Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace

at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16 (NLT)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:17 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, now that we have our first confirmed case of the coronavirus in county where I live in Tennessee (Williamson), we have a fresh opportunity to trust the rule of your peace in our hearts.

We also have a grand grace-opportunity to see how you will use this pesky contagion to heighten a sense of our mortality, and bring many to a saving knowledge of yourself.

In Paul’s words, you promise peace “at all times and in every situation.” Thank you, Jesus. To know you are with us and for us—to know you love us and are in control of all things (including the coronavirus), that is what we need more than anything else in life.

Be with this infected man in our community—his family, circle of friends, and those who realize they’ve had exposure to him. May faith, not fear, win the day; wisdom trump worry; safeguards be exercised, and over-reactions be minimized.

There’s nothing like a “good ole” health crisis to fill our hearts with gratitude, and fuel our intercession for those you’ve called into medical vocations. Grant research scientists success as they labor 24/7 to create an effective vaccine.

Grant hospitals, urgent care clinics—physicians and nurses alike, protection, wisdom, and grace to serve as an expression of your heart and hand in this crisis, Lord Jesus.

We pray for the most vulnerable and the weakest, as this virus runs its course—the elderly and young children. We pray for governors, city officials, school superintendents, as important decisions are made. Jesus, thank you for peace before, in, and after this health “kerfuffle.” So very Amen we pray, in your strong and tender name.