May 5

Psalm 31:1-5

“Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.” vs. 2

Many of us have been fervent in our prayers over the last months, offering up petitions for ourselves and our families, praying both for protection and for healing. It’s a natural response to the rapid spread of disease and aligns with what the psalmist was feeling. But there’s been an added element for us, a realization that the whole world needs our prayers, that every aspect of life going forward is being threatened. This is a global infection and it’s not only threatening our medical systems and personal health, it’s causing economic and financial upset as well. Unemployment is at record levels and recovery seems years away. Large numbers of people are upset and incendiary language is becoming commonplace. Wholesale disruption seems close at hand! It’s hard for believers to even find adequate words for our prayers–our daily petitions hardly seem equal to the apparent coming calamities. Coupled with those feelings there is the deceptive sense, arising out of our isolation, that all is fine. Our slowed down lives can lull us into tranquility–but that’s no excuse for abandoning prayer. Now more than ever people of faith around the world should be diligent in crying out to the rock and fortress of our global community. Our prayers will be heard, and, yes, they will make a difference!

Thought for the Day: What’s my biggest prayer concern these days?

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