Nazarene Missions International

22 April 2020
Board of General Superintendents
Call to Prayer—Week Four

Scripture Reading: Job 19:25–27   Maybe you saw it. The meme said, “I didn’t plan on giving up this much for Lent.” We have laughed, and we have cried during the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistently across the globe, people in every country have isolated themselves from others. Life has been simplified to new levels in so many ways. Onsite work is almost non-existent. Families are together for countless hours in their homes. For the first time in decades, parents and children are eating three meals a day around their kitchen tables. What we have considered “essential daily activities” for so long have been taken away.
When all is stripped away, what is left? JESUS REMAINS! Job lost everything that the world said was important, but he was able to say, “I know that my redeemer lives!” We have passed through Easter declaring in the presence of our family and our God, “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!” In these simplified moments, let us declare with Job, “We know that our redeemer lives!” Let’s recommit our lives to focus on what matters most—praising Jesus and sharing Him with our world!
Please pray for: People experiencing grief over the losses they are experiencing in this crisis. The millions of singles, young and old, who struggle with loneliness and despair during shelter-in-place orders. The thousands of Sunday schools and small group leaders who are ministering to men, women, and children every week while exploring new and varied ways to connect with their classes. Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) district leaders and local SDMI presidents who are prayerfully and creatively guiding ministry initiatives through these challenging times. The ongoing discipleship of our children and youth across our six regions. For children’s ministry leaders and youth leaders as they navigate these new challenges in ministry. Parents as they balance the stresses of life, working at home, parenting and discipling their children, and homeschooling. Christians to share the love of Christ through thoughtful and generous acts of kindness to their family members, friends, and neighbors. Families whose loved ones are isolated in a senior facility, a nursing home, a rehabilitation center, or a hospital, and cannot physically be in contact with one another. Those struggling with addictions and the challenges this creates while in isolation.