“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21
For most of us, the Covid 19 virus has in some way altered our lives. Some of us have had to endure much hardship and even pain directly or indirectly as we watch others suffer and try to cope with the virus and its many effects. Many governments have taken the drastic decision to shut down large parts of their economies and this has negatively affected even more. Understandably, under such circumstances, it is hard to be thankful.
In the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 20) the account is given of an incident where the Jewish people faced certain annihilation as three large armies approached them. The times were uncertain and dangerous. The Jewish King Jehoshaphat (one of the good kings!) was fearful upon hearing the news, but something happened as he and the people fasted and prayed together: they remembered God’s promises and how reliably He kept them. They sang and worshipped together and remarkably their faith was “established.” The King said “believe in the Lord your God and you will be established; believe in His prophets (promises) and you will succeed.”
The Lord responded to this simple faith with a great miracle. The Jewish army did not even have to fight. Instead God caused the approaching armies to destroy themselves!
When we give thanks to God in the midst of difficult circumstances it is not the trouble we are thankful for. Rather, in such times as these, our thanks, praise and worship to God demonstrates our trust and our faith in His steadfast love, power, might and precious promises. “Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever!”
Global Prayer Points
As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership:
Africa: Pray for the Southern and East Africa Resilience Fund being developed by a CBMC Business Leader. Pray that God would bring trustworthy financial partners interested in the well-being of these small business owners.
Asia/Pacific: All authority is God’s, but He has given authority to leaders to protect and guide us. Today, we ask that God would give all leaders wisdom, discernment, strength and resolve. Keep them healthy, safe and rested so they can continue to guide us through this troubling time. Please keep praying for God’s wisdom to choose the right CBMC leaders to serve and lead the CBMC ministry.
Europe: Pray for our friends in the marketplace to find the right approach to make Christ known as the hope for this world. Specific Europartners’ 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.
If you have a prayer request, please email CBMC International.