This morning, I was so encouraged as I joined in our daily prayer time with Cru graduate student ministry leaders. Ashley asked everyone to share and pray through the passage of scripture they had been meditating on and clinging to during this COVID-19 pandemic.
As I humbly listened, my heart overflowed with assurance of God’s power, His comforting presence, and His ultimate control of my life and the entire world for His good purposes. Enjoy these passages today. May they strengthen your heart and mind as they did mine.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 17:7: Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
One Leader Shared from Mark chapters 1-3 and how Jesus shows His authority over all things as He heals and offers forgiveness. Another leader shared from Genesis and how God is first and foremost a Creator, and His creative power dwells within us by the Holy Spirit; this creative power gives us insight into creative ways to endure and serve during COVID-19.
Psalm 91: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Another leader shared how Jesus is our sure foundation when the foundation of our lives and economy feels shaken. She read from Isaiah:
Isaiah 28:16: Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: Whoever believes will not be toppled.”
We prayed through Ephesians 6–that God would strengthen us for spiritual battle. I also shared from Isaiah 8 about the holiness of God and how He is the only One to fear–not the virus. We listened as a leader prayed from 2 Corinthians 6-7. Finally, we looked at the example in Daniel of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace and how nothing could shake their faith in the Lord.
It was so good to dwell in God’s word and pray this morning. What a gift God’s word is! What joy it brings as it connects us to Jesus and the Steadfast Love and power of God.