Showing posts from April, 2020

Why Do We Do Good?

During this COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled by all the selfless acts I see of people who work in healthcare, food service—either restaurants or grocery stores, US mail, all delivery personnel, etc. and I know this list isn’t complete. Countless individuals risk their personal safety so we can keep ours. Thank you! And thank you to those amazing volunteers who use their creative skills to help others. Some sew masks, give balcony concerts, send encouraging or prayer-filled notes and texts, or hand out/deliver food and groceries to the needy. Others pray without ceasing. [1] I’m blown away by the good works, and it causes me to glorify my Father in heaven [2] . But it also causes me to ask why? Why do we do good ? And why do times of crisis bring out the “ good ” in humanity? Some might say this is what we’re taught and what we pass on to the next generation. True. We teach our children to do good, to share, to wait their turn, and to be kind to others. We discipline

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 7

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!! “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory!” [1] Oh Lord, my God, give us the eyes to see Earth full of Your glory. For, the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows Your handiwork. [2] Father, so many in this world do not understand this, nor do they care that you created it all. There is no speech or language where the voice of creation does not shout, “Almighty God did this!” [3] The beauty we see and the intricacies, the depth and height of mountains and seas, and the vastness of space are Your design. All this flowed from Your TRIUNE hand, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the image of the invisible God…BY Him, THROUGH Him, and FOR Him, all things were created in heaven and on earth—the seen and the unseen things. AND in Him, all things hold together. [4] Right now, O LORD, because of SIN, we are fighting an unseen thing that seeks to destroy. Abba, Father, w

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 6

Holy LORD, You are God and there is no other, and besides You, there is NO SAVIOR. [1] There is none like You, O Lord—You are great, and Your name is great in might. [2] You are El Roi , the-God-Who-Sees AND hears our affliction. [3] Your eyes, O Lord, run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Yourself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to You. [4] ONLY YOU are worthy of PRAISE. Father, here we are, once again, entering boldly into Your throne room, through our ONLY WAY—the BODY and SHED BLOOD of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. And like Your disciples after the crucifixion, we are holed up in our homes. They, out of fear of a visible enemy, we, out of fear of an invisible one. Still, LORD, here we are, looking to You for SALVATION. And even those who do not know You personally, understand they need something beyond our human frailty to SAVE US. Many trust in science, but science is only as good as the human brain You have created. And ALL HEALING come

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 5

Oh LORD, my God, it feels as though we are living in the days of Noah, [1] and in the days of Lot. [2] People are angry, frustrated, and in defiance because of the orders from our governmental leaders. Others are the opposite—these are working tirelessly to ensure our safety. Father, we are facing what is humanly unknown, and yet it is not unknown to You. You alone reveal deep and secret things. You know what is in the darkness because light dwells with You. [3] Every day, O Most High, people are dying, and until this VIRUS, I rarely considered them unless it was one with whom I was familiar. Father, forgive me. I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. [4] However, this day You, Lord, have opened my eyes to the plight of humanity. And our plight is not the coronavirus, it is the condition of our soul. There is coming a day when every human will be faced with Your question, “What did you do with Jesus?” He was God in the flesh, who was led as a LAMB to the

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 4

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! Before… THIS VIRUS …Stir up Your strength, and come and save us! Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! O Lord God of hosts, how long will You… ALLOW US TO BE …fed…with the bread of tears, and given…tears to drink in great measure. [1] Father God, we humble ourselves before You and ask You to lift us up with Your righteous right hand. [2] Only You can stop this plague. And although we, as sinful people, have no right to ask because we deserve it, we ask anyway leaning on Your great and everlasting love. [3] Lord God, you have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, [4] and Your desire is that NONE should perish, but that ALL would come to REPENTANCE. [5] Therefore, Holy, holy, holy God, Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! [6] …we beseech You, O God of hosts; Look down from heaven and se

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 3

“…O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see… [1] OUR PLIGHT. FATHER, WE FEEL AS THOUGH THIS VIRUS “…has laid waste the nations and their lands… [2] Many, O LORD, have died and many work tirelessly. We pray for the families who have lost loved ones asking for Your Holy Spirit to be their comfort. We ask for strength for those who continue to work. We ask, O Most High, for patience to endure this trial. Holy and Sovereign are You, and Almighty God, when you lift this distress of nations, allow our economies to recover quickly, but let us never forget this sample, this glimpse of tribulation. And, Glorious Lord, Let us seek you early. With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the

Seven Days of Prayer - Day 2

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God…. [1] You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance. For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; We finish our years like a sigh… [2] So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands… [3] Oh Lord God, we look to You for healing, comfort, and wisdom. For it is in