Prayer #308: For COVID-19 and Those in Poverty
Economists from the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame have just released a report that indicates that the nation's poverty rate increased from 9.3% to 11.8% between June and December, as COVID-19 has economically affected our country's poorest people most of all. An additional 8.1 million people are now considered to be living in the poverty range. This has happened in spite of efforts by the federal government through the 2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide stimulus money to individuals and businesses and unemployment benefits to the millions of people that were put out of work during the COVID shutdowns. Over the past five months, an average of 800,000 people has filed for unemployment benefits each month. At the peak in the early spring, there were 7 million people out of work just after the shutdowns began. Nearly 70 million people (about 40% of the workforce) have filed for unemployment at some point during the COVID pandemic. The COVID-19 virus continues to leave much poverty in its wake.
Pray for those who are in our lowest level of economic condition as they are trying just to survive during this long pandemic. Pray for the relief they need, both through the Church and ministries and through state and federal governmental agencies. Pray for Christian-based ministries locally such as With Love from Jesus in Raleigh and Dorcas in Cary, which bring together many volunteers from the Body of Christ to bring Christ's love to those in physical and spiritual need. Never were such ministries needed more than now.
Micah 6:8: "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"