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March 30, 2020 / Whitworth University

God’s Gracious Election for the Sake of the World

March 30-April 5

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:7-11

This week we pray for:

  • Our world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for government leaders and medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God to heal our world of this virus.
  • 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 COVID-19 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, present and past, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
  • All of the Whitworth community members (especially graduating seniors) who continue to grieve the loss of experiences they would have had throughout the rest of the semester on campus.
  • Whitworth students who are “returning” from Spring Break (wherever they are geographically) and adjusting to the new distance learning format for their courses. We pray that they find good rhythms of life and continue to invest diligently in their educational development.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who begin online/distance instruction on Monday. We pray for peace, wisdom, patience and creativity as they work to provide the personal education of mind and heart to which Whitworth is committed.
  • Whitworth staff who are working from home or on campus during this time, for peace, wisdom and strength as they creatively accomplish the work of the university.
  • The approximately 40 students (mostly international students) who are not able to leave campus at this time. We pray for peace, health and community as they live and study on an otherwise empty campus.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, today we remember your power and love in the midst of this global disruption. We look to you as our rock and our salvation this day and pray for our daily bread. We pray for the vulnerable, both physically and economically, and thank you that you are a God who draws near to our suffering and who loves justice, particularly for the weak and vulnerable. We pray for you to be their defender today. As your people whom you have chosen in Christ, we ask for your empowerment by the Holy Spirit to be your body in the world. We pray that your light would shine through us and that people would “see our good deeds and glorify the Father who is in heaven.” Amen.

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