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COVID-19: How to Pray Through the Pandemic

04.02.20 | Discipleship | by Matt Kendrick

COVID-19: How to Pray Through the Pandemic

    If there were ever a time that all of our excuses for not praying were removed, it’s now.

    “I can’t ever find time to pray alone.”
    “I’m too busy.”
    “I don’t know what to pray about.”

    In the Apostle Peter’s closing words of 1 Peter, he wrote, “cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

    Peter was writing to young pastors who were itching to lead a church, but all of us can apply his exhortation to pray our anxieties to God. What are you fearful of? What are you afraid to lose during this season? What are you anxious about? Cast those anxieties on God through prayer, because He cares for you.  

    Write down what you are anxious about.

    Name it! When we verbalize our fear to God, it begins to lose its power over us and gives way to faith in the truth of the gospel.

    Maybe you are worried about being lonely, afraid that you may get sick, or concerned about your financial future. Whatever it is, God cares. Psalm 121 says that our help comes from the Lord and that our God neither sleeps nor slumbers. His caring protection knows no end. 

    Create margin in your day to pray. 

    This may seem unnecessary while the world is shut down, but it’s not! We need to create margin in our days so that we can “be still and know that He’s God.”

    With our newfound extra time during this season, I’m sure we’ll all stream a few extra movies and shows. We might snack on a few extra Cheez-Its. That’s all fine and good! But let’s not let this unique season pass without seeking extra time with God through prayer.

    Take advantage of this slow moment, create margin in your day, and pray.

    Approach God as His child. 

    Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

    Our King resides on the throne of grace and wants to help us in our time of need. We can approach Him confidently as His children, knowing that He desires to help us in times of need.