“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” — Matthew 6:6
Yes, it is unimaginable that many have now been ordered to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. I have never seen anything like this, and I know you have not either. It is hard to imagine that we have arrived to this place so quickly, yet here we are.
Be encouraged church, God is in control. Our local, state, and national authorities are the secondary reason we are confined to our homes. What is the primary reason? God. God is sovereign over all of these authorities, and although unknowingly, they are doing God’s bidding. He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Which means He is also the Mayor of mayors, Governor of governors. He has good purposes for this shelter-in-place order, He is calling us to pray.
This is a time to pray. It is a time to set aside all other things that hinder our prayers, all of our half-heartedness, and indifference, and seek God with all of our hearts.
Prayer, in its very essence, is a confession to God that you need him. He knows every word you will say, before you say it, the thing that will resonate most with God in prayer is a heart that cries, “Father, I need you.” Desperation, dependence, and weakness before God is the strongest thing we can do in this time. It truly is a time to humble ourselves, and pray. To pray is to confess your dependence on God, to neglect prayer is to profess independence from Him. To neglect prayer in this time is to say, “I got this God, I don’t need help.” And I don’t know about you, but I need more of God now, than ever.
We are now in our homes, with the door shut behind us. Will we now obey Jesus command to pray in secret?
“I have never met an old saint who regretted spending too much time in prayer, but I have met many who regretted spending too little.” — Paul Washer