The nearly worldwide quarantine due to COVID-19 has brought about a particular and expedient need for prayer to seek God’s mercy, forgiveness, and healing (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In addition to the several weeks of meeting to pray for our missionaries, as well as a women’s prayer group, we sought to encourage prayer throughout the RPCNA.

Beginning in late April, we met every Monday night for the next four weeks to lift up our churches and our nation in prayer to God. We prayed for God’s mercy to us as His people in light of our own sins, for the members of the body of Christ who have been scattered and kept from worship, for our nation’s response to the pandemic, for government and church leaders, for the many congregations that are without pastors during this time, and for our fellow Christians throughout the world.

As the Lord kept our group consistently small, it was an intimate time of fellowship in Christ, and we could so often feel the Lord’s blessedness in it. We enjoyed seeing others in our denomination who we don’t get to see very often as well as meeting new brothers and sisters for the first time. A few times we even had visitors from overseas, reminding us of our unity in the Spirit of Christ as His body on earth.

Although we met for the last time on May 18th as things begin to ramp back up, we are thankful to the Lord for His blessedness and mercy in a time of crisis, and we are continuing to remember our brothers and sisters—at home and abroad—who may still be quarantined. As we continue to seek God’s face in this time of need, may we all be reminded, as I have been, that the words of Psalm 133 are true at all times: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Donald Little, Southfield RPC, Southfield, MI

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