For National Day of Prayer 5-7-2020
"Pray God's Glory Across the Earth"
In the news today, another 3.12 million Americans filed for unemployment; the 7-week total has reached 33 million. This Coronavirus has not only caused thousands to die prematurely – both here in the United States and in Countries worldwide. It has put millions out of work – caused loss of income needed to support families, pay for rent or mortgages (provide roof over heads), put food on table (feed the hungry) and cover other essentials such as medicine, transportation, etc.
In your Holy Word there are many references on work. In Genesis 2:15 we read – You, “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Following mankind’s fall into sin you stated, “Cursed is the ground because of you (man); through painful toil (work) you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow (strenuous work) you will eat your food” (Genesis 3:17-19).
This you, Oh Lord God, have decreed for mankind – and it has been true down through thousands of years of human history.
The Apostle Paul gave this exhortation in his letter to the Ephesian Christians – “He (people) must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need" (Ephesians 4:28).
He, Paul, practiced what he preached for he stated this to the Thessalonians: “You ought to follow our example, we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you… we did this to make a model for you to follow… we gave you this rule; ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’” (II Thessalonians 3:7-10).
People need to work. People want to work but today many millions have lost their employment due to the COVID19 health crisis. So, Lord God we are praying for this disease to be abated – that the health threat would reside so that businesses can again be open to serve the public’s needs and provide gainful employment for their workers. Without jobs people can’t provide for their families (home, food, medicine, transportation).
They can’t “render to Caesar” (the government) revenue to provide needed service to protect citizens. They can’t “give to God” their tithes and offerings for ministries…
We ask for a healing of our land of the disease and its affect on the economy. We ask not for selfish reasons but to provide work so that the other needful things can be realized again.
We continue to pray for your protection for those who are still working – in the healthcare field, first time responders and people serving in essential services including retail (for food and other essentials).
Grant these requests/prayers offered in Jesus name – Amen!