President Trump declared today-March 15th as National day of prayer. As I watch events unfold and chaos around me, I can’t help but pray. As a critical care nurse, I’m not in a state of panic as we care for really sick patients and deal with lots of scary viruses daily. As a Christian, I am not afraid because truly God is almighty. But there’s so much to pray about.
So pray. Pray for all those that are sick, especially those with suppressed immune systems. The premature babies, young children, those with cancer, high risk pregnant mother, the elderly, even those who’s immune systems are weaken by stress and over working.
Pray for our leaders, whether you like them or hate them. The book of Jeremiah calls us to pray for the peace and prosperity for the city in which we live, “because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7) Prayer that they would be lead to make correct decisions, even if it’s difficult. Prayer for the economy and stock market. Pray for the CDC, the center for disease control.
Pray for each other, our neighbors, and our friends. In a time of so much panic, let our words be calming, providing strength to each other. Pray for those who cannot afford not working and those who cannot afford childcare. Let us open our hearts and be helping hands. Whatever you do, whether big or small, you are doing for the Lord (Matthew 25:40). We need each other.
Pray for the doctors, nurses, patient care techs, respiratory therapists, EMTs, all emergency responders and hospital staff, especially in high risk areas such as the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units. Be patient and kind to them and adhere to the hospital restrictions they explain to you. Understand that people in these professions use humor to get them through their toughest shifts.
Let your faith be bigger than your fears. The phrases “fear not” and “do not be afraid” appear 365 times in the Bible. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). This is the verse I live on, it has given unspeakable strength through the years. God truly does not want us to be afraid, we are His children and He’s got us. At the same time, He calls to be responsible citizens. He calls us to pray. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6-7).