Many of you are praying and fasting with us. Thank you! Here I’ve updated the prayer requests that we posted during our 40-day prayer challenge earlier this year, as a guide for praying with us through this tough season.
Our fast continues till the 15th. You can still join us! Our readers have chosen one day during this period to fast and pray with us. If you missed them before, you can see the call to fast with us, and our Intro to Prayer and Fasting.
Pray for unity
The tool I see the enemy using the most right now is likely his favorite—division. And we can’t fall for it. Division tears us apart. (Matthew 12:25-26) It seems most things have a side of us versus them, and each decision we make shows which side we are aligned with. Jesus wants us to rise above this and be on His side!
Because of Jesus, we can be love in the middle of a world filled with hatred. We can be those who sacrifice and are generous when the rest of the world is hoarding. We can have peace and joy while the storm rages around us.
We must resist this spirit of division. We are called to unity. We are called to serve the least of these. We are called to sacrifice and love. We are not called to fight for our own rights, our own preferences, or our own comfort. We are called to put the needs of others above our own. (Philippians 2:4) We are called to love others as Jesus loves us, (Matthew 22:37-39) and to be willing to lay our lives down for others. (John 15:13) We are called to daily climb up on the altar to give our lives as a living sacrifice to God. (Romans 12:1)
I pray we’ll have communities of believers modeling the Samaritan who showed God’s love, sacrificing time and money, for someone who was on the opposite side. (Luke 10:25-37)
Join me in praying for unity in the body of Christ. I pray we’ll love each other and our neighbors sacrificially. I pray we will stand up to be salt and light to love and serve those around us. (Matthew 5:13-16)
Let’s pray for each other
We’ve always been blessed with an amazing community! Those who love Jesus and His people. Those who hear His promptings and carry out His purposes. Who are encouraging and loving and kind. Thank you for being here!
Lord, bless each in this community and their families and loved ones. We pray for a spirit of unity to go forth in our lives. We ask for protection from the schemes of the enemy who seeks to divide us and distract us from what You have called us to do. We ask for full healing for all who are ill and protection for all who are well. Bring them peace and comfort. Prompt them to be Your comfort to those You bring to them. Let Your name be glorified in their lives. We pray that those in need will have all they need, and know You as Jehovah Jireh and praise You. We pray that the sick will recover fully and know You as Jehovah Rapha, our Healer and praise You. We pray for those alone will know You as El Roi, the God who sees. For those who are scared with the world in chaos, Lord show them You are El Elyon, our Almighty God.
Be our comforter our peace and our deliverance, Lord. We pray that You, Lord, will be glorified in this season and in all of our lives. Thank you, Lord. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray together as one, Amen.
The Bible speaks a lot about loving and serving and unity. Here are a few verses I’ve been focusing on: Psalm 133:1, John 13:35, John 15:12, John 17:23 Acts 4:32, Romans 14:9, Colossians 3:13, 1 Peter 1:22, Hebrews 13:1.
Lately, I’ve been praying Ephesians 4:1-6 to the Lord for myself. I’ve had some ask to join me in this and see what it looks like, so I’ll type it out here:
Lord, as a prisoner for you, help me live a life worthy of the calling You have given me. Help me be completely humble and gentle and patient. Help me bear the burdens of others in love. Help me make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as I was called to one hope when I was called; one Lord one faith; one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I pray that when we err, it will be on the side of love, not hatred or division. I pray we will reject the spirit of division that is so strong in the world right now.
Prayers during Coronavirus
We have never had bigger challenges in our outreaches than we do today. There are more people in need now than ever before. But God is faithful! He has been providing and making a way through the shortages and checkpoints. We stand in persistent faith and hope through this pandemic. We have a Father who is faithful, who protects, provides, heals, delivers, and comforts us in our need.
We stand on the promises of God, and we stand in prayer for all who are in need, all who are suffering, and all who need Jesus. We won’t live in fear. We will definitely experience the feelings of fear in our bodies, but we won’t live in it. We can still be scared, but it won’t let us stop trusting God and praising Him in the midst of the storm.
We always come to know God in lack. We won’t know Him as our provision until we’re in need. We won’t know Him as our Healer until we are sick. I pray for God to show Himself mightily to you in this season.
Pray for our volunteers
We have amazing volunteers who love the Lord and love the people we serve. They are generous and faithful. They work tirelessly and sacrifice much to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Lord, bless our volunteers and their families, protect them from all illnesses, and keep them safe while they minister to those in need. Give them Your wisdom and favor in each situation they find themselves in. Encourage them, strengthen them. Give them peace and hope. Equip them for every good work you have called them to do. Provide for their every need, and more, abundantly so that they can share Your provision with others.
Pray for those we serve
The people we serve were already in great need before this pandemic. Now, even the low paying jobs they had are gone, while they must stay home with no reserves and no ability to provide for themselves on their own. But God sees them! God sees all the need in the world and He uses us to provide! The challenges are food scarcity and job scarcity! Along with fear and uncertainty.
In the middle of the pandemic, the Lord brought us to a brand new village that essentially doubles those in need that we serve there.
We pray Lord, that You will shower Your love upon all we serve, but especially our new village. Draw them to You, so they will know You, walk with You, and be transformed in Your love.
Lord, Jehova Jirah, our God Who Provides, we pray for the ability to help all those in need that You bring to us. We pray for both the provision and the ability to source enough food for those in need. We pray for favor with the stores and for the generosity of your people. Comfort those in need. Lord, show Yourself to those who don’t know You and draw their hearts to You. Give those we serve peace and the assurance that You are faithful. Remind them that You are their Provider and none of this is too hard for You. Wrap Your Holy Spirit around them like a shield. Protect them from all illnesses. Father, we declare that this Coronavirus will not come into their homes. You purchased our healing already, and by Your stripes, we are healed.
Pray for me and my family
Aidan and I are stuck on the US side of the border with family. This is both a blessing and a challenge. It felt odd phrasing a prayer request for myself in the third person, so I left it as if we were talking together and I was asking you to pray for me.
♥ Please pray for wisdom for me in all these many decisions we need to make. In serving both our volunteers and the people we serve well. That I will keep my focus on faith and on the amazing work God is doing through the crisis, instead of just trying to make it through this. Please pray for protection and health for us, our family and loved ones. Pray for our unity and growth as a family.
With love and gratitude!