Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
As the people of God, we regularly gather on the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10), and as we do, we affirm and live out our love for God and love for others (Matt. 22:37-39). In our love for others, we “encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:25).
As the people of God, we always “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Since one of the important elements of our corporate gathering is prayer, we also pray corporately with a singular voice.
We are now in the midst of a COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This affects our corporate gatherings, since one of the ways it is being addressed to prevent the spread of the virus is “social distancing.”
Last week, President Trump called for a National Day of Prayer in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. The National Day of Prayer Task Force has written a prayer for the people of God to pray corporately on this National Day of Prayer. The prayer is included which we, as the people of God, can pray with a unified voice.
We come to our Father, through the Son, by the Spirit (Eph. 2:18). Thankfully, God hears our prayers (Matt. 7:7-11). And trustingly, prayer is a means God has given to His people to respond to such matters. Remember, prayer is our chief exercise of faith. Intercessory prayer is also our chief expression of love – love to God and love for others.
On this National Day of Prayer, please join in prayer along with many other believers.
Heavenly Father, we turn to You in prayer not panic in response to this pandemic. We praise You as our Almighty Creator and Sustainer. You are the author of our days, our refuge and strength.
Lord, we humbly ask that You push back and remove this virus from us; glorify Yourself in this national and global emergency. We cry out to You in unified prayer:
We pray that this unprecedented time in our generation would be used to draw nearer to You and our families. Turn our attention to the many times we have thought or said, “we don’t have enough time to ________.” Help us to use this time to rightly reset and prioritize our relationship with You and our family. Let us draw near to You in faith as our Father and our fortress.
Deliver us from this disease we pray and let Your glory fill the earth as You respond to our prayers. Amen.