How to Pray for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Aside from the recommended measures suggested to prevent the contraction and spread of the Novel Coronavirus there’s not much you can do in terms of human willpower. Feeling powerless or not being able to control your circumstances makes us feel vulnerable. Some experience immobilizing fear while others resign to “whatever will be, will be.”

Sadly, many believers feel the same sense of fear, uncertainty, and panic in this and similar situations they face in life. But God has given us His “very great and precious promises” of peace and protection. He’s also given us His power over evil, sickness, and death. In fact the Bible says, “all of God’s promises are ‘yes’ in Christ; and they are “backed by the honor of His Name.”


The following is one example of how you can pray using God’s Word and His promises for protection. If you’re unsure how your prayers can actually make a difference, head over to this post on your Authority in Christ – the God-given right to declare and contend for God’s will over this or any circumstance in life.

The language of Psalm 91 addresses both physical and spiritual protection and reflects the nature of God’s love and promises for our safety and wellbeing.

This is a personalized paraphrase of Psalm 91 you can use either for yourself by using the word “I” in place of “we”; or even more effective by praying in agreement with one or more persons together and out loud using the word “we” as illustrated below:

Because we live in the shelter of the Most High, we will find our security, peace, and protection in the shadow of the Lord Almighty. This we now declare about the Lord: He alone is our refuge, our place of safety; he is our God, and we trust him. According to His Word, he will rescue us from every trap and protect us from deadly diseases. He will cover us with his feathers. He will shelter us with his wings. His faithful promises are the armor and protection He’s given us. We will not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrows aimed at us in the day. We will not dread the disease that is stalking around whether it’s in the darkness, or a disaster that strikes in the middle of the day. Even though a thousand fall near us, or ten thousand are dying around me, we declare, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ these forms of evil will not touch us. Because we make the Most High our shelter, no evil will overcome us; no plague will come near our home. For the Lord has promised to command his angels to protect us wherever we go. They will hold us up with their hands so we won’t even hurt our feet on a rock. Instead we will defeat this evil and subject it to the feet of Christ. Because the Lord loves us, He will protect us because we trust in Him. He promises to answer us when we call on Him, to be with us in trouble, to rescue and honor us, and reward us with a long life and His salvation. Amen!

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