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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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May 12

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:33:20 AM  RssIcon

Hard lockdown is a good reason to pray, promote prayer in groups and especially during extended personal devotions, not to pray comprehensively is unthinkable.
 
1.    Prayer is God’s appointed way to receive from God what we need. The main reason why we lack God’s complete provision is the neglect of prayer.
 
2.    The holy men and women in the Bible regarded prayer as the most important activity of their lives. Give a prominent place to prayer during your personal devotions.
 
3.    Prayer occupied a very prominent place and played a very important role in the earthly life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Follow his example.
 
4.    Praying is during times of stress and depression the most important part of the ministry of our risen Lord in heaven. Ask Jesus to pray for you.
 
5.    Prayer is the means that God has appointed for us to receive mercy, and obtaining grace to help us in time of need. Remember to ask for mercy – “In your mercy, Lord, hear my prayer.”
 
6.    Prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ is the way he has appointed for his disciples to obtain fullness of joy.
 
7.    Prayer is the means that God has appointed that we may receive freedom from anxiety and the peace of God, which passes all understanding.  Just tell him what scares you, makes you anxious and is the challenge you face.
 
8.    Prayer is the means that Christ has appointed whereby we will not be overcome by the cares of this life. Take enough time to tell God about your worries and concerns.
 
9.    Prayer promotes our spiritual growth.  It is fellowship with God. Also share with God what makes you happy and excited – staying grounded while thanking our Lord for his grace and mercy, naming your privileges one by one.
 
10. Prayer brings power into our work for the Lord.  Ask for the guidance and the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
11. Prayer benefits the needs of others.   Name the needs of those whose troubles and challenges are on your heart.
 
12. Prayer brings blessings to the church.  Pray for your congregation, the current agenda points you are aware of, the minister, the elders, all the leaders, members who asked for prayer - by name, for the children and youth ministries and for the outreach where the church is involved.
 
 

 

Pray from home during lockdown:
1.    Make a list of your local leaders: This includes the school’s leadership, local government and their officials, law enforcement, civil society leaders, etc. Think about your town, township and city.  What decisions do they need to make under lockdown? What should you pray for them?
 
2.    Pray for those immediately around you: The young couple in the flat above you or the elderly living in your street.  God knows who they are! And if you don’t know them yet, ask that God will open doors for you to meet them when the time is right.
 
3.    Pray for the essential workers in your community: The security members, the delivery people, health care workers, medical responders, grocery store workers, and food service people who are still heading to work outside of their homes every day — it doesn’t matter if you know their names! Pray intentionally for those in your community, for safety, for peace, and for hope.
 
4.    Pray for locally owned businesses. As you drive to and from the grocery store or your essential appointments, slow down and notice all the locally owned businesses. How can you pray for those business owners and their workers? How might God want to use you, your church, or your community to help rebuild the strength of your local business community in the future? And pray for those who lost their jobs, who may be hungry and are deeply worried about their children not having a balanced meal before going to bed.
 
If you HAVE to leave the house:
1.    Make the most of every opportunity. If you are heading to the grocery store or getting medication, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and notice the world around you. What do you notice? Who do you see? Pray.
 
2.    If you are getting some fresh air outdoors, quiet your heart and mind. Ask God to help you see your community with fresh eyes. What are the concerns and hopes that keep your neighbours up at night? What are their dreams for this neighbourhood? Their families? Then pray.
 
3.    Put down the phone. Turn off the television and radio. Switch off the internet.  Stop ALL the noise of the things competing for your attention. Use your quiet time to see through the eyes of Christ: your community and their mental health and faith issues. As you drive by your neighbours and as you turn down the street, ask the Holy Spirit to help you see what you have missed in your rush to get to the next place. And then pray.
 
Missing others?
Coordinate a group call. Miss your small group? Wanting to connect with your family? Use Zoom, FaceTime, use mobile apps and devices to form a prayer group to continue to pray together. Have each person pray for their neighbours and neighbourhood!
 
Praying has always brought us together as a people of faith. In this season of being physically separate, may we remember our practices of prayer to help us feel, and stay, connected to our communities and local churches. 

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