Prayer #23: For the Homeless During the Coronavirus Crisis
The plight of the homeless has become even more acute with the onset of the Coronavirus. Some shelters have closed or full, or are too laden with the risk of catching the virus. Many of the places that homeless people have gone to use bathrooms---libraries and other public buildings for instance---are closed. There are far fewer people on the streets from whom they can ask assistance. Many soup kitchens have closed. Unhoused people are often ill as well, and historically, have had a much higher risk of getting influenza, Hepatitis A, and tuberculosis, and they are often unable to exercise good hygiene. Thus, they are far more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. They can't stay at home because they have no home. Half of the homeless are fifty or more years old, and with the health problems that homelessness brings, they are at a much higher risk of getting the Coronavirus.
Today we want to lift up before the Father the homeless people across our country. Pray for their provision of food during this crisis---food is much harder for them to obtain now than before. Pray for those who are working, through local governments and private agencies, to bring relief and comfort to the homeless, especially in our larger U.S. cities, where places are trying to be provided---large parking lots for instance---for adequate social distancing. Pray for the ministries across our nation that are seeking to bring physical, emotional and spiritual care to the homeless. Pray that these ministries would be given, through God's people, all the needed resources and volunteers. Locally, here in the greater Raleigh area, pray for Church in the Woods, led by Alice McGee, that has ministered to our area's homeless for a long time. Pray that the Lord would give this ministry much wisdom and provision to meet this greater need now. Especially pray for God to touch the hearts of "the least of these," remembering that Jesus was a homeless man who had "nowhere to lay His head."
1 Jn. 3:17-18: "If anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in Him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth."