Brother Romeo Elliott offers “Our Prayer for You 29 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 suggest that if you or anyone you know is in need of prayer or any other forms of support, please let us know. A request for prayer can be made on the church’s website. Based on your feedback so far, we appreciate your concern for each other. Therefore we are encouraging those who want to provide any form of support for persons who are in need at this time, to do so. One of the avenues to give support is through the church office.
We are still dealing with the impact of Covid-19. However, as individuals, families, a church, a country, by God’s grace and mercy, we are making our way through. So we give God all of the glory, honour and praise. We give Him thanks.
Many of the church, political and business leaders of our country still face long days and nights, having to make critical decisions that we pray will be in the best interest of our people. Our front-line workers are still out there daily battling with the risk of this awful disease, Covid-19.
As I contemplate what has been happening, I am reminded of a song done by Yolanda Adams, “Still I Rise.” Some of the words go like this:
“Long are the nights
The tears I cry
Dark are the days
No sun in the skies…
Against all odds
Yet still I rise
High above the clouds.
At times I feel low
Yet still I rise.
Sometimes I’m troubled
But not in despair
I make my way through.
Trials they come
to make me strong
I must endure
I must hold on.
Yet still I rise
Never to give up
Never to give in
Against all odds.
Yet still I rise
High above the clouds
At times I feel Low
Yet still I rise.
Above all my problems
Above all my eyes can see
Knowing God is able
To strengthen me
To strengthen me.
Yet still I rise.”
Still I Rise – Yolanda Adams
I am also reminded of parts of Habakkuk the prophet’s prayer after his complaint to God, and God’s response. He prayed:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV
Brethren and Friends, we need to hold on to what we believe and in whom we believe. The times may be tough but let us never take our eyes off our God who will deliver and restore us. He has been reminding me that I must never get caught up with what others are going to do but what He is about to do. Let us be encouraged that the God who has done great and mighty things in the past is about to do so again. We will rise, so let us not give up because our God is Sovereign, and it is He who gives us strength.
It is the final week in Family and Child’s Month. We continue to pursue our role of support in prayer as we stand in the gap for our leaders, front-line and essential workers. Today’s prayer is led by our own Romeo Elliott. Romeo is 17 years of age. He is the treasurer of Grace Youth Ministries (GYM).
Let us pray;
God our creator, in the name of Jesus Christ, we acknowledge You as He who made the heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven and over the globe worship You.
Dear God, in such a time as this, there is grief in our hearts, anxiety on our minds, suffering before our eyes. So we need Your mercy, Your intercession, Your love.
God our healer, we pray for this corona virus. Your words say
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”Psalm 91:1 NIV
“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.”Psalm 91:3-6 NIV
Almighty God, Your word tells us we should fear nothing, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at midday.
Dear Lord, we pray for the doctors, nurses, and other front-line healthcare workers. We pray that you direct their hands, protect them from illness, and sustain their energy,
Lord, we present to you those connected with our church:
- 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 frontline (for example Dr. Richard Reynolds) and their families
Lord, we pray for the Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke, health workers and support staff, Minister of National Security Horace Chang, Minister with the responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, Peter Philips leader of the opposition and their families; Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force personnel and Security Guards.
Lord we also ask that you help business leaders and essential workers in Jamaica and the world. Lord remember especially:
- 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 who are litigating and liaising with relevant agencies;
- 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.
So we pray in Your Name, Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving.
If you are also in need of prayer or comfort, please contact us with your request. We would be very happy to share with you.