Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.

Lord, it strikes me the privilege it is to live in at this time in history. To be part of moments you have purposed and planned from long ago. To understand that we were intended to live through such a time as this. Thank you for the opportunity to pray during these moments for your kingdom to come, for your kingdom to grow, for your kingdom to deepen. What a privilege to live as a believer in Christ when many are seeking his hope and his security and his peace. Believers have such a light to shine right now and we get to shine ours, even if in a small, tucked away corner of the world.

Lord, it also strikes me that you’ve allowed the tinker toy architecture of our lives to be torn down. We had spokes shooting out in all directions, connections here and connections there and though it felt familiar, it felt admittedly weak. In these moments to pause, we are praying, pondering and posturing for a personal and family architecture to come that is strong and centered and built on your solid rock. We pray that each fallen piece would be held up to you as we ask with a loose grip what you would have us do with it. We pray the lessons from the stillness would not be quickly forgotten but rather treasured and woven into our lives going forward.

Lord, it strikes me that you are a God of restoration and redemption and making things new. In your economy, death is not to be dreaded; death is the doorway to new life. We see it in our salvation. We see it in your death and resurrection. We see it in Jairus’ daughter, the woman who was bleeding, the man possessed by demons. May we also see it here – in all the death associated with this pandemic – literal death, the death of plans, the death of routines, the death of being together for a time. But, may we also be hopeful for the new life on the other side. May we not be so complacent as to long for all the old to return but may we instead have anticipatory hope for all that you will make new.

Isaiah 14:27 says, “For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?” Lord, may we not squander or miss what you are doing, what you are offering, what you are providing. More importantly, may we not miss who you are. Seated, sovereign, and kind. Fix our eyes on you. In Jesus’ name, amen and amen.