Prayer #3: For the Unemployed
Last week, 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for unemployment. This was the biggest jump in the application for jobless benefits in our nation's history. The Department of Labor estimates that unemployment has already risen to 5.5% and will continue to go up as the effects of shuttering businesses and industries due to the Coronavirus threat take full effect. Some economists believe that ultimately, 40 million in the U.S. could be unemployed.
Today, we want to pray for those that were formerly employed by businesses hardest hit by the mandated closings by state and local governmental leaders: restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, beauty salons, barbershops, airlines, travel industries, film production, auto manufacturing, oil and gas industries, clothes manufacture and retail stores, high-tech manufacturing, leisure, and hospitality businesses, sports industries, and non-essential retail and manufacturing. And though open, hotels are losing a critical amount of revenue. There are many more examples.
Let's pray for the vast numbers of unemployed across our country and around the world as the unprecedented effects of the Coronavirus crisis continue to accumulate. Pray for provision for the basic necessities for those out of work and without adequate savings. Pray for the Food Bank and ministries such as With Love from Jesus as they struggle to meet the growing demand for food and other items. Pray that those out of work would be able to find work in areas that are in great demand right now, such as grocery stores and the healthcare/medical industries. Pray too that during this time of intense need, the Church would be responsive to meeting the needs of these unemployed and caring for them in every way possible.
Matt. 25:36-40 " 'I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to see me.' And the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' "