Sparta Baptist Church

10 Cs for COVID-19 and SBC: Praying In, Through, and Beyond This Pandemic

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order    that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the    riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Eph 1:18-19a


Medical interventions in the immediate and eradication in the near future.  Protection for the frontline workers, innovation for those researching the virus, advanced therapeutics for treating symptoms, provision of resources for effective care.  


For those affected both directly and indirectly by the virus and measures taken to mitigate its spread.  Empathy toward those with differing perspectives and for those weathering the same storm, but in a different boat.  


God’s presence and peace for those who have lost loved ones, those who have lost jobs, those concerned about what could happen, those overwhelmed by anxiety and uncertainty.  


For the spread of shalom – peace and righteousness.  In the face of building tensions and increasing partisanship, there would be a greater concern for decency and respect in the public discourse.  Rest for those gripped by panic and angst because of fears, stressors, and dire circumstances. 


God’s presence and engagement with others who are experiencing intense isolation and loneliness.  For those who are spiritually and emotionally longing for meaningful engagement.  For those who are experiencing the silence as deafening, the down time as chaos, and the separation as alienation.   


We would not waste this Divine Disruption. That we would seek to be transformed in the challenges being faced.  That we would lean into our frustrations and disappointments by allowing Him to showcase His faithfulness and love in the midst of it.  We would seek to rejoice, even while we wait.  That we would invest in much needed self-reflection that this season provides the space and time for.    


Wisdom from above to be provided in the midst of ever-changing projections, conflicting reports, changing medical interventions, partisan news reporting, and intense emotions.  What is true, what is real, what is wise, what is helpful, what is essential. 


For government, business, and church leaders making decisions about what’s next.  That we understand confidence to be the product of humility and the outcome of outside wisdom being sought and considered.  Proper caution and assertive leadership are both essential and need to be skillfully integrated.


Learning to live with the ominous threat of COVID will not come naturally.  Learning to trust God as we co-exist with it requires a further step of intentionally working out our faith.  Living courageously doesn’t mean without fear, just assurance in God’s power and promises in the midst of a very real and imposing threat.  Developing new strategies for effective ministry in a post COVID world.  


New challenges are creating new opportunities for churches,  church leaders, and Jesus followers.  Learning new approaches and finding innovative ways to reach out for maximum impact.                     

Pray for growth, adaptability, flexibility, and ingenuity.            

Jesus would be lifted high and God glorified during this time.