Through the Word in 2020 / March 24 – A Timely Prayer

We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from:

Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 28:1-10; Romans 15:14-33; Psalm 70, Deuteronomy 32.

What an appropriate Psalm and prayer is this for us today in the midst of our present crisis. Let’s say we pray through it together. As C.H. Spurgeon wrote on this very passage: “It is most fitting that we should day by day cry to God for deliverance and help; our frailty and our many dangers render this a perpetual necessity.” And has not the current distress of Covid-19 brought is face to face with our frailty? So it is we pray to a God who suffers no frailty in the least – and who is every strong to meet us in our need. 

Psalm 70:1–5 (ESV) — 1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!

Yes, Heavenly Father – make haste to meet us in this hour – HURRY! The need is great. So many are suffering, not only around us and in our own country, but all over the World. Do not delay in providing healing, medicine, cures, recovery and the comfort only your presence can give. Hurry above all to bring people to yourself by means of showing us just how frail we are – and need to turn to you for your saving grace.    

2 Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 3 Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!”

Father, our enemies right now are many. In the physical, they are the viruses which are invisible, but deadly. Impossible to detect unaided. Found everywhere. Multiplying. They do not raise swords or guns against us but invade our very bodies and ravage us from the inside. Bring them down. Crush these enemies. Stem the tide and then turn it back completely. Let the legacy of it be that this was just a minor thing when all is said and done. And those Father – those who would capitalize on the misery, pain, suffering and needs which afflict us at this time – stop their hand. Arrest their evil deeds. Turn them back from the evil they seek to do. And protect people from their wicked schemes.   

 4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

Cheer the hearts of your own Children today – in the very midst of the storm. Make those who know that Jesus is their refuge rejoice and be glad IN YOU! That they are yours. That Jesus’ blood has been shed on our behalf. That our sin is forgiven, your Spirit indwells, the promise of the resurrection is just before us and eternal life awaits. Keep us mindful that this is but a short season in anticipation of the Great and Glorious Day of the Lord to come. And that this season will end soon – and give way to everlasting glory. No matter what it seems like in these hours, by your indwelling Spirit remind us of the wonder of your salvation that our hearts and lips may perpetually say: “God is great!” Greater than our sin. Greater than physical life. Greater than Covid-19. Greater than our economy. Greater than all things. God is great! 

5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

But Father, you know full well how poor and truly needy we are. Especially those who do not yet know your saving grace. They need your Gospel. They need your Spirit to convict of sin and righteousness and judgment. They need the gift of faith. And we all need your merciful ministrations to us in every aspect of life right now. O God! You – YOU, are our true help and our deliverer. So once again we plead – do not delay! Hurry! We need you to intervene this very hour. Yes, Heavenly Father – make haste to meet us – HURRY!

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