A Prayer During COVID-19

Oh God, in these days we turn to you. 

No one else has answers. 

No one else has hope. 

Only you, our Creator and Redeemer, are Truth and Life. 

Loving Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, hear our prayer.

Father, renew in us a confidence, not in ourselves

—our strength, our wisdom, our —

but in your Word and in the work of Your Son Jesus Christ. 

Your Word speaks a clear truth that cuts through the noise of confusion and despair. 

The promises of your Word are sure, promises of presence, sustenance, and love.

Turn us toward your word and away from the chaos of cable news and social media. 

Through your word, deepen our confidence in Christ. 

May we rest in his finished work and, 

because Jesus is our Great High Priest, 

boldly approach the throne of grace. 

Jesus, help us to obey your commands. 

You have placed authorities over us for our good;

Give us the strength to obey even when it hurts. 

We have not been designed for this solitude. 

We are a communal people forced to stay home. 

The enemy will take advantage of this and draw us toward sin.

Jesus, you have been tempted in every way and yet you withstood.

Help us to stand in your righteousness and resist the allure of sin. 

We confess that we too often turn to despair, anger, and vice. 

Instead, Lord Jesus, may we journey even deeper into your love and grace. 

May we meditate on your life and follow in your ways. 

God, you have the victory, for you have overcome the world. 

You are victorious and, in that final day, all will bow to you. 

As a sister recently shared with me, even Coronavirus must kneel before you.

Forgive us for forgetting your power and succumbing to despair. 

Cleanse us from ungodly worry and anger

Replace that sin with the joy of our salvation!

May a peace that surpasses all understanding fill our minds and our hearts!

For you, God, are the Victorious One. 

Nothing can defeat you, therefore nothing can triumph over your Church. 

Holy Spirit, guide us to use our time intentionally. 

Keep us away from mindless streaming and scrolling.

Protect us from the toxic nature of news networks.

Give us instead a renewed hunger for your word. 

Fill our hours with laughter and good conversation with friends and family.

Provide avenues of communication with neighbors far and near.

Open our minds to good books and sweet times of prayer. 

Lord, would we look back on these days spent apart as a precious time in your presence.

Holy Trinity, we ask for deliverance. 

Deliver us from the coronavirus. 

May we see your final victory in this day over this enemy.

Protect those who are on the front lines of this battle. 

Nurses and medical personnel,

All others deemed essential to the continued health of our society.

Shield them from illness and grant them the rest that they need. 

Would you fulfill all lack, from supplies to support. 

God, we know that you are our Shield and Protector. 

Defend those that we love. 

Heal those who are sick, oh Great Physician. 

Ease the cough, lower the fever, strengthen weakened muscles and bones. 

Give life to those who are suffering that they might glorify you from their rescue!

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) 

Hear Our Prayer, O God. Meet us with your love, your grace, your mercy. 

Strengthen us in your goodness. Renew in us our hope. 

Marcos Ortega

Marcos Ortega (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is an Assistant Pastor at Goodwill Church (Evangelical Presbyterian Church) and lives in the Hudson River Valley in New York with his wife and two daughters.

3 thoughts on “A Prayer During COVID-19

  • March 27, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Amen and amen.

  • March 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Marcos,

    Thank you for sharing the encouranging prayers!

    Is it possible that I “borrow” the wording of above prayers and translate them into Chinese, and post them onto other social media platforms?

    Many thanks,

    • April 1, 2020 at 11:59 am


      I just saw this! Apologies! Yes, use this prayer however you think would benefit our Chinese-speaking family and neighbors.

      I pray this blesses many!


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