Prayer #395: For the Continued Crisis of COVID-19 in India
The COVID-19 crisis in India is becoming more and more serious by the day. That country's first peak of the virus, in the summer and early fall of 2020, is minuscule compared to the current spike. India, a nation of about 1.4 billion people, has now confirmed 16 million cases of COVID-19, the second-highest in the world after the United States. Daily new cases are rapidly rising with no sign of abating. India recorded 2,263 deaths from COVID in the last 24 hours, for a total of 186,920. There is an acute need in the country for oxygen to treat patients gravely ill with COVID. Oxygen is in seriously short supply, and there is a call from India for help to other countries. Presently, only 1.6% of India's population is fully vaccinated, but thankfully, the vaccination rate is now on the rise. 8.6% of India's people are now partially vaccinated.
As our hearts go out to India, let us pray for relief from their most serious COVID-19 plight. Pray for the badly-needed oxygen in that country. Pray for the vaccination pace to continue to accelerate and for this major COVID surge to soon subside. Pray for God's work in the hearts of this nation, the second-most-populous in the world, where there are great spiritual needs. Pray that in the midst of this strong pandemic, many would seek God.
Ps. 61:1-3: "Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint. Lead Thou me to the rock that is higher than I; for Thou art a refuge, a strong tower against the enemy."