Words of Hope During COVID-19
Elizabeth Mae Magill, author of Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers, says she wasn’t handling the COVID quarantine well—until one day when a woman in need called her. This phone call made her realize that she could find God by helping others.
We practice imperfect prayer in a fallen world. We can’t escape that fact. It’s one of the reasons the Bible teaches that a new heaven and a new earth will be necessary for God to repair life from the destructive effects of the Fall. Until then, sickness and sorrow, pain and death, will be part of the picture—and no amount of prayer will stop their effects every time. … If I knew everything, I could select when, how, and for whom to pray. But since I don’t, my call is to pray the Lord’s Prayer at all times—and to believe that this prayer never falls on deaf divine ears.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
During difficult times, who helps you believe that God hears your prayers? Join the conversation.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
No matter what we are feeling—distress, trust, anger or delight—we find the words of the psalms accompany us into God’s presence. Pray with the Psalms.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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