My mom’s maiden name is “Cristiano,” which means I grew up in a large, loud and loving Italian family. The norm for me is lots of hugs and kisses, yet now I’ve been instructed to keep my distance.
Yes, the COVID-19 is here, so I need to be respectful and whereas the Bible says to, “Greet each other with a holy kiss,” at this time that means to greet each other with warm smile, from six feet away.
So while being not joined is now in, there is something very important that we can join our hearts and minds together on, and that is prayer.
President Trump declared March 15, 2020 to be a National Day of Prayer. I can’t think of a better activity that we all can engage in and rally around, every day. Our country’s needs are many, especially related to the Coronavirus, so let me offer a few thoughts about praying effectively, not only for our fellow citizens but also for those around the globe, many of whom have been impacted far worse so far:
Pray for our leaders; they have on-going critical decisions to make:
- 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Pray that this current adversity would not be a cause for anxiety:
- Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.
Pray to receive comfort from God and then in turn, comfort others:
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Not sure exactly how to pray? Realize that God the Holy Spirit will help:
- Romans 8:26 (ESV) Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
So let’s pray together with one unified voice. While we may need to be socially distant for a time, we are always called to be spiritually united as One Nation Under God, recalling our national motto, In God We Trust. leaning on Him at this time and always.
Here is a Five Minute Power Message video about prayer: FIVE MIN. POWER MESSAGE #64: Why Bother Praying?
Phil Henry is a financial adviser and also an ordained minister who founded and produces short videos and blog posts at Phil Henry Power Gospel.