The Bible is full of prayers crying out to God for protection against plagues.
The Bible frequently mentions plagues, and each time those afflicted by them would cry out to God for protection. Prayer was the first response for many in the Bible, as they knew that God had the power to release them from suffering, if it was in his divine will.
Here are a few short prayers found in the Bible that can be prayed during plagues.
TAKE YOUR PLAGUE AWAY FROM ME; I AM RAVAGED BY THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND. (PSALM 39:11)
O LORD, MY GOD, DO NOT AFFLICT YOUR PEOPLE WITH THIS PLAGUE! (1 CHRONICLES 21:17)
HE WILL RESCUE YOU FROM THE FOWLER’S SNARE, FROM THE DESTROYING PLAGUE. (PSALM 91:3)
HAVE PITY ON ME, LORD, FOR I AM WEAK; HEAL ME, LORD, FOR MY BONES ARE SHUDDERING. (PSALM 6:3)
LORD, TAKE NOTE OF ME; HEAL ME, ALTHOUGH I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU. (PSALM 41:5)
HEAL ME, LORD, THAT I MAY BE HEALED; SAVE ME, THAT I MAY BE SAVED, FOR YOU ARE MY PRAISE. (JEREMIAH 17:14)
LORD, I AM NOT WORTHY TO HAVE YOU ENTER UNDER MY ROOF; ONLY SAY THE WORD AND MY SERVANT WILL BE HEALED. (MATTHEW 8:8)
Below are the prayers and intentions for
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish’s Daily Call to Prayer
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9 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill
Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
12 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
3 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
6 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
9 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theater
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
for each other
because of the worst.
What if you thought of it
as Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love—
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
—Rev. Lynn Ungar