Yesterday I had a lengthy conversation with Johnny and Koki who separately had widespread ministry throughout India in years past. I asked what was happening among believers in India as a result of Covid. Of course, India is extremely complex and it is near impossible to get a full picture.
From their networks and observations, they shared the following:
Hunger for the Word has greatly increased – people are gathering in small virtual Bible study groups to read and discuss the Scriptures
A Prayer Movement has developed – they are gathering in small prayer groups and are increasing in personal prayer
More people are coming to the Lord because they see they need God
The Church is outside church buildings
Overall there is a widespread awareness that the Second Coming of Jesus is near. As a result people are repenting and spending more time seeking the Lord in prayer and the Word
Sometimes it is wise to hear how other cultures are responding to global issues such as the pandemic.
Questions each of could ask are:
How am I responding to the pandemic?
Am I seeking the Lord in the Scriptures and prayer?
Am I involved in a small group to discuss the Scripture and prayer?
Ever wonder if someone could ever really understand you? Ever wonder if anyone could possibly know what you are thinking? There is Someone who knows.
Yesterday I spent some time in Psalm 139. The whole Psalm is worthy of much reflection. For today, I want to focus on the first 6 verses.
“O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.” (Psalm 139:1-6)
Take a moment to read and reflect on these few verses. What thoughts come to mind? How does this shape your understanding of the Lord? What emotions are you feeling as you read and reflect on these verses?
The Psalmist then closes the Psalm with a prayer. Make this your prayer today.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
David had years of great difficulty. He was pursued by King Saul as an outlaw though he had done no wrong. He protected the weak and did not take advantage of others while he was on the run. How did he cope? What was his secret?
Psalm 28 gives us a glimpse (other Psalms do as well). He writes, “To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.” (Ps. 28:1-2) Simply put, David prayed and told the Lord his plight.
David affirmed and declared his trust in the Lord. He writes, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” (Ps. 28:7)
In these days of a new reality, there are many fears, dangers, and pitfalls all around us. We can hardly go out of our homes without something to be concerned about. Let us do as David did, call to our Rock and trust in His protection.
Take a minute to share as many concerns as you have. Then affirm your trust in our Rock and thank Him that He hears.
JESUS Film is hosting a live 24 hour prayer focus for Muslims around the world starting tomorrow at 8 am EDT. During this 24 hour period, 48 Muslim nations will be prayed for 30 minutes each. A specific partner will take the lead role in facilitating prayer for their assigned nation. MentorLink has been assigned Senegal.
This event is called: One Miracle Night 24 hour prayer hosted by Jesus Film.
This is a global live prayer event. I received an email from JESUS Film yesterday stating that they are praying for 1 million participants.
Our assigned time to facilitate prayer for Senegal is 1:30-2:00 PM EDT on Tuesday May 19.
Here is the link where you can join in prayer during that time
Rene Mbongo from Senegal will join me in hosting and facilitating the time.