I trust and pray God’s grace, mercy, and peace are yours today. This is the first day of a state-wide lockdown. The days are getting grimmer, but not without hope – our Lord is in control. Today I am sending my daily video devotional on Ex. 3-4: God’s purpose, plan, man, and time. If you would like to watch it, please click on the links:
Additionally, remember, today is a day of fasting and prayer. The Moderator of Presbytery, Pastor Roger Wagner (Bayview OPC) called for it, and so we are joining with many other saints in lifting up our hearts and voices to the Sovereign of Creation that He shows mercy to us in ending this pandemic. I hope you read and were blessed by Elder Robb’s devotional on this subject. As things seem to be getting more and more out of control, we know that God does have it in control. In particular:
We offer the following prayer suggestions, adapted from Lindsay Lowry’s article, “Praying Through a Pandemic: 10 Specific Prayers for Responding to Coronavirus Anxiety.”
Pray that God would calm fears and that His people would be reminded we have a different identity—one of boldness, not of fear. Pray that the church would be a calming presence and radiant light in the face of so much confusion and darkness.
Pray that we would be people of compassion who intentionally reach out to others in our neighborhoods and to our family around the world where following Jesus often results in denial of community healthcare, less or no access to medicines and social boycott.
Pray for world leaders as they work with healthcare organizations and the medical community to develop next steps. Pray that all would be united for the common good.
Pray for researchers and biologists as they work to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Pray for wisdom and insight.
Pray with first-responders around the world who are tasked with triaging, testing, and treating increasing numbers of people. Ask God to give them patience, wisdom and a gentle spirit as they work to navigate fears and offer effective treatment. Hospitals are seeing unprecedented numbers of patients with symptoms of flu.
Pray with church leaders as they offer insight and wisdom to their congregations and communities. Ask God to give them opportunities to be voices of reason, clarity and grace.
Pray with the families of the 14,000-plus people (as of March 22, 2020, according to the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center) who have died and for those undergoing treatment. Ask God to comfort the broken-hearted and to strengthen those who are suffering physically and emotionally.
Pray for those whose jobs or hours have been cut due to economic downturn. Pray for parents who are struggling to work and care for their children. Pray that churches would look for ways to reach out to families in their communities to provide for them and show them the love of Christ.
Pray that God’s people would be unified as one Church, and that we would look to the lives and faith of our persecuted brothers and sisters as we navigate fear and the unknown ... that we would look to them for guidance and for hope.
Pray that we as God’s people would be reminded of our hope in Christ and the truth that our Savior who died and rose for us has already overcome the world. Pray that we would be people who read His Word and take both His call and His promises to head and heart.
We have set our Day of Prayer and Fasting for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. We hope you will join us in this endeavor to seek the face of our Lord and God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ confident that he will hear us.
Sincerely, in Christ,