Kingdom Culture of Prayer

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8‑11 (NIV)

The Coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for us to depend on God. The issue is: can I trust God in all of the areas where I have need. For some it’s an issue of finances. For some it’s the issue of health. For some it’s the issue of change and disruption that has come with the coronavirus. Relationships are not the same. We can’t fellowship at church as we would like. Whatever it may be, you can never depend on God too much.

I would invite you to make a list of your needs: spiritual, emotional, material. Lay them before God—talk to God about them. Write these things down, and check them on a regular basis. We have many wants, but God knows what we need. The hope is ”that we might not rely on ourselves but on God“ (v. 9).

I would also challenge you, in line with what the Apostle Paul writes, to not just to think about yourself, but each other’s needs. List them out. Think about what someone else needs. Pray that their faith would prosper and grow. When we do that, pray for each other‘s needs, that‘s when we are really living as children of God.

Here’s an honest question. How do we take God at His word? That’s something we have to experience and grow in. Our hope is anchored in Jesus Christ and in His unmerited, undeserved grace. We receive it and we share it. “Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many” (v. 11).