Prayer #161: For God's New Thing as a Result of the COVID-19 Crisis
We know that God works His good through the hardships and evils of this life. How might He be doing His new thing through the COVID-19 virus? Here are just a few of the possibilities:
1. He is humbling His people. Truly, the Church is being humbled through the many ways it has been impacted by the Coronavirus. Sunday services have drastically changed. The ability to do ministry has been severely impacted. We are more isolated from one another. It is indeed a humbling experience for all of us as Christians. But God works through humble hearts ("If my people, who are called by my name humble themselves . . . 2Chr. 7:14).
2. He is calling us to a greater commitment to prayer. We are seeing more clearly the great need we have always had to seek God in prayer. To ask, seek and knock. To call upon the Lord. To pray without ceasing. The restoration of the primary place of prayer in the Church could be the greatest gift that COVID-19 gives to us as believers.
3. He is giving us godly sorrow and repentance. During this time of restrictions and more enforced isolation, we, God's people are having more time to consider our ways. Where is there sin in our life? Do we grieve with godly sorrow over it? Are we truly repenting? God desires to use this viral pandemic for great good in our souls.
4. He is giving us a greater love for our neighbors and for the lost. It is times like these that cause us to think about those who are hurting; those who are unemployed; those who are fearful and depressed; those who desperately need the hope of the Gospel. Ministry opportunities are abounding all around us.
5. People are running to God. Now is especially a time when people are looking for something solid to run to. Here and around the world, there are reports of a greater number of seekers than ever before. The Gospel is running and triumphing in the midst of a pandemic.
Pray that God would indeed accomplish all of His purposes that He intends through this time of the pandemic. Pray for the ways He wants to work in and through His Church during this challenging season. Pray that Christ would be lifted up, here and around the nations, the Hope of the World.
Ps. 39:7: "And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You."