As you read this email you might be aware of all that is uncertain and unpredictable at the moment - in your own life and family, in Australia's response to COVID, in the real need for change and justice we see around the world, in preparing for Semester 2. During these times, what can we do to lean on the faithful stability of our God and create strong connections with others? How can we re-orient our attention, and our prayers, to who God is and the ways that He is working in the world and in our lives?
The following article was written by Esther Martinez and published on the Food for the Hungry website. Food for the Hungry is an Christian organisation based in the US working in the areas of relief and development advocating for the poor and the marginalised. You might find these four ways to pray in the midst of uncertain times helpful. What other ways have you found beneficial?
It seems like every time we check our newsfeeds or turn on the TV, we are overwhelmed with constant updates about different crises around the globe. We even feel the impact of some of these crises in our own homes and cities.
As a result, it’s common to feel anxiety and uncertainty during these challenging times. In these moments, it serves us well to remember that God is an almighty fortress of hope and protection. He invites us to take refuge in Him through prayer when we are feeling fearful and alone. ... Here are four ways you can approach God during your time of prayer.
1. Reflect on Scripture Sometimes the best way to turn to God is to listen and reflect on His words. May these Bible verses encourage you and fill you with God’s peace, love, and protection. Here are some of our favorite verses to pray out loud during times of uncertainty.
2. Pray with Others Praying together in faith is a powerful force. Not only does it give each person a deep feeling of belonging, but collectively, more prayers are prayed for! Everyone has a unique way of praying to the Lord. We can learn from each other through our different voices when we pray together. It is also an important reminder to keep our hearts open to the needs of others as we care for the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters in Christ at home and around the world.
- Psalm 46:1, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Romans 15:13
Together, we are strengthened and blessed through our intentional time with God.
3. Ask Others for Specific Prayer Sometimes asking for help can be hard to do. We live in a society that celebrates the achievement of doing things on your own or isolating when things become too hard. It’s helpful to remember that asking others for prayers is an opportunity to thank God for blessing us with loved ones we can lean on in times of adversity.
By asking a family member, friend, or church member for a specific prayer, we are reminded that we are not alone. And it helps us grow closer together as a body of believers in Christ. [At Morling - you can always invite us to pray with you by sharing your prayer need here.]
4. Join Us in Prayer As different crises are occurring at this very moment, we invite you to pray with us on behalf of all those who need God’s loving protection around the world:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord, we thank you that you are the God of refuge. You are mighty, powerful, righteous, and true. Today, we come to you in prayer asking for your love, protection, and provision. We know you are the one true source of hope.
Please be a place of refuge and a constant presence of love and support for all those experiencing fear, anxiety, and loneliness. Please care for the physical needs of those who are struggling to provide for their families. Bring peace and healing to those who have lost loved ones or are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Please help us come to you for hope and guidance during times of uncertainty. It’s through your grace that we can continue to serve one another in your name no matter the circumstance. We ask for your peace in place of our anxiety.
We pray these things in your heavenly name.