Praying Psalm 46 in a Time of Crisis

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Join us today in praying Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”, is a favorite verse for retreats at mountain cabins and lakeside cottages. But the psalm itself assumes a very different setting.

In verse 1, God is an ever-present help, and again in verses 4, 5, 7, and 11, His presence brings courage and strength. But have you noticed that in verses 2, 3, and 6, the ‘nations are in uproar”? The invitation to be still and to seek God takes place in the midst of chaos and worldly drama, not in a quiet sanctuary.

It reminds us of Habakkuk who went up on the city wall (Habakkuk 2:1) to look for the armies to come and deliver God’s people. He wanted to see God at work in the midst of the chaos of his day.

So as you prepare to pray for field workers and staff, I invite you to look for God’s fingerprints in the world today, specifically in the chaos accompanying the COVID-19 virus. Begin by taking stock of how the world is being humbled by this virus — people’s plans have been disrupted, events have been canceled, family visits have been postponed, all because of an invisible virus. Economies are suffering, some families are losing their businesses, pensions are impacted as stocks fall, all because of an invisible virus.

We ask your prayers as workers change schedules, take unexpected home leaves, worry about loved ones, perhaps struggle with finances, rearrange flights, and attend to all the stressful decisions of the virus.

We ask your prayers as workers face unexpected time with family, time to rest, time to read a book. The virus does have an up-side for many of those impacted! It’s kind of like the first day after a good snowstorm. Schools and businesses are closed, so the family stays at home together and makes hot cocoa!

We ask your prayers for those in our communities. If this virus is humbling nations, then many individuals and families are asking profound questions in their hearts and maybe in conversations. Pray that the word of Grace and Hope is spread from family to family just like the virus is spread from person to person. Pray that their hearts will be turned to Jesus Christ.

Lastly, let us go back to Psalm 46:10-11. “’Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.” I ask for your prayers of exaltation — your prayers of thanks, praise, and confidence that God is truly with us.

 

In Jesus’ name,
Dave Hall, International Director
TEAM’s Crisis Management Team


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  • Just know that God will never leave you nor forsake you…I pray that everyone in your organization and all of the missionaries around the world will use best practices and wash their hands using the food prep method. It’s more thorough. God Bless!

  • May the peace of God be with everyone. I pray His protection over our lives. I ask that He meet all of our needs accordingly and I thank Him in advance for healing virtue. Amen. #MsAct

  • Praying for the whole world. Our nation Kenya, Missionaries in the field. Trusting God the Almighty to intervene.Psalms 46:10-11

  • May the blessings and peace of God be upon all Nations and may he forgive each and every one of all sins and may He cover us in the blood of Jesus for his namesake in Jesus name Amen. Blessed be the name of the Lord our God in Jesus name and all praises be unto God in Jesus name Amen.

  • I find this website very resourceful and encouraging!! I am so grateful for being saved again by Gods grace ! Thank you for the ladies that sent me the link for this website!! Thanks for all the prayers n encouraging scriptures during these very difficult times !! Prayers going up blessings coming down

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