Government officials around the world are making “recommendations” of all kinds that in some cases, turn to laws, in an effort to slow down and halt the Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. While we are dealing with an unknown or “invisible enemy” that warrants educated steps to fight its spread, there is an antidote for the symptom of fear. The cure for the high level of anxiety that’s gone viral comes from someone who has an unlimited supply of hope.
That someone is Jesus Christ.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. – Chronicles 16:11
Prayer can be defined as talking to God, but it is much more than that. Prayer is an act of worship that glorifies God and reinforces our need for Him. Through living a life of prayer, we respond to Christ’s work of salvation and communicate with the very source of and purpose for our existence. [The Power of Prayer: Biblical and Theological Foundations]
Let’s remember the importance of prayer. As officials define and proclaim what is “essential” and what is “non-essential” lets add to our activities throughout the day, more prayer and for some, prayer for the first time to accept God into their lives. For others, perhaps it’s time to recommit one’s life to Jesus.
Prayer is an Essential Activity.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
There are many more reasons and examples of the importance of prayer in the Bible. Below from Grace College Online Education.
It gives Him the glory. Prayer is a way to serve God (Luke 2:36-38). Through prayer, we have the opportunity to glorify and praise Him for all He is and has done (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
It helps us overcome. Jesus tells Peter to pray for strength in overcoming temptation (Matthew 26:41). Also, in Luke 6:12-13, Jesus demonstrates the importance of prayer in making major decisions. Prayer helps us face and overcome all types of struggles.
It brings our requests to Him. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” Jesus said in Matthew 7:7. This does not mean that we will be granted anything we ask, but when we ask for things that are in His will, He will give those things to us (1 John 5:14-15).
Let’s share the Good News found in a relationship with Jesus Christ and lead a life of prayer and worship.
PHOTO (top): Man praying surrounded by darkness. Unsplash
PHOTO (bottom): Prayer is an essential activity sign. Metro Church Santa Monica