Psalm 140:6–7 (NASB95) — 6 “I said to the LORD, “You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications. 7 “O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.”
This text provides a wonderful reminder unto us for prayer in times such as these. First, we see that prayer is always upward towards the God who is God, the one who has created and controls all things. And second, prayer is also outward toward our situations and circumstances in which we seek protection and guidance. Thus, we have a two-fold promise as we pray, especially in this time of distress and unprecedented change: A promise that God delights to hear from His children, and delights also in delivering them. Friends, let us not find ourselves in a spirit of fear and anxiousness in this “COVID time” but rather, let us be found faithful and earnestly anticipate a great work of God amongst us even more in this time of crisis.
As you enter your prayer closet in these coming weeks, please recall these petitions:
- That hearts are comforted by God’s enduring peace in the earthly passing of Pastor John Abel. Called home by the Lord on April 15th, he was a charter member of the AFLC and our first missionary to Brazil. Prayer is appreciated for Ruby and family at this time.
- That our efforts at online and distance learning continue successfully, and that our students remain connected by the means provided, and continue to “abide” in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- That our leaders continue to lead from faith and that God’s wisdom is poured upon them in extra measure in these days of crisis.
- That our churches continue to embrace technology and that God’s Word and the Gospel go forth unimpeded and accomplish the purposes of our Lord.
- That those most vulnerable in this pandemic remain protected, and that those suffering will find healing and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- That this crisis would serve to unite us all the more in Christ, and we would be a people in full reliance upon an unchanging God amidst a time of uncertainty and change.
- That work on the Student Life Center continues unabated, and that the partnership through both prayer and giving by individuals and congregations remain steady and consistent.
- That forthcoming “virtual campus tours” would draw students to our Bible College and inspire those seeking to build a biblical foundation in their education and life to enroll at our Bible College.
- That men would heed the call to ministry and that God would continue to provide workers for the harvest fields. The need is great, and our partnership in this endeavor through prayer is vital.
- Pray for men to consider preparation for pastoral ministry through seminary training.
- Please pray for a total of 85 accepted FLBC students, which we believe will yield 70 first-year students in the fall, to join an anticipated 48-50 returning students.
- Pray for timely completion and safety for workers on the Student Life Center Project, which has made amazing progress in these first two weeks of spring construction…see pictures below.
Your labor in prayer is both appreciated and cherished. Thank you for your service unto our Schools and Association!
On behalf of the Intercessor team,
Pastor Kirk Flaa, Sioux Falls, SD