21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Greeting to my Missouri Street church family. One of my all-time favorite songs is Cry Out to Jesus by Third Day. The chorus goes:

There is hope for the helpless

Rest for the weary

And love for the broken heart

And there is grace and forgiveness

Mercy and healing, He’ll meet you wherever you are, Cry out to Jesus.

As we face this world health crisis of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the word that stands out to me in this chorus is HOPE! There is hope for the helpless and there is healing for those who will Cry Out to Jesus.

Throughout Scripture we see GOD’s power over disease and sickness. In the book of Deuteronomy, as Israel was preparing to enter the Promise Land, Moses reminded the people, “The LORD your GOD is GOD; he is the faithful GOD, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands,” (7:9). Moses called the people to “pay attention to these laws and be careful to follow them, then the LORD your GOD will keep his covenant of love…” Moses then gave them the promise, “The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt…” (7:15).

In 2Kings 5 we are told of Naaman, a powerful man who was a commander in the army of the king of Aram. Naaman had the dreaded disease of leprosy. GOD worked through the prophet Elisha and Naaman was healed from his leprosy.

Isaiah 38 tells us of the story of king Hezekiah. He was told by the prophet Isaiah, “Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” The Scripture says, “Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed…he wept bitterly.”  Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, “Go tell Hezekiah, This is what the LORD, the GOD of your father David says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life,” (38:1-5).

When Jesus begins his ministry, he demonstrated authority and power over all kinds of diseases, including those that were attributed to demon possession.

I would like to challenge our church to a time of prayer and fasting. Would you be willing to accept the challenge to pray and fast for the next twenty-one days? Would you continue pray against the corona virus? Would you pray for our scientist and medical professionals who are working to find an answer? Would you pray that people would turn to GOD, to turn to Jesus Christ as a remedy for all their problems? Would you pray for our church to stay strong in faith and not be swayed by fear and panic?

If you are willing to accept this challenge, then begin today by preparing yourself for this spiritual journey. First, by repenting, seeking forgiveness and removing any barriers between you and GOD. Barriers of negative attitudes like fear, panic and worry and replace them with faith, trust and confidence in the Lord’s power. Second, be united in prayer with other members at MoSt. We will post scriptures, meditation thoughts and prayer on our web site and Face Book page. May GOD draw us closer together as we rely on His power and His Word.     

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