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20 Prayers for This Season

NOTE: I wrote this blog Monday morning before Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” pronouncement. As you know, our teams have done a tremendous job these last couple of weekends in providing excellent online worship experiences, where our engagement numbers have been over 1500 views each week. While we will modify our approach going forward, we will still continue to share a worship experience with our congregation for the next three weekends.

Yesterday morning was surreal as I sat in an empty worship auditorium alone. Once again this Sunday would be different. My head knows the facts about this present Coronavirus crisis, but my heart is heavy. And yes, I’m so grateful we are able to provide an incredible online worship experience for our congregation. I’m thankful too for the many gifted servants of Jesus working behind the scenes to make that happen. 

Still, I miss you. I miss seeing you. I miss being with you. Nevertheless love and wisdom require us to physically stay apart for this indefinite season. I may not like it, but I understand and affirm it. In the meantime, let’s continue to pray together. It’s no coincidence that God had preordained this March to be a special month of prayer for our church.

In that empty auditorium, I took some time to pray through an excellent resource I came across from Christianity Today, written by Jen Pollock Michel called “20 Prayers to Pray During this Pandemic.” (click link). In this season where it seems harder than usual to put words to our thoughts and feelings, I found it helpful to pray through these specific requests. If you have it in you, I’d encourage you to do the same. You can pray through the whole list. You can pick the ones that resonate with you the most. Or you can just take one or two a day and pray that way. Also as you feel led, personalize these requests and mention by name the people and situations you know.

Even though March is coming to an end, our prayers will not. We will continue to ask, seek, knock, and believe. So let’s draw near to the throne of God in prayer, and as we do we will draw closer to each other. 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Dan