You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:5,9 (ESV)
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
Lord, we humble ourselves before you today in prayer. Our hearts are saddened by the reports coming from our own nation and around the world of the continued spread and devastation of COVID-19. Today we draw near to your “throne of grace” in confidence and faith knowing you will hear our prayer. Your word says that we are a “royal priesthood” and “a holy nation” – a people who once were in “darkness” without You. But You were merciful to us and called us out of darkness and into Your “marvelous light.” You are a God who is full of mercy, compassion, and grace. You said we can “receive mercy” in our “time of need.” We need Your help. We cry out to you, for our world is in a desperate place. COVID-19 has created a dire time of need, but we are standing in faith and on the promises of Your Word.
Today, we choose faith over fear, and worship over worry. We are believing that even as the Old Testament priests were used to stand in the gap as intercessors to see plagues and pestilence eradicated, so You will use the Church, Your royal priesthood today, to intercede and see COVID-19 eradicated from the globe.
Therefore, in the name of Jesus, who is declared in Scripture to be the High Priest of our faith, we stand with the Body of Christ, and take authority over the COVID-19 virus. We pray that COVID-19 – be eradicated; the victims – be healed; and the doctors, nurses, scientists, and first responders – be protected. We ask all these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen!