“Stop eating and pray.” Yep, that’s how my morning time with the Lord went.
To explain, we’ve been staying home because of coronavirus for a couple of weeks now. (Today, our governor issued a required ‘stay home’ order.) Due to staying home, I’ve been eating a lot of comfort food. Yep, lots of comfort food.
So this morning I prayed, “Lord, forgive me for I’ve been eating a lot of everything. And now I’ve gained more weight. Lord, help me.”
Then I flipped over my daily scripture calendar, and saw this-
– God declares us “not guilty” offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in His kindness freely takes away our sins. Romans 3:24 TLB
Because of coronavirus and staying home, I’ve been eating and eating, wasting time either watching TV, or zoning out on social media. But my greatest sin was none of these. No. it was my failure to pray.
“Lord forgive me. Help me pray for those who need You.”
I can’t send medical supplies, or food to those in the hardest hit areas. But what I can do is pray.
Yes, I can pray and also reach out to those in my life. I might not be able to be with them in person, but I can talk on the phone or use social media to stay in contact. Help me encourage others.”
We’re all stuck at home. All our lives have changed. We’re all overwhelmed by the reports of sickness and death. Maybe we’ve become fearful as we go to the grocery store. What if someone comes in my personal space who has the virus? And we’re real careful not to breathe toward anyone because what if we have it?
Funny note: I’m at the store standing close to the checkout counter hesitating . This lady looks at me. So I say, “I’m debating on buying ice cream.” To which she replied, “Buy it.” Then a man standing by, looked at me and said, “Buy it.” So I took that as a sign and bought ice cream. When I told Hubby about it, He asked, “When did you start taking advice from strangers?”
When I compared the time I’ve spent eating, cooking, discussing menus, or grocery lists to the time I spent praying, guess which one got the most time during my “stay home” day? Yep. Busted. It was food and more food. So I need to stop eating and pray.
A friend once told me the highest prayer you could pray is “Lord, Your will be done.” (See Matthew 6 for “The Lord’s Prayer”.)
So here’s today’s challenge. Let’s get out of our chairs, turn off the TV, turn off social media, and start praying for others. They need our prayers. This USA needs our prayers. The World needs our prayers. So lets stop eating and pray.
Our leaders need our prayers, President Trump, Vice President Pence, our Governors, our Senators, our Congress, and our Mayors. All our government leaders need prayers.
We also need to pray for our truck drivers, store employees, medical staff, first responders, people still working, people not working, families with children out of school, the children themselves, those who are by themselves, and those who are contained with others. We also need to pray for our spiritual leaders and for all who believe in Jesus that their faith will hold strong. And especially pray for those who don’t believe in Jesus that they will come to know Him.
Now I’m thinking of those leaders whom I don’t like and who I wish I could throw rocks at. Is this part of “Turn the other cheek?” Guess they need prayers too. Maybe that’s what the scripture meant when it instructed us to pray for our leaders so that we would have peace in our land.
Maybe we all need to repent. After all, 1 Chronicles 7:14 says-
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
So y’all, if you’ve been like me, lets stop eating and pray.