The present situation of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has caused great alarm nationally and globally. At this moment, the ongoing pandemic is fluid and seems to be changing daily and even hourly. We are monitoring the current facts as they are available to us from the federal, state, and local authorities. For this reason, we have cancelled all set church activities until further notice. 1. We are to pray for our Global Partners throughout the world. Many of our missionaries are facing perilous situations daily, not only from deadly diseases, but imminent physical harm. The Apostle Peter reminds us, “…the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1Peter 5:9). Be sensitive to all who are suffering.
WHAT WE CAN DO SPIRITUALLY
2. This present plight puts a drain on the emotional and psychological health of our leaders. We are to pray in earnest for our political, medical, and spiritual leaders. Paul admonishes Timothy that first of all prayers are to be made “for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2. NLT).
3. We are to have an understanding of the biblical truth ‘that we live in a fallen and broken world.’ Jesus says concerning the world we live in, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
4. We are to reassure and comfort the children and youth. This pandemic (along with the constant 24/7 media feeds, and the seemingly endless discussion) may produce an abnormal amount of anxiety and fear in the heart of the children/youth. It is difficult for adults to process, but think about how hard it is for children, and youth metabolize it! Remember that God “…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Cor. 1:4).
5. We are to stay in faith, and never get caught up in fear. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23). Job exclaims the thing I feared came upon me (Job 3:25). It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrew 11:6). We are people full of faith and wisdom.
6. We are to trust God for protection (Psalm 91)) and his healing (Matt 8:17). And we pray for the sick and their recovery (Mark 16:18).
7. We pray that God would stop the hand of this plague. May God’s hand and intervention move with mighty force against this evil virus.
At this time, Crossroads is joining forces with God, and we are believing for a swift remedy from this curse. May God bless and protect each of you and your families as we believe together that the “Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings (Mal. 4:2).
1. We are to pray for our Global Partners throughout the world. Many of our missionaries are facing perilous situations daily, not only from deadly diseases, but imminent physical harm. The Apostle Peter reminds us, “…the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1Peter 5:9). Be sensitive to all who are suffering.