Brothers and sisters,
While we continue to struggle through this cultural moment (which includes a lot of time at home!), one of the most important habits we must have is the continual pursuit to be constant in prayer, especially for those in our body who face this virus head-on every day while at work.
Several weeks ago we dedicated a day of prayer for those in our body and community who work in the healthcare industry. This week, again we want to set some time aside to pray, but this time for those who work on the frontline, helping to provide needed services, groceries, and supplies to all of us who are home in quarantine. These men and women get up every day and go to work to ensure the rest of us have what we need during this cultural crisis.
So this Friday, April 17, our family of churches will again set aside a Day of Prayer for Frontline Workers. Again, here is Sovereign Grace Churches Executive Director, Mark Prater, with some specific ways we can be praying:
We want to pray for men and women who transport food, stock grocery shelves, and work at checkout counters that make it possible for us to purchase food. Men and women who provide public transportation, and men and women who work in police and fire departments around the world providing essential emergency services. This is not an exhaustive list, so when you pray, add anyone you know who is serving on the frontlines. As Thessalonians 5:17 exhorts us, let us “pray without ceasing” for them. Here are a few ways you can pray:
- Ask God to protect these frontline workers from being infected with the COVID-19 virus.
- Ask God to heal those frontline workers who do contract the COVID-19 virus.
- Ask God to give them strength and endurance for the long hours they need to work.
- Ask God to comfort them when they need to spend time separated from their families or need to self-quarantine because of risk of exposure.
- Ask God to give them wisdom for any difficult situations they may face.
- Ask God to use Christian frontline workers as a voice of gospel hope for the hopeless.
So this Friday, please join me in praying the above for healthcare professionals (add to your Google Calendar), and especially for those among us who are serving right now:
- Tyler Gagnon (transport)
- Josh Minkler (grocery)
- Isaias Romero (restaurant)
With you in prayer,