The news blasts out over TV day and night about coronavirus. The financial news is up and down with investors concerned over long-term ruin. At times, it can make one want to block their ears, shut the door or take a walk around the block to breathe in the quiet. Most of us are glad for the responses of the governor of Washington to take this seriously and protect vulnerable people. On the other hand, most of us just want life to get back to normal.
But does God want us to just get back to normal and what is normal anyway? God wants His people to spend time with Him so He can pour out a blessing. He wants us to realize it is time to pray like we have never prayed before.
The call to pray was on many hearts. Because of this, the Upper Columbia Conference has launched a prayer ministry page on its website. The purpose of this prayer ministry is to pray together.
“In these uncertain times, God is asking for us to grow closer to Him,” says Minner Labrador, Upper Columbia Conference president. “Now is the time to make the effort personally, to bring your family closer and to work to bring one more to Him. Prayer is the key."
On the prayer ministry page, there is someone available to pray for you. You can ask someone to call you to pray with you, and you will find a weekly prayer time — Monday evenings at 7 p.m. — during which you can share your requests and have a group praying with you. Eric Brown, UCC ministerial director, will begin leading this online prayer meeting.
Please remember that, through any crisis, we are not alone. We have a loving heavenly Father who watches over us. During this time in Earth’s history, we need to cling to Jesus and spend much time in prayer. Our prayer is that this ministry will be a support to you and your neighbors.
As interest grows in this prayer ministry, we will need more volunteers to pray with people. If you would like to be a prayer partner, please let your pastor know. As we need more volunteers, we will be checking with our pastors to help us fill this need.
For more information and to find a prayer partner, go to www.uccsda.org/#Prayer.