We Can Pray

by Rev. Rachel Billups

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14


Jeremiah 17:14-17


Like the prophet Jeremiah we are asking God, “What do you want us to do?” That’s the prayer of our hearts!  When it seems like all comfort is drying up, when life feels uncertain, when anxiety is on the rise … what can we do today?  

We can do something we’ve always been able to do. We simply have a new perspective on our circumstances and want to find ways to care for our community differently than we’re used to. 

We can pray.

This is our opportunity to pray like never before for…

  • Our families and friends
  • People who already have the virus
  • The most vulnerable among us
  • Doctors, nurses, folks working in hospitals, ERs, Urgent Care …

.  First responders

  • Those who will contract the virus and be scared
  • Those who don’t know how they will pay their bills
  • Small business owners and those who are unemployed
  • Teachers, parents, and children navigating education on new platforms
  • ______________(who else is on your list?)

As followers of Jesus, prayer is action. God hears our prayer. When we utter, “Jesus, what do you want me to do?” Jesus hears our prayers. When we ask, “How long, Lord?” Jesus hears our prayer. May you find comfort and hope in knowing that God hears the cry of your heart. 

As we stay home, keep our physical distance, and continue this journey together to be the people God created us to be, remember, God is with you. God hears your prayer. 


Lord Jesus, hear my prayer for the people I’ve already named. When I don’t have the words to pray, hear the prayers of my heart.  Thank you, Jesus, for meeting me where I am today. I offer myself to you, Amen. 


What is the prayer of your heart today?

Comment below or use a journal to record how God is with you each day of this journey.

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