We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 has caused upheaval in our personal, work, financial, recreational, and spiritual lives. All of us are being impacted.
How should we deal with this crisis? Some are hoarding. Some are complaining. Some are seeking answers. While others question the government and healthcare community. Some pray for God’s intervention.
Christians should go back to the basics.
Christians need to pray.
We need to pray that God’s will, will be done. We need to pray for the COVID-19 crisis, the medical professionals trying to diagnose and treat the virus, people who are being impacted, our friends, families, and for ourselves.
Supplication (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
To whom do we pray? (Acts 12:5, John 14:13, Ephesians 6:18))
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. (Acts 12
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18)
When do we pray? (Luke 18:1, Psalm 5:3, 55:17, 86:3, 88:1)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1)
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalm 5:3)
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. (Psalm 55:17)
Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. (Psalm 86:3)
O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: (Psalm 88:1)
Where do we pray? (Matthew 6:6, Psalm 26:12)
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord. (Psalm 26:12)
Believers in Christ are the only ones who have access to the throne room of God. God hears the prayers of His children and is eager to answer them according to His will.
Remember that God sees the big picture. He knows and sees everything. So, God knows what is best.
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001