Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,
The coronavirus continues to spread through our nation, people still fear of sickness for themselves and their loved ones. Businesses are still struggling and remain partially closed. People are struggling to make ends meet, are lonely and frustrated, and angry. The economy needs to restart many of its factors. People are really struggling.
In the middle of this tinderbox of frustration, a police officer in Minnesota threw a match on the problem in committing a horrific act of violence against an African-American man, highlighting the racism that still continues in this country. Frustrated with our nation’s unwillingness to adequately address this issue, both protests and riots have broken out across the nation. In addition to peaceful protests, arson, looting and chaos have spread through cities all across America. We see conflict between police and rioters.
Locally, our church is struggling with our own church family and COVID19. We are humbled and prayerful as we pray for and support a family in our own church. We have loved ones who we are trying to protect. We have mask rules. I became suddenly sick and missed Sunday worship. We are trying to reopen our community, to support local businesses, and re-start our church worship and ministries.
Just reading the list above shows that we need prayer. We are in the middle of a spiritual battle and we need the God of heaven to come down and protect us.
For these reasons, I am asking New Life in Christ Church to take Monday, June 1, 2020 as a day for prayer and fasting.
Would you be willing to join together in prayer? I will meet at 5 PM in a Zoom Prayer Room. If you would like to join and pray at 5, follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/770719915
Monday’s guide has been adapted from the PCA’s call to 30 days of prayer. I broke it up into 5 sections, and suggest taking 5 different times through the day to pray for each one. If you have more opportunities, just repeat!
In this prayer guide, we turn to the attributes of God as listed in the Westminster Larger Catechism, The Psalms, and Galatians 5:22-23 (the Fruit of the Spirit) to guide our prayer and focus our hearts and mind on the attributes of God:
Prayer Time #1 – Focus: God Our Helper
Psalm 30:10 – “Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!”
Psalm 54:4 – “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.”
Psalm 118:7 – “The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.”
- You are a warrior-helper. You fight for us and help us to persevere.
- With so much unknown, it would be so easy to quit or give up, but when we bring our burden to You, we can carry on.
- Your help is different. It doesn’t just encourage us, it transforms us. So, Lord, help us to persevere, help us to be faithful, and help us to be like Jesus— for that is our greatest need.
Prayer Time #2 – Focus: God Our Father
Psalm 68:5 – “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”
Psalm 89:26 – “He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’”
1 Corinthians 8:6 – “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
- Before Christ, it was hard to fathom You as our Father.
- Jesus gave skin to Your love, and now we know Your tender care for Your children.
- Oh, Lord, how we want to crawl up into Your lap and know the comfort of Your arms encircling us. We are afraid. We don’t understand what is happening, and we need Your comforting presence.
- Draw us into Your lap, whisper reminders of Your love, and help us to know You are near and You care for us even more than our earthly fathers can.
Prayer Time #3 – Focus: God is Our Salvation
Hosea 13:4 – “But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.”
1 Timothy 4:10 – “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”
- You are our Salvation; our only hope as we face the problem in our society, is You.
- Have mercy on us, Lord.
- Save us for Your Name’s sake.
- Deliver us from Covid-19, we pray.
- Deliver us from injustice, we pray.
- Deliver us from violence, we pray.
Prayer Time #4 – Focus: God is Our Redeemer
Psalm 34:22 – “The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”
Psalm 77:15 – “You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”
- Lord, only You can take ashes and make something beautiful, and only You can take this catastrophe and use it for our good.
- We cry out for Your redemption. That we won’t be defeated or consumed by whatever comes, but that Your Spirit can actually use these crisis’ in a way that strengthens us individually, that unifies us corporately, and that teaches us things we could never have known or understood without them.
- So, Lord, in faith, we thank You, and we watch the horizon, believing that we will see Your redemption in an unmistakable way!
Prayer Time #5 – Focus: God is Faithful
Psalm 26:3 – “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”
Psalm 33:4 – “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
Psalm 119:90 – “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”
- Lord, You are faithful, but we are not. We get distracted and forget what we know is true.
- Draw us to You. Teach us to walk in Your ways and make us faithful.
- Use these crisis’ for Your glory. Make us faithful stewards of this time, our resources, and the gospel.
- Use these crisis’ to expand Your kingdom, that people will turn to You in these desperate times.
If you have specific needs, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org || 540-786-4848) so that we can pray for you and offer any practical help. Our elders are available as are our deacons (https://goo.gl/forms/wZ8miuU2BptSmOtG3). Please be aware of your neighbors needs, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Please let us know if any have needs.
Also, if you missed yesterday’s class on the Apostle’s Creed with Chris Garcia, you can watch it online by clicking here.
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