As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him (Psalm 103:13). For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10). For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted (Isaiah 49:13).
Lord Jesus, we know that the Gospel writers often wrote how you waded into the crowds and had compassion on them, touching them gently, listening to their stories, to their pleas of help for themselves or their children. And then we read how out of your mercy, and with a compassionate heart of love, how you cured from disease or oppression all who came to you to be healed.
As you know Lord, many in our land today are sick, many to the point of death, and many family members are unable to visit their loved ones in the hospital wards because of this pandemic. We urge you, Lord, out of your great compassion, to be present with the suffering, provide comfort to the grieving, and to heal the sick.
As you know Lord, many in our land today are struggling with great personal needs. So many have lost their incomes, are alone and afraid, and do not know where to turn. Jesus, you often saw the crowds and had compassion on them, because as you said, they were “like sheep without a shepherd.” As the government works to give leadership in this crisis and attempt to provide for the financial needs of many in crisis, we invite you, Lord, to also provide for their heart needs through your hand of love and comfort. Lord, we invite you to turn government leaders, faith leaders, and those in physical need to your Word for guidance, for comfort and strength.
Finally, we pray in this time of trial and loss, that the Church will fulfill it’s calling by stepping out with acts of sacrifice and compassion. And may the hearts of many be turned to you, oh Lord, because of your great love for them. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.