Amid the ongoing corona virus pandemic, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) calls on churches and individual believers to observe a Global Day of Prayer & Fasting this coming Sunday, March 29.
“This crisis has already affected people in every corner of the world with the virus continuing to spread, health facilities are bracing for an overwhelming number of patients, while millions are confined to their homes and concerned not only about the threat of the disease but also the immediate and long-lasting economic consequences for their lives,” said Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA.
“In the midst of this situation, we are reminded just how vulnerable man is as a tiny virus that is invisible to the human eye brings the entire world to a halt. It is a time that calls for humility and prayer to our Heavenly Father, the Creator and Sustainer of this world. We pray because we know that God listens and responds,” he added.
The Global Day of Prayer & Fasting this Sunday offers an opportunity to reflect on the Word of God, to listen to what God is saying, to intercede for those affected and to pray for the pandemic to pass quickly. The theme “Lord, Help” is inspired by Psalm 107 where the people of Israel cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress.
“Prayer is still the greatest help that we can give. As we pray for people in this difficult time, let us assure them of God’s love and care for those who are fearful. Let’s pray especially for all the frontline medical and government workers—for protection, good health, and wisdom in all that they do. Working together with God’s help, we shall overcome Covid-19,” Bp Tendero said.
The WEA launched a website that provides a guide that offers ideas how churches, families or individuals can observe the day. There are also links to other prayer initiatives and resources and more content will still be added over the coming days.
“This prayer initiative will not start and end with one day, but we hope to galvanize the prayer efforts and encourage believers to become part of the global prayer movement to intercede daily. But this coming Sunday offers us an opportunity to unite on one day to fast and pray together,” Bp Tendero concluded.
Visit the Global Day of Prayer & Fasting website at worldea.org/prayercovid19