March 19, 2020 | From the White House, prayer points IFA Staff
The White House circulated this helpful list of all Administration coronavirus actions to faith leaders and organizations. We added prayer points for you to pray through this list. We also made it a downloadable prayer guide. Click here to get your copy.
President Trump and his Administration are working every day to protect the health and wellbeing of Americans and respond to the coronavirus.
President Trump signed legislation securing $8.3 billion for coronavirus response.
Thank God that our leaders came together to pass this legislation. (Rom 14:19)
President Trump declared a national emergency, inviting States, territories, and tribes to access over $42 billion in existing funding.
Thank God for provision through the federal government. (Phil 4:19)
To leverage the resources of the entire government, the President created a White House Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate response.
Pray for wisdom for these leaders . (Prv 3:13-18)
The Vice President named Dr. Deborah Birx to serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.
Pray for Dr. Birx as she leads the task force, for uprightness and skill. (Ps 78:72)
In January, President Trump reacted quickly to implement travel restrictions on travel from China, buying us valuable time to respond to the virus.
Pray for President Trump to lead our nation with God’s help. (Ps 60:11-12)
The President has announced further travel restrictions on global hotspots, including Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Iran.
Pray for other nations who are experiencing this global crisis. (Prv 15:3)
American citizens returning from travel-restricted countries are being routed to specific airports, where they can be screened and isolated as needed.
Pray for all those who are navigating all the new travel rules and interrruptions. (Jas 4:13-16)
The Administration raised travel warnings to their highest level for other hot spot locations, like Japan and South Korea.
Pray for revival across the globe, in all nations. (Ps 82:8)
The President has expanded airport screenings to identify travelers showing symptoms and instituted mandatory quarantines.
Pray for healing for the sick. (Jas 5:15) Post your prayer on the Coronavirus Prayer Wall (https://www.ifapray.org/COVID19prayers ).
EXPANDING TESTING ACCESSIBILITY
The FDA issued emergency approval for new commercial coronavirus tests to significantly expand testing across the country.
Pray that good decisions will be made in this time of crisis. (Prv 28:25)
The President secured legislation that will ensure Americans are able to be tested for free.
Thank God for this provision for Americans, especially those without good health insurance. (Ps 145:15-16)
The Administration is working with state and local partners and the private sector to open up drive-through testing sites.
Thank God for this innovation, for this public/private partnership. (Ps 107:1)
The Administration is working with the private sector to develop a website that Americans can utilize to determine whether they need a test and, if so, where to get it.
Pray for this website to be excellent. (Dan 6:3)
HHS is providing funding to help accelerate the development of rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus.
Pray against the fear about the number of available tests. (1 Jn 4:18)
The FDA cut red tape to expand testing availability.
Pray for accurate and affordable tests. (Mt 7:7-8)
The Administration is working to provide states with flexibility to approve coronavirus testing laboratories. Admiral Brett Giroir – the Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the Public Health Service – has been appointed to coordinate coronavirus testing efforts.
Pray for Admiral Giroir, for wisdom, strong leadership, and creative ideas. (Job 32:8)
HELPING IMPACTED BUSINESSES
The Small Business Administration has announced disaster loans which provide impacted businesses with up to $2 million.
Pray that businesses will use this money wisely. (Prv 21:5)
The President has met with bank executives, insurers, pharmaceutical executives, and other industry leaders.
Pray for our business leaders to have right motives and discernment. (Prv 23:4)
The President directed the Energy Department to purchase large quantities of crude oil for the strategic reserve.
Pray for God to strengthen us all in these uncertain times. (Neh 6:9)
President Trump has held numerous calls and meetings with business leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, health insurers, grocery stores, retail stores, banks, and more.
Pray for our national business leaders to seek God. (Prv 15:16)
SUPPORTING FAMILIES AND WORKING AMERICANS
The Administration negotiated legislation which will provide tax credits for eligible businesses that give paid leave to Americans affected by the virus.
Pray for all the parents who are out of work because schools are closed. (1 Pet 4:8)
The Administration took action to provide more flexibility in unemployment insurance programs for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
Pray that unemployed workers will look to God in this crisis. (Mt 21:2)
The President has directed the Education Department to waive interest on student loans held by the federal government.
Pray for graduates who were seeking jobs and who have student debt. (Prv 10:4)
The President has directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for certain impacted individuals and businesses.
Pray about the national economic impact of tax deferment. (Rom 13:5-7)
President Trump has called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut.
Pray that God will direct Congress as they consider this tax cut. (Prv 16:3)
USDA announced new flexibilities to allow meal service during school closures.
Thank God for this essential service for needy children. Pray about the daunting logistics. (Ps 136:25)
INFORMING THE PUBLIC
The Administration launched a website – coronavirus.gov – to keep the public informed about the outbreak.
Thank God for a source of accurate, sound information for all Americans. (Prv 12:19)
The President announced guidelines for Americans to follow and do their part to stem the spread of the virus.
Thank God for answering our prayers for clear and decisive leadership. (Is 65:24)
The Task Force is holding nearly daily press conferences to provide the American people with the latest information.
Pray that the media would report accurately and that Americans would share only truth on social media. (Jn 8:32)
The Task Force has recommended mitigation strategies to heavily impacted communities, like those in New York, Washington, and California.
Pray for those areas that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus. (Mal 4:2) Post your prayers on the Coronavirus Prayer Wall.
CMS announced guidance to protect vulnerable elderly Americans and limit medically unnecessary visits to nursing homes.
Thank God for these provisions for older, vulnerable citizens. (Is 46:4)
SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
In January, the Administration declared the coronavirus to be a public health emergency.
Pray for God to protect our health care workers. (Ps 91)
The President signed a memorandum directing his Administration to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers.
Pray that masks would not be hoarded so that they are available for the workers who really need them. (2 Cor 9:8)
HHS announced it will be purchasing 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile.
Pray for our hospitals to not be overwhelmed with patients needing more respirators than are available. (Ps 84:11)
The President took action to give HHS authority to waive rules and regulations so that healthcare providers have maximum flexibility to respond to this outbreak.
Pray that this emergency will result in wise and right policy changes. (Eccl 7:12)
CMS is giving flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests and treatment.
Thank God for this provision. (Ps 34:10)
CMS created new billing codes for coronavirus tests to promote better tracking of the public health response. The Administration announced that health plans with health savings accounts will be able to cover coronavirus testing and treatment without co-payments.
Thank God for this provision. (Ps 107:1)
DEVELOPING VACCINES AND THERAPEUTICS
The Administration is working to help accelerate the development of therapeutics and a vaccine to combat the disease.
Pray that the vaccines that are developed will NOT contain aborted fetal tissue. (Mk 11:24)
The Trump Administration is actively working with drug manufacturers to monitor any potential drug supply chain issues.
Pray for safe and affordable medications to be available. (Ps 30:2)
The Administration is expanding research and consulting with experts to better understand the transmission of coronavirus.
Pray that the Administration would ask God to reveal how coronavirus is spread. (Jer 33:3)
The National Institutes of Health has announced the beginning of a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine candidate.
Pray that the vaccines that are developed will NOT contain aborted fetal tissue. (Mk 11:24)
The Administration has compiled COVID-19 Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders, to ensure faith and community leaders have pertinent resources.