By Shane Pruitt
We’re being inundated with COVID-19 updates daily. As numbers of confirmed cases and the loss of life continues to grow, hard-working people are losing their jobs, and churches are navigating new ways to minister to their members and reach their communities with the gospel. There seems to be one word that describes it all – chaos.
There are two certainties during this coronavirus pandemic: God is still God, and nearly everything else is uncertain. A chaotic crisis calls for us to turn to a calming Christ. We don’t know what the next moment holds, but we do know Who holds the next moment. He is our guide. He is our hope. He is our calm in the chaos.
At the North American Mission Board (NAMB), we believe a great way we could offer encouragement to people—whether they are pastors, leaders, church members or really anyone who is needing some calm in their life right now—is by having a designated time every Thursday at 1:00 PM EST for a 10-minute devotional & prayer time through a phone call. We’re calling this time together “Calm in the Chaos” to provide encouragement during these difficult days.
Each week, I will welcome a different guest to lead a time of devotion from the Scriptures and intentional prayer. We will be praying for the following:
- For the physical healing of all impacted.
- For our government leaders and healthcare workers.
- For local churches and pastors.
- For spiritual healing and awakening.
Last Thursday, Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership, led our first call together by sharing a timely word of hope from the Gospel of Matthew.
“In Matthew, Jesus says He will be our provision, and He asks us if we can add a single day to our life by worrying,” Hunt said. “Jesus is saying don’t worry about anything. Regardless of what we face today, Jesus is the last word.”
This Thursday (April 2), Ronnie Floyd, President and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, will lead the devotion and prayer time together.
I am convinced that God could use these difficult circumstances to turn people to a saving Christ. We’re praying for a great spiritual awakening in this nation and the nations. Could it be that, one day, thousands if not millions of people will be able to say that they began to follow Jesus during the coronavirus pandemic?
This is a unique opportunity for us to seek the Lord together all across this nation through His Word and prayer. I hope you will help spread the word. Everyone is welcome. May this become a prayer movement! We’re looking forward to sharing this time with you. Let’s pray for revival.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 CSB
To join the “Calm in the Chaos,” call (712) 775-7085 and input the access code: 360161.
Shane Pruitt serves as next gen evangelism director for the North American Mission Board.
Published March 30, 2020