May 5, 2020

We Can Pray

We Can Pray

In this journey of the Covid 19 we have heard a lot over the last 7 weeks of the things we could not do. Even now, as our state of Georgia is beginning the process of opening some things up, we are still told the restrictions we have of what we can do and where we cannot go.

Even as a child of God, we can feel limited in what we can do to serve the Lord and show His love to others, at least I have felt this way. It seems the things we were doing before Covid 19, we are not able to do, at least for now.

But as God keeps reminding me through His word and through other sermons and devotions I am reading – there is one thing we can still do and really need to be doing in these days: we can pray.

As we face these days of the pandemic, we as the people of God not only can still pray but Jesus would tell us in Luke 21 that we need to be praying now more than ever.

Let me explain. In Luke 21 Jesus has been teaching at the temple when as He and his disciples are leaving, He says there would come a day when one stone will be turned on top of another. So, His disciples asked him the next obvious question, when will this take place?

Jesus then begins to teach them about the end times and goes even as far as giving them signs of the end. By the way, many of the same signs we see happening all around us. Read very closely at Luke 21:11, “there will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places.” Did you catch that last one – plagues."

This Corona Virus would certainly be labeled as a worldwide plague by many. I am not saying it is the last one before the Lord comes back and I am not saying He is coming back tomorrow because of this virus, but I am saying Jesus said when you see these things taking place, the time is getting closer.

He then goes on to share other signs and things to look for to prepare them and really to prepare us. Then, as He brings His teaching He gives them a call to action. A call to pray!

In verses 34-36 Jesus says, 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Here are the same verses from a different translation just to make it even clearer, “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

Jesus said to them and to us, we need to wake up, pay attention and not allow our hearts and minds to be dulled and lose our spiritual edge. We must guard against living like the world and then letting worry overtake our life. Then, we must pray. Pray for strength, pray that we be able to stand, pray for God to help in this hour. We need to pray. Not only can we pray, we need to pray!

Notice Jesus said that worry held the same power to distract us as the world does! Many of us have let worry and fear cause as much damage to our hearts and minds as if we had been abusing alcohol. We have allowed fear and worry to cause us to be intoxicated with anxiety and rob us of our joy and heart for Jesus.

So, Jesus said, when you see all these things, including a pandemic – pray.

All of us as followers of Christ we all can pray!!

Think with me. We still may be limited in where we can go, but not when it comes to prayer. All of us who have been saved and are trusting in Jesus have access to the very throne room of God. We can come boldly into the presence of God because of Jesus.

It is not reserved just for a certain few or just an elite group – all of us who are saved can go straight to God in prayer.

Not only that, but no matter how old, what limitations you may have physically in that you feel week and might even be sick, you can still pray.

Why is it important that we pray and especially why now? In simple terms, prayer is powerful because God is powerful. Prayer connects us to God and God alone can heal our land, God alone can bring revival, God alone can give hope, help and a shelter from the storm. God can not only heal our land but heal our hearts, our homes and our families.

God, the one who spoke this world into existence and calls the stars by name, that same God allows us access to His throne room. He says to us – we have not because we ask not and if you ask anything in the name of Jesus according to His will, it shall be done from heaven on earth. Jesus said, praying and believing – moves mountains!

So, child of God, do not lose heart, we may be limited in what we can do and where we can go, but what we can do, we must do! Pray! This week alone there are a couple of prayer events, one today (Tuesday) and then one Thursday, the National Day of Prayer. But, honestly, every day is a good day to pray! Just pray!

Remember – what we can do, we should do – we can pray!

Pastor Michael