Immersed in the presence of God and feasting on God’s Word anytime of the day by engaging Jesus at home, at work, and anywhere we are, brings freedom from our self-centeredness. Have you tried it?
You might say, “How can I do it with so much going on in my heart and mind?”
Turn off your TV and internet including your reasoning power, “Lord Jesus, I praise and trust You by the Holy Spirit’s empowering on me to calm my heart and mind so I can hear You in the midst of corona virus threat and other challenges that I am facing. Nothing will happen to me today under Your Lordship that we can’t handle together.” Be amazed!
Today we will thoughtfully and prayerfully feast on God’s Word in Acts 16:16-40. Personalize and claim the promises on each nugget of truth.
“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into the prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks” (Acts 16:22-24NIV).
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prisons doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We “are all here!” (Acts 16:25-28NIV).
“The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:29-30).
“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family” (Acts 16:31-34).
When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace” (Acts 16:35-36).
When Paul rebuked the evil spirit that led to a servant’s girl deliverance, who earned money for his master by fortune telling. Chaos, false accusation, and imprisonment followed (see details in Acts 16:16-21).
As we face threat from COVID-19, the invisible enemy, death and infection number spike and lock down continuous with economic downturn. Have we asked yourself if there is a spiritual battle behind it?
Paul and Silas despite of their painful situation inside the jail, they praised God, sang hymns, and prayed. Supernatural deliverance came in the unexpected time and place.
No matter what our circumstances today we can react like Paul and Silas. Let us turn our worries or anxiety about COVID-19 into praise and prayer. In God’s own way and timing we are looking forward to His supernatural healing and deliverance from the pandemic. Let us claim in united faith that hidden blessings are unfolding now behind this challenge.
Do you want to worry less? Sing praise and pray more!
April 7 Praise and Prayer Points:
Praise for the military and COVID-19 Task Force, government and private sector cooperation in setting up makeshift hospitals, providing protecting gears and financial relief package here in the USA and other countries.
Praise for the prayer warriors all over the world that are mobilized and praying fervently and reaching out to the lost souls. Many are being saved through online ministries going on.
FOR THOSE WHO DOESN’T HAVE CONFLICT WITH TIME, check at CBN.com for the National Communion that will take place sometime tomorrow.
We pray in united faith for physical, emotional and spiritual healing & special needs: Malakai, Herminia, Roxie (back problem), Helen (arthritis), Marie’s Mom, Daniel’s Mom, (cancer: Daniel’s Dad, Pastor Bob, Rose Bret, Nikki, Bebe, and Loida), mental oppression: Dominic, Luke, Eric T., anonymous, victims and survivors of corona virus here and overseas.
Let us declare in united faith, “….for I know that through your prayers and the help given by Jesus Christ , what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19). Praying in united faith that as we pray and pray and fast (April 4 to 10) that we will seek and trust our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ by faith while expecting deliverance from COVID-19 in His own way and timing for His glory and honor. Wisdom, spiritual alertness and humility for all of us today and after the battle against COVID-19 is over.
We pray in united faith for our President Trump, Vice President Pence, COVID-19 Task Force, government leaders from the Federal to State level, service men and women in the military, medical providers, doctors, scientists and experts who are developing treatment and vaccine, and those involved in the food industry services and delivery here and overseas government leaders (Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Peru, and others) will lean and trust in Jesus Christ alone for wisdom, guidance and courage by faith as they serve in various capacities during this distressful time till victory comes in Your own way and timing.
We pray in united faith for physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness of those inflicted with corona virus (Annie, Nana, missionaries, pastors, military, police, healthcare providers, and victims here in the USA and other countries) and other diseases as we declare in Jesus’ holy and powerful name their healing according to Your Word, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24 NIV) on them for Your glory and honor.
We praise and pray in united faith for wisdom, provision and courage for our respective Pastor, praise team, Church leaders and volunteers, and Sunday School teachers as they serve unselfishly in this challenging time, and sow His Word through virtual meetings.
We pray in united faith for those families who have family members and friends who died due to corona virus to experience your peace and comfort that passes all understanding by faith in Jesus Christ. That they will call to You for help.
We pray in united faith that more and more families will realize that they need a Savior who alone can give them comfort, hope, peace, and provision in this time of pandemic. Touch the hearts of Your children who have the ability to give and reach out with love and compassion. Mold us and teach us in Your likeness each day.
Father have mercy on people who are struggling with depression and different form of oppression. Touch them with your healing grace and peace, Empower and lead us to pray and encourage them with the Holy Spirit’s anointing on us and them.
Deliver us from the trap of hopelessness and blame, from the trap of panic, from the trap of hoarding, and from the trap of division among us and our government leaders. Be gone in Jesus’s holy and powerful name.
Create in us a pure heart, O Lord, and renew right spirit within us, help us not to grieve Your Holy Spirit, and restore to us the joy of our salvation. Make us hungry for Your divine presence and crave for Your Holy Word. In Jesus’ holy and powerful name, we pray and declare victory in united faith against COVID-19 for Your kingdom’s sake. Amen.
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