Family Disciple Me responds to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

What Shall we Say About…

Prayer during the Pandemic

By Tosha Williams

 

Early this morning, I ran to the grocery store to buy groceries for my daughter’s “Sweet 16” birthday dinner. She requested chicken alfredo and Caesar salad for her special night. However, I couldn’t get supplies yesterday, and, after two stores this morning, there was no chicken to be found, only one lonely package of angel hair pasta and just the remnants of romaine lettuce.

There’s nothing like empty grocery shelves to make you quake with at least a tremble of fear. Forget cancelled school, sporting events, dances, gatherings and ski days. When there’s not enough food, that’s when we really start feeling the fear in our guts.

What if we don’t have enough to feed our families? What if this pandemic completely affects supply lines? What if people can’t buy food because they’ve lost so much in wages? What if what if what if????

As we adults ponder the questions, our kids are watching us. They feel our tension. They see our emotions, whether we try to hide them or not. My daughter knows there will be no chicken alfredo tonight. And while that’s definitely not the end of the world, it’s sure unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.

So what shall we say to the children? This week, we’re going to talk to them about fear – see https://familydiscipleme.org/pandemic-fear-god-gives-us-power/

But right now we shall say: Today we pray.

The president has called for a special National Day of Prayer today. Whatever your politics, if you’re a Christ follower, then you are called as a believer first. And God’s Word says:

If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. God wants us to SEEK HIS FACE.

And, oh friends, as we SEEK HIM, we can turn around to those entrusted to us and SPEAK HIM.

Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.

Yes, kids, we pray every day; we pray along the way. But today is special because today we’re praying as a nation.

Kids, let’s spend some time as a family seeking God’s face for our family and friends, our churches, our city, our nation, our world. Let’s ask Him to powerfully move in us and then through us. Let’s ask Him to heal the sick and stop the pandemic. Kids, let’s pray – right now.

My friends, today is a perfect day to teach our kids to pray. It’s the perfect day for us to learn to pray more.

In my own family, in the midst of birthday celebrations and making a big deal out of our sweet 16-year old (sans chicken alfredo), we are spending time as a family seeking the Lord.

And oh, dear ones, I pray you will do the same with those entrusted to you.

© 2020 Tosha L Williams, Family Disciple Me

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With this verse, Jesus put a stake in the ground about Himself. If He is who He says He is, this must affect what we believe is true and what way we choose.

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Based on what Jesus said about death, we have two options in life: we can live however we want, OR we can live for the One who said He is the resurrection and the life.

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Sin’s wages of death is one each of us must cash, but Jesus took that paycheck to the bank of the cross, cashed it for us and offers us the gift of “eternal life” instead.

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Whether we intend to sin or not, we do sin. And here’s the thing: there is no “good” sin. All sin is bad, and even “good” people have sin in their lives.

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God calls us to be His light-bearers in a dark world. This is what the real St. Patrick did as he took God’s light to 5th-century Ireland. We can follow his example in our lives!

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With the threads of change in our lives, we go into a broken world as messengers about the mending God offers everybody. We can help change the world by telling the Good News of reconciliation!

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We can’t fix all the brokenness around us or even in us. However, our great God doesn’t make us figure out how to mend and fix ourselves. He helps us and reconciles us to Himself.

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We are surrounded by hurting people who may be as paralyzed in brokenness as the invalid in John 5. He had no friends to help him find healing, but that doesn’t have to be true of people in our life!

LOVE LIKE THIS: “Care for People in Need”

We can love people in tangible, practical ways. The acts of love we do for others are like acts of love we do for Jesus Himself. When we bless others, we bless Him!

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God wants us to “choose life” and “hold fast to Him, for He is our life.” We need to literally hold onto Him as we value life in a world that does not.

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What Shall We Say About… Prayer during the Pandemic

Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.

It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. So let’s pray today!!!

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