The Lord’s Prayer

in the Season of the Coronavirus

In these next Sundays as we gather for morning worship in smaller groupings, we’ve prepared the following prayer guide to usher our congregation into prayer. The guide is also available online for groups, families, and individuals. 

Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.
Amen

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, he answered by giving them the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11). Many have noticed that Jesus’ prayer has six “petitions”: three that ask God to glorify himself and further his own kingdom purposes, and three that ask God to grant us mercy and care. What follows are a variety of “prayer prompts” that allow us to expand on each of these six petitions with our own prayers, especially in these weeks as we face various disruptions in personal, work, and church life during the Coronavirus pandemic, and for those who are high risk and who are economically disadvantaged by this outbreak. Please feel free to use these and expand upon them in your own prayer time.

  1. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…
    “Father, you are good and loving to your children, help us to feel and recognize your tender fatherly purposes even as we face challenging times…
    “May these global trials, in the end, result in more people adoring and worshipping you, trusting in you above all other sources of hope…

  2. Your kingdom come…
    “As earthly kingdoms shake and shudder these weeks, may your own kingdom rule expand and grow…
    “May your goals on earth be accomplished as you empower us to be your ambassadors of Jesus Christ…

  3. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven…
    “As the angels perfectly serve you, give us your Spirit so that we may perfectly serve You…
    “We confess that we sometimes confuse our will with your will...forgive us for assuming what your own goals should be, and assuming that your timeline should be our timeline...

  4. Give us today our daily bread…
    “Please protect the health and welfare of our family, friends, church members, the citizens of Walnut Creek, of our County, our nation, and our world…
    “Have mercy and sustain our overtaxed health care workers as they make preparations and care for the sick…
    “Give hope to the fearful, peace to the panicked, wisdom to our leaders…

  5. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…
    “Forgive us for any degree of faithless fear, or hubris, or uncharitableness toward our neighbor, and lead us to serve others with your own selfless love…
    “Grant us your grace to quickly and deeply forgive any who offend or harm us, remembering that you have forgiven far greater things through the substitutionary death of Jesus on our behalf…
    “Let our experience of your saving grace soften our stony hearts so that we would freely serve you and others…

  6. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil…
    “May this pandemic pass, may lives be saved, especially the most vulnerable…
    “Restrain the work of the enemy of our souls, who always seeks to sow division and fear…

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.