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March 16, 2020 / Whitworth University

Peace in the Midst of a Storm

March 16-29

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This week we pray for:

  • President Beck A. Taylor, the president’s cabinet and other institutional leaders who are striving daily to discern God’s leading for Whitworth in light of the novel coronavirus situation. We pray for wisdom, peace and rest in the midst of this intense season of leadership.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
  • Peace for Whitworth students who are facing a serious disruption to their plans for the semester. We particularly pray for those who had exciting times ahead this spring, like athletes, musicians and seniors.
  • Faculty who are preparing to offer online/distance instruction starting March 30. We pray for guidance, creativity and insight on how to educate and connect with students in the Whitworth way but using new means.
  • Student life staff who are working to care for students in this time. We pray for strength, wisdom and creativity in their work.
  • Safety for students traveling during this time.
  • International students and their families who are feeling the pressures and complications of this crisis in unique ways. We pray for peace and provision for them and for God’s people to care for them in concrete ways.
  • The ability for all of us to love our neighbors in concrete ways through this pandemic. We pray that we could trust God wholeheartedly and love extravagantly as we live as God’s Kingdom witnesses by the Spirit of Jesus, to the end that many would find new hope in Jesus Christ in the midst of uncertainty.


Lord, when faced with a challenge or crisis, our tendency is to get anxious. We ask for your peace today. We approach you with thanksgiving today, trusting that you are our refuge and strength, that you reign on your throne today, that you are our provider and that you are our hope. We also come to you in prayer and supplication, bringing all that weighs down our hearts – people we love, economic effects of this pandemic, the unknowns of the future and more. As we honestly approach you with our needs, we thank you for your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds from all worries, anxieties and fears. We are grateful and thankful that we can go to you as your beloved children, knowing that you are Lord and King no matter what comes.

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