Prayer For Business Leaders (21 May)
Sing: Here is Love
Scripture: Matthew 5:3-10
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
O great God, what a generous God You are. How could we miss that of Your heart? Father, we fail to see how much You have blessed us and how You long to bless us with what truly matters. You give us what our hearts deeply desire and yet we run to lesser things and make them gods! Forgive us, Lord!
Father, today we want to lift up to You our economy and, in particular, businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19. In a strange way, this pandemic has highlighted the wealth and class divides in our society – with those who are already poor and vulnerable being hit the hardest. In March alone, there were 462 bankruptcy applications, highest in more than 15 years. For the entrepreneurs who have dreams of building their business, this must have been very difficult as their closures impact not only themselves but those of the employees. The unsold goods in the stores, the orders waiting to be shipped out, and the stored produce or products with limited lifespan all add to the stress of loss, wastage and then disposal. What great cost! What huge loss! Lord, all this will have a tsunami impact on the businesses and economy.
We want to pray for those who are finding their daily lives tough now – be it in businesses that are under stress from high rentals, loss of workers, and loss of revenues to stay afloat, in stores that have shut, or in F&B establishments depending on food deliveries or takeaways. We think of those who do not even have the privilege of working from home and those who have lost their jobs or may be at risk of losing them. Father, it is one thing to know that everyone is feeling the weight of this pandemic, but it becomes painfully difficult when it personally hits close to home, to dip into the savings while wondering how long the funds will last. Some have not only lost their jobs. Some are experiencing increasing marital tensions and great concerns for providing for their children or elderly parents. Some may have even got to the point where they cannot pay their rent and are evicted and are now homeless. Lord, have mercy on them.
We pray for families whose sole breadwinner might risk exposure to the virus in the different fields of work. Father, please protect them against possible carriers of the virus. Lord, be with them during this time. Let them know that You are with them and You will take care of them, just as You provide for the birds of the air and the grass of the field. May they see Your goodness and draw closer to You during this time. In whatever ways Your people – our church – can be a blessing to the community, the businesses and the national economy, do remind us to support them. Open our eyes and move us to tangibly help in the small or big ways we can. Thank You for the opportunity to house the homeless in our church building. In so doing, may those in need come to see Your love and care in their time with us. Open their eyes and hearts to see the reality of You even through the challenges they face in finding jobs or homes and in finding reconciliation with their families. Grant them courage and hope to rise above their predicament with the help of brothers and sisters in Christ who can point them to Jesus and to better circumstances. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.