Following the decision to declare a state of emergency in the United States over the coronavirus pandemic, the President took to twitter to make an additional declaration: Sunday, March 15th, 2020, will be a national day of Prayer.
“We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….” the President tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”
Franklin Graham put out a statement via email calling for Christians to commit to joining the president in prayer Sunday over the deadly virus.
In the email, Rev. Graham explained that although some churches may be closed, that does not stop the Body of Christ from coming and kneeling before the Lord in Prayer.
Our President has declared tomorrow, Sunday, March 15, to be a National Day of Prayer. He reminded the entire country that throughout its history, the United States has looked to God for strength and protection in times like these.
I am thankful to President Trump for recognizing the power of prayer and showing faith in the Lord to intervene on our behalf. With so much uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus around the world, people are afraid. Now is the time for Christians to be strong and courageous, knowing that Almighty God is with us. As His Word instructs, we are to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
We need to pray for those who are sick and their families, for those who are living in fear and anxiousness, for the professionals who are providing medical care, for those working on treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, and for our leaders to act with wisdom and courage as they make vital decisions that impact each of our lives. Please also lift up the President and our nation’s coronavirus task force headed by Vice President Mike Pence in prayer as they work closely and diligently with the myriad of issues related to this pandemic.
Some churches are not meeting in person for worship this Sunday to avoid possibly spreading the virus. But that doesn’t prevent us as the Body of Christ from coming before the Lord, kneeling in prayer, and pouring our hearts out to Him. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).
I ask that you contact your friends and family and ask them to join in prayer tomorrow, whether gathered together in person, or in their homes.