Anyone looking at the news today has reason to lament. Thousands of people are dying from the coronavirus. There are earthquakes and wildfires ravaging parts of the world. A horde of locusts three times the size of New York city are terrorizing parts of Africa and the Middle East. Wars are still being waged in parts of the world.
Even in times of peace and prosperity, many Christians find it difficult to formulate their thoughts into prayer. Between busy schedules and forgetfulness, many people only pray on Sunday if they find the time to make it to Church. So how is a Christian meant to pray in the topsy turvy world that we now inhabit where it looks like the good as well as the bad are cast into perilous situations?
Believe it or not, the Bible has many examples of what to do in times such as these. In Matthew 5:45 Jesus says “For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.” From this, we can see that bad times fall upon people even if they have lived a righteous life. We must remember that even Jesus was put into perilous times and prayed to His Almighty Father. From this, we should take note.
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prostrated himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Even going to his death Jesus accepts that he must go to the cross and shows us what it means to pray to God in times of despair.
We must be willing to tell God our fears but also remember that ultimately God is still in control and we must have faith that he will provide us with what we need even if we do not understand it ourselves. Jesus says “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Even in times of trial, God is looking out for our needs.
We must continue to pray and give thanks to God for all that he has done for us. Even in the darkest hours, we must continue to let Christ be our light and lead us to the springs of salvation.
In the book of Job, we can see that Job even after many afflictions put to his person and deaths in his family continues to pray to God. Job’s own wife tells him “curse God and die.” Job refuses to do this and instead continues an ongoing dialogue with the God of his fathers. In this book, we can see that even when we are frustrated with God it is okay to tell God about these frustrations in prayer. Job continued to endure throughout this trial as we all must do in these now trying days.
We must all remember that no matter how dark times get that God is in control and we can always speak to the Master of the Universe through prayer. Now more than ever it is important to tell the heavenly Father your thoughts and your fears and believe that he will hear you and is doing what is best for you. God is in control. Take comfort from this and endure as Job endured.