by | Apr 1, 2020 | Christianity Today | 14 comments

Pray with intense focus: Pray, knowing that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. But what should we be seeking in prayer today? There are 3 things that have been burning in my heart to ask for. Here they are in the order in which I believe we need to pray for them.

1. The local church. Why would I mention this first? This current hysteria threatens to hit the local church hard. That is not good on more levels than you may realize. Satan wants to weaken churches in America for several important reasons.

Pray against the temptation to develop the habit of staying home from church after this is over.

 Pray that believers will continue to financially support their church now, even if they are compelled to stay home.

Pray that state governments will not use this as an excuse to persecute the church.  Few things are more dangerous right now than the state drifting from justifiable health guidelines into police brutality. Only a fool doesn’t know about the growing outright hostility toward Christians in the Blue states. Their mouths are watering at the prospect of shutting down churches. They are looking for any excuse, and we must rebuke all demonic power and ask God to cause the fire of revival to fall on churches everywhere. The disruption of churches in America is from Satan. Pure and simple.

Worshiping together is a key to Christianity. Matthew 18:19-20, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Remember: We are the only movement in history where the founder attends every meeting.

If there is a chance for you to worship with others and you opt instead for worshiping alone or as the hippies among us love to say, “I will commune with nature.” You may find some blessing, but you will not receive the full measure that the power of agreement provides.

Hebrews 10: 25 urges us: “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (of the Lord) approaching.” House meetings are being touted as a substitute for corporate worship. And this not a problem if the motives are pure. Often, however, these meetings are led by leaders who are engaging in self-promotion. They are doing it because they did not get the recognition they felt they deserved in a church setting.  This is a lot like socialism: it sounds good, but it has never worked because the true motives are wrong.

I believe that something good can come out of this. Maybe we will remember the joy and satisfaction of simple church…before we got all slick and professional.

We must also pray fervently for the persecuted church around the world.

2. That America will repent. Americans who pray today had better repent. Every mouth that prays today must begin by asking for forgiveness. Any kind of asking that comes before repentance will offend God’s holiness. We are a nation of great wickedness. We have thumbed our nose at God. We have murdered the innocents and destroyed marriage. We celebrate things that God abhors.

Daniel was not guilty of the sins of Israel and yet he repented for them. In Daniel 9:4-5, he wrote, “And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,  we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”

The one thing we do not want to see is this: 2 Chronicles 28:22, “Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord.”  If America smugly assumes she can ask and stay unfaithful to the Lord—or worse, become even more unfaithful—that would spell certain doom.

3. Pray that God will show mercy and curse this virus. Do not ask with pride, spouting your, “rights and privileges.” Humbly declare, “We are not deserving of a national miracle, but we humbly beg for Your mercy.” In this prayer, we must remember that all the nations of the world far less able to fight this pandemic.

I am a firm believer in miracles of healing and in the power of God to drive back disease. But I have never seen miracles break out when the voices calling upon God were charged with pride and entitlement.

Our Father and our God, have mercy on us this day as we turn from our wicked ways. We do not ask for comfort and ease, we ask for holy desires and the resolve to fight on in order to share the Gospel with the world. We forsake all those things that have become our idols. We condemn perverse and unnatural desires that have aroused Your anger against us. We pray in the name that is above all names—the Name of Jesus!






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  1. Greg Dean

    Many of us are worshipping, and praying, together via Zoom. Just had one fellowship with 63 present.

    The American people have to repent. We need a spiritual revolution.

    As for praying alone, that is where speaking in tongues comes into play. As we manifest holy spirit G-D will be glorified. It is perfect prayer. It is perfect worship.

  2. megagenius

    Beseeching is an urgent, desperate plea from the disposition of a priest, with a tone that fears the Lord, accompanied with strong crying and tears. This is the kind of approach that God responds to, and is pleased to answer.

    • lonesomedove

      Have you broken through yet? Do some of that kind praying for me.

      • megagenius

        You can do it when you pray with your whole heart.

  3. Evang. Roger Culwell

    Many people hurting in many ways, the people who lived off Revivals and meetings to win souls, Churches who depend on the tithes which still should make it there, for we pay our tithes no matter what, but if we can’t work, what then, this whole plan is destroying the church in so many ways, and if we do not stand and speak out we will be taken over, they are all ready stabbing us in the back you don’t know who to trust, you do as the Lord says and they call it rebellion, you preach what he says and they say your mad at the church, when in fact several Churches want you, you are just doing what the Lord has said, but because you don’t listen to them your wrong, and you do not have character, arrows flying from every direction, people coming after you to try and shut you up, others who ralsay they are the church sending evil spirits after you to try and kill you in the night, they slander you like crazy, and much more, and your just doing your best to follow the Lord, They say step out one did, WHERE TO WE CAN’T EVEN MEET, DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A TIME TO GO SOMEWHERE?, But I heard stay here until after pentacost, is what I heard, if you went where people said, which I have before and one it cost me big time to get there, and they told me they had a place for me, and when I got there they never even acknowledge I was there, but for some reason there all angry with me, because I have told the truth and always will preach truth, but they accuse night and day, and the only thing I am trying to do is get the chruch ready, and try and wake the people up before we lose this nation, but they hollar I am seeking promotion, and a name, and want to be ahero, yes I am seeking a promotion but not down here, I am seeking the one when I leave here, but I seam to make every one mad while I am here, and I am just trying to do the will of the one who sent me, and so many are jealous, of what the persecution, because thats all some of us get, I never seen a people who hated the truth of the word of God like today, [ and by the way the dream or vision I had about the Church on a cruise ship taken hostage by pirates, the next thing they did was take our weapons, our guns, our sword, OUR WORD, THE BIBLE, thats coming next, just so you know] so we can sleep and they can nit pick at me and hate me if they want, but I will do as Jesus says, but now some of you do know how I feel, because you have been forced to stay home! doesn’t feel good does it, not when you have always worked your butt off for the church, ita a horrible feeling, but I left once before he said and it turned out real bad, so I will do as he says. and I am not bitter at the church at all, not any one, they won’t me dead but I am doing my best to give them what Jesus tells me, 2 Cor. 12:20-21,MY CHURCH IS NOT READY ALL THESE THINGS ARE GOING ON IN MY CHURCH AND THERE NOT READY, REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. We need to pray for each other. Be Blessed

  4. Virginia Drastata

    Thank you and God bless you for all you are doing in Jesus Name.In Christ loveVirginia Drastata

  5. Mark Stripling

    I placed a post on my facebook page yesterday with that same verse from Daniel. Last night in prayer, I asked God to forgive our sin as a nation, and that He would be glorified in all of this. He is shaking things, and great may be the shaking before it is over. My life and breath is in total surrender to God and whatever He purposes to accomplish. May He bring America back to serving Him. Let God arise, His enemies be scattered.

  6. kay

    Thank you for setting our eyes on Him only!

  7. Annette

    Thank you so much for this message. Yes humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness AND an end to this horrible virus. And pray for restoration and revival for the whole world for there are still many people to be saved. And when God grants our request that the churches not only teach salvation thru Jesus Christ but also teach about his 2nd coming to set up his LITERAL Kingdom on earth as King of Kings and He will reign forever and which ALL true immortal believers will be a part of. To me the gospel of salvation and the coming Kingdom go hand in hand.

  8. Nick

    Thank you Mario (and team!) for your faithfulness and for this message on praying during this national crises. One thing to add is to pray for our President and those who advise him.

  9. RL Perrin

    I wonder if this isn’t a time God will use to bring His church back together. Not only were scattered in our beliefs but there is little unity in our faith. The church of now doesn’t look like the church in acts. We come and listen instead of coming to give out. There is no place to give testimonies or speak words of encouragement to others unless it is approved by some one in charged. Didn’t Paul say 1 Co. 14:31 ” for you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encouraged”. The church of today doesn’t leave room for the individual but has time, organized. Unfortunately we go like a class room and listen. This is not the church that the apostles started. What if we started caring for the people and what God has put within them more then the services? We all are the body of Christ why are we not hearing from the rest of the body in our meetings. We’re train to set and listen, this is not the foundation of the church. What if God is using this time to wake up His people into seeking His face on our own and speak out what we hear instead of being taught to be silent? As the Lord asked me, “if you were to treat your wife the way the church treats the Holy Spirit how good would your marriage be, and how long would it last.” We tell the Holy Spirit when to show up, what and how to speak, and what we want to hear and not hear. We call this God’s church, in really it’s man doing the best he can to serve God. Where is there a meeting that Holy Spirit has total control. As the church we need to wake up and hear what the Spirit is saying to us first then the rest of the world. Nothing is impossible with our God. But He is waiting on us, we are His power and authority on earth as much as Christ has power and authority in us, Eph. 3:20.

  10. kingskid48

    We had better get our power back pretty durned soon. I just read that Vermont has ordered all box stores to close off isles of any “non-essential” goods, including clothing, makeup, toys and games, books, greeting cards-you name it. Home Improvement stores can no long sell plants and flowers. I assume this would mean tomato and squash, etc, that people plant this time of year-although I don’t know what the summertime climate in is Vermont, admittedly. This is scary. It’s not the only state that has done this. It’s like they not only are forcing us to stay home, they want to tie our hands so we can’t do anything while we’re stuck here, and control what we do get to go by. I know Vermont is a socialist state, but this is wild, even for them.

  11. kingskid48

    Something else scary is the always-offended, it’s all about poor little us lgbt’s, are crying about Samaritan’s Purse erecting a hospital in Central Park. They are SO upset because SP requires those that perform the services to sign a statement of faith. No matter that Franklin Graham states over and over again that they serve everybody, with absolutely NO discrimination ever. Mayor DeBlasio has the incredible gall to state that he is sending people from his office over to their hospital to “monitor” them and “make sure there is no discrimination of any kind” occurring there. Christians, if there was ever a time that we have to be alert and stand strong, this is it. Sadly, I have relatives who are Christians but refuse to vote for Trump. They watch CNN and believe that is actual news. Unfortunately for them, if and when we lose our freedoms in this country, they are going to be shocked to find that they will lose theirs right along with us.

    • Israel Leon

      That’s the problem too many people that vote democrat and call themselves Christian.

      They support the idol of abortion and he ran daring blasphemies but think they are so righteous, holy and pure they can’t vote for Trump.



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