A Prayer in a Time of Pestilence
O God, You desire not the death of sinners, but rather that we turn from our wickedness and live. Graciously behold Your people, the church on earth, who plead to You and spare us. Withdraw the scourge of Your wrath and be moved in mercy to turn away this pestilence from us and restore jobs, livelihood, civil liberties, and health as daily bread and protect us from evil and oppression; for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Psalm 91: The Lord is Our Refuge and Fortress
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because He holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver Him;
I will protect Him, because He knows My Name.
When He calls to Me, I will answer Him; I will be with Him in trouble;
I will rescue Him and honor Him.
With long life I will satisfy Him and show Him My salvation.”
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.