For the past 30 years, hundreds have gathered annually in Ashtabula County the morning after the National Day of Prayer to continue lifting up prayers for the county at the Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Ashtabula County Concerts of Prayer Board. This year, for the safety of our community and in line with state and federal guidelines, the breakfast has been canceled. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need prayer more than ever.
The ACCP Board invites everyone who would have attended the breakfast and those inclined to pray to join us in spirit on Friday, May 8 at 8 a.m. to pause for prayer from your homes or wherever you are that morning. Though not together physically, we can still join our hearts and raise our voices throughout the county. Trusting in the power of collective prayer (Matthew 18:19-20), let us pray for healing: in this county’s cities, villages, and towns, and throughout our state, nation, and world. Pray for protection and strength for the health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. Pray for all those sick with the virus and those grieving the deaths of their loved ones. Whatever and whoever have been on your heart and mind, lift that up in prayer. There is great need right now, and praying together is one way, a powerful way, we can help.
But we also need help ourselves. This is a time fraught with uncertainty; our daily lives have been turned upside down. Many of us are secluded and forced into a quiet to which we are unaccustomed. In quiet, minds can churn and turn to worry and fear. But if we embrace it, there is comfort in the stillness and opportunity for a deeper connection to God. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In “a gentle whisper,” the prophet Elijah heard the voice of God (1 Kings 19:12-13). That same Eternal voice says to us: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:10).
Let us turn to God now and throughout these coming months. And when we gather next year for the Prayer Breakfast on May 7, 2021, we will rejoice doubly at how God has brought us through this challenging time.
Concerts of Prayer