Let’s Make a Prayer

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Devotional for Friday, March 20

Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We’ve all experienced worry at some point in our lives, but I think it is safe to say more of us than usual are feeling an extended kind of anxiety right now. Isolation is hitting many of us hard. Many of our businesses and investments seem in jeopardy, and we fear any light we see in the tunnel is an oncoming train.

God has a lot to say about worry, of course. The Big Guy, with his big-picture, outside-time-and-creation view, tells us repeatedly through prophets, disciples and even the Messiah to fear not, to stop worrying. And when we grasp the big picture, we see why God is able to say this. The hard work is done—Jesus has died on the cross for our sins, and his resurrection is a foretaste of what we will experience.

None of that is to deny, however, that we are little people who perceive our lives to be lived out in one tiny brush stroke on God’s vast canvas. And we worry. So God gave us ways to seek comfort.

Let’s not simply talk today about the greatest tool God has given us, prayer. As a church, let’s join together in prayer. Let’s build a prayer list, and let’s pray over it as we see it grow.

If you’re reading this on the website, at the bottom of this devotional you’ll see either a link saying “Leave a comment,” or an actual comment box. If you’re reading from the automated email that went out, you’ll see a comment button at the bottom.

However you get to the comment section, enter your prayer requests there. We will see those build through the day. FYI, you may not see your prayer appear right away; I have to approve comments before they go on the site. I’ll check regularly for new comments, though.

You check back regularly to read them, too. And throughout the day, pray about what you see!

Lord, as we pray, may our anxieties be transformed to hope and joy. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Make a Prayer

  1. Prayers for all of the people who are working tirelessly to treat the victims of this virus, and to eradicate it. Prayers also for Pastor Chuck as he works to keep our focus on what is important in this unprecedented time.

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  2. In this time of great distress, It falls upon Christians to spread the word that there is someone who is always there to comfort us, and that we can place our worries into His loving hands. Now is an opportunity to evangelize, and minister to folks who have never heard the word. I pray for the experts who are working on cures and immunization options to tackle the physical threats of the virus, and I pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our endeavor to offer the hope of Jesus Christ. It’s an important time and an important challenge that we, as Christians working together, will do. God bless us all!

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  3. The prayer concern on my heart at the moment is for the children not in school who may not be getting adequate food, for the families (like my daughter) still potentially exposing themselves to the virus by taking their children to daycare so they can continue to work from home, the daycare workers, the children in daycare and all the families who have been laid off their jobs.

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