Yesterday, as I prayed, so many things came to mind to pray about.
I had a deep devotional time in Mark 11, and I will write about that in another post.
I took a long walk.
A couple walked together, hand-in-hand, and smiling. Another couple worked together on a project on their back stoop. Children ran and laughed in the park.
Lord, knit Your families together.
I met a man on his walk, one from our church. We smiled and chatted, staying 6 feet apart.
Lord, build Your Body.
I saw a dad and son playing ball in the park.
Lord, turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest You come and smite the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4.6)
May there be tents set up in back yards, with giggles inside.
Birds were chitter-chattering, swirling in the air, tangling together; they know not that there is a virus.
Matthew 6.26 Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow nor do they reap, nor do they gather into barns, and your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
All along the way, people walking or driving smiled and waved at each other, glad to see other faces.
John 16.33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I stopped to visit with my husband as he worked at the Food Pantry. He goes in when the shop is closed, to restock. He’s been pretty busy this week; the goods are flying off the shelves.
Lord, provide for Your people. Bless those who are in need. Thank you for the workers who meet the needs.
I heard a child cry, and a father yelling. All is not happy and well in the quarantined homes.
Lord, protect victims of domestic violence. Lead people to give their anger to You. I pray You intervene, show where our hope lies.
Lord, as families are spending focused, concentrated time together, please bless the interactions. Give us a desire to see, to love one another. Give husbands and wives new eyes and ears to see and hear one another through Your heart. Provide creative ideas on how to spend time together, give us flexible hearts to participate in activities that may not suit individual tastes, but that bring joy to others. May we bring out more board games and card games; more neighborhood walks and hikes in nature; more authentic projects together; more helping hands and full hearts.
What does this do to
- The crime rate
- The suicide rate
- The domestic violence rate
- The sex trafficking rate
- The abortion rate?
Lord, protect Your families; teach them to cry out to You.
Oh Lord God, You are doing a great work in these unique times; we are in Your Hands. May we keep our hearts turned toward You. May we look to You. We have sinned, Lord God. May we fall on our faces before You and repent. May we be cleansed of our sin and turn our hearts and our ways to be obedient to You. Isaiah 17.7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 60.1-5, 11, 12
O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.