In a time where the wearing of masks is not limited to comic book figures or super heroes, the entire world has joined forces to battle a common enemy, COVID-19. A pandemic whose only known vaccine is a prescription to stay at home, has forced us all to adjust our daily lifestyles to social distancing and in some areas, mandatory COVID-19 testing. The pandemic is affecting everything, including churches, where weekly fellowships are now online prayer meetings, video conferenced bible studies, and drive-in services. It clear now, more than ever, that our world will never be the same.
Here is what Christians must learn from this big shift:
- FAITH OVER FEAR
The arrival of COVID-19 has struck fear in many. However the antidote to alleviate fear is faith in the Word of God. In fact, the bible says, God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy1:7), so if we allow ourselves to be fearful, that means we do not trust God. Fear doesn’t come from God, so our faith in God overrides anything that is not of Him. Other phrases like ‘fear not’, ‘do not be afraid’, or ’do not be anxious’ are said to be found over 365 times in the bible– 1 for each day of the year. Therefore, in times like these, our Faith is our strongest weapon.
(Psalm 91:10), “no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling”.
- CORPORATE PRAYER
COVID-19 has also shown us the importance of corporate prayer. It is my belief that such prayer is really as effective as Matthew 18:19 asserts, “Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my father which is in heaven ”(Matthew 18:19).
Corporate prayer is happening all over the world. Government’s officials are declaring national days of prayer and fasting. Thousands gathered at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem for God’s help against this pandemic.
Seeing the world unite in one of the toughest periods in history is another lesson that faith and prayer are the only ways for God to intervene.
- PRAYING FOR LEADERSHIP
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1).
“The King’s hand is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He will.”(Proverbs 21:1)
The bible asks us to obey our leaders. It is important that people of the Christian faith intercede for leaders that they would heed to the will of God in their decision-making. The impact that national leaders can have on our lives is enormous therefore, we ought to keep them in prayer so that they come up with effective methods in battling COVID-19
- THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING
We haven’t been to the church building for months, but we have had church service on Sundays .This teaches us, that COVID-19 can prevent gatherings in the church building but it cannot prevent believers from worshiping. God is spirit and they that worship him must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). God does not require us to worship him in designated buildings, all he requires is that our gatherings, whether physically or virtually – are in his name (Matthew 18:20). The church is us.
We know that fear is not of God and our faith in Him and His word will override it. As we obey and trust God, we must also ask Him, to give our leaders, divine wisdom. We must remember that we are the body of Christ. We must continue to worship Him in spirit and truth, knowing that He has everything in control. God’s ways are consistent- He has provided before, and He will surely do it again. We as believers must have faith, trust His Word and his plan for the days ahead.
Prayers and Proclamations on the Dominion TV app is a great way to stay connected with God through prayer. Knowing what to pray for is equally as important as knowing how to pray. Powerful prayers led by Archbishop Duncan-Williams directly address what we need from God- protection, safety, healing, deliverance, and much more.