The government can do a lot of things to combat the virus. They can spend, test, isolate, and treat -- but nothing is as powerful or productive as calling the nation to its knees in prayer. And on Sunday, in response to the encouragement of several Evangelical leaders, President Trump did exactly that.
These are unique challenges, but the solution is not: we should seek the Lord with all of our heart. "You know," Dr. Ben Carson said at the press conference with the president, "We've gotten away from prayer and faith a lot in this country." Godly principles, he pointed out, "loving your neighbor," "caring about the people around you," those are the things "that made America zoom to the top of the world in record time -- and those are the things that will keep us there too."
Pray, President Trump urged, for those on the front lines of the response -- medical and health care workers, our first responders, the military, our federal and local leaders. "We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country... As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help."
May "God's health hand," his proclamation declared, "be placed on the people of our nation... As one nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before."