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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I Am Completely Known

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: I Am Completely Known

God completely knows you: what you’re good at, what you’re dealing with, and where you alone can make a difference in this world. You’re not just some random person; you’re God’s beloved, wanted, known child.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” The Adventure Begins

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: The Adventure Begins

As one season ends and another begins, if we listen, we’ll hear one really special voice: the voice of the Lord. His voice calls us to live for Him, and His voice tells us the truths about ourselves.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

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THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

God’s gift of Jesus matters because, through relationship with Him, we can experience salvation and every other gift we need: peace, hope, healing, joy, and so much more.

God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #2: God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

Some Christmas gifts are easy to give; other gifts are impossible. Salvation is this kind of gift, something none of us can give ourselves or each other. “The Gospel Gift” is God’s great gift to us!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #1: We Need a Gift We Cannot Give Ourselves

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Give Thanks In Everything

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Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that everything in a particular season or year is so great; giving thanks “in everything” means we acknowledge and appreciate how God has helped us through it all.

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This has been a tough year, but God’s faithfulness to us is perfect. He wants us to praise Him in all the “wonderful things” He has done, even if they don’t feel “wonderful” right now.

THE MENDING: How God Changes Us

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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.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: “I Am Never Alone”

God is as close as our breath, as near as our heartbeats. Others may not always be able to be with us, but we’re never, ever alone, because God is always with us!

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: I Am Completely Known

God completely knows you: what you’re good at, what you’re dealing with, and where you alone can make a difference in this world. You’re not just some random person; you’re God’s beloved, wanted, known child.

The “Here I Am! Send Me!” Series: The Adventure Begins

As one season ends and another begins, if we listen, we’ll hear one really special voice: the voice of the Lord. His voice calls us to live for Him, and His voice tells us the truths about ourselves.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #4: We See and Receive God’s Gift to Us

Though we cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes like Simeon did, we can see Him with our spiritual eyes and receive His presence into our lives today. The “Gospel Gift” is the good news about this!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #3: God’s Gift to Us is Our Savior Jesus Christ

God’s gift of Jesus matters because, through relationship with Him, we can experience salvation and every other gift we need: peace, hope, healing, joy, and so much more.

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #2: God Has the Power to Give Us the Gift We Need

Some Christmas gifts are easy to give; other gifts are impossible. Salvation is this kind of gift, something none of us can give ourselves or each other. “The Gospel Gift” is God’s great gift to us!

THE GOSPEL GIFT: Truth #1: We Need a Gift We Cannot Give Ourselves

We are broken people, and, though we may try, we cannot fix all our brokenness. God could have left us this way, but He didn’t. Before time began, He planned the gift of our salvation.

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Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that everything in a particular season or year is so great; giving thanks “in everything” means we acknowledge and appreciate how God has helped us through it all.

Fall of Praise: A Call for Thanksgiving

This has been a tough year, but God’s faithfulness to us is perfect. He wants us to praise Him in all the “wonderful things” He has done, even if they don’t feel “wonderful” right now.

The Mending: How God Changes Us

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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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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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.

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In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainties and changes I had to stop and ask myself one very important question: “What am I going to focus on?”

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