Casting all your anxieties on him…

by Jonathan Gess • ELCA Head Football Coach

Most of the time what causes fear and anxiousness in us is uncertainty about  future outcome or event. I get nervous and anxious about a game on Friday night because I do not know the outcome. The problem with fear is, when it causes anxiousness, it creates irrational behavior. We lose our minds. Instead of being a steadfast people we become a people of chaos and confusion. May it never be for the Christian.

Why? 

We serve the Almighty God: The Creator of all things, the Sustainer of all things, and the Savior of all things. He is the Sovereign and Omnipotent God. This God cares for us. This God loves us. He came to die for our sins so we could be with him in glory free from sin and death. God has defeated death, he has defeated the Covid 19 virus. He knows our future. Come, put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ. 

So what does casting all of my anxieties on the Lord look like? Here you go, a prayer and petition to the Almighty God of the Universe:

1.)  Lord, I am a sinner saved by your Grace. I am unworthy but you have made me worthy by the blood of Jesus Christ. What shall I fear when I serve the God who saved me from Hell and secured a place for me in Heaven?

2.)  Lord, I am powerless. What can I do to help stop the spread of this virus? The first thing I can do, Lord, is appeal to you. You have allowed this disease to come and you have the power to take it away. I pray you would take it away.

3.)  Lord, I pray for the leadership in the world as they try and combat this virus. May they seek you. May you give them wisdom and discernment.

4.)  Lord, I pray for the medical professionals and hospitals. I don’t even know what to pray for, but I appeal to you! 

 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

5.)  Lord, we pray for those who are sick. I pray you would heal them.

6.)  Lord, I pray for those who are not sick, that you would protect them.

7.)  Lord, I pray that Jesus would be known through this pandemic. May we see the fragility of life. May we ponder death. May this draw us to you! 

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14, NIV

8.)  Lord, as we trust in you, remove fear from our hearts. Fear creates chaos! 

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

9.)  Lord, help us to be bold for you, Jesus Christ. Help us to serve where we can. Help us to me more concerned with others than ourselves!               

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

We praise you, Lord!

In Jesus Name,

AMEN!

Coach Jonathan Gess has been the head football coach at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) since 2007. He attended college at the Citadel, where he started at center for the football team as a walk-on. After graduation, he became an officer in the United States Air Force in 2002. While he was in the Air Force, God called him to surrender his life to Christ. God led him out of the Air Force and into coaching high school football. Through the 2018 season, Coach Gess and his staff have gone 131-27 and won 5 GHSA Class A State Championships and 4 Championships in a row.