As of the current date, April of 2020, the United States, and the world, finds itself in the middle of a crisis. The Church has been majorly impacted as well, with some wondering if things will ever be “normal” again.
Of course, this could depend upon our view of “normal” for the Church. Is it assembling every Sunday morning in a large building where we sing praises to God, give tithes and offerings for His work, and hear the Pastor deliver a Bible teaching? I would probably say this has become the standard of what the Church would consider “normal” over the last 50 or so years.
So, must the Church return to “normal?” Or, should we embrace a “new” form of normal? Could God be breaking through traditional means in order to bring a “new thing” into being?
When we think of the first Thanksgiving, do our minds tend to drift to memories of Pilgrims and Indians in November of 1621? Do we recall images of these sharing corn and fowl together on makeshift tables after their first harvest in the New Land?
But, did “Thanksgiving” start there? Although America’s first one may be remembered in that way, did you know there was a Thanksgiving feast thousands of years ago that continued for well over a millennium?
How many times have you feasted on peach cobbler, with melting vanilla ice cream running down its sides? Or made homemade peach ice cream, adding whipped topping for extra delight?
I remember many years ago as a child when on hot, summer evenings, we gathered family together for homemade ice cream. The old metal churn quickly became cold, but I loved sitting on top of it anyway, as Daddy turned the crank – over and over.
Mama and Daddy had filled the outer container with rock salt and ice, loading the inner metal canister with all the ice cream fixings – and loads of peach slices!
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The Bible speaks of something that will capture us in a very good way. In Deuteronomy 28:1-2, we read about what will overtake us when we live a life of obedience to God. Verses 1 and 2 read: “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God.” (NKJV)
We know in the context of this passage that Moses was speaking to the children of Israel prior to entering the Promised Land. He encouraged them to live a life of obedience to all that God commanded, in order to receive these blessings.
For us as Christians, this also correlates well with Christ’s teachings in the New Testament about obedience to God. I notice here in Deuteronomy some key points worthy of exposition and inquiry.
First of all, nowhere in verse 1 or 2 do I see the prerequisite of joy, desire, or pleasure in such obedience. It may be implied, but its omission can be quite encouraging.
Teachers and students can be under siege at times, as terrorism or dangers run amuck in some places. Constant threats can loom in our minds, or worse, in our children’s minds. We are definitely in need of serious prayer covering over our children and their teachers and school officials in many ways.
Some parents enjoy the privilege of home-schooling or placing their children in private or Christian schools, where the basic curricula and subject matter is better supervised. Others rely on public schools for their children’s educational needs. Whichever the case may be, all our children need prayer in many areas.
As this summer drew to a close, the Lord began to call me to create a prayer guide for parents, teachers, students, and others to assist in prayer coverings for our children and our students of all ages. Realizing the dangers at all levels of our educational system, I knew this was a dire need both now and in future days.
In response, Covenant Truth Ministries has produced this School & Students’ Prayer Guide resource for you to freely download and use simply as a guide or a supplement to your prayers on behalf of children – both your own and others.