All these statements underscore our strong belief in the efficacy of prayers in resolving difficult situations. And I am convinced that in our individual lives, we all have had instances where prayer saved the day for us in our moments of crisis.
That’s at a personal level. But can we extend it to a global level? I believe we can!
Right now the world is experiencing a health crisis caused by coronavirus. Many people have died already as a result of the disease.
Regrettably, more people will still die until the medical world is able to find a lasting solution to the pandemic.
For now, most health personnel and health facilities around the world have been stretched beyond bounds, yet the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is not in sight.
Is there any thing we can do as believers to help stem the tide of this evil disease? I believe there is:
We can pray!
Can prayer save the day for us in the face of a ravaging global pandemic such as covid 19? Again, I believe it can.
So it is time for all believers in Christ Jesus to join hands in prayers in order to win the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. If you have started praying already, please don’t give up until the victory is won.
We have the assurance of God that He will hear us and intervene for us in a difficult time such as we are experiencing right now in the world.
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
The general call to prayer
Going by the various reports monitored on social media, there are already several calls to prayer coming from different cycles, ranging from pastors, concerned individuals, ministries and so on. We all need to heed the call and pray seriously against the scourge of coronavirus.
Calling people to pray against covid 19 pandemic does not mean that we want people to undermine the essense of taking medical precautions against the disease. But they should pray in spite of having observed necessary medical precautions.
The people of the world may scoff at us for resorting to prayers, but we should not mind them; our prayer is to our God and not to them.
David prayed during a pandemic
David realised the importance of praying to God in the middle of a national health crisis like the covid 19 pandemic and so should we. The story is there recorded in 2 Samuel chapter 24 for us to read and learn from.
From what we understood from that chapter, a terrible plague had broken out in the land as a result of David’s seemingly innocuous mistake. And I dare say that the disease was more devastating than the currently prevailing covid 19 pandemic.
How would I know that? The record in the Bible shows that the disease was so terrible that in less than three days, it had killed seventy thousand able-bodied men nationwide.
More deaths would have been recorded if David had not intervened in prayer to God. You see why we should resort to the prayer strategy?
How was the plague in king David’s era stopped? David’s spiritual eyes were opened and he saw that everyone in the city of Jerusalem was about to be destroyed as a result of the rampaging pandemic.
This knowledge led him to have an honest ‘conversation’ with God, during which he took personal responsibility for causing the plague, confessed his sins, made an acceptable sacrifice to God, pleaded with Him to intervene and the plague stopped.
In other words, the ravaging plague was held back after David prayed to the living God. So if you want the covid 19 plague to be held back, then it’s time we prayed sincerely.
The rising death statistics
As at the time of writing this post, global deaths due to Covid 19 is already above the sixty thousand mark but still less than the seventy thousand deaths that were recorded in David’s time.
Despite these recorded deaths, is there any hope that the convid 19 pandemic can be contained? I believe there is.
That’s why we should add the strategy of prayer to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
While the medical world continues to battle the disease and works round the clock to find a cure or a lasting solution to it, we believers in the true God should ‘cry’ out to God for divine help; help to stop further deaths, help to stop further spread of the disease and ultimately help to completely wipe out this pandemic called covid 19.
What’s your view about the call to prayer against the covid 19 pandemic?