This is a time to fast and pray for our families, church, nation, and the world. The curve has not yet flattened, people are out of work, loved ones are sick, businesses are closed, people feel anxious, angry, alone and isolated. This is supposedly the peak week for our state, in terms of hospitalizations. For these reasons, I am asking New Life in Christ Church to take Monday, April 27, 2020 as a day for prayer and fasting.
Want to close the day in prayer as a group? 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://zoom.us/j/92330433593
Today’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 Omnipresent – Everywhere Present
1 “O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
- Lord, we cry out to You to make Your presence tangible.
- You are our ever-present Help in times of need.
- Sometimes we feel lonely and rejected, forgotten by You, but Your Word tells us You willnever leave us nor forsake us. So, Lord, help us to feel Your presence in our circumstance.
- Be especially with the weakest and most vulnerable in our population.
- Be with the young and old.
- Be with the sick.
- Be with the poor, homeless, and wounded.
- Help us to know You are here with us now.
Prayer Time #2 Focus: Omnipotent – God Almighty
Revelation 4:8 – “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’”
- Lord, we admit we doubt Your power.
- As the world around us seems to be falling apart, we cling to Your sovereignty.
- Strengthen our faith and help us to rest in Your divine power.
Prayer Time #3 Focus: Omniscient – God All Knowing
Hebrews 4:13 – “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Psalm 147:5 – “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
- Lord, this virus is not a surprise to You. You knew about it and its dangers long before we did.
- And You already know how You can use it for our good, to refine us, and to teach us to depend on You.
- Help us to trust, calm our doubts and fears, and teach us what we need to do so that we can be faithful stewards of this time.
- Also, teach those who are researching treatments and cures for this disease.
Prayer Time #4 Focus: God Most Wise
Romans 16:27 – “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
James 3:17-18 – “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
- You tell us in James to ask for wisdom, so, right now, we ask for Your wisdom.
- We confess that we think ourselves wise in our own eyes, and we fail to seek Your guidance. Forgive us.
- In Your wisdom, Lord,
- Guide our nation’s leaders at every level: at the local, state, and national levels. Unify the different political parties and remind us that the enemy is the virus, not those who have different opinions than we do.
- Guide our churches so that we will know how to care for Your people as we seek to minister in our communities, as we seek to be a light on a hilltop that draws people into a relationship with You. Help us to connect and instruct virtually so that our community is deepened as we seek to love without infecting each other.
- Guide our educators as they seek to instruct and educate children from afar.
- Guide our world leaders as they close borders, martial a wise response, and try to protect their populations. Lord, provide the resources they need to minister to the weakest in their populations.
- Guide us, as individuals, businesses, doctors and hospitals, governments, and churches that we will learn from this pandemic and put procedures and protocols in place should the need arise again.
Prayer Time #5 Focus: Incomprehensible
Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:4 – “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
- Lord, it’s so easy to respond to crisis with anger at the injustices we see around us.
- Remind us that You are a perfect Judge, that You are the Defender of righteousness, and that we can trust in Your eternal justice.
- Help us to be agents of Your justice as we have opportunity.
- Teach us what Your righteousness is, because our vision is sometimes tainted by our sin, our experiences, or our opinions.
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/
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