Prayer in Uncertain Times
On March 15, 2020, we Zion members sang together for our final song (at least for a while)
“When Peace like a River” (LSB 763).
“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, It is well, It is well with my soul”
Jesus instructs us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” (John14:1)
But how can we be untroubled and at peace during these times? We do not know how long these 'stay at home' orders will last. When will I be able to sing with my Zion family again? We see all the changes and fears. We have very little control over anything (unless it is following the guidelines).
But God has a different vantage point. He sees it all. He knows it all. He knows exactly what is happening.
When we put our trust in Him, our fears decrease. “You cannot have your mind full of faith and of fear at the same time.” (Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado, page 32).
God tells us what He wants us to do when we are fearful:
1. Rejoice (Sing a hymn, Pray a Psalm)
2. Let our requests be known to Him (Phil. 4:4-8)
When we are thankful for all He has done for us, we are not dwelling on our fears. Gratitude keeps our focus on where it needs to be: on God.
God tells us also to keep our hearts and minds on that which is true and right. (Phil. 4:4-8)
And then, verse 9: “And the God of Peace will be with you.”
The more time we spend focused on God and His Word, the more peace we have. “My peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give it to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27,28)
Rejoice in God's faithfulness. Give Him thanks. God loves you. He is with you. A promise He always keeps. Come to Him in prayer. So even though the time is uncertain and we are fearful of what might happen, we know that God is certainly for us and will always be the same.