Mississippi governor asks citizens to pray as coronavirus crisis looms

Published 3:41 pm Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves took to social media Saturday seeking help from citizens as the state faces the rapid spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Reeves seeks help in praying for the situation.

He wrote:

We are taking unprecedented action to stop the spread of COVID-19, shutting down major sectors of our state and putting public health first. I never could have imagined ordering the things that we have so far, and we know there are more tough decisions to come.

We will do everything in our power to protect the people of Mississippi from this virus and the fallout from it. We also know that there is power in prayer, so I want to share a few prayer requests if you are willing to join me in them.

Please pray for the health and safety of your fellow Mississippians, Americans, and people around the world.

Please pray for our health care workers—who are saving lives with their courageous service.

Please pray for those who cannot stay home because they are providing essential services: child care, food, medicine, and other products we all need for society to function.

Please pray for wisdom for all of our leaders—in this state and around the country—who are trying to protect health without hurting more people.

Please pray for those whose jobs and finances are affected by the response to this pandemic.

Please pray for calm to come over those who are living in fear.

Please pray for a spirit of unity in this country as we all work together to help our neighbors.

Please pray for God’s protective hand over all of us.

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 — as we avoid the large gathering of traditional in-person church—I plan to be back on Facebook Live for a moment of prayer with all of you. If you’d like to join us, I’ll be here praying.