Majors Keith and Shona Pike, International Youth and Children’s officers, write: "We know the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous fear and uncertainty for many in our world. As we come to grips with family and friends social distancing and self-isolating, this anxiety is being especially felt by those most vulnerable in our world – our children.
It is their sincere prayer "that this intentional focus will help children, youth and families come to understand that God has created them to help make a difference in the world in which they live."
The theme for this year’s day of prayer is The Power of One, based on Isaiah 6:8: "Then I heard the Lord saying, "Whom should I send to my people? Who will go to represent us?” I spoke up and said, “I will be the one. Send me (The Passion Translation, emphasis added)."
Resources are available to download from the International Headquarters website and can be used by anyone who cares for children, whether through online meetings or in the family home. Content includes stories, activities, this year’s artwork and a devotional thought.
"As Christians," say the Pikes, "we trust that God is in control and he is as close to us as the air we breathe. When we pray, God hears, and his word reminds us that we are his children. The power of prayer cannot be underestimated and, in this time of uncertainty, we want our children and youth to know they are not alone. They are not isolated from their God!"
They have a clear message to all who will uphold in prayer the children and young people of the world, most of whom will be understandably worried about what the future holds: "Thank you for your commitment to pray for our children and young people! Your prayers make a difference as we continue to wait on God to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine."