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AMERICA IT'S TIME TO PRAY
If you would have told me that markets would be depleted and that we could not hold church services on Sunday, I would have thought that you were an alarmist. And if you would have added that it would be best for me to “self-quarantine” because I am one of the “vulnerable” to COVID-19, (I will be 69 this year), I would have thought that you had lost your mind.
Well, it’s happened. What a difference a few days make.
The President has declared a national emergency and America is in an absolute panic.
I’m not quite sure why so many people have emptied the store shelves of toilet paper though. It has become so valuable that we may start using it as currency!
“How much for that coffee? Will two squares of toilet paper do?”
All joking aside, you can see the fear on peoples’ faces. They are alarmed and feel as though they don’t have control, because the truth is, they don’t.
Folks, this is a wake-up call from God Almighty if I have ever seen one. It’s time to pray.
I don’t mean casual prayer. I am talking about fervent, storm-the-gates-of-Heaven type of prayer that calls out to God in desperation and urgency.
We need God in America today. We need him to eradicate what President Trump has called, “An invisible enemy.”
In the Bible, prayer stopped storms, calmed waves, healed the sick, raised the dead and even stopped time. Scripture reminds us, “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
We need to turn our panic into prayer. At this time, the sources we often turn to for comfort cannot do anything for us.
Hollywood can’t save us. There is no blockbuster film or actor that will get us out of this.
Technology can’t save us either. Our smartphones and computer screens just feed us a barrage of information that heightens our stress and anxiety.
Our lawmakers in Washington can’t save us from this pandemic. They will hopefully work together and do what they can, but the outcome is outside of their control.
Even the President of the United States can’t save us. He has put together an excellent task force to deal with the coronavirus, but they can’t fix this for us. We should, however, take their advice seriously.
That is why the President wisely called for a National Day of Prayer.
In his proclamation, he stated:
“As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: ‘Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.’ Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.”
We need to keep praying, because the worst of this virus may still be coming.
But remember this: God is bigger than the coronavirus. He is bigger than any problem you may be facing right now.
The Bible says, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2c ESV). And the Lord promises, “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV).
The Old Testament tells us the story of a man named Jehoshaphat. He was in big trouble. Three armies were marching toward him bent on destroying the King of Israel and his people. This terrified Jehoshaphat, and he asked everyone to fast and pray.
He prayed, “O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT).
And guess what happened?
God answered their prayers and their enemies turned on each other.
There is a spiritual element to every problem. And this is a time to pray.
Here is a promise from God: “If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health” (2 Chronicles 7:13–14 MSG).
God says we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek His presence and turn our backs on our wicked lives. If we do that, the Lord promises to hear our prayers, forgive our sins and restore our land to health.
God keeps His promises.
Let’s keep praying.
- “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 NKJV Psalm 119 has 176 verses broken into 8 verse segments; for the next 22 days let’s read one segment a day with the thought, ‘what is being said about God’s Word?’ Look for words like law, commandments, testimonies, statutes, precepts, and several more. When something about the Word catches your attention, write it down. At the end of our reading, it might be fun to compare notes to see what others have learned. Our desire is to involve as many people as possible reading Psalm 119, learning God’s love / value He has placed on His Word and the many ways it impacts our life. We would like to know we are connecting with you through Psalm 119. Please message, email or send a text to let us know when something new grips your attention. Pastor Mac
- Thank you Pastor Steve for today’s message. Thank you Betty. Thank you Pastor Jim. Thank you Dorothy. So looking forward to communion next Sunday.
- Here is the Youtube link for Pastor Steve's Message, "Discouragement, an Enemy" https://youtu.be/KgpEIz3YEKA If you have any problems accessing the link, please do not hesitate to call me at 707-337-1878. God Bless, DorothyDiscouragement, an Enemy 08:09:20Pastor Steve Stevensenwww.youtube.com
Please pray.*Katherine Lindstrom, 17 year old family friend of Pastor Mac's & Sharon's, was critically injured in a car accident in WA. She has been transferred to a rehab in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please pray for strength for the family, wisdom for the doctors, and healing for Katherine. Cathy Andrews had back surgery Thursday morning, 08/06, and everything went well. Please pray for healing for her body and strength & encouragement for Norman. Jack Walker, is scheduled to have a procedure on his back Tuesday, 08/11. Please pray the appointment does not get canceled and the procedure goes well. Also please pray Jack will finally be pain free.
Please praise the Lord for who He is or what He does.Praise the Lord! *Beverly's, Dianne & Garry Gooch's daughter-in-law, covid-19 test came back negative. Thank you for your prayers.
Please pray.Willard Malean had some tests done Tuesday, 08/04, because his heart is slowing down. Please pray for guidance and wisdom for the doctors Also, please pray for Jean as she battles with bouts of dizziness. Pray Willard and Jean feel the Lord's strength and healing arms around them.
Please pray.Please pray for *Paul Hanson, Louise Watkins brother-in-law. He had neck surgery last week and was rushed back to ER this morning. He had a high fever and delirious. Please pray for guidance and wisdom for the doctors and God's strength and healing hands on Paul.
Please praise the Lord for who He is or what He does.UPDATE: Ann Powers, has returned home from Mayo hospital. A biopsy was completed on the 2 spots on her liver and were diagnosed to be malignant. A non-invasive procedure will be done in a few weeks to address the liver. She is gaining her strength and is very thankful for all the prayers and concerns. She knows God is at her side.