Prayer #18: For Those in Nursing and Convalescent Homes During the Coronavirus Crisis
Coronavirus outbreaks have occurred in nursing homes, convalescent homes, and other long-term care facilities across the country. The most recent numbers (as of the end of March), tracked federally, indicate that about 400 such facilities have reported at least one case of the virus. Other sources indicate that this number may be much higher, with over 2,200 cases in 36 states. Those in long-term care facilities are people with the greatest risk of dying from the COVID-19 virus, so the identification of cases at these places is most serious. It is also quite distressing to loved ones and friends of those in these facilities since they are prevented from visiting and comforting them---those with and without the virus---due to current restrictions.
Surely we want to lift up those who are in long-term care facilities. Pray that the Lord would protect them from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Pray for strength and God's healing for those who have gotten the virus. Pray for those who are caregivers in these facilities---this is a very stressful time for them as well. Pray that the Lord would comfort them and that they would comfort the residents with the comfort that they themselves have received. Pray also for the loved ones and friends of those in these long-term care facilities---that they would call on God and trust Him to love and care for those who are dear to them, as they are unable to themselves be physically present. Pray for the best-available tracking of these cases, which may possibly be vastly under-reported. Above all, let's pray for the Spirit of the Lord to permeate these nursing homes, convalescent homes, and other long-term care facilities, that many would-be renewed in their faith and many would be saved through Christ Jesus.
Is 46:4 "Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs, I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save."
PS: Answer to prayer: We prayed on Day 13 for the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who was in ICU and seriously ill with the Coronavirus. He was released from the hospital earlier today, the worst has passed, and will spend the remainder of his recovery at Chequers, the royal house in the English countryside.