“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7)
The “virus” has been with us long enough so that most of us are acquainted with its victims. Some have been sickened by it, some have lost loved ones, close friends, jobs, businesses and hope.
Once when Jesus was leaving the city of Jericho a blind man named Bartimaeus called out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me” and “let me recover my sight” (Mark 10:46-52). I am struck by how Jesus stopped and went out of his way to engage the man, to show mercy to him by meeting his request, his need. Mercy is always an intentional act.
The conditions for being merciful are wonderful right now! Opportunities abound! Many of us know a “Bartimaeus” who needs mercy. Maybe you are one? Cry out to Jesus for mercy, He will hear you and stop and meet your need. He said he would. (John 16:23-24). Then go and show mercy to your Bartimaeus.
Global Prayer Points
Join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership:
Africa: Small and medium size businesses will not receive a stimulus package from the government and they don’t have money to restart after the lockdown. Pray that God would bring trustworthy partners interested in their well-being and freedom.
Asia/Pacific: We give thanks for the technology that helps us stay in touch with each other and do the ministry more effectively during these challenging days.
: Pray for Europartners’ work and your friends asking God to have mercy on us. Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]
Latin America: Pray for protection of CBMC families and team members who are in countries that are ‘hot spots’ of the pandemic.
North America: Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus. Also, for the finances that are needed to do ministry in Canada.