A Time to Pray

If there ever was a time for believers to turn to the Lord, it is now. If there was a time for believers to come together, it is now. The time is now to grow, to pray, and to go deeper in Christ. Most of us are in quarantine. It hurts; not being able to spend time with loved ones and friends, not being among other believers, unable to go to work or enjoy every other activity that would fill my calendar. However, in the midst of it all, there is beauty in solitude. I have peace. Without the distractions of the busyness in the world, I realize the Lord wants more of us. Believers have found ways to connect, families have healed and rekindled, we’ve gotten creative in our interactions with each other, and humanity is changing as we work to protect one another. In times like these, we may not understand why they are happening. Why so much chaos, pain, and hurt? Although we may not have the answers to those questions, there is peace in the storm. Jesus is peace in the storm (Mark 4: 35-41). Some of you may be hurting right now…I want to remind you that Jesus loves you (John 15: 9). He is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). His Word is unchanging and He always keeps His promises. If you are alone in quarantine, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Let’s continue to be strong, seeking Him for our strength, our power, and our boldness. Most importantly, realize the urgency as we continue to be a witness for the Lord so others might be saved. Through Christ we can (Philippians 4:13). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)!! Spread His love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Our world needs to know His love (John 3:16-17).

Scripture Reference “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him” (Mark 4: 35-41, NIV)! ““As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9, NIV). “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV). “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NIV). “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV). “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17, NIV).

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