Fast and Pray—First Monday
by Pastor Aaron Adame
Our nation—the world for that matter—is in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Through media streams, we are all more connected than ever, which means that even if you or someone you know isn’t sick with COVID-19, you feel its impact. Everyone is suffering on some level. Lives are lost. Health care workers are being pushed to the limits. And watching the national and global economy is like watching the new tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world, epitomized by screams and panic, though this ride doesn’t seem to be stopping or slowing down anytime soon.
Though we are all suffering, we are not all suffering the same. Yes, we as Christians still experience fear and anxiety. We still worry, get sick and even die. However, through Jesus Christ, we do none of these things without hope. By faith in a risen Savior, a Savior who has conquered death, healed the sick, and has promised a future healing of all who believe, we have much to put our hope in.
Not only do we have hope, but we have been given an outlet for release of these fears and burdens we carry in this life through prayer. We read in Philippians 4:6 that we are “not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God, in Christ, has not only given us a way to ultimate salvation through faith in Jesus. But through faith in Jesus we experience the privilege of having access into our heavenly father’s throne-room of grace to receive help and mercy in time of need.
Friends, this is one of those times!
This Monday, as a church body, we are going to take the day to fast and pray! This is a new rhythm for us to begin every month with fasting and prayer. Each month will have a theme; this month’s is healing. Below are the specific areas we are praying toward.
Healing of the sick! We obviously want to spend time praying for those who are directly affected with COVID-19. Pray for physical and spiritual healing.
Healing of our relationships. It is interesting how shared pain brings shared love. We need to pray that this crisis, despite the effort of social distancing, will bring the Church together in brotherly love.
Healing of the spiritually broken. There are so many in this world who do not have the hope we have in Christ. Pray that this season brings a greater awareness of people’s need for the Savior!
Healing of sin. On a local and global scale, we see in Scripture that God, at certain times and for certain reasons, allows plagues and sickness to awaken His people toward their rebellion. Pray for a revival of souls through people’s repentance of sin and placing faith in Christ alone for salvation.