourning and cannot even arrange for a proper funeral. We also present to You those who are ailing and the caregivers who are standing in gap for us. We thank you for them.
Lord, in this period our faith is being tested but let us say, like Simon Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68, NIV). So Lord may we be more grounded in Your love, find comfort and the peace of God which passed all understanding.
May you keep our hearts and minds in tune with Thee,
in Jesus’ name we pray with thanksgiving.
If you are in need of prayer or comfort, please contact us with your request. We would be very happy to share with you.