As a final encouragement in prayer on Wednesday’s, tomorrow’s focus for prayer will be upon our neighbours
Who is our neighbour? If you are unsure of who “neighbour” can or ought to be refer to I’ll refer you to Jesus’ response to this question in
Luke 10:25-37 (the parable of the good Samaritan). While it is important to continue to pray for our leaders, in the end the effectiveness of their leadership is in part dependent upon the response of the people, as well as the continued accountability from the people.
Consider praying for those in general and those you know personally who have been indirectly affected by the many changes that have taken place and will continue as social distancing requirements continue and the affects thereafter. What is considered a blessing to the believer (more time together at home) could easily work its way into a curse to the unbeliever. Our societies struggle with suicide, domestic/child abuse, poverty, homelessness, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, credit card debt, pornography, and the psychological effects of children (and adults!) spending copious amounts of time every day on digital devices is bound to increase in the months to come.
- Pray that God would have mercy on those who have been or are vulnerable to these struggles and dangers.
- Pray that God would convict people of their sin as they reach new lows and would turn in faith to Christ for forgiveness and help.
- Pray for those who are doing well in this life but still in the face of uncertainty and this reminder of our mortality refuse to acknowledge their need of the Saviour
- Pray for a deeper love for God resulting in a deeper love for our neighbour’s and a heightened concern to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to a perishing world living right next door, across the street, etc.
Please continue to pray for protection from the virus and those whose lives are directly affected by it. Pray that God would continue to have mercy on the various retirement and long term care homes in the area and spare them and their families the devastating effects the spread of the virus could have in those vulnerable locations.
Moving forward PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY SATURDAY EACH WEEK IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE THE CHURCH TO BE PRAYING FOR as that will give me an opportunity to to provide some organization to our time in prayer together Sunday evenings.
Matthew 22:36-39 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“