I guess putting on a brave face and holding everything in only works for so long. Eventually, the body receives the signal from the brain that things are very very wrong and stress takes its toll.
That’s where I am right now.
This is not going to be an “Everything is going to be fine” article. This is not going to be filled with Scripture that calms our nerves, although we should be reading our Bibles throughout the day.
This is simply going to be a piece on the need for us to pray for one another, and pray hard. Many of the brethren are depressed. Many feel helpless and hopeless at times. We know that God tells us not to feel this way. But we are in this flesh which wars against the Spirit.
Remember when Paul said this:
I’m using the New Living Translation of God’s Word here
Struggling with Sin
“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
“I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin” (Romans 7: 14-25).
Not in our Glorified Bodies Yet
When we are faced with the unknown and stressed to the max; we so want to be strong and say that everything is going to be okay. We think of all of the ways that we can show our unbelieving family how we are strong because we are Christians.
The Gospel Which Saves Is Most Important
We don’t know what is going on in the minds of those who have no hope. We have hope and yet we are still battling anxiety and stress. What better time to ask the unbeliever if they are going to heaven when they die.
So, they may look at you as if you are crazy. Remember that this person’s eternal home lies in the balance. They may not know it, but you do. What do you have to lose? If you say nothing, the lost person has everything to lose.
You may be the only person who ever took the time to share Christ with this lost person. Have you ever thought about that? We have to lose the fear of rejection and tell people the truth. We have truth – God has given us truth from His word.
That is the main reason we need to Pray for one another
Brethren, we must pray for one another. We must be praying for our lost friends and family. We must be praying for God’s will to be done.
Prayer is so powerful.
People write emails to me about my articles and most of these emails end with “We are praying for you because we know that you are a target for the enemy.” I write back to these people and tell them how much I appreciate and covet those prayers.
As Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Yes, those who follow that comforting admonition from Scripture will surely experience all the provision of God that is needed to face COVID-19 or any other troublesome issue that will come upon us in life.
Remember the words of the old hymn written by Civilla D. Martin that says:
“Be not dismayed what-e’re be-tide, God will take care of you.
Beneath his wings of love abide, God will take care of you.
“Through days of toil when heart does fail, God will take care of you.
When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you.
“All you may need he will provide, God will take care of you.
Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.”