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4/22/2020 2:16:00 PM
When Anxious, Pray
Phillipians 4:6-7 (English Standard Version)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.

I really want this week’s thought to be committed to prayer and not anxiousness. We are anxious to get restarted in our economy and we are anxious to get this virus in the rearview mirror. Being told what we are free to do and what not to do is naturally hard for those who treasure their independence. Putting others at risk by potentially spreading the virus is most troublesome for the community over sixty-five years of age. Wearing a mask and social distancing seems a small price to pay when it allows us to do both; be socially safe and independent.

What do you do when you are caught between a rock and a hard place? Many say “caution,” and others say “we have to start sometime.” Those in the seat of decision know there is no perfect answer. The longer we delay returning to work the more permanent the damage is to the economy. The sooner we go back to work the greater the likelihood there will be an additional release of the virus.

I am calling on all Christians to begin or continue praying for our leaders both in our state and in our nation. The decision to go either way will ultimately come from them. Ask God to give clarity to those who will consider the information from the experts. Our future is ultimately up to us though, our leaders will only say when. We will have to stand back up and go to work.

Christians are getting some good press during this season of challenge. It will be up to us to be exceptional citizens and pull our load. Sharing what we have with those who do not have, and encouraging one another as we are able would say a lot about God to the unbelieving. Prayer is a powerful tool in this pandemic. Medical personnel, food services, food delivery, governmental leaders both home and abroad, food producers, innovative supply chains...for all of these and calm spirits among us all are starting points for prayer.

I pray for justice, for there are many who want to exploit this crisis among their fellow citizens. May they meet with a spiritual stiff arm, putting them back on the right path. Finally, I pray for the citizens who are losing everything for the health of others. What a painful journey they are traveling. And we cannot forget those who have contracted the virus and those who grieve the dead during it. We live in a transformed world and we have much to learn. May God have mercy on us because He loves us and may we glorify Him because we can and want to willingly.

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