A Prayer to Remember You Are Never Alone
By Meg Bucher
Among Us is the name of a popular game in my tween’s world right now, so the phrase is at the top of my mind. But it’s also been an encouraging reminder of the constant presence of Jesus. The world is still battling a pandemic, theories abound as to the right way to curb the spread, and we are racing to distribute a vaccine so that we can return to our normal lives. It’s easy to feel alone today. But we know the truth, Christ is among us.
During this time of unrest and unknown, the state of our souls is on full display. If our hope was cemented in people, isolation and quarantine have stripped them from our lives to leave us feeling alone. Many have faced the frailty of human health, and the pain of loss.
Plans have been canceled, rescheduled, and canceled again. Birthdays and holidays are being celebrated alone, for the second year in a row. The loss of control over day-to-day life has left many of us frustrated, anxious, fearful, and depressed.
Our faith was never meant to be cemented in anything other than Christ alone. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) The Alpha and Omega means he is the beginning and the end. Jesus was with the Father in the beginning. John wrote, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing that has been made was made.” (John 1:3 NIV)
We can be confident God not only knows what is happening on earth, but He remains sovereign and omnipotent throughout all of time. He is in control. God is good. His plans for us are good.
Perhaps the hardest for us is the unknown. Though God knows what lies ahead of us, we do not. Matthew wrote, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44) It’s hard to hold onto the hope we have in Jesus when our world is crumbling around us. When everything seems unpredictable and the situation gets worse instead of better no matter how ardently we are praying for healing and restoration, faith is hard.
We have to let go. The mirage of control is a temptress that will lead us in frustrating circles. We are called to submit our lives to Christ and allow His power and strength and love to flow through us. When we obediently set down our urge to know, control and over plan, we experience peace. Peace that surpasses all understanding, even in a pandemic.
Let’s pray now to remind ourselves that we are never alone.
As we meditate on what it means to release complete control of our lives to You, while simultaneously doing the hard work You have called us to do for Your Kingdom, we ask for Your Peace and clarity. Give us the wisdom we need to navigate this strange life and let the skills we learn during this time make us holier people who have drawn closer to Christ.
Father, remind us to take our thoughts captive and remain close to You through prayer. Though we are literally isolated and quarantined from each other, in a way we were never meant to live, Christ is with us. In Him, we have the strength, joy, and peace we need to keep moving forward in Your purpose for our lives.
Father, You provide for us and sustain us. In a loud world, inspire our hearts to be quiet. May we faithfully and obediently carve time out for You, so You can prepare us for what we do not know is yet to come.
May our hope ever be, in Christ alone. He is among us.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she has led a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.
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