02 Jun Praying Today
Read Luke 18:1-8
Thought for the Day: Today is a day to pray!
When much of society closed for business in March 2020, the people of our church did something really amazing. For 100 consecutive days, members of our congregation met every single morning at 8:00 a.m. on Zoom for an hour of prayer. We prayed for those who were sick. We prayed for first responders and health care professionals by name. We prayed for essential workers and children. We prayed for medical breakthroughs and wisdom for leaders. In a time of uncertainty, we turned to the certainty of a relationship with God through prayer.
Why did we pray? We remembered the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus Himself reminded his followers to not lose heart during the trying times, but to pray instead. He told the story of a woman who continually petitioned an unjust judge until she was given justice. Using this story, Jesus pointed out the importance of bringing our requests repeatedly to God, our Heavenly Father, and just judge. It was with this mindset that we met each day to pray.
Our world may or may not shift to “normal.” But, whether we face a crisis or more mundane circumstances, we are instructed by Jesus to pray. Today, let’s pray for our neighbors and our families. Let’s pray for our leaders and those serving in our communities. Let’s pray for the sick and the hurting. Most of all, let’s keep praying as we see that God asks us to turn to Him consistently. Today, each of us is asked to pray!
Pastors Stan and David