Prayer Inspiration

I woke up this Monday morning feeling well-rested and yet confused about what to do. I usually volunteer at the Woodburn Senior Center as the Monday morning hostess for Senior exercise people and morning coffee folks. I decided to take a walk around the church but it was cold and rainy so I went inside the well-heated church building to walk around its lovely atrium square. I stopped by my office for a Bible verse to meditate on while walking. My heart was set on James 5:13-16

 13 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy,  they should sing. 14 If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of  the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil  in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick,  for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will  be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can  achieve.

(CEB) 

As I began to walk around the Atrium, meditating on this and praying for others, I stopped at each door and thought about all the people who had entered this door and immediately began to pray for them. I prayed and asked God, in Jesus’ name to protect each person that had entered this door from the COVID-19 Pandemic and for those who are already infected, to heal them completely so they can’t infect others. I recited this prayer beside every door in the church including the restrooms, the lounge, the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, choir room, meeting rooms, children’s rooms, the Chapel, the Senior Center, library and offices. I felt that I had prayed my heart out for many people and God had heard me. My morning was filled with passionate tears, sobs in fervent prayers for my friends and loved ones who are all vulnerable to this plague. This is an opportunity to pray for more people, I thought, for I always pray for my neighbors when I walk around the church. I have a lot more people to pray for when walking inside the church.

I pray and hope James 5:13-16 inspires you to pray for one another as it has inspired me today. May God continue to protect us during this lockdown and I look forward to chatting with you on the phone and hope to see you all soon.

– Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa