Prayer #68: For Businesses That Have Experienced Closure and Loss During the Coronavirus Crisis and Amidst the Current Destruction/Looting
Small business owners in many U.S. cities are wondering if their businesses will survive the combined closures during the COVID-19 outbreak and the current destruction and looting that has taken place in the wake of the police-related death of George Floyd. Thousands of stores across the nation have been thoroughly looted, burned, and thoroughly destroyed. Already placed in financial jeopardy because of the Coronavirus restrictions and closures, many of these business owners, particularly those of small businesses, are not sure that they have the financial resources to rebuild again. A number of these downtown storefront stores were owned, operated, and employed by African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians, groups that were already economically hit the hardest from the COVID-19 restrictions. This one-two punch, the Coronavirus followed by the looting, burning, and destruction, may prove economically fatal to these urban businesses. They need our prayers today.
We want to right now pray for these many businesses across our country that have been hurt by the Coronavirus restrictions and now have been destroyed by looting and destruction. Many will need help if they ever hope to rebuild. Pray for the economic support to come for them to be able to do so. Pray especially for God to quell the violence that has stirred up in cities throughout the nation. We see ultimately the hand of Satan behind all of this, for he came to kill (Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and many other race-related killings in recent years), steal (looting) and destroy (burning and destruction). Pray that his hand would be stayed. Pray for God to work in the hearts of those who have been consumed by hatred and racism. Pray too for God's work in the hearts of those who have been stirred to violence, theft, and destruction. Pray for the healing of our nation that can only come in its fullness through Christ Jesus.
Rom. 12:9-12: "Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection, outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."