Every one of us has been inundated with information about the Coronavirus. Now we should immerse ourselves in prayer.
Since becoming your pastor I have encouraged us to grow in prayer as a congregation. Now we have been thrust into circumstances where our prayer life is more necessary than ever. As many of us our staying put in our homes, between binge watching television, scanning the news, and cleaning out cupboards, I urge you to set aside some time to pray. To pray together as a family.
Just as our prayer group gathers every Monday morning, you can do in your homes around the kitchen table or sitting in the living room. I imagine that some of you have probably never prayed with your spouse, our children, or as a family.
This pandemic is an opportunity for God’s presence to grow in your life. Set a time with your family to pray together. Read some scripture. It helps grease the wheels of your prayer. Then simply pour your heart out to God.
This prayer to God is not just reading prayers, but simply talking with God. You don’t need fancy language. Just bring every care to the throne of Grace. Call on your Heavenly Father.
What prayer concerns might you have?
- Pray that people will turn to God as their strong refuge and healer.
- Pray for our government leaders (Romans). Ask the Lord of Heaven and Earth that they would be able to come together to make wise and common sense decisions to protect the vulnerable and ease the financial burden on those affected by all the shutdowns.
- Pray for those families who will be challenged to both continue to work to provide an income and at the same time care for their children who will not be in school, pre-school or day care.
- Pray for the businesses in our communities who will be drastically affected by the mandatory shutdowns that they might survive, recover and thrive once again.
- Pray for those who are working in the health care fields, those who will have direct contact with folks who are showing symptoms of Covid-19.
- Pray for our congregations, leaders, and pastors that together we might be light in the darkness and salt to a world that still cries out in pain, hurt, confusion, and frustration.
- Pray for the poor, here and around the world, who will bear the brunt of this disease.
- Pray for the elderly who are most susceptible to this virus and for the sut-ins who are even more isolated
- Pray for those in agriculture and shipping who continue to supply our needs.
- And pray for all, in every nation that are suffering illness now because of this pandemic.
Some Scripture that would be helpful.
- 1 Peter 5:8 “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares about you.”
- “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”– Matthew 6 (the whole chapter)
- Let today’s trouble be enough for today (one day at a time).
- Romans 8:28:“In all things, God works for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
- Revelation 1:17: “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.” Be not afraid is a frequent word from God to us throughout all of scripture.
- Psalm 23
- Matthew 26-27: This is a good time to ponder Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and recognize God uses every darkness and evil in this world to turn it around to his grace and glory.
While first responders, medical professionals, truckers and so many others are on the job taking care of others and us, we need to be on our job praying taking care of others.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
PS: We will be sending out devotional material in the next couple of days to help you to grow in your prayer life.