We recently emailed a call to prayer to our congregation. It was a reminder that we are called to be a praying people. Scripture teaches us to pray without ceasing, to pray for our leaders and for those in positions of authority. It even tells us to pray for our enemies. This is certainly a time in which all of the above seem to apply. We are seeing terrible violence in Afghanistan and the persecution of Christians and anyone associated in any way with the United States. We are hearing about the terrible earthquake that rocked Haiti and the hurricane that slammed the Gulf Coast, and we are acutely aware of the continued loss of life and ongoing hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a better time to pray, to get on our knees, and to humble ourselves before God.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Our missions partners have called for prayer during these trying times because they know, as we know, that prayer makes a difference. We can all agree that we need God to heal our land. It is difficult not to be concerned and worried about all of the things we see happening in our world. It is a reminder that we live in a fallen world in need of redemption. The good news is that we know the Redeemer – we know the One who was, who is, and who is yet to come. So we pray for comfort, solace and hope in the midst of distressing times. We pray for peace, provision, mercy and restoration knowing that God is the only One who can fulfill our every need.
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6
We invite you to join us in taking all of our concerns and cares before the throne of God even as we praise Him for His goodness and grace in our lives. As we make our requests known to God, we do so from an attitude of praise and thanksgiving because we know we serve a good and loving God. We invite you to pray specifically for these situations going on in our world that are affecting so many lives, and we pray that you will be strengthened in our Christian community as we, together with one voice, ask God for His mercy and grace. Let us pray as people of faith, believing that whatever we ask for in prayer we will receive in Jesus’ name.