If ever there was a time to pray this is it. It seems as though the world is changing daily. If we are at all honest with ourselves the world in which we live and love has changed drastically. The days of old are no longer. When I say days of old I’m referencing 2019 and previous years.
There has been countless changes in the world over the past two years. Covid-19 and its impact has been a new experience for all of us. Living in a pandemic has seemingly created restlessness, fear, and anger in many. Although saddening, it is quite understandable why so many are emotionally charged. Change is scary yet change is inevitable. However, we have had to deal with change and new normals at an alarmingly rapid rate.
The good new is that in an ever changing world there is one constant. That constant is God. He is solid and unchanging. Not only is God unchanging He is bigger and more powerful than the pandemic and any other unpleasant things we face in this life. The way to connect with God is through prayer.
We a have access to God through prayer. He is our answer to the changes and challenges we encounter. With that, I urge you to pray!
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
If you are unsure of how to pray there is a passage that instructs you how to pray. I know that many have been intimidated when it comes to prayer, but our Father has taught us how to pray. We do not have to sound like anyone else when we pray. As long as we are praying to the Father from a sincere heart we are good.
Matthew 6:5-15 -
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,[a] but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If you don’t know what to pray for consider praying for the following.
Pray for these things for yourself individually and this nation as a collective:
- The Shalom of God (peace, harmony, wholeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility).
- Integral leadership in local, state, and federal government
- Media transparency and honest reporting
- The swift eradication of Covid-19 and a of its variants
- Healing (physical, emotional, and mental)
- Divine protection
- Divine provision
You may wonder if your prayers are effective. YES! They are indeed effective.
James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Let’s commit to joining together to pray for ourselves, our families, and our country. I urge you to please heed this call to pray. Prayer changes things for the better.