Praying in a pandemic.

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If there was ever a time for prayer, it would be now when we are in the middle of a pandemic. One of the most important reasons for praying in a pandemic is our isolation. So many people suffering from loneliness and anxiety, and often we are not even aware of it. We’re surrounded by the familiar, but we lose track. The days pile up and you suddenly can’t tell one from the other. I’ve got alarms going off all the time on my phone because of phone calls and zoom meetings, but I missed a very important meeting this morning because I lost track of what day it was.

Isolation can disconnect us from people and from God. It’s not good. Prayer can connect us back up, rather like plugging back into a switchboard after the plugs have been pulled out.

Or like Allan Deck, theology professor at Loyola Marymount University writes, “Our bodies are like radios. If we are not in tune, we simply do not function properly. Prayer puts us in tune. It opens the heart and mind to receive the gift of life, the love of God and the love of others.” In other words, prayer does as much for us as it does for the world.

But prayer does change things. Jesus has us praying for big things like praying that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. I don’t think you can get much bigger or broader than that. Why would He have us praying for His will to be done on earth if it wasn’t going to make any difference? It does make a difference. So we pray for the world and for those who have lost friends and loved ones, and for this siege of the world by a virus to be over.

We pray because we’re on God’s team and He has called all hands on deck. We pray because we’ve never seen days like these, and we can’t stand idly by and do nothing. We pray because prayer is something we can do instead of feeling helpless. And we pray because we want to be part of a miracle, and miracles happen when we pray.

So be part of a miracle and pray today, and click on the prayer button to the right to leave a prayer request for our prayer warriors who are praying constantly for you and me, for the world, and for the specific requests you send in. So don’t miss this opportunity. It may be the most important thing you can do right now.

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