A COVID-19 Prayer Guide

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
Proverbs 18:10

My senior year of high school, the east coast was hit by the “Storm of the Century” blizzard and my school had to cancel the long-anticipated basketball tournament. Today, this disappointment seems extremely minor compared to the struggles of so many in the current COVID-19 crisis.

As I considered the innumerable needs during this difficult time, the Lord brought to mind the idea of constructing a weekly prayer guide. When possible, I sorted the prayer requests to associate with each day of the week, as a mnemonic device. For instance, pastors and leaders are listed on Sunday but economic needs on Friday (pay day).

I encourage you to journal a summary of the verses and use your notes in your prayers. For example, for the verse above, you could write and then pray, “Lord, you are my strong tower. Help me run to You instead of depending on my own strength.” The Scripture references are by no means exhaustive, so I welcome comments sharing verses that have encouraged you during this crisis.

I hope this guide can be an encouragement to you and your family, as it has been to mine.



Pray for

  • a global Great Awakening
  • personal growth in faith
  • a God-exalting attitude among Christians
  • family and church unity
  • opportunities to serve others
  • mercy for the lost, physically and spiritually
  • peace

meditation: Colossians 4:2, Acts 4:12, Matthew 10:28-33, Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 43:1-11, Psalm 46:10



Pray for wisdom and protection for

  • our pastors, missionaries, church staff, and their families
  • civil leaders and their families (find names here)

meditation: I Peter 5:2-3, Ephesians 4:11-12, I Timothy 2:1-2



Pray for grace for

  • teachers and students navigating online classes
  • parents trying to juggle working at home and supervising their kids’ classes

meditation: Deuteronomy 6:7, Proverbs 1:2-7



Pray for protection for

  • doctors, nurses, and hospital staff
  • heroes such as military, firefighters, police, and EMTs
  • grocery store/restaurant employees and others vulnerable to virus exposure

meditation: Psalm 18:2, Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 91:9-11



Pray for…

  • healing for ICU patients and all who are sick
  • grace and strength for families separated by medical emergencies
  • comfort for families who have lost a loved one
  • wisdom for scientists working to develop treatments

meditation: Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 61:1, Psalm 16:1, Isaiah 43:2



Pray for safety and provision for

  • the elderly and others who are struggling to keep basic supplies on hand
  • for those with other needs such as medical emergencies or childbirth

meditation: James 1:27, Micah 6:8, I Timothy 5:8



Pray for provision for

  • everyone hurt economically, such as small business owners and those who earn commission
  • workers in hard-hit sectors, including tourism, airlines, restaurants, theaters, and wedding services

meditation: Philippians 4:6, Luke 12:22-34



Pray for grace for

  • every bride, groom, graduate, and family member who will not be celebrating in person this spring
  • students, teachers, directors, and coaches who have labored long for performances, competitions, and trips now cancelled

meditation: Psalm 34:18, Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

Here are two printable versions of the prayer guide for your convenience:

  1. April Lui

    Thanks for sharing this Diana! This is a great way to cover everything that needs to be prayed for right now into bite-sized pieces that are more focused and manageable than trying to pray for everything every day.

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