Praying Through the Epidemic

My daughter and I sat this morning, coffee in hand, chatting and sharing our morning together via FaceTime. The world as we knew it just 2 weeks ago is changing daily and even as a Christian, I find myself shaken and anxious at times. I say “even as a Christian” because it is my norm to begin my day with my cup of coffee and God’s Word. I’ve done this now for 39 years.

I hit my low when I was 21. I reached up to God and He became real in my life. In the last 39 years, I see His hand in my life. I’ve seen Him orchestrate beautiful blessings because He loves me. I’ve seen Him walk with me through darker times and He has always, yes always, been faithful. Personally, I would have chosen zero dark times and sometimes an outcome wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for but I know it was God who held my hand, guided my steps, got me through it, and gave me peace.

Today I read from Psalm 51

As I read the very first verse “Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion”, I said YES Lord please have mercy on us…I know you are a God of compassion and unfailing love. Please show us (my family) mercy Lord.

I do pray world wide too, but this morning as I read this verse I was zooming in on my family. I reminded God how He protected Moses in a time when all others his age were murdered and how He protected Noah and his family during an unprecedented flood. I asked Him to do the same for us.

Verse 2 stood out as well. “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin”. I asked Jesus to wash this virus away. Our family has healthcare workers who meet head on with this virus that has become a world crisis. Cleanse us Lord both outside and inside. Verse 7 says “cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” God is able to cleanse, heal, and rebuild. Do your work Lord.

Is God trying to get the attention of the world? I think He’s got it. Does He want to use it? He uses all things. The Bible says He alone can take the bad and turn it for good. Do I think we need to humble ourselves and seek Him and ask for forgiveness? Yes, I do. I think we need to do this both in times of crisis and normal everyday times too. God is able to do more than we ask or imagine when we come before Him humbly.

“Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with us” Verse 10

This is part of my prayer for today as well. One day at a time, one prayer at a time, one humble heart before our Almighty Creator, at a time.

He is Able. My challenge to you and to myself today is to look for the “green pasture”/pleasures that God puts in your midst today even though we walk through this wilderness of a pandemic.

God is Good and He Loves You

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