How you can pray
2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." As believers, we have the authority which Christ has given us to pray against the spread of any disease and to pray for healing for those who have the Coronavirus.
- Begin your prayer time by praising God for His sovereignty. He still is and always will be in control of all things. Pray that we will trust Him to help us navigate this season of uncertainty.
- Pray for wisdom for governmental leaders, the CDC, researchers, other medical personnel, leaders in churches, and other strategic places to respond wisely and appropriately.
- Pray for cooperation and collaboration among medical agencies and personnel around the world to work together for the well-being and health of all people.
- Pray for the protection of doctors, nurses, crisis response teams, emergency first responders, researchers and other medical professionals who risk their lives to protect ours.
- Pray for comfort and healing for those stricken with this virus. Pray they will receive the quality health care they need to regain health and strength. Pray their healing and for a vaccine that cures and eradicates this virus.
- Pray for the protection and safety of those considered “at-heightened-risk.”
- Pray for God’s peace, calmness, freedom from fear, anxiety, and panic among individuals and communities.
- Pray that we will be the Church: A family that faces things together. Disciples who grow through trials. God’s servants who care for the hurting. Witnesses who share the Good News. Worshippers who look to God.
- Pray this event would be a catalyst for revival.
- Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others (Matthew 22:37–39).
- Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel (Mark 16:15).
Love your neighbor
Take a moment and look around you. Who are those people in your life that may be thankful for a helping hand during this time? Offer to run errands for those who have high-risk health concerns or send a note of encouragement. Keep in mind the best practices of cleanliness and safe distance. The tendency is to go into a self-protective mode and isolate; however, we can show others that they are not alone. How the church loves well is important. Challenge yourself to encourage someone today. Sometimes, the most powerful thing we can do is reach out and let someone know we care.
Through it all, pray and ask the Lord to point us back to His truth in all we say and do. Look for the opportunity to invite them to join us as we worship livestream at ppbc.com