A Prayer for Opening

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A Prayer for Opening

May 11, 2020

A number of American states have decided to live in fear no longer and are gradually lifting the self-imposed siege against the Coronavirus. What a blessing that is! As our nation begins to release our economy and our society from the shackles of the lockdown, we must accompany each state and the whole opening process in prayer. Please pray this “Prayer for Opening” during this vulnerable time.

A Prayer for Opening

Lord Jesus Christ,

In the Gospels, you cured a mute and deaf man with a word of command: Effetha! “Be opened!” Trusting in your full authority over all elements of this world, we approach you now with greatest confidence, asking that you open our society and our hearts with your mighty word of command.

Where there is infection and death, O Lord, pour out your Spirit of life upon us and deprive the deadly virus of its arrogance and power.

Where there is a spirit of fear, Lord, grant us your tender mercy and open the floodgates of grace to cleanse us of anxiety.

Where any part of society is locked in economic or spiritual paralysis, Lord, liberate us from those bonds of slavery and free us to worship, work, and prosper once again.

Where we encounter hatred, brutality, division, and abuse of power, Lord, open our hearts to have “charity toward all and malice toward none,” and to always seek the perfect justice that comes from Your Kingdom of light and truth.

Hear us, O Lord, we pray!

Hear our fervent prayer for opening, Lord, and grant us Your forgiveness!

We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with God our Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.