What motivates you to pray | Worship
Last updated 5/13/2020 at 2:37pm
During regular circumstances what motivates you to pray?
In the past, have you found yourself connecting to God during stressful times? For many of us the answer to the second question is yes!
In fact, when we find ourselves in circumstances that seem outside of our control hurting us directly, hurting someone or a community we care about, prayer and meditation is a start.
Prayer establishes a connection with a Power outside of oneself, and encourages the person praying to release their worries to God.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV)."
In these days of COVID-19, many of us are missing sharing a smile or a hug with another person, fist bumping or simply being surrounded by others in a public place.
As a Lutheran pastor of Iglesia Fe y Esperanza (Faith and Hope Church), a mission church among Spanish speaking individuals in Everett, I heard this sentiment recently.
While keeping our physical distance, we decided to come together for prayer. Once a week we gather virtually as a community of faith to learn about prayer, get more comfortable with prayer and to pray for the needs of our community and the world.
On the first Thursday of May, the National Day of Prayer is an annual invitation by the United States Congress for people to pray to God. Perhaps this year as we find ourselves in our homes we can come together in a spirit of unity, and solidarity in prayer and meditation for those of us grieving losses.
In gratitude for those who are doing those important jobs that allows the rest of us to stay home. We can come together in prayer for those around the world whose reality seems more critical now due to the COVID-19 virus.
On the National Day of Prayer, and days after, I invite you to raise your voice in prayer as a sign of love and care for your fellow human beings.
This may be a place to begin, "Gracious God, sustain our country and this world with your love and care as we experience grief and sorrow. For the loss of health, lives, jobs, community and many other loses. In the midst of things we cannot understand, give us peace and joy to face the days ahead trusting your presence in everything and in everyone."