We hear/read/experience so very much in regards to covid restrictions, limitations, rules and laws. Rather than an indepth analysis of the ‘politics’, let us turn to The Word.
Father LORD, as we read Your Word which has existed before ‘time’, we ask that You reveal Your truth and demonstrate Your Love we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
LORD this affects all Mankind, be gracious unto us LORD, we pray, Amen.
LORD, inexplicable is from You, Amen.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19.
Bible verses about coronavirus: What does the Bible say about COVID-19?
Father LORD, we are ONE Amen. No time like the present is more telling that age/income/possessions are not respected by an essence that recognizes not the physical. In You, we are ONE body, Your Will be done Father, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Instead of letting fear overwhelm Him or sink Him into despair, Jesus dropped to His knees and prayed, “Father, not My Will, but Yours be done.”
Do we pray that God’s Will be done?
We wish, hope and pray.
One thing a few have overlooked. Pray as ONE body.
Jesus said “”Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on Earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything (even in covid ‘season’) by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philipians 4:6
Father LORD, we give You thanks, glory and praise. There is a cause and reason for all things. Let us be taught what we need to know and learn in this situation we ask in prayer, Amen.
There Is An Enemy
The first thing to know is that Satan is the enemy. Every evil thing that has ever happened comes from him. He is known as the father of lies, the deceiver, and the accuser.
He is the chief rebel, and anything bad happening in our lives is a result of something we allowed him to do or influence in our lives.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy
2 Corinthians 2:11
In order to keep Satan from getting the upper hand over us; for we know what his plans are.
1 Peter 5:8
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
It should be easy to tell when he is involved. If you are having trouble with what Satan is and does, go look it up.
Once you know how to recognize Satan, you can decide if you still believe that God is causing every circumstance in your life.
Though many people disagree with this viewpoint, Jesus was the proof that we do have an enemy, and that we are responsible for fighting him on the earth.
The Bible says that Jesus was sent to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:
The one who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works.
If you ever hope to grow spiritually, you have to know the difference between the works of God and the works of the devil.
God Is Only Good
We can see the perfect image of God in Jesus. Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, and only said what He heard the Father say.
Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Anything that gives life is of God.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it in abundance.
When God is working in your life, it will be good. He brings light and life to anything He touches. The confusing circumstances in your life are not a good place to look for God.
1 John 1:5
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
God is always good, and faith is required to receive anything from Him. It’s the only way He is pleased with us. And faith is always your choice.
No one, even God, can make you believe what He says. But when you do, He will be pleased and your faith will be rewarded.
Now without faith, it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
Notice the last part of that verse.
He rewards those who diligently search for Him.
1. Pray for the Lord to intervene to stop the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Pray in Jesus’ name that the virus would recede from this day forward, and that the numbers of those infected would decline rapidly. Pray, trusting the Lord to intervene today with his loving care.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” –1 John 5:14
2. Pray for those who are sick, that they will have access to the care and treatment they need. Pray for peace and perseverance amidst suffering. Pray for those in isolation who are cut off from their normal routines and support systems, that they would seek their strength in Jesus. Pray encouragement for the thousands in quarantine, waiting to find out if they have the virus.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” –Psalm 46:1
3. Pray for health workers who are caring for those with COVID-19. Pray for their protection from the virus, for stamina during long and intense work hours, and for safe protocols to be observed in health care institutions in order to keep them protected. Pray for health workers to seek the Lord during this crisis.
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” –Psalm 107:28
4. Pray for grieving families who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. Even as their hearts are breaking, pray they would know the nearness and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Pray that they would feel compassion from the Lord and from friends and neighbors coming around them. Pray against despair; pray for new mercies every morning.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-7
5. Pray for pastors serving their churches and communities affected and infected by COVID-19. We pray that the Holy Spirit would give these shepherd-leaders the right words for the right time and the right actions for each situation. Pray they would speak the gospel in heart, word, and deed to each person they minister to.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. … The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” –James 5:14, 16
6. Pray for the body of Christ worldwide, that the church would rise up to pray and to support the sick and their caregivers in practical and sacrificial ways. Pray for the church to be a light on a hill in hospitals, communities, and cities where God has placed them. Pray for an outpouring of love, compassion, and service, in Jesus’ name.
“But God has composed the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its members should have mutual concern for one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.” –1 Corinthians 12:24-27
7. Pray for government officials and decision-makers who are leading countries and organizations through the crisis. We acknowledge that the Lord has allowed each one to be in a place of influence during this time. Pray they would mobilize resources quickly and effectively to where they are most needed. Pray for all those working behind the scenes and for the good administration and execution of response efforts worldwide.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” –Jeremiah 29:7
8. Pray for those waking up each day to fallout caused by COVID-19, that they would reach out to the Lord. Pray for people to earnestly seek the Lord. We know the desire to seek the Lord comes from the Lord, and we know He will meet them. Pray for those whose businesses and livelihoods are ruined by the halt in many sectors of the economy. Pray for those who may lose jobs and salaries. For each one, we pray new beginnings with the Lord walking by their side.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” –Jeremiah 29:11, 12
9. Pray for our mission co-workers worldwide today, especially those serving in areas acutely impacted by COVID-19. Pray for wisdom for each ministry team to know how to carry out their responsibilities. We pray that ministries would not have to shut down, but that the Lord would carry them through this difficult time, for His glory.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
10. Pray for all those who live and die without the knowledge of Jesus to hear about Him through this crisis and respond to His love. We pray salvation for every man, woman and child in the world today. Through eyes of faith, we see them becoming our brothers and sisters in Christ. Ask in Jesus’ name for the gift of salvation for many to come out of this crisis.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some understand slowness but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” –2 Peter 3:9