DAY 21. FINISHING STRONG IN THE SPIRIT

Scripture: Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

We began our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting by asking everyone to participate in a time of devoted prayer. This is an instruction Paul gave to the Colossian church, “Devote yourselves to prayer,” (4:2). We have also referred to the parable of Jesus in Luke 18 that we “should always pray and not give up.” Because of these admonitions and others in Scripture, I am in great hopes that we will all continue in our prayers during this time of social distancing, isolation in our homes and limited travel and interaction with others.

Three ideas of what to do next. One, is for us to repeat the 21 days of prayer. We have written and posted these on our website and on the MoSt blog. You can start back with day one and go through the daily devotionals and prayers. Two, I have mentioned the UNITE714.com website. This is a world-wide prayer movement for churches and individuals to participate in by praying at 7:14 am and 7:14 pm. Anyone can get online and download the four written prayers. These are available to everyone. Three, journal what you learn from Scripture and write your own prayers.

One of the greatest blessings I have seen during this most unusual time in history is watching the Christian Spirit rise in service to others. The tireless workers in the medical profession has been extraordinary. Please keep praying for them along with the scientist and laboratory workers as they look for answers. But I have been equally impressed with Presidents and CEO’s of various companies turning their manufacturing companies to making much needed products. What an amazing story of Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow. Perhaps you saw the spot on television where President Trump has him and others share how they were turning their companies into making supplies needed to combat COVID-19. Lindell, a recovered drug addict (an amazing story in itself), has turned 75% of his manufacturing plant into making cotton masks for people to wear who are on the front lines. In his interview he talked of making 10,000 masks a day and hoping to reach the goal of 50,000 a day. But in addition to Mike Lindell’s statement at the White House of what he and other companies were doing, he made a special plea to pray, read the Word of GOD and spend time with your family. If you haven’t seen his statement, you can click here and watch.

There have been many other individuals, companies and CEO’s who have stepped up in a positive way to fight against this pandemic. All through these twenty-one days of prayer I have called our attention to the responsibility of the church, TO STAND IN THE GAP as a “royal priesthood,” (I Peter 2:9). We are to pray for our lost world, for those who are hurting and grieving and for those who are in a position of government leadership (I Timothy 2:1-4). That means ME, and that means YOU. I have loved our online worship as we begin with the segment, “We are the church.” It is a reminder who the church is, and what the church is all about in this world of darkness. Today I urge you, I plead with you to continue in prayer. We as the church staff and eldership are going to stay in touch with you. Please let us know how we can serve you.

PRAYER: LORD GOD, You are our Heavenly Father. You rule and reign over the whole earth. Nothing takes you by surprise, you are in control, sovereign over all things in the universe. We pray for your glorious kingdom to grow in this time of uncertainly. We pray for your people to rise up in faith and not be ruled by fear or panic. We ask for your continued daily provisions of food and other resources, but help us not to be stingy, selfish or hoarders during this time. We pray for supernatural strength and protection for our President and others on the Coronavirus Task Force. We pray for supernatural strength and protection for doctors and nurses, caregivers and all spiritual leaders engaged in this battle. Today we stand together as your royal priesthood to pray for those who are sick, for those who have lost loved ones and who are grieving. We pray for your omnipotent power to come against COVID-19 and that it will be eradicated from our world. Thank you Father, for hearing our prayers, for saving us, for the forgiveness of our sins and for the gracious gift of your Son, Jesus.  We pray for our church and for other believers and for those who are lost to be drawn to your Son during the week as we prepare to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of your Son. It is by His authority and His powerful name we pray, Amen.

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