A recent Facebook devotional showed an aerial shot of the Zion Church building, a perspective we don’t usually get. It was a reminder that our perspective on ministry has been challenged by the pandemic.
When Jesus delivered the Gadarene demoniac from a legion of demons, his neighbors did NOT trust what they saw – not only was the formerly wild man now sane and calm, but a huge herd of pigs (a big chunk of the local economy) was lost in their demon-driven rush into the sea. The neighbors had learned to “tolerate” the possessed man; they didn’t trust the change Jesus had brought, no matter how good it was.
The pandemic has pushed us to look beyond the things we’re used to, so we can be faithful to Jesus’ commission to us. Continue to pray for eyes to see opportunities, wisdom to know which ones to pursue, and willingness to respond to Jesus’ call to minister in his name.
Miraculous Signs in Israel (submitted by Karen Kreiser)
“A Ring of Prayer” – 1 Tim. 2:1-4 1 – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Pray for Israel and the lands bordering her – for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Iran’s Foreign Minister Zaric, for Egypt’s president Sisi, for Jordan’s Prime Minister Al-Khasawneh, and Lebanon’s Prime Minister Diab, and Syria’s President Assad, and for Palestinian territories. Continue the ring of prayer by praying for leaders of terrorist organizations, for peace treaties, for the remnant of Christians in these countries for their safety and the spread of the gospel. Pray that people in the fighting areas would be spared and come to faith in the one true God. He is not willing that any should perish. “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”