Living for Jesus in a world that is opposed to Him is not easy. Staying faithful to Him in the midst of difficulty and trial requires a God-given endurance of faith. Because God knows we are weak and susceptible to discouragement, in His wisdom has provided for us a “support system” to help us – the church. According to Hebrews 10:23-25, it is the routine gathering of God’s people that serves as the primary means of helping us “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering.”
However, due to the events in our world, the recommendation of our government officials, and a desire to display love for our neighbors, our church will be unable to gather as we are used to – at least for a couple of weeks. Although the body of Christ is a wonderful gift, our endurance as God’s children is not solely built on the church. He has given us His Word and His Spirit to instruct, guide, empower, and encourage us to continue on for Him.
Knowing that many of our normal routines have been upended, we would like to encourage our church family to be even more intentional about their time in the Word and in prayer. Set aside time as an individual, with your family, or with roommates to pray, read Scripture, and meditate on the realities of Who God is, what He is like, and what He has promised.
May God use these times to deepen our love for Him and our love for others.
Read and meditate on the following passages:
- Psalm 23
- Psalm 42
- Psalm 46
- Psalm 90
- Psalm 91
- Psalm 103
- Isaiah 40:12-31
- Mark 4:35-41
- Romans 8
- Titus 2:11-14
- 2 Peter 3:8-14
- Revelation 21-22
Pray these prayers
- Lord, during this time of an abnormal routine, keep our hearts and minds from being distracted and dulled. Help us to find rest and joy in You and Your Word.
- Lord, guard our church members from fear, anxiety, and panic. Help us to rest in your sovereign rule over all things and tender care for Your children.
- Lord, help us to appropriately trust those who are most knowledgeable and to be wise in our use of medical resources without setting our hope in them.
- Lord, guard our church from disunity. Do not allow us to drift toward being skeptical, cynical, judgmental, or critical of one another during this time of difficulty.
- Lord, give us a heart willing to contribute to the needs of the saints and to show hospitality in whatever way we can.
- Lord, keep us from being overwhelmed by news reports and constant social media reactions. Anchor our hearts to the reality of Who you are, what You are like, and what You have said in Your Word.
- Lord, humble us with the reality of our own weakness and frailty. Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
- Lord, provide relief for those suffering from the effects of the virus throughout the world. Cause your people all across the globe to lead the way in extending mercy and compassion.
- Lord, will you draw people to Yourself during these days that many may come to repentance and faith?
- Lord, give us the wisdom to know how to best reach out to those who do not know You and share with them the hope of the gospel. Help us to be sensitive, appropriate, compassionate, yet bold proclaimers of Jesus.
- Lord, stir in us once again a longing for your return. Use this time to pull our eyes off of the stuff of this life and fix our hope on the promised new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells.