“Talking to God in the Middle of a Crisis” • April 16, 2020 • Mary Schaeffer
In the last month our world has changed dramatically. We are facing uncertainty, anxiety, fear, sadness…a collective grief like most of us have never known. Thankfully, we find in Jesus’ words a wonderful promise of hope and peace even in the midst of this crisis.
The Lord invites us to spend time with him.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-29
Prayer can seem like an intimidating thing. Jesus boils it down for us:
- Prayer is just communicating with God.
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
Jesus, in Matthew 6:6 Message Version
- It’s not about saying the “right” words.
Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as [those] who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Jesus, in Matthew 6:7 Living Bible
- It is about honest, open communication with the One who loves us more than we can imagine.
I cry out to God without holding back! Psalm 77:1
Following Jesus’ example:
- Remember who you’re talking to…the Creator of the Universe, who is also a loving
Our Father, in Heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…
- Bring your requests to God. He cares about every detail.
Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
- Clear out anything that stands between you and God.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12
- Ask him to make you more like Jesus. Be specific.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13
Icebreaker: If you had your own late night talk show, who would you invite as your first guest?
- What is something that has made you laugh in the last month?
- What emotion have you experienced most often this month?
- How does anxiety tend to manifest in your life?
- When in your life have you felt closest to God?
- Where/how/when do you best connect with God?
- What is the most helpful thing you heard in this message?
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8