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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An Anchor for Our Souls: God’s Unchanging Character

Knowing God doesn’t change can give us hope and courage, strength and joy. The foundation of our faith is His character, so because He doesn’t change, His word, promises and purpose don’t change, either.

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20/20 Vision Check: Look to Our God

God’s consuming fire will either burn up our worthless works or make our hearts glow with passion for Him. With hearts afire for Him, we live for more than ourselves. We live for His glory and His Kingdom.

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20/20 Vision Check: Look to God’s Unshakeable Kingdom

This world is shaky and in constant upheaval. However, we can be grateful and secure because He has given His children citizenship in a kingdom that is solid, secure and unchanging.

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Being “righteous” isn’t nearly as interesting or popular as being “right,” but God sees and rewards not our “rightness” but our “righteousness.” Let’s worship Him by being more interested in being “righteous” than “right.”

An Anchor for Our Souls: God’s Unchanging Promises

What God has said, He will do. He gave His Word, and He’s not going to take it back. Because of this, we can hold on to His unchanging promises in our ever changing world.

An Anchor for Our Souls: God’s Unchanging Word

Everything changes, at least, almost everything. In our season of history filled with extraordinary change, we want to look for what is unchanging. Jesus said His Word is one of these things.

An Anchor for Our Souls: God’s Unchanging Character

Knowing God doesn’t change can give us hope and courage, strength and joy. The foundation of our faith is His character, so because He doesn’t change, His word, promises and purpose don’t change, either.

20/20 Vision Check: Look to Our God

God’s consuming fire will either burn up our worthless works or make our hearts glow with passion for Him. With hearts afire for Him, we live for more than ourselves. We live for His glory and His Kingdom.

20/20 Vision Check: Look to God’s Unshakeable Kingdom

This world is shaky and in constant upheaval. However, we can be grateful and secure because He has given His children citizenship in a kingdom that is solid, secure and unchanging.

20/20 Vision Check: Look to Jesus

God wants us to run the race He’s given each of us. We will be able to do this as we keep our eyes on Jesus, looking to Him as our example.

20/20 Vision Check: Look to Godly Examples

Godly, faithful heroes ran their races and set an example for us as we run for Jesus, so that we can also run our race well.

Let’s Talk About: Guarding Your Heart

Your whole life flows from your heart, so guard it! In other words, protect your heart, watch over it, be diligent about it! What you allow INTO your heart affects what comes OUT OF your heart.

Let’s Talk About: Being Liked

To be loving is to seek what’s best for others; to be faithful is to be reliable and trustworthy. This is how God wants us to earn a “good name” – or “likes” – with people.

Let’s Talk About: Being Righteous

Being “righteous” isn’t nearly as interesting or popular as being “right,” but God sees and rewards not our “rightness” but our “righteousness.” Let’s worship Him by being more interested in being “righteous” than “right.”

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As the body of Christ, this season is our chance to rise up and live for more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, we can love and help others just like God has loved and helped us.

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!!!

What Shall We Say About… Fear

The current coronavirus pandemic is a strategic time to disciple our kids about FEAR! How God’s Word says we should handle fear in our lives, whatever that fear is for each of us.

What Shall We Say About… St Patrick

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