In light of the recent uncertainty in our nation and world, we encourage you to join us this week and intentionally make room for prayer. Consider cutting out 30 minutes of sleep, TV, or maybe a meal to spend time in prayer.
- Spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. Reflect on this week’s Meditation.
- Pray for those around our world who are infected with COVID-19 and for healing to come. Pray for those who are not infected and for continued health and protection.
- Pray for our world, state, and local leaders as they are daily having to make difficult decisions regarding this outbreak.
- Pray for our churches around the world. Pray for our church leaders as they also make difficult decisions on what is best for their people. Pray for them as they minister to those affected physically and financially by this outbreak. Pray for their people, that they can draw ever closer to God.
Meditation for the Week
"But immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.' And He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased." - Mark 6:50-51
This week, meditate on God's Word, consider who it is that comes to us and speaks these words of "Do not be afraid." These are the words of the Lord! The Lord who has power over demons, disease, and even death. The Lord who comes to us bringing healing, provision, and His personal care. These are the words of the Lord who doesn't minimize pain, sadness, and death, yet also weeps in the face of it (John 11). This the Lord who says, "For in this life you will have trouble, but take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33)." In our current time we need to know that this same Jesus from Mark 6 comes to us and speaks these same words of comfort over us today. He doesn't shame us over how we feel or become annoyed by our present anxieties. He comes instead in love. Know that wherever you are today, that is where Christ will meet you. He joins us is our boat. For on the cross Jesus took on the sin, evil, and unbelief of us all, showcasing his love in not only getting in our boat, but by dying in our place. Three days later, He rose from the grave victorious over sin, death, and every ounce of evil.
May we find freedom to go to the One who, in unveiled victory and hope, invites us to come and
find rest for our weary and heavy-ladened hearts.