There were many things I was thinking about writing today. I’ve got a list, and was eager to discover which of those things God would lead me to tap out on this keyboard today.
And it didn’t happen. God kept whispering to my heart that this isn’t a time to write. It’s a time to pray.
So I invite you to join me in prayer for those who need our prayers right now.
- Although I’m not Catholic, I am praying for Pope Francis as he heals from surgery today.
- I am praying for all still affected by the pandemic – and that’s all of us; this isn’t done yet. But there are some more afflicted than others. I pray that God will be with you and that you will grow in your relationship with Him as you weather this tribulation with Him at your side.
- I am praying for the families and loved ones of those still missing in landslides and floods and building collapses and other disasters around the world. May God be at your side as well and surround you with His love as you face unexpected tragedy.
- For all those who are out on the highways and trails and waterways and mountaintops, I pray that God will give you the wisdom not to drink alcohol while piloting a vessel or craft or vehicle. Alcohol slows your reflexes and your ability to make good snap decisions long before you “feel” like its affecting you. Please be wise about enlisting a sober person, or volunteer to be that person to do your driving, boating, flying, diving or other adventure this weekend. Let your family remember this weekend as one filled with fabulous fun and photos, not funerals.
- I pray for the people of Afghanistan who face an uncertain and violent future as the US military withdraws from the region.
- I am praying for my church as it begins its next chapter under the leadership of its first new senior pastor in 27 years.
- I pray for the Olympic athletes from around the world, that – win or lose – they may glorify God with their amazing talents and skills, and that He keep them safe as they gather to compete.
- And I ask that you pray for me. I have often wondered how I would know when God is calling me to act in a particular way. I feel that God is calling me now in an unexpected way, and I am praying that I grow in my understanding and certainty that I am surrendering to His will and not just seeking to create my own path but erroneously attributing it to Him.
In Jesus name,