April 1, 2020
“Then if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NLT) Before praying, stop and ask the Lord to speak to you. Let His promises speak into your life right now. Read Psalm 34 Psalm 9:10, Psalm 16:8, Psalm 18:30, Psalm 32:6-7, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 26:3-4, Isaiah 43:1d-3a, Lamentations 3:21-26, Luke 11:9-10 Now acknowledge to God that you are ready to seek His Purposes. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT) 1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 40:16, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 105:1-4, Proverbs 8:17, Proverbs 19:21, Jeremiah 29:13, Lamentations 3:25, Hebrews 11:6 Remind yourself of God’s Greatness Consider His power and majesty. Think of the good things God has done in your life. Consider His marvelous working throughout history. 1 Chronicles 16:8-10, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Psalm 29:2, Psalm 66:1-5, Psalm 77:12-14, Psalm 126:3, Isaiah 40:23-26, Ephesians 3:20-21 Confess your sins to God “But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and Your commands and regulations.” Daniel 9:4 (NLT) Take time here to honestly evaluate your life. Where are you living outside of God’s will for your life? Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” Psalm 91:1-3 (NLT) In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.” Psalm 34:6-7 (NLT) Psalm 32:5, Psalm 38:18, Psalm 51:10-12, Psalm 66:18, Psalm 103: 1-5, 10-12, Proverbs 28:13, Isaiah 55:6-7, 1 John 1:9 Ask God to intervene and stop the spread of COVID-19. Let’s pray that it won’t be as bad as feared, that the spread of the virus would recede and the numbers of those infected would not be as pervasive and widespread as many fear. Joshua 1:9, Job 5:8-9, Psalm 23:4, Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 17:14, Philippians 4:6, 2 Timothy 1:7 Pray for those who are infected. Exodus 23:25, Deuteronomy 7:15, Psalm 41:3, James 5:14-16, 3 John verse 2 Pray that those who need treatment will have access to it. Psalm 23:1, Matthew 6:8b, Matthew 7:7, Luke 12:24, Philippians 4:19 Pray for all of us in isolation. The Psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1 2 Chronicles 20:12c, Psalm 23:2-3a, Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 32:17, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 Peter 5:7 Pray for the health workers/caregivers/first responders who are caring for those with COVID-19. Pray for their protection from the virus, for their stamina during long and intense work hours, and for safe protocols to be observed in their institutions in order for the maximum number of people to remain protected. Psalm 121:7-8, Proverbs 18:10, 2 Corinthians 9:12-13, Galatians 6:9-10, Ephesians 6:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Hebrews 13:20-21 Pray for those who are grieving at the loss of loved ones/friends from this pandemic. Pray for these that they would know the nearness and comfort of the Holy Spirit, that they would feel the compassion of friends and family members - even though we’ve been encouraged to practice social distancing - and a true sense of empathy and care. Psalm 34:18, Psalm 119:50, John 14:1-4, 16, 26-27, Revelation 21:4 Pray for the U.S. and World Economies For businesses that are having to shut down or will be adversely impacted by the associated economic downturn. Please pray for those whose livelihoods are up in the air, who are waking up every morning with questions and are facing the future with a real sense of nervousness and anxiety. Deuteronomy 8:18, Matthew 6:31-34, Luke 12:27-31, Romans 8:31-32, 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 Pray for President Trump and the COVID-19 Task Force and all government officials and decision makers who are leading their respective countries and organizations through this crisis. Pray that they might be used of God in their places of influence. Pray that they would be able to mobilize resources quickly and effectively and get them to the people and places where they are most needed. Psalm 33:12a, Proverbs 3:5-6, Joel 2:12-14a, Hebrews 13:7, 17, James 1:5 Pray for pastors and missionaries. Pray for wisdom for each to know how best to carry out their ministry responsibilities, given the current restrictions. Pray that God would give them the right words at the right time and the right actions for their situation. Pray that their ministry’s effectiveness would not be compromised, but that God would carry them through this difficult time and use them for His glory. Deuteronomy 33:11, 2 Chronicles 1:10, Psalm 25:4-6, Psalm143:10, Isaiah30:21, Ezekiel 36:23b, Zechariah 4:6b, Romans 10:13-15, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, Ephesians 6:19-20, Colossians 1:28-29, 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Pray for the church. That she would rise up and be what the Lord calls her to be: an entity that cares in practical and sacrificial ways for “the least of these,” that she would manifest a winsome witness that would arrest the attention and capture the imagination of a surrounding skeptical world to where people that are currently far from God would begin to seek the Lord and open up to Him in real and genuine ways. Proverbs 1:5, Isaiah 65:1, Habakkuk 3:2, Matthew 4:19, Matthew 9:37-38, Luke 24;45, Acts, 2:46-47, Colossians 4:2-6, 1 Thessalonians 1:5 The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace Unless noted, all Scriptures are from the NIV.