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April 2020 Prayer Guide




Where Fear and Faith Meet

Fear is a normal part of the human condition. We fear what we cannot control. Now there are fearless people, sort of. They are fearless until the reality of their circumstance shows itself. There’s a difference between confidence and bravado. Right? We’ve seen it or projected it, a mask of confidence that overcompensates and betrays the truth of our situation.

I am so grateful Jesus called Simon Peter to be his disciple. I get the sense from the Gospels  (His own account of himself through Mark) that Simon Peter was a confident guy. He was good at taking command of a situation.  When Simon Peter hears from Jesus that he will betray Him, this rocks Simon Peter’s world. “No Way!” he says. And sure enough, in the garden when the soldiers come to arrest Jesus, Simon Peter cuts off a temple slave’s (Malchus) ear. This act drips with bravado, an overcompensation. I wonder if Jesus’ prediction is ringing in Simon Peter’s ears. Jesus rebukes Simon and heals the slave’s wound.

The disciples are facing a situation where the “distant” idea of Jesus’ declaration that He will die as a ransom for many, is now a reality. Their response? They melt away in the night. Simon Peter, can’t tell a woman in the crowd that he knows Jesus-three times he denies knowing Him.

Fear

What changed the disciples who melted away into the night, a disciple who was self-confident and then the next moment denied his association with Jesus? God raised Jesus from the dead, Resurrection. Jesus is not dead, He is alive! It’s true! 

Faith 

Because of the resurrection fear is no match for faith. Where fear and faith meet is precisely the place where God will meet us. Jesus is alive and all His promises are yes and amen in Him. Because Jesus’ resurrection we can come to God’s throne with confidence knowing He hears us.

Let’s pray! 

Brian VanderArk
US Spiritual Formation and Ministry Partner Engagement Officer

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for giving us a chance to operate as a hospital.
  • Pray for the people affected – sick or those suffering from the coronavirus
  • Pray for doctors and nurses on the frontline serving patients
  • Pray for God’s will to be done and that the gospel is spread wide and far
  • Pray that God will overrule the plans of Satan and grant us peace
  • Pray for patients’ healing and grace for those who are no longer receiving clinic services
  • Pray that staff will be safe as they travel in and out of the hospital every day.

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for the safety of our families, co-workers, and patients
  • Pray for the protection and wellbeing of everyone coming to the hospital
  • Pray for the current challenge for CURE and for our country
  • Pray for Molla, a CURE patient, and his new life in Christ.
  • Pray for peace and stability for Ethiopia

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for being able to minister to patients, guardians, and staff members this month
  • Praise God for the people who were exposed to the gospel message – that God would strengthen their faith.
  • Pray for staff members who have lost loved ones – that the Holy Spirit would comfort them.
  • Pray for the end of this COVID-19 pandemic. We ask God to restore those who have been affected and to restore the world economy.

CURE Malawi

  • Praise God for the healing and reconciliation meetings that went on very well with our co-workers
  • Pray for the patients who are now dealing with additional fears due to COVID-19
  • Pray for the newly trained pastors in the northern part of Malawi

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for peace and healing from this global pandemic
  • Pray for restoration of country economies around the world
  • Pray for our patients recovering from operations to heal without infection
  • Pray for Christians to not give up on their faith during this difficult time

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.