March 4th, 2020 –Update
#1. Monthly Night Watch (Begins this Friday @ midnight)
#2. The Coronavirus, Prayer Strategy and “God’s Purposes in Pestilence and Plagues”.
#3. Justice and Persistent Intercession
First, please join with other intercessors from around the nation for this month’s Presidential Prayer Night Watch this Friday night (3/6/20) beginning at midnight to Saturday at 6 AM (3/7/20). The watch is divided into 3 time periods:
1- From midnight to 2 AM
2- From 2 AM to 4 AM
3- From 4 AM to 6 AM
Feel free to call in at the beginning of a watch or anytime during the 6 hours. Please identify yourself and where you are calling from at an appropriate time to the moderator.
The numbers to participate in the Night Watch are: (712) 432-3900 / 287052#
Second, please join us in praying for the president and his Coronavirus Task Force. Pray his team will have great wisdom and grace in dealing with both the disease as it continues to spread to additional cities and nations, and in handling the growing economic concerns.
The wisdom most needed in this hour is the wisdom that comes from above. It’s not the word or prophecies of man but the eternal Word of God that must be sought and obeyed. An example of this is found in Jeremiah 8:7-9.
“Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But my people do not know the judgment of the Lord.
How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law (word) of the Lord is with us’? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold they have rejected the word of the Lord; So what wisdom do they have?”
Jeremiah could not be clearer. The rise or the fall of a nation, (see the context of this chapter in Jeremiah), depended on their letting go of deceit and in their repentance from their wickedness. Their salvation was based on their returning to the Lord. Likewise, a vaccine to fight the Coronavirus might be a temporary fix, maybe? But the ultimate answer begins with our understanding God’s judgments, (that God is God), and in genuine repentance from our sin. The blood of Jesus is much more powerful and safer than any vaccine!
Pray God will use all that is taking place to cause individuals and nations to turn to Him. As all of us are aware, the greatest issue at hand is ultimately not the virus or the economy but the condition of men and women’s hearts. It’s about the salvation of nations.
Join me in praying the president will become what he is called to be, a true and modern-day father to this nation. As we have been praying, now is the time for the president to fulfill the role as described in Isaiah 22:22. He can be used of God to close doors that have been opened to evil and open doors that could play a major role in the nation turning to the Lord. (I personally believe he has already done this in many ways.)
In addition, pray every attempt to politicize this issue will fail and backfire. Placing blame upon the president for the spread of the virus by some in the media and on the left is pure evil and is another way to deflect the people from the need to return to the Lord. This is not the hour for political or religious games.
If Romans 8:28 is true, and it is, then God will even use the Coronavirus for good to all who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Our nation, as many others, still have a great unfulfilled purpose and calling!
As was the case with Israel, so God is calling America and the nation’s in this hour to:
“Come and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind (bandage) us up.”
Hosea acknowledges that it is only God who can save Israel from its troubles that had suddenly spread to many of its cities. “O Israel, you are destroyed, but your help is from Me. I will be your King; Where is any other, that He may save you in all your cities?”
After placing the blame exactly to where it needed to be, (their sin), the Lord through the prophet declared Himself as the only true anti-dote. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death (the threat they were facing). “O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction!”
As with the Coronavirus, the Lord states that He will be as a plague and destruction to what is threatening His people. The anti-dote (vaccine) to what they were facing was found in their returning to Him! As the Apostle Paul later reminds the Corinthians, “the sting of death is sin”, but the hope, the answer to their gaining victory would be found in their repentance and trust in the death and resurrection power of Jesus.
It is in our turning from our own ways and in returning to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life where deliverance and salvation are found.
This past Sunday I was able to go it to more detail on what it seems the Lord could be saying to the nations. You can watch this message, “God’s Purposes and Promises in Pestilence and Plagues” by clicking on the link below. The bottom line is the devil is not god and placing the blame solely upon him is not the answer. God is God!
Third, as those called to intercede for the President, it is important we be as the widow in Luke 18:1-8 who would not stop in her pleading for justice. Even though the judge was unjust and did not fear God, he eventually gave her what she requested because of her persistency. “Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily” (Lk 18:6-8).
After this we see where Jesus acknowledged her faith with a question regarding yours and my faith today. “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” In other words, we can’t let go asking our God, who is a just judge, for justice. Now is the time where all who have been undermining the president, betraying the constitution and who have broken our laws to face the justice due. This is the role of government and must take place to see the restoration God has planned for the nation.
Thanks again to all who are keeping your hand to the plow.
Pastor David White