This pandemic has brought about a lot of pain and suffering. Many people have died without their loved ones by their side. Loved ones must mourn without compassionate love and support. People live in fear that a stranger will infect them with a deadly virus, so they keep their distance. Churches cannot meet in person and if they do, they remain separated and unable to give a holy kiss, lay hands on one another, and even sing God’s praises. The rise of violent anger against government representatives mixed with legitimate protest on behalf of the inequities that exist in our country breed confusion and lack of direction. Contradicting medical advice increases distrust in scientific data. Months from an election that will leave a nation divided whatever the results, is not comforting in these days.
What would heal us most is a spiritual awakening. We’ve needed it for a long time, but there is no denying the desperation in 2020. What if we Christians united in prayer, in confession—personal and corporate, and in utter desperation mixed with faith cry out to our Lord and Savior to come to help us and come to save us? What if our exhaustion and discouragement fueled our prayer?
What if every Christian who felt defeated and troubled in these times fell on their knees in prayer? Prostrate prayer may feel more representative. What if you admitted your powerlessness at the dawn of each day and utterly pursued the hand of God to intervene on earth as He does in heaven. What if you stopped reacting to the turmoil, and responded by desperate prayer?
The words of the hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.; he requested that it be sung many times at events. It was sung at his funeral. You can listen to Aretha Franklin singing the hymn in church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpFq9gxBxhk It is a prayer of the weary, weak and worn. Perhaps the best prayers come from that place. It begins: “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand. I’m tired, I am weak, I am worn; thro’ the storm, thro’ the night, lead me on to the light.”
This hymn was the prayer of Peter as his attempt to walk on stormy waters toward Jesus was sunk by his fear of the wind. He literally experienced our precious Lord taking his hand in the night, in the storm (Matthew 14:22-33). Beyoncé used this song/prayer to share her support for black men in our culture back in 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVtT4jZM9GA I’m not a big fan of her lusty presentations in other venues, but I wholeheartedly support the beauty of her being and her voice in how she recorded this prayer/hymn.
We indeed have a precious Lord who loves all mankind. He hears our prayers. He requests our prayers. Will our united prayers be prayed? If you are exhausted, confused, discouraged or weary, you are in the perfect position to pray. Pray alone and pray with others, pray daily, pray weekly. Take every chance you have to pray for a revival of God’s people and for the help of our precious Lord to take our hand in the storm. Perhaps we will not only live through a pandemic, but we will live to see the work of God in a Great Awakening! Let’s pray! Let’s stop doubting! Matthew 14:29-36 can happen in our pandemic days!
“He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”
Are you ready to be made well by Jesus?