COVID-19 has captured the world's attention and altered our daily lives. How should we as churches and church leaders respond?
Read the verses below and let the Spirit lead your thoughts:
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (1 Chronicles 7:13-14)
If you are like me, what immediately leaps out to me is the promise is that if God’s people repent, then they will receive forgiveness and healing. And yet here we are in the midst of a worldwide plague and God’s people, represented by church leaders everywhere, are rarely leading people to repentance. Instead, we are encouraging hand-washing, debating whether or not to hold services, and claiming the promises of God for people who hardly know Him and rarely serve Him. And while there have been many calls for prayer, most of the prayer is along the lines of “Bless us and protect us Lord…” rather than “Forgive us and heal us, Lord, for we have fallen away from you…”
Let’s pray together today: “Father, forgive us for we have fallen away from you. Our nation is no longer known as a Christian nation, but as a people who pollute the world with pornography, kill our unborn babies, and live for our own pleasures. Deliver us from our blatant materialism and our love for the things of this world. Bring us back to Yourself. Use COVID-19 and whatever else it takes to bring us back to You….” (continue praying)