What a weird time to be alive. School is canceled, movie theaters are shut down, and most people are working from home. Why? Because of a microscopic organism that that messes some people up and not others. Again, it’s a weird time to be alive.
Now one of the knee-jerk reactions as a believer is to pray for the situation. You might pray that people don’t get sick, or that people will get better faster, or that people will make the right decisions, or that hospital workers will all be safe. Good things to pray for sure.
However, you might notice that all of these things that we just prayed for are all about circumstances. We want the circumstances to get better, and that’s the stuff we pray for. And sure, it isn’t a bad idea to pray for circumstances, but I think that there is something else we can pray for alongside the circumstances. Take a look at Matt 6:9-13:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
This is the Lord's prayer. Jesus is giving us a template to follow in our prayer life. But this is what I want you to notice. Notice that only one line of the prayer is dedicated to circumstances—give us this day our daily bread. Every other line of the prayer is about my spiritual well being, my heart, how I view the Lord, and my standing with the lord. We need to pray about this stuff just like Jesus told us to.
What does that look like practically? Make sure that when you pray you take a moment to recognize how good God is. Make sure you acknowledge the way the God wants to do things may not be the way that you want to do things. Make sure remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for you in your dealings with people who have hurt you. Make sure to ask for protection from your struggles. And if you want to pray for someone else during this time? Pray for their situation, and then pray for all of these things on their behalf.
This pandemic is a perfect opportunity for you to focus on your prayer life, so I challenge you and your family to pray in the way that Jesus did, and let the Lord transform you in your prayer.