Prayer #22: For Patience and Wisdom as the Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Continue
In the last several days, there have been a number of organized protests of the Coronavirus restrictions in various parts of the country. These have taken place in Ohio and Michigan (where the protests, via gridlock in the state capital with thousands of vehicles driven by the protesters, were particularly strong), and Kentucky. A protest is planned in Virginia shortly. Some protesting against the infringement of civil liberties, but most protests are stemming from the severe economic ramifications of the restrictions. Millions of people are out of work, and that number continues to grow as the restrictions remain in place. The governors of these states, and many other states as well, however, feel that it is still too soon to relax the Coronavirus restrictions since there are still new cases of the virus occurring. So today, we want to pray for this situation.
We want to pray for both patience and wisdom here. Pray for patience for all U.S. citizens as they continue to endure these restrictive measures and suffer under severe economic effects from them. Many people really are hurting now. Jobs have been lost and livelihoods greatly threatened. Finances, for those with little savings, are running out. It is a dire situation for these people. On the other hand, our governmental leaders---our governors and the President especially---are tasked with looking out for both the safety and the wellbeing of the citizens that they serve, so they need great wisdom. Pray that these leaders would run to God for this wisdom. We as the Church want to be in prayer, then, for both the citizens and the governmental leaders of our nation during this national crisis.
Rom. 12:12: "Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."