Prayer Targets: Dr. Dave Butts; Coronavirus Prayer; U.S. Economy; President & Pastors
March 25, 2020
In his name the nations will put their hope. (Matthew 12:21)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. David Butts (bio) is an author, Bible teacher, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, President of Gospel Revivals, Inc. (Herald of His Coming), and Chairman of the National Prayer Committee. These excerpts are from his valuable Prayer Guide, Praying the Word over the Coronavirus Crisis:
Many believers are worried as the Coronavirus ravages the earth. And yet, we have an All-Powerful Father who was not surprised in the least by this seemingly catastrophic event in world history.
The Coronavirus has sparked fear, stress, uncertainty, hoarding, greed, panic, hostility and more! All these things are not God's desire for His people. Jesus calls us to courage, peace, boldness, generosity, level-headedness and kindness!... May God's Word inform our prayers:
1. Pray that a repentant people would turn to God seeking revival. John Avant of Life Action Ministries recently said, "...Since He inhabits our lives, we live in His control... empowered with His purpose... a part of His plan... BUT...we have departed from Him. I have and you have. As we stay distant from Him, numb to His call to repent... we will feel out of control until we give up our own control and humbly cry out, 'I am the problem!... One thing above all is more important in these days (of dealing with Coronavirus) than washing our hands, it is to return to God and let Him wash our hearts!"
Prayer: Father God, Creator of the Universe, we bow our hearts before You in repentance. We've tried to control our circumstances and figure out the unknown rather than placing our trust in You. Forgive us, Lord, and turn our hearts back towards Yours...We bless You, Lord, and ask for mercy as we humble ourselves before You.
2. Pray for God's people to resist the devil and have the abundant life Jesus gives us so that others might have it too. "The thief does not come but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (Jn 10:10). "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (Jas 4:7)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You came to give all who follow You life - not just any kind of life -- abundant life! Strengthen us to be the church You called us to be so we might draw others into this abundant life. Help us stand firm with Your spiritual armor in place (Eph. 6:10-18), having great faith so that we might extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one (v. 16). Help us to live extraordinary lives of service, compassion, and generosity so those outside of Christ will want what we have....
3. Pray God's people will overcome fear and anxiety with peace... "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Php 4:6-7; Jn 16:33).
Prayer: Prince of Peace, You calmed waves and storms and people wherever You went. May we be carriers of Your peace even when we cannot comprehend the scope of this destructive virus that threatens the lives and livelihoods of many... Guard our hearts and minds so that our emotions and thoughts are tuned into You instead of the uncertainty that swirls around us. Help us to be overcomers who help others...rather than those who live in fear and do nothing but help ourselves.
4. Pray for the church to rise to the opportunities God is giving us to show compassion, creativity and unity that will show off the power of Jesus. What if the church became the shining light on the hill, a beacon of hope and transformation, the Living Gospel of Jesus to our communities?
Prayer: Compassionate Christ, help Your church...[do] all she can to meet needs, bring hope, give encouragement, promote unity and creatively reach people with the Gospel. Give us courage and strength to do the extraordinary. Bring us into unity with one another across faith traditions to help in whatever ways we can, coming alongside of our local, state and federal government officials, first responders, the medical community and social services to meet the needs of people in unprecedented ways...Pray Jesus' prayer, "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me... (Jn 17:21-26).
5. Ask God to protect the elderly and those in compromised health situations who are the most vulnerable to this virus. We all know people who fall into the high-risk group for being susceptible to Covid-19. Maybe you are in that group and are concerned. Remember Psalm 23... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me...Let's join together and ask God for protection of anyone of any age who is at risk and to bring healing to those who are ill as well. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 Jn 1:2).
Prayer: Lord our God, You are good and filled with mercy. You are filled with compassion and love all You have made (Ps 145). We ask You to remove sickness from our midst: "So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you" (Ex. 23:25)...Please protect those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or other health issues that put them at high risk for this disease. We ask for Your divine intervention and protection and that You will help healthy people to take great care to protect others and serve them.
6. Come against depression for those who have lost jobs, whose children are out of school, or who feel helpless or isolated. Separation from friends or loved ones causes many to feel lonely or lost. Consider how you can be an encourager and pay attention to the needs of others who are quarantined. Consider hiring those out of work. Find ways to support businesses that must work differently... Pray for working parents with children out of school who cannot arrange decent childcare or go to their own jobs...Ask God to use you as the hands and feet of Jesus for others.
Prayer: Father, thank You that we can cast all our anxieties on You because You care for us (1 Pet 5:7). You know the plans You have for us...plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jer 29:11). Thank You that You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Ps 147:3), physical, spiritual or emotional. When the righteous cry for help, You hear them and deliver them out of all their troubles... Lord, You give the lonely families (Ps 68:6). Please help those depressed and alone...Provide for families in need. Help us to remember that You have commanded us, to "be strong and courageous" and not to tremble or be dismayed. You, the Lord our God, are with us (Josh 1:9).
May the Gospel of Jesus be [exalted] above this virus. May the enemy be defeated and may the church experience spiritual awakening that transforms individuals, families, businesses, schools, and our entire culture in this nation and across the earth! In Jesus' powerful Name, Amen! (Dave Butts, Praying The Word Over The Coronavirus Crisis, edited for length, © 2020 Harvest Prayer Ministries)
God's People and the American Economy -- The stock market surged yesterday and today after an unprecedented two-week decline. The Dow climbed more than 11 percent Tuesday, its biggest one-day gain since 1933. World markets followed. Senate negotiators struck an equally unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus bill early this morning to ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and help our threatened economy. The House will likely vote on it tomorrow. The bill passed by the Senate was purged of support for Planned Parenthood and controversial measures unacceptable to most Americans.
But while the stock market decline may have been slowed or stopped, giving hope to millions of retirees, it is time for God's people amid the economic and health crisis to repent and preach the gospel to the lost -- the high and low, rich and poor, the old and young, the outwardly religious and open sinners of our day. America and our churches have been in a steep, spiraling, moral and spiritual decline. While the virus spread and the economy fell, online pornography use increased dramatically, and marijuana shops were intentionally exempted from store closing orders. It is time to seek the Lord! Hedonism threatens to destroy our nation and steal all our historic blessings.
- God, you have promised nations every conceivable blessing if we will but honor you and obey your commands. But you also promise poverty if we disregard and disobey you, using economic troubles to shake us to think and consider our ways, our sins, and to return to you, our Savior and Provider. The eyes of the world are upon our nation, God. Please help us wholeheartedly to seek your face. Refire our commitment to obey your great commandments and commission now, while we have time. (Lev 26: all; Dt 28: all; Mt 5:13-16; 22:36-40; 28:18-20; Mk 16:15-20)
"God's directive in the midst of crisis: Do not be anxious." You should have received this special letter from FRC President Tony Perkins during the last two days by email. It began:
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus warned us in Mark 13 that as we move closer to the end of the age, there would be wars, rumors of wars, conflicts, natural disasters, and religious persecution of believers.
Jesus' warning reads like today's headlines. But what you won't find in the newspaper or on cable news is what Jesus instructed us to do during these challenging times. First, He told us not to be anxious or be fatalistic because "the end is not yet" (Mt 24:6). Why?
There is still much to do! The gospel must go to all the nations.
Yes, we will encounter difficulty, but we are not to be anxious (Phil. 4:6), we are not to be afraid (2 Tim. 1:7), instead we are to be ready, be engaged, be in it for the long haul -- endure to the end.
If you received it but have not read it, please read it as soon as you can. If you did not receive it, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure a copy is sent to you. It is important for all of us not to allow the enemy of our souls to neutralize us during this key hour.
Finally, please add these matters to your prayer list:
1) Last Thursday, Tony Perkins led a special conference call prayer meeting for 800 pastors joined by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Ben Carson to discuss what to do with church services during the coming weeks, and much more. You are invited to listen to that phone meeting so that you can pray for your own pastor and church, others in your community, and those across the nation and world. Now is not the time for the gospel message to be withheld from the faithful or the lost. Feel free to share the link with friends you know will put it to good use.
2) FRC has also released a series of prayer points for use in social media. Please look over them and post and share them widely if you feel called to, then pray that they will be used mightily by the Lord's people and those who don't yet know him.
3) FRC has also started a resource page specifically for churches and the coronavirus that will be continually updated here: FRC.org/church
4) If God has stirred you to pray daily for people and nations impacted by the coronavirus, and for those worldwide laboring for a cure, look HERE for helps. For helps to pray for those in America, click HERE!
As always, thank you for your faithfulness to pray!