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Perhaps this is the reason the enemy of our souls works so hard to keep us away from the prayer meetings – because, when we pray together regularly, we start to hear the reality of what is in each other’s hearts. Then, we get to know the person behind the facade, identify with their joy, pain, and hope, and learn to really love one another.
During lockdown, praying together every day and at our weekly prayer gatherings, has proven to be an amazing blessing. The Lord has met us in a very real way and spoken to us so clearly.
“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
We are called not only to Worship the Lord, but also to become a united people; to bless each other but also so that the world will see that we are disciples of Jesus.
It has never been easier to meet as the body of Christ. We may miss the physical contact, but we have no traveling time; we can stop what we are doing and in a moment be sharing scripture, praying for the needs we see around us, seeking the Lord’s direction and sharing our hearts with God and with one another. Then, moments later, we can return to our duties, knowing we have been with the risen Jesus and with his Body, and empowered to go into the rest of our day in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Covid-19 may be what the enemy intended for evil, but lockdown is being used by the Lord for good; to teach us how to live for Him rather than ourselves; and to live lives worthy of our calling, in the joy of the Spirit rather than under the stress of the world.
Thanks to Steve P for this reflection