by Remco Brommet
Sick of quarantining? You are not alone! The suspension of a normal life and the uncertainty of what a new normal looks like is bound to have you wishing for a speedy return to the familiar. That happened to the people of Israel too. Freed from slavery, their “familiar,” they were wandering in the desert without a clear idea of where they were going, when they would get there, or what it would look like. So they started grumbling and wanting to go back to Egypt, because at least hey knew what awaited them there. Never mind the slavery, at least we’ll have leeks and onions instead of manna and quail everyday!
Understandable, but dangerous. “Quarantine fatigue” is when these temptations present themselves, and that is the time to resolve and never go back to our enslavement – to constant busyness and feverish activities, full schedules and distracted minds that leave no time or attention for God. It would push Him back to the corners of our minds and that is dangerous. The whole point of The Great Pause for His people is to remind us that He will settle for nothing less that centrality in our hearts, minds, and daily lives.
First, because he deserves to be central in our thoughts and affections, and in the use of our time, attention and resources – simply because He humbled Himself, became a man, and died in agony to set us free from our sin-guilt and be reconciled to God for eternity.
Secondly, because we need Him to be central in our lives. Judging from the events of the End Times Jesus predicted and then revealed to John, the COVID-19 pandemic is just the beginning. There’s more bad stuff to come. We will need to be strongly rooted in our faith and our identity as sons and daughters of God to keep our peace and joy, and shine our light during these crises to others who need Christ.
So pray with me this week that we might press on in a spirit of prayer and intimacy with God, and that we might come out of this pandemic keeping God at the center of our hearts and lives.
Monday: Confess any inkling to wish for the familiar from before COVID-19. Remember everything God has revealed to you that you must cut from your life, and resolve before Him to keep doing that and embrace your new normal.
Tuesday: Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ, in your church, in our nation, and around the world – to have the resolve not to go back to Egypt, but to stay close to the Father to be guided into a new normal.
Wednesday: Pray for the Lord to give your pastor, and all His fellow leaders in the US, wisdom in when and how to return to communal worship and activity.
Thursday: Pray for congregations to return to communal, non-digital, worship and church life with a strong resolve to restore corporate prayer to a central place, forge strong, loving, resource-sharing interpersonal bonds and engage with greater passion in the Great Commission – from our backyard to the ends of the earth.
Friday: Pray for President Trump and the nation’s governors – that they may seek God’s wisdom in when and how to open up the country.
Saturday: Pray for a spirit of repentance to continue in the hearts of the American people, along with a strong desire to seek a new, god-focused, idol-free, life as One Nation Under God. Pray that we will not forget.
Sunday: Give thanks for God to have lovingly given us this opportunity for repentance and prayer, and for the forgiveness and healing He has promised as a result.
“When I shut up the heavens so there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:13,14.
Audio of 4-30-2020 TI Prayer Call Devotional – Press On – Remco Brommet