Daily Devotion

Day 17 – Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and 1 Peter 3:15

Many are seeking answers to life.  This is an amazing opportunity for those of us, who have a personal relationship, to be used of God.

Let us be prepared to answer questions about our faith and trusting God especially in this COVID-19 world. Amen.

Day 16 – Read Proverbs 8:17 and Jeremiah 29:11

This pandemic may be the catalyst for strong believers to be encouraged of God’s sovereignty, for weak believers to reconnect with God and for non-believers to accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Help us to trust you and the plans you have for us. Help us to grow closer to you, Lord, no matter what our current spiritual status. Amen.

DAY 15 – Read James 4:2-3, Proverbs 19:17 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

There are individuals and families that are not able to provide food and other resources for everyday living. Let them put all pride aside in order to ask for help.  Let those who are able and have the resources be generous enough to provide for the needs of many.

Where there is a need, let people ask for support.  For those who have been blessed generously, let them give generously. Amen.

DAY 14 – Read Psalm 23:2-3 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Protect our city and the police officers that help with law and order in the community. Staffing and hours of duty probably cause men and women to be tired physically, emotionally and spiritually. Restore them fully.

Keep our law enforcement officers safe as they safeguard our city. Amen.

DAY 13 – Read Deuteronomy 29:29 and Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom and understanding of this virus are top priority for the medical researchers around the world. Give doctors, scientists, educators, and/or a worldwide collaborative team of medical personnel the key to discovering a vaccine to stop the spread of the virus.

The secret things belong to you, O God. Expand the knowledge of those who are looking for a cure. Amen.

DAY 12 – Read Psalm 16:1 and Psalm 91:1-3

Sanitation workers need your protection, now, more than ever. Protect them from germs and any kind of infection.

Protect the sanitation workers and keep them from all hidden dangers, deadly diseases, infections and viruses. Amen.

DAY 11 – Read Isaiah 41:10 and James 1:5

Protect the wellbeing of the medical staff that are on the front lines and behind the scenes. We need healthy: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, practitioners and medical researchers.

Father, give wisdom, skill, sympathy, compassion and resilience to all who are caring for the sick. Strengthen them and encourage them as they see people being restored to good health. Amen.

DAY 10 – Read John 8:32

Our sources of information from social, printed and electronic media are essential. The integrity and excellence of reporters and journalists is vital.

We pray that the media will be committed to providing up-to-date information. God, help them to communicate with appropriate seriousness without causing panic. Amen.

DAY 9 – Read Exodus 15:26 and Psalm 103:2-3

Hospitals are seeing unprecedented numbers of patients with COVID-19 symptoms. And now our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Please heal the bodies, souls and spirits of all who are hospitalised. Please contain the spread of infection. Amen.

DAY 8 – Read Colossians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 12:12 and Ephesians 2:19-22

City Church Manchester, as a body of believers with Christ as its cornerstone, has as its vision the desire to invite everyone to enjoy Christfor the glory of God. This is the time to display vision to the world.

God, please calm our fears and anxieties and constantly remind us that we have a different identity — one of boldness, not of fear. Let City Church Manchester be the church with a calming presence and a steady radiant light in the face of so much confusion and darkness. Amen.

DAY 7 – Read Proverbs 4:6-7 and Romans 13:1-2

Brexit, and now COVID-19, are major issues that have consumed the attention and energy of our government officials. These are just a few of the many facets that require immediate attention. Key officials need to be working together on one accord now, more than ever. 

Father, please give Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, and Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS, and other officials wisdom in knowing how to direct this country medically, politically, economically and practically regarding this crisis. Amen.

Day 6 – Read 1 Corinthians 3:12 and Matthew 6:33

Open our eyes and hearts to the value of a relationship with Jesus Christ as we isolate from jobs, shopping, social engagements, sports, vacations and other distractions. Help us to evaluate our priorities and to get rid of things and activities that will not last for eternity. 

We confess our addiction to sex, money, pleasure, technology, pornography, drugs, alcohol, gluttony, gambling and other pleasures. Forgive us for misplaced priorities. Help us to seek you first and your kingdom of righteousness. Amen.

Day 5 – Read Psalm 46:1-3, Mark 4:38-40 and 2 Timothy 1:7

It’s easy to say: Walk by faith and not by sight, but I am afraid of the uncertainties of tomorrow: my job, my family, my daily bread and my housing.

Thank you for being my refuge and strength in this time of trouble. Help me to remember that you were in the boat with the disciples during a terrible storm. And you are in this situation with me now. Help me to trust you and not to be fearful. Amen.

DAY 4 – Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and Romans 2:11-16

We are living in perilous and difficult times. The coronavirus has quickly invaded our lives. But it is not just in Manchester or Europe. It is universal; it is all over the world. No nation, tribe, tongue, gender or socioeconomic status is exempt from this natural disaster. How can this be? What are we to do?

Teach us to walk by faith and not by sight as we trust in you, dear God. Amen.

DAY 3 – Read John 12:28 and Matthew 26:11

Our hearts are pierced by the fact that there are homeless in the world; but especially now. You said that we would always have the poor among us. This is evident on our streets today.

All people are valuable to you. Please protect the homeless from disease and provide isolation shelters for them since most of them are unable to practice the protocols of social distancing. And wherever possible, allow these men and women to return to their families. Amen.

DAY 2 – Read Psalm 135:6

In times like these, we are faced with dilemmas of all sorts: wars, hurricanes, disease, tsunamis, loss of jobs and economic disruptions, to name a few. To many, the world is spinning out of control. But we know that nothing catches You by surprise because, as sovereign God, you are in control of heaven and earth.

We praise you because you are omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful). Amen.

DAY 1 – Read Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:17, John 1: 3 and Revelation 4:11

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. He is worthy to receive glory and honour and power.

We confess that we have failed to acknowledge and honour you as the one true God. Forgive us for worshiping other gods and having other idols – money, sports, power, and other people. Amen.