James Emory White: 10 Pandemic Prayers

Pastor James Emory White of Mecklenburg Community Church has collected ten pandemic prayers. How are you praying through this trial?

pandemic prayers

James Emory White, founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina has collected ten pandemic prayers. How are you praying through this trial?

10 Pandemic Prayers

1. Father, help me to so honor you through my online presence and chosen words and spirit that people will see, hear and feel Jesus through everything I post. 

2. Please help me, whenever I am tempted to focus on how I am being inconvenienced and poorly served, to instead think of how I might serve others.  

3. Dear Lord, may I long to privately worship you as much as I long to return to publicly worshiping you. 

4. I pray for my black brothers and sisters. I cannot imagine what this time is like for them, but I can pray for them. Father, forgive me for any and all racism, and help me to work for justice at every opportunity. I confess I do not often know what that means, so please, through my own efforts to learn and the power of the Holy Spirit to convict, lead me. 

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4. I pray for my white brothers and sisters. Their eyes are opening, and I pray for full vision. Father, forgive me for any and all racism on my part, and keep me from any and all bitterness and resentment. Do not let the evil one gain any foothold in my spirit. Strengthen me to never tire as I work for justice in ways that continually honor you and lift up all of humanity. 

5. I need you to give me financial faith that I do not have, obedience I do not want to give, and trust that does not come naturally.   

6. I pray this to my God: I may not know the reasons for all that has happened, but I have faith in the One who does. 

7. Father, I know how much I thirst for grace for my own life—help me to be quick to offer the same drink to others around me. 

8. Somehow, someway, help me to rise above the seeds being sown all around me—seeds of fear, division and anger. Instead, somehow, someway, help me to plant trust, unity and love. 

9. Dear God, I am online so much. I offer this Scripture as a prayer and plea to you: “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes…” (Psalm 101:3a, NASB) 

10. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  (Known as the “Jesus Prayer,” this pandemic prayer dates back to at least the 5th century.

 

This collection of pandemic prayers originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

James Emery White
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, is available on Amazon. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, visit ChurchAndCulture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on Twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.