The Apostle Paul instructs us to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice…do not 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.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:4-8).
Paul’s instruction touches on a hallmark of prayer: to turn our minds to the goodness of God, and to rejoice in him for the great things he has done. A spirit of praise, he promises, will produce in us a sense of peace that is not tied to our circumstances, though they may be dire, but is rooted in the goodness and faithfulness of God. The news from around the world, and the growing threat in our own community is grim, but our God is gracious and faithful and glorious and beautiful and excellent and praiseworthy; and nothing can separate us from his love for us in Christ!
Areas for Prayer
- For protection for first responders and medical personnel, whose dedication to helping others through this pandemic puts them at greater risk; and that they would have the supplies they need to care for the sick and to protect themselves.
- For those who are hospitalized and their families who are unable to be near each other at a time when presence is so important, that they would know God’s presence in their isolation.
- For peace and perseverance for those in need of regular treatments, or in need of procedures, that are being postponed.
- For open hearts to receive whatever God may desire to teach us through the upheaval of our daily lives and security.
- For preparedness to offer the hurting and fearful an answer that directs them to the reason for our hope and peace
- Our prayer focus for April is the persecuted church.
- The Missionary family we’re praying for this week is the Smithers and Key of Hope Ministry.
- The congregation we’re praying for this week is University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills.
Passages for Reflection and Meditation
Exodus 15:1-18 1 Kings 8:56-61 Psalm 33
Psalm 84 Psalm 103 Proverbs 8:1-36
Matthew 11:28-29 Romans 5:1-11 Colossians 1:15-22