I may be a little biased, but Nathan Singleton, Summit’s Student Intern (and my son) gave an excellent devotion at morning prayer. Here is an excerpt:
Hey Everyone, welcome to day 15 of prayer! Today we are going to talk about the terrain of life, the hills and valleys people face. So what is a hill? A hill is a term that refers to a good time in life, a spiritual high! A valley is a tough time in life, when God feels far away, and the struggles are oh so big! In 1 Kings 20:23-30 the Israelites were in a valley. The previous year, they had beaten their ultimate enemy, Ben Hadad and his Arameans, with the help of God. However, this year Ben Hadad was back, with an even stronger army.
Ben Hadad had attributed his previous defeat with the fact that he had fought the Israelites on hilly terrain. He believed that the Israelite God had some power on hills, but that if they fought in a valley, the Israelites would be defeated. However, God was not going to let a king belittle him.
The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Because the Arameans think the LORD is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the LORD.'” 1 Kings 20:23
If you’re going through a valley the worst thing you can do is to stop attending church, or to stop spending time with God. Stopping these things is like physically pausing in the valley. You will never get out. However, God has proven Himself as the God of both hills and valleys.
God defeated the Arameans, and rescued the Israelites out of their valley. He can do the same for you!
Spend time in prayer today, praying for those in valleys, or praying about your own valley. Pray that people will continue to attend church, and that as a church family we can help them through.