Words of Hope During COVID-19
Steve Doughty, author of To Walk in Integrity, tells how listening for God’s call has helped him stay connected to God during COVID-19. God often calls to us out of uncertainty and pain, he says. May listening for God’s call also help you find peace.
Every “why?” passage in the Bible indicates that the person or group did not understand; they were living with mystery and had to pray in the midst of it. In fact, they wove why? into their praying. … When we ask why in our prayers, we have somehow recognized that we are permitted to bring every question, every issue, every confusion, and every struggle to God. We may not understand what’s going on, but God knows that we cannot pray authentically unless we can honestly express every thought and emotion.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
What honest thoughts and emotions do you need to express to God today? Join the conversation.
LORD, you have examined me.
You know me.
There isn’t a word on my tongue, LORD,
that you don’t already know completely.
—Psalm 139:1, 4 (CEB)
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)
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