#urgentprayerneeded – Please pray with me.

#urgentprayerneeded – Please pray with me.

President Trump on Saturday warned the nation of a deadly week ahead in the fight against the coronavirus as the number of Americans infected passed 300,000. “This will probably be the toughest week — between this week and next week,” Trump said Saturday at the beginning of his coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately. But a lot less death than if this wasn’t done,” Trump said of the nationwide precautions underway. “But there will be death.”

Please pray with me and stand in the gap between the angel of death and the many people who could die like David did (1 Chronicles 21:26–27 – And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. 27 Then the LORD commanded the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.)

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”

Please pray with me in asking the Lord for the apex to be on Good Friday and the decline to begin on Easter Sunday.

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”

Please pray with me for the mercy of God so that far less will perish than expected.

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”

Please pray with me that our political leaders will seek the Lord and admit our need for Him in this hour like the King of Nineveh did. (Jonah 3:6–9 – The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”)

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”

Please pray with me for the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, EMS workers that God will sustain them in this most difficult of weeks.

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”me

Please pray with  for those with this disease, some on ventilators, some in the hospital, some at home, for the healing hand of God on them and the salvation of souls

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”me

Please pray with me for all the needed resources including ventilators as well as for a definitive cure.

In the spirit of Palm Sunday we cry Hosanna – “Save Us Now”

In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Pastor Dave Watson

A Prayer in these difficult times from Chris Rendinaro

   Father, please relieve the families in our congregations and bear them up; let them take refuge in You and hide themselves in Christ Who is their life. Abba Father, we cry out to You for aid and deliverance. You alone can help us; please have mercy on us and lift this virus from our heads. 

   Hear our laments before You as we place them at the throne of grace. We come to You with Christ for our High Priest for help in time of need. You alone, O Christ, are able to save us to the uttermost. Give us the power to run the race set before us with endurance, looking to You Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Not all of us have yet suffered onto the point of death. We look on the great cloud of witnesses around us on earth and in heaven, and we shake off the sins that so easily beset us, and we strain ahead toward You, O Christ. Let us know that by Your perfect blood shed, we are cleansed from a defiled conscience and dead works to serve You, our living God. Give us Your Spirit by Whom we may overcome the flesh and be filled with the life of Christ. Please deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

     Relieve our financial woes, let us protect our homes, protect our elderly, vulnerable, and immune-compromised. Give a peculiar portion of Your Spirit to all the medical workers on the front, like You did for the tabernacle builders and for the judges of old. Strengthen essential workers who are also still out in public in the workforce facing exposure to the virus. Their jobs are indispensable, but their lives and families are at risk thereby. Give them the peace that surpasses understanding. Cover them under Your wings. Touch us, Lord, that we might have faith to persevere.

     Give Your church a special filling to be able to weep with those who weep as we will enter into great grief. If hospitals are being mobilized around the country for sick bodies, may your Church mend hearts and souls. YOU are the Great Physician. You have come not for the righteous but FOR THE SICK. Heal us, Lord Jesus, like You did in the gospels. It may be Your will that many be healed in heaven only and not here and now. But we ask for mercy’s sake that it be now. Do what is pleasing in Your sight. We can only wait on You. Help us to watch and pray, for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

    May Your same power, O God, with which you raised Christ from the dead, be now in Your church, to minister Your gospel in this season the way that You intend for us to do. This work of ours in the current climate is one which You have prepared for us from before the foundation of the world that we should walk in — so that the boasting may be all in You. For we are Your workmanship in Christ Jesus, fearfully and wonderfully made. We ask to be Your vessels fit for use in Your house. Please do this to the praise of the glory of Your grace, amen.

Forty Days of Focus – Wednesday April 1st – Sunday, May 10th

Forty Days of Focus – Wednesday April 1st – Sunday, May 10th

Hebrews 12:1–2  – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Looking unto Jesus

We are in a marathon not a sprint when it comes to dealing with this virus and its effects on those we love, on our neighbors and on our city. Right now it may feel like we can’t get through this or we can’t get through this without losing our minds and maybe even our faith. I am confident that with the Lord’s help we certainly can. The author of Hebrews, writing in the first century, knew how hard things were going to get for the followers of Christ under the Roman Persecution. He gives them some very pointed and sound advice near the end of His epistle in Hebrews 12:1-2.

He tells them first that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. He is talking about those individuals found in Hebrews 11. These people, by faith, did some amazing things and made it through some very tough times. Look at the ones highlighted in Hebrews 11:35-37

“Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—  By faith others have made it through some very hard times and so can we.”

He also tells us to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely”. We can’t run if we are carrying extra weight. Our bad habits serve only to slow us. Our pettiness only weighs us down. We will not make it to the end of the race if we are being tripped up by the sins that we want to hold on to. They will cause to slip up and cause us to stumble. They race is hard enough. Let’s drop the baggage of bad habits and pettiness and cut the cord to the sins that will trip us up so that we can run unencumbered.

He goes to tell us that we must “run the race that is set before us”. This is a good reminder that everybody’s race is going to be different. There are similarities in our journey, but no two journeys are the same.  You shouldn’t try and run my race and I shouldn’t try and run yours. I have a race to run so I am to do everything I can to run it.

The writer also tells us to run this race of ours with perseverance. The race is hard. The race is long. We will need to persevere. The Greek word for perseverance here is “upomene” which means “to remain under”. The pressure is very great and we must remain under the pressure in spite of our desire to flee it or to check out.

So far we should take these specific truths from this text. First, we are surrounded by a group of witnesses who give testimony to the fact that the race can be run. Secondly, we must lay aside our weights and sins so that we are not hindered in running this race. Thirdly, we are to run our race and run it with perseverance.

Finally, we are being told that we are in for some tough days ahead, very tough days. Remember. this is a marathon beloved not a sprint. How are we going to get through this spiritually intact? How are we going to be strong in the storm? The author of Hebrews concluded this charge with some powerful advice as his readers were facing a marathon of trials called the Roman Persecution. That advice applies to us today. He told them to be “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith” – We are told in the middle of our marathon to fix our attention on Jesus. That means we are to keep our focus on Him. With everything else going on Jesus needs to be the center of the attention of our hearts and minds. He ran the race start to finish with success. He is our example, our strength and our goal. A simple but profound command. “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus.”

How are we going focus on Jesus in this crisis? I suggest for the next 40 days each of us resolve to do the following:

 

  1. We are going to “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly” – Attached is a reading schedule for the next 40 days. Jump in anywhere you join us on the journey.

40 Days of Focus Bible Reading

2. We are going to attempt to pray every day using the Lord’s Prayer as an outline. Attached is a basic outline to use.

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3. We are going to focus on Jesus through the teaching of Michael Youssef – Check him out below at Right Now Media – https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/244919 – Watch and enjoy the series. Here’s a link to set up your own free account

https://accounts.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/calvarychapelsi?returnUrl=https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Media/InviteReturn

4. We are going to seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our neighborhoods to our neighbors – Everyday please pray for your neighbors and regularly check up on them. You are the shepherd of your neighborhood. You are Jesus to them.

5. We are going to seek to be a witness for our Lord by sharing with others about Him via text messaging, Facebook, Instagram and emails. We will be sending you a link to do that with the people you know in the next day or so.

I am confident that Hebrews 12:1-2 and the strong advice it gives applies directly to us and our situation. I am equally confident that by focusing on Jesus for the next 40 days we can not only survive but also thrive in these difficult times. So my brothers and sisters, let us run the race set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Watson

#40daysoffocus – Urgent. Please share immediately

Looking unto Jesus

We are being told that we are in for some tough days ahead, very tough days. This is a marathon beloved not a sprint. How are going to get through this spiritually intact. How are we going to be strong in the storm? The author of Hebrews gave his first century readers some powerful advice as they were facing a marathon of trials called the Roman Persecution. That advice applies to us today. He told them to be “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith” – We are told in the midst of this marathon to fix our attention on Jesus. That means we are to keep our focus on Him. How are we going to do that? I suggest for the next 40 days each of us strive to do the following:

  1. We are going to “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly” – Attached is a reading schedule for the next 40 days. Jump in anywhere you join us on the journey.

40 Days of Focus Bible Reading2. We are going to attempt to pray every day using the Lord’s Prayer as an outline. Attached is a basic outline to use.

Slide2

3. We are going to focus on Jesus through the teaching of Michael Youssef – Check him out below at Right Now Media – https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/244919 – Watch and enjoy the series. Here’s a link to set up your own free account

https://accounts.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/calvarychapelsi?returnUrl=https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Media/InviteReturn

 

  1. We are going to seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our neighborhoods to our neighbors – Everyday please pray for your neighbors and regularly check up on them. You are the shepherd of your neighborhood. You are Jesus to them.

 

  1. We are going to seek to be a witness for our Lord by sharing with others about Him via text messaging, Facebook, Instagram and emails. We will be sending you a link to do that with the people you know in the next day or so.