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How can we pray for Singapore? 15 ideas for your coronavirus prayer list

by Justine Ocampo // February 11, 2020, 2:03 pm

Crowded MRT train in Singapore

You’ve heard it time and again. In a season like this, we need to cover our nation in prayer.

To this end, we’ve put together 15 points of prayer for Singapore. So whether it’s praying for the afflicted, the workers serving on the frontlines or those in positions of power, let’s remember these 15 groups of people in prayer!

1. PATIENTS AND THEIR CLOSE CONTACTS 

Singapore now has the third highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases after China and Japan. As of February 10, there are now 45 confirmed cases with seven in critical condition. A total of 896 people have been quarantined.

Let’s thank God for the seven patients who have fully recovered from the virus so far. Continue to remember there’s a life behind every number and pray for:

  • Healing and protection 
  • Peace for family members and loved ones
  • Comfort during this time of trouble

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2. MEDICAL WORKERS

Serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle, our medical workers have been working tirelessly to care for the afflicted and the affected. Yet, for all of their hard work and effort, some of them can’t even take trains or buy food in peace. 

So let’s show our brothers and sisters some love when we see them in public. They’re fighting for us, so we should also fight for them. Pray for:

  • Protection, health and strength
  • Quality rest and time with loved ones 
  • Favour with all Singaporeans when they are out in public

3. OUR LEADERS 

The authorities have responded to the crisis with measures like implementing travel restrictions, providing masks for every Singaporean household, and instituting health checks at workplaces and schools. They’ve also taken steps to contain the spread of the virus, reflected in the changes to the DORSCON code.

So let us cover our leaders in prayer – God knows they need it in this time. Pray for:

  • Wisdom to respond swiftly and appropriately to changing circumstances
  • Clarity of mind
  • Heart of compassion

4. CHURCH LEADERS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS 

Local churches here have started to take various precautions like temperature taking, cancelling church services for children and elderly, as well as starting livestreams. These measures naturally mean the mobilisation of more help to cope with the increased workload. 

Let’s not forget the two churches that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus cases. Pray for: 

  • Wisdom and strength for church staff and volunteers.
  • Protection against the coronavirus for churches.
  • Christ’s love and unity to be evident through the body of Christ.

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5. EMPLOYERS AND WORKPLACES 

The situation has meant disruptions to most workplaces, and not all teams have the luxury to work from home. Implementing precautionary measures like mass temperature taking also require much planning and coordination.

Some bosses have even ended up bearing additional burdens when their foreign workers could not return home from abroad. Pray for:

  • Wisdom for management teams to respond swiftly and appropriately to changing circumstances 
  • Patience and understanding among employees and bosses
  • Minimal impact on businesses 

6. MOH’S CONTACT TRACING TEAM

Contact tracers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) have an arduous task. There are reportedly only 70 people who have to contact more than 900 individuals that have come into contact with patients so far. Pray for:

  • Stamina to cope with the demands of the job
  • Success in tracing contacts
  • Favour so their contacts will cooperate 

7. SERVICE CREW

Service is hard enough as it is. People like F&B and retail staff, hawker stall aunties and uncles, security guards and MRT staff continue to face the crowds each day as they carry out their work duties. In this trying time, let’s pray for:

  • Protection against the coronavirus
  • Compassion from the ones they serve 
  • Provision for those whose livelihoods have been affected

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8. CLEANERS

To keep our public spaces clean, some new measures implemented include cleaning hawker centres every four hours compared to once a day previously. The lift buttons of public estates are also being disinfected three times a day.

We can help by clearing our own food trays and being personally responsible for our hygiene. We can also help through prayer. Pray for:

  • Protection against the coronavirus
  • Strength as they labour to clean vast public areas
  • Provision for their needs

9. PUBLIC TRANSPORT WORKERS

Let’s remember the folks who help us get around. To protect taxi drivers and bus drivers, masks have been given to them, while private-hire companies such as Grab have temporarily suspended ride-sharing options for users’ safety. 

Pray for:

  • Wisdom to know how to keep themselves safe
  • Compassion from passengers 
  • Protection from the coronavirus

10. SUPERMARKET STAFF 

Ever since the mass panic-buying, many staff in our local supermarkets have had to work overtime so that the shelves do not remain empty. Let’s not forget those who are working hard in the supermarkets and warehouses to ensure that we have enough at home. Pray for:

  • Protection from the coronavirus
  • Replenished strength as they replenish our shelves
  • Smooth logistics

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11. THE HOMELESS AND NEEDY 

Even before stocks ran out, basic necessities and surgical masks were already hard to come by for needy families. The homeless are also particularly vulnerable: Not only do they lack the means to purchase basic necessities, many have no proper shelter. Pray for:

  • Protection against the coronavirus 
  • Provision for their needs
  • Love and compassion from others to reach out and serve the needy

12. THE ELDERLY 

Immunity is a big concern for this group. Recovery takes longer and is harder at their age as well.  So let us cover our older folks in prayer and honour them as our elders – there is also blessing in doing so. Pray for:

  • Protection against the coronavirus 
  • Help and healing from God for those already weakened by other illnesses or health problems
  • Family unity as we stand by our ageing parents and grandparents

13. CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS 

Besides the elderly, children are the other group of people who are most susceptible to being infected by the coronavirus. Think of the recent cases reported, which include a 6-month-old and a two-year-old girl. There have also been reports of racism. Do remember our young Singaporeans studying overseas who might be facing discrimination because of the coronavirus paranoia. Pray for:

  • Protection for the little ones
  • Wisdom for educators as they teach children about the coronavirus 
  • Loving responses in the face of racism and xenophobia

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14. MIGRANT WORKERS 

Think of the migrant workers whose families may be infected or at risk of infection back home. Think of how worried they must be while not having the means or ability to return home to care for their family. Pray for:

  • Protection for these migrant workers and their families 
  • Compassion and fairness from their employers
  • Provision for their needs while working in Singapore

15. OURSELVES 

While many in the world shake with fear, let us overcome fear with faith because of the peace we have in Christ. When others look at us, may they see hope amid despair, and life in the face of death. Pray for:

  • Peace as we still our hearts before God
  • Conviction of God’s sovereignty over all things
  • Grace to be salt and light in the world, and to point others to Jesus

PAUSE + PRAY

  1. Take a moment to pray for the various individuals affected by the coronavirus in Singapore
  2. Which of these groups of people do you feel most burdened by? 
  3. Are there ways you can meet their needs on top of prayer? 
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Justine Ocampo

Justine doesn't wear a watch, but she's always just-ine time, just-ine case you were wondering.