. . .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. (II Chronicles 7: 13c, 14, NASB)
On Friday, President Trump declared Sunday, March 15, 2020, to be a National Day of Prayer. Yet the services that day at Immanuel, as at many other churches, have been canceled. How powerful would it be if Immanuel’s Body, scattered throughout the Richmond area and beyond, would all commit to pray at the same time Sunday morning, from 10:45 – 12 noon, when the Body is usually gathered for worship. Such prayer exhibits solidarity of spirit, a “mystic sweet communion,” so to speak, that transcends social distancing. Praying in our own homes, alone, with family, or even gathered with just a few other believers. Praying for our people, our city, our nation, our world. Praying that we will be light, love, and hope in this dark, fearful, despairing world.
The Scriptures above are God’s words in the night to King Solomon. The Church is not Israel, but I Corinthians 10:11b tells us that Old Testament narratives were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. May we joyfully follow God’s directive and together cry out to the LORD of all the Earth on this set-apart Day of Prayer.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16b, NASB)
Chairman of Elders