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By Pastor Earl Herr
Correspondent 

Thought for the Week

Day of Prayer

 

Illustration by John McConahy

Scriptures to Read:

Suggested Scriptures:

Isaiah 35:1-7

Isaiah 35:8-10

Read these Scriptures over and over from various translations

Today, Thursday, May 7, 2020, is scheduled to be the National Day of Prayer. I have no idea if it will involve corporate meetings of Christians for prayer or not. As I write, we are still observing measures of quarantine and social distancing. I have not said much to you about the coronavirus and the stress it has brought to our world. But I do want to focus on prayer today. It will be a great time for Christians across the nation and around the world to pray (come together to pray – pray alone).

The Scripture we focus on so prevalently is II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." I know God spoke these words to Solomon as an antidote for Israel and their sin. But it is most certainly an excellent command for our nation and people.

But I want to go to a different Scripture. Before I do that I want to remind you of something recently read in many homes and churches: On Easter Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene went early to the tomb where she expected to find and minister to the body of Jesus. It was gone. She had already been filled with sorrow and now this absence of Christ's body further distressed her. She wept even more. But suppose something with me: What if she had found His dead body? Her sorrow would not have lessened, perhaps intensified because all her hopes, dreams, thoughts, and plans for the future would have been shattered. But His body was not there, the angel told her, later she found out for herself because she saw and touched the Risen Christ. Her sorrow turned to abounding and unbelievable joy.

Corrie ten Boom once said, "If I look at the world around me, I am distressed, if I look within me I am depressed, but when I look to God I am at rest." So, I want to take you to a different Scripture: It is Isaiah Chapter 35; just 10 verses but what verses they are. They speak of a future time, when God will ultimately triumph. When things will be so very different from what we are experiencing today. I am going to propose doing Scripture this week in a new way. I am just going to propose Isaiah Chapter 35 verses 1-7 and then verses 8-10. Read it from as many translations as you can lay your hands and yes on.

I want to paraphrase, in my own words, verses 3-6 or at least parts of them. "Get a grip! Stand up straight and tall for Christ! Give others a boost and a word of encouragement! God is in charge. Nothing escapes His notice. He will ultimately make all things new – all things right. He will show you something you never saw before. He will give you things to hear you never heard before. He will invigorate you. You will be able to give Him praise like you never have done before. When will this happen? Is it in the far distant future or just around the corner? I don't know. But, I am sure of it nonetheless. God is going to break into our dark, dismal, distressing, depressing, discouraging world. He has been saving up blessings and joys for those who love Him.

I am not so much concerned about what we are going through now. I am much more concerned that my heart is right with God. I want to drag you along with me, well, perhaps not so much drag you along as to walk with you in the joy and peace God desperately wants for His children. God's plans for His loved ones are plans for good, for blessing. If you are discouraged, look up to Him. Lay hold on his word and read it, especially read Isaiah 35 and claim its promises.

 

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