Prayer #365: For Prayers of Reflection After One Year of Daily Coronavirus Prayers
Today marks exactly one year of Daily Coronavirus Prayers. It's hard to believe that one year later, COVID-19 is still with us, but hopefully, it is now on the descent. This is a good time, it would seem, to consider prayers of reflection that we can pray after all we have seen happen regarding COVID-19. Here are just a few thoughts (there are many more things we could name):
• We have remembered that we are indeed fragile. How frail we truly are! It is well that we recall this, in light of this worldwide pandemic. It is God who gives us each breath. We are living wholly due to His grace. In a moment, even, life on this earth can be taken from us. "Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." James 4:14
• And yet, our hope is not on the things of this earth, including our own physical life. Our hope is in Christ Jesus and our life forevermore is with Him. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By His great mercy, we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3
• This has been a time of needed examination for us all. As God's people, what sins have we needed to confess and repent of? What has the Spirit shown us about where we are in Him? Surely, this has been, and even continues to be, a time of refining for the Church. "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalms 139:23-24
• We have seen that God is faithful. He has provided for us and cared for us, for some of us in unexpected ways, even in the midst of pain, sorrow and loss. We have known His abiding presence and have learned, many of us, to trust Him in new ways. We know that He will never abandon us. "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Corinthians 1;9
• One last thing. This year of the pandemic has made us much more sensitive, much more compassionate, for the lost. These have had to go through this crisis without the Lord. It's hard for us to imagine not having Him to cry out to and rely on. So, more than ever, we want to be praying for and looking for every opportunity to share Christ with our lost neighbors, and those at work, and those we meet in other places. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Lord, help us to pray and reflect on how You have been speaking to us through this pandemic. Thank you for the work you have done in our hearts over this last year. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your provision and care, and that You will always love us, for all eternity.
Ps. 145:3: "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised."