“Through the coronavirus pandemic, God is smashing idols and making space for the working of the Holy Spirit. But there is room for the devil to work too.”
What is the Lord telling you about praying into the crisis and opportunity presented by the coronavirus pandemic? I am continually praying for wisdom and guidance.
Discernment: Space is being created!
Sunday night Steve Aceto called to say that he was getting guidance from the Holy Spirit about what is going on. In a nutshell, the guidance he received is as follows:
Space is being created, and something is going to fill that space and we need to pray that this space is invaded by the Holy Spirit and not evil spirits.
Human governments are seeking to contain the spread of the virus by shutting down air travel, sports gatherings, closing schools and colleges, religious gatherings, calling everyone to maintain social distance, and so forth.
But what is God doing in the midst of all this?
First, we are having many of our modern idols smashed!
Second, it is forcing us to face the spectre of death from a virus that modern science has not yet fully mastered.
Third, this situation is slowing down the hectic pace of modern life and giving us as individuals and as nations, space which may provide a kairos moment of opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work to bring a revival of biblical faith.
At the same time, this very same open space provides Satan with the chance to work out his God-hating plans.
Intercessors need to pray for an outpouring of the manifest presence of God into this space to bring many souls to salvation and to disciple the nations, aligning them with the Kingdom of God.
What follows is the short video that we made presenting this discernment and a concluding prayer.
Suggestions for prayer
- Pray that the space created in people’s lives will be filled by the Holy Spirit.
- Pray that the church would be empowered by the Spirit to be a witness at this time.
- Pray for the healing and repentance needed in the Church so that they are in a position to be a strong witness.
- Pray for love and unity within the Church to be seen.
- Pray that the church would “stretch out her hand to heal and perform sign and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:30)
Constraining the Pandemic
I have been asking for direct guidance from the Lord as to how to pray specifically to constrain this pandemic.
I believe the chart below may give us some guidance as to how to pray.
We must pray that the countermeasures being implemented will be effective and that the curve will be flattened to keep the infection rate within the capacity of the healthcare system. I believe we are called to pray for God’s intervention into this situation, which will, in part, take place through the countermeasures that governments have made, such as limiting travel and testing.
This prayer work is comparable to the way that we pray for healing for a person with cancer, while at the same time, they are undergoing chemotherapy. The Holy Spirit works the healing power of Jesus through both our prayers AND medical science. Medical studies have shown that prayer makes a difference, and we have observed this synergy between prayer and medical intervention. We may pray the same in this case of the pandemic.
Please pass on any discernment that you may receive. This situation is unfolding very rapidly, so we need your discernment as to how to pray.
Praying Daily for God to Fill the Space
We shall be taking time each day to pray at 12:00 noon (Eastern Time) for what is happening with this coronavirus. You can join us as you are led by the Holy Spirit.
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Topic: Praying for Shalom in these times of crises
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