A Guide to Prayer During COVID-19
We have been given an opportunity to seek the Father more intensely than we ever have before. As you know very well, the coronavirus has caused some major changes to our daily lives. Instead of us living in panic or fear we have assurance in our Creator and can trust Him that He WILL take care of us. We do not fear death because we have been given the gift of eternal life with Him.
For some of us who are home more now due to kids being out of school, workplaces shutting their doors, and businesses closed, we have extra time on our hands. We can choose to use this time as a gift from the Father to reconnect with Him and rethink our goals and values. Take time to lay down our phones, turn off the news/shows, and sit at His feet.
Here are some ideas on how to abide as you spend time with Him:
- Put on some worship or soaking prayer music. Allow your heart to connect to the One who is in control of all things, who loves you, and who longs to speak with you.
- Ask Him to open your heart, eyes, and ears to hear Him speaking and then sit quietly and listen. If you are feeling distracted, have a pen and paper nearby so you can write down those thoughts and then continue to listen for Him. Guys, this takes practice! God knows you have a lot on your mind, so allow Him to teach you how to listen to Him.
- When He speaks write down what He is saying and then pray through it or ask more questions. This is one of the ways He calls us into intercession for other people and circumstances.
- Spend some time thanking Him for all that He has done in your life. Being grateful will bring peace and joy to your heart!
- Allow your heart to swell as you think on His character and His heart for His children. Begin to tell Him of His greatness, His holiness, and His majesty.
- Once you have felt His nearness and a release of abiding, you can move into a time of petition.
Here are some things you can join us in praying for:
- Pray for our leaders to have wisdom as they make very difficult decisions in the coming days and weeks.
- Pray against the spirits of fear, panic, confusion, infirmity, greed, control, chaos, and isolation.
- Pray that the lost will come to trust in Jesus. That as we are all being stripped of worldly comforts we will turn to the One and only who can bring true comfort and peace.
- Pray for healing for those who have been infected and are hurting. Pray for families that have lost loved ones already.
- Pray for protection for the vulnerable in our community that are over 60 and for others who have weakened immune systems.
- Pray for those who are feeling isolated and lonely.
- Pray for international college students who are feeling displaced as the colleges are closing their doors. Pray that believers will open their homes to these students who can’t fly home and have nowhere else to go.
- Pray that our families will use this time to reconcile broken relationships, to pour into their children, and to build lasting bonds with their kids.
"The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.” - Luke 10:41-42, TPT
Contending for revival,
Associate Pastor of Prayer