“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14, NASB)
I woke up this morning and saw these beautiful and amazing pictures and I broke down in tears. It also motivated me to pray harder for the first responders, doctors, nurses, and those who are in authority who are fighting the unseen enemy who has invaded our nation and the nations around the world.
Dear God, our Heavenly Father, we praise and thank you that you are a holy and merciful God. This coronavirus pandemic has reminded us once again of this truth. Whether you sent this pestilence among us directly or simply a result of our sinful state, it is a reminder that you are a holy God and we are not. We confess that we are weak and fragile beings. We have boasted of our modern technology, medicine, academics, and the economy, and yet we are brought down to our knees by a small virus that we cannot even see with our naked eyes. It has humbled the best of us. Some are sick and some have died, and the rest of us are concerned that we too may succumb. It should lead us to humble ourselves before you, but there are many still resisting the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Like Pharaoh of old and the Israelites who died in the wilderness, we are stubborn and obstinate people. However, these pictures of first responders praying on rooftops as they enter the battlefield encourages me that we have hope. We have hope because it shows that there are believers who are willing to humble themselves and seek your face. Your promise of 2 Chronicles 6 is that if Your people experience pestilence and humble themselves and seek your face, you will hear from heaven and heal our land. We thank you that you are a holy God who will keep your promise.
God, you are also a merciful God. Your mercy triumphs over judgment. Your mercy is better than life itself. In humility, we fall at the feet of your mercy seat. We cling to your words that say, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise” (Ps.55:17). Was it not your mercy that saved Noah and his family from a worldwide flood? Was it not your mercy that saved Lot and his daughters from a firestorm? Was it not your mercy that saved David and people from pestilence? Was it not your mercy that saved the exiles from certain doom at the wicked schemes of Haman? We believe that we can see your mercy again today against this virus because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.
Dear God, may your hand be over the first responders, doctors, nurses, lab researchers, kings, presidents, and those who are in authority to protect them and give them wisdom. Cover them with the blood of the Lamb and let the destroyer and the angel of pestilence pass-over them. Watch over our family members, especially the elderly, and guard our going out and coming in, and protect us and do not let the unseen enemy come near our tents. Be with President Trump (and also “kings and presidents” around the world) so that he will recognize that you are still in control and sovereign over all things, including the coronavirus. Like the painting below, may we find our president on his knee to humble himself and seek your face.
And finally, raise up prayer warriors from among your people who will humble themselves and seek your face and pray, so that our nation and the nations around the world will experience healing in our lands. And may you wake up your people to the truth that the time of Christ’s return is near and recommission us to be faithful witnesses in these days.