《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them . . . So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” (Act 12:1-5)
Meditation one: Have you ever experienced the power of prayer of a same mind in a church? The early churches were persecuted and the apostles were arrested and sent to prison, but the church prayed urgently. As a result, the prison doors opened, and the apostle walked out of the dungeon house in peace. The Word of God grew and multiplied. A church without praying, like a walking dead without a soul, has no life at all. But in a church that prays, the Spirit of God surely will move among them, making the church the most powerful witness of God on earth.
Meditation two: What can you do when you have nowhere to go? Lift up and pray to God! Prayer is to acknowledge your incompetence and trust that God is omnipotent. The poet said, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psa 121:1-2). As long as we lift up our eyes and look on God and pray steadfastly, He will be our peace. What God is looking for in the church today is not a person with unique gifts but a person of prayer. Do you intercede for your church and the churches around the world?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving the privilege and power of prayer. I perceive the power and victory of praying, but not because my prayers are good, but because of Your promises. Lord! Help me make good use of the power of prayer, and make me a person who prays often. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
Intercession: Continue to pray for the outbreaks of the epidemic all around the world. Ask God to have mercy on this world. Let people realize the limit and insignificance of lives through this epidemic and turn to the ruler of all things in this universe in time. Ask God to have mercy on the United States to confess, repent thoroughly and go back to the Bible through this virus epidemic. Pray for giving wisdom to the medical experts to develop vaccines, effective medicines and treatments in a timely manner. Please also help ruling leaders having the ability to come up with effective relief strategy and recovery plan to let people find a way out of this crisis.