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This is a challenging season for many worldwide. As you know, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards introduced a “Stay-At-Home” order which took effect at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 23rd. We believe the Church is entering one of its finest hours. During this time of fear, uncertainty, and panic, may we reflect the confident peace and strength that Christ calls us to.

Please join Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) as we help bring churches, pastors, leaders, and individuals together across the globe to pray for a miraculous healing of our lands from the coronavirus and spiritual awakening among the nations.

Watch and listen to LFF President Gene Mills as he explains this effort:

  • Pastors – engage your church by praying the current week’s prayer together in online weekend services. Individuals, pray the prayer daily at 7:14 each morning and night. Invite other pastors and leaders to join the movement.
  • Individuals – join the prayer movement, download the weekly prayer, and share the prayer movement with friends, loved ones, and on your social media pages.

Week Thirty-Six: 11/22/2020 - 11/28/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the Lord!  — PSALM 149:5-9 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Lord, we have been given an incredible honor. We have the privilege, through the power of prayer and praise, to help execute Your will and advance Your Kingdom on the earth. Whether we find ourselves on the bed of affliction, depression, scarcity, or despair, we choose to exult in the glory of who You are.

Heavenly Father, fill us with supernatural joy as we embrace our calling to praise and prayer. Scripture clearly promises the end of Satan and the demonic hosts. We take our stand on these promises today as we renounce unbelief and pronounce Your powerful Word. In the name of Jesus, we bind the powers and principalities blinding the peoples of the world, and we ask You for a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit.

We also come before You with high praises in our mouths. Even when it seems like a sacrifice, we lift praises that reach to the highest heavens because You are worthy of all praise. No matter how we are feeling or what we are facing, we choose to worship and praise You today.

We praise You, Lord, and we thank You for mitigating COVID-19. Although we grieve the loss of the thousands who have died, millions more would already be gone without Your help and intervention. We ask You to comfort those who have suffered loss and to grant wisdom and strength to doctors, scientists, and first responders. We ask You, in the mighty name of Your Son, Jesus, to eradicate this pandemic from our planet.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

AMEN.

Week Thirty-Five: 11/15/2020 - 11/21/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
— EPHESIANS 6:12 (ESV)

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
— 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 (ESV)

And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples…
— ISAIAH 25:7 (ESV)

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
— LUKE 10:19 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we have been assailed by external enemies on every side: a brutal pandemic, terrifying disasters, economic breakdown, and polarizing division. Yet despite the realities of these clear and present dangers, the places described by the apostle Paul have even more deadly foes. These powers and principalities (angels that fell with Satan) blind, deceive, and torment the precious humans we have been called to reach with the Gospel. We cannot defeat these powers on our own. You have chosen to exercise Your authority through us.

Lord, open our eyes to the reality of the spiritual conflict we have been called to fight. Give us the faith we need to engage this battle through prayer. We also cry to You, with one voice, for a sweeping move of Your Spirit that will drive back the darkness over our communities, cities, and nations.

Almighty God, You promise, through the prophet Isaiah, to destroy the deception and darkness covering the nations of the world. We claim this promise today, knowing when we come before You in prayer in the name of Your Son, Jesus, we have authority over the works of darkness. In a world seemingly dominated by moral degeneration, political divisiveness, ideological deception, and bitter hatred, we stand in faith on the promises and power of Scripture.

In the name of Jesus, we boldly come before You, crying out with one voice, with millions upon millions of believers from 180 nations. Lord, pierce the shroud of deception that veils our world, embolden us to proclaim the Gospel, drive back COVID-19, and shake our world with revival power!

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

AMEN.

Week Thirty-Four: 11/08/2020 - 11/14/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
— EPHESIANS 6:18-20 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, at this critical hour of human history, we take our stand on Your promises. We are thankful You have not left us unarmed. We freshly take up one of the mightiest weapons in our spiritual armory: PRAYER. You command us to pray “…in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Today, we wield that authority—given to us through the name of Jesus—and ask You to eradicate COVID-19 and our lands.

In the name of Jesus, we command COVID-19 to be mitigated and finally eradicated from our planet. We also pray for wisdom and grace for the scientists who are developing a vaccine.

Lord, many of our brothers and sisters around the world are undergoing intense suffering. Many have suffered the loss of loved ones and friends, and some are unemployed with no natural hope for the future. If this were not enough, millions of our brothers and sisters around the world are facing persecution, injustice, and bias. As our world continues to be wracked with ethnic and social tensions, You are the only lasting Answer.

Heavenly Father, we come before Your throne today, asking You to increase the faith of Your people who are suffering around the world. Fill them with Your fresh peace and joy. Please give strength and hope to those who are currently enduring persecution and injustice. In addition, we cry out for fresh opportunities and supernatural provision for those who are unemployed and struggling to survive. Finally, we pray You would heal our nations from division and racial strife.

Almighty God, the deadliest pandemic in the world is not viral, but spiritual. It is the power of sin and death. Where there is sin, death always follows, and the message of the Gospel is the only answer.

Heavenly Father, embolden and empower us to share the Gospel. Give us the redemptive words we need to respond to those who are hurting and searching. Please send a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to revive Your Church and result in the conversion of millions and millions of people around the world.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

AMEN.

Week Thirty-Two: 10/25/2020 - 10/31/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one…
— EPHESIANS 6:13-16


THE PRAYER

Our world has been rocked by plague, pestilence, scarcity, divisions, and disasters. We are living in what Scripture calls “The Evil Day.” Fortunately, we have not been left unprotected and unarmed. We put on the armor of the Gospel today. Like divine cleats, the Gospel gives us the stability we need to stand firm in an hour when everything is shaking.

Heavenly Father, we come boldly before Your throne today, crying out before You with one voice representing 180 nations. In the name of Jesus, send a fresh outpouring of Your Holy Spirit to revive Your church and result in the conversion of millions of new believers. As we proclaim the Gospel’s message to a desperate world, help us to take our stand on its promises and its power.

We take up the shield of faith as we see depression, despair, and defeat piercing the hearts of many. The power of these fiery darts is extinguished through faith in Your promises. The shield of faith is a powerful weapon. So today, we bring the battle to COVID-19. We slam our faith into its grim threat. We declare this coronavirus has been mitigated and will be eradicated.

Lord, in the name of Your Son, Jesus, extinguish the pain of despair and depression burning in our hearts and terminate it also in the hearts of those we love. As we take our stand against COVID-19, we ask You to eradicate it. We remain shielded by faith in Your person and promises

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

AMEN.

Week Thirty-one: 10/18/2020 - 10/24/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…
— EPHESIANS 6:17

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
— 1 THESSALONIANS 5:8


THE PRAYER

When we are assailed by fears and doubts, it is a battle at times to believe a new day is truly dawning. Therefore, we put on the helmet of salvation, knowing even when our faith seems to fail us, we can hope in Your eternal promises. Your Word makes it clear that we win in the end. The enemy’s doom is sure. One day, all the kingdoms of the world will become Yours. No matter what we are facing, when we see You on that great day, we’ll become like You, and our pain and brokenness will pass away.

Heavenly Father, fill us with fresh hope today. No matter how life’s battles are ebbing and flowing around us, we take our stand in You. Heal our broken cities and countries from their divisions and pour out Your Spirit on our world.

Lord, You have armed us with the planet’s most powerful weapon—the sword of the Spirit—Your precious Word. When we speak Your Word, explosive power is released. Even as Your Son, Jesus, defeated Satan in the wilderness through Your Word, we too can rely on Your Word in our battles today.

Heavenly Father, in the name of Your Son Jesus, we command COVID-19 to be uprooted from our planet and eradicated. We also employ Your powerful Word as we battle the divisions in both Your Church and the nations we serve: “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14)

In Jesus’ name we pray.

AMEN.

Week Thirty: 10/11/2020 - 10/17/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…
— EPHESIANS 6:10-18 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Lord, the nations of our world are still being overwhelmed by COVID-19. Their economies are reeling, and their unity is increasingly fractured by growing tensions. In many countries, despondency has filled the land. Despair is slowly strangling the hopes and dreams of countless precious souls. We live in what Scripture refers to as the “Evil Day” –- a day when it is impossible to persevere without Your supernatural help.

Heavenly Father, we come boldly before Your throne today, and we ask for divine strength to stand and pray faithfully. We implore You to destroy the cloud of fear and despair covering the peoples of our world.

Lord, we are not defenseless in this dark hour. For You have given us a full set of spiritual armor—the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18). We buckle the belt of truth around our waists so we will not stumble and fall in the day of battle. Our reality is not determined by the siren of hopelessness and despair. Our reality is determined by Your Word! Therefore, we boldly proclaim the name of Jesus is greater than the name of COVID-19. We also stand on Your promise that when we humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, and pray, You will heal our lands. (2 Chronicles 7:14) We refuse to live by what we see. Instead, we choose to live by what You say.

Heavenly Father, we boldly come before Your throne in the name of Your Son, Jesus, armed with the truth of what You say. We ask You to eradicate COVID-19 and heal our cities and nations.

We also freshly put on the breastplate of righteousness today. Through Your redemptive work, Lord Jesus, we have been declared righteous. Nothing can separate us from Your love. We also desire Your continued work of sanctification, for we want to become more like You.

Heavenly Father, we have been given the righteousness we need through justification by faith to come before Your throne and pray this prayer boldly. Pour out Your Holy Spirit on the nations of the world in such a way that Your Church is revived and millions are saved. In Jesus’ name.

AMEN.

Week Twenty-Nine: 10/04/2020 - 10/10/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

This continued for two years so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews, and Greeks.
— ACTS 19:10 (ESV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…
— EPHESIANS 6:10-18 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, the Apostle Paul experienced a supernatural time of fruitfulness in the city of Ephesus. With a small team, what started as a church plant of twelve transformed one of the darkest cities in the Roman world. The spiritual impact of this church was so profound that the message of the Gospel affected the whole province of Asia. In the words of Paul, “So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.” (Acts 19:20)

Father, infiltrate our cities and nations, as you did in Ephesus, through the preaching of the Gospel and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Today, we choose to be strong in You, Lord. We are thankful for Your power and strength in our lives. Help us to realize more every day that our ultimate battles are not against viruses or even our fellow humans. We are in a battle with the demonic hosts of our greatest adversary, the devil. Our foes are not mere humans. We cannot afford to contend with them as if we were in the natural realm. We must war with spiritual weaponry–the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, we come before You today, not as individuals, but as a unified prayer army representing 180 nations. We ask You to expose Satan and his hosts, who are blinding billions of people in our world through lies and deception. The light of the Gospel is greater than the deepest darkness.

Lord, in an hour that Your Word designates as “the evil day,” You have given us the privilege to serve You. COVID-19 is still churning through the nations of the world. Our economies have been damaged. The seams of our nations are in danger of splitting. Societal, ethnic, and political tensions are spilling over into the streets of our cities. We take our stand on this truth: the name of Jesus is greater than the power of any virus and unrest. Jesus has the power to eradicate this disease, heal our economies, and save our world.

Lord, we come before Your throne, in the precious name of Your Son, Jesus. We ask You to eradicate COVID-19 and heal our fractured lands.

AMEN.

Week Twenty-Eight: 9/27/2020 - 10/3/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call…
— EPHESIANS 4:1-4 (ESV)

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”
— GENESIS 11:4-6 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, Your Scriptures make it clear that unity creates tremendous blessing and releases extraordinary power. We see Your matchless power released when even two Christians agree on anything, as seen in Matthew 18:19. Unity is an impactful multiplier of spiritual power. When Your people unite in prayer they become agents of transformation in the culture.

Lord, we thank You for creating Unite714, this worldwide coalition of unified prayer. We refuse to waste this divine opportunity. We come before You with one voice, asking You to heal our wounded lands, restore our broken economies, and pour out Your Spirit on the peoples of the world.

Lord, the enemy fears the power of divine unity and will do anything to see it shattered. He has found good soil for sowing discord, frustration, and impatience. In 2020, our enemy, the accuser of the brethren, has had the opportunity to sow seeds of division into our homes, cherished relationships, and churches. This is why the Apostle Paul’s command to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit” is even more essential in this critical hour. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the unconditional love of God we have the power to love, to forgive, and to humble ourselves–even when everything around us is shaking.

Heavenly Father, in an hour, when social tensions are on the rise, and the unity of nations around the world has been fractured through ethnic, class, and political divisions, the unity of Your church is vital. In the name of Your Son Jesus, unify the homes, relationships, and churches of Your people around the world. Give us, we pray, the strength to contend for the unity You desire.

Lord, there is great power in unity. We know the enemy is terrified by the very thought of Your people walking and praying united. It is clear from Genesis 11 that even unbelievers have incredible power when they are unified. Before You scattered the peoples of the world at the Tower of Babel, You described the awesome power of unity with these words: “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language,…and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”  If this is true of unbelievers, it is impossible to calculate the power released when Your church comes before You—with one voice—in unified prayer.

Heavenly Father, today we come before You as part of a prayer coalition spanning the globe, made up of millions of believers around the world who are praying with one voice, through every time zone. In the name of Jesus, preserve our unity, heal our lands from the ravages of COVID-19, and freshly pour out Your Spirit on our fractured planet.

AMEN.

Week Twenty-Seven: 9/20/2020 - 9/26/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”
— ACTS 12:5-15 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege and the power of coming before Your throne in prayer. We are also grateful for the transformative power released when even two people come before Your throne in unity and agreement. Today, we come boldly into Your presence, not as one person, or even a small group of people. We come before You representing thousands of people around the world from 179 nations. Today, with one unified voice, we ask that this prayer echo through the corridors of heaven and shake the gates of hell.

Lord, eradicate COVID-19 and heal our cities and nations from its ravages.

The early church was in a dire state. James had been brutally murdered. Peter was in a heavily guarded prison. He was hours away from death, and there was no natural hope for his deliverance. Surely the church was laden with sorrow and hopelessness. Yet, they rose up and earnestly prayed in the face of impossibility. Today, we need miraculous deliverance, too. We have been stalked by a brutal pandemic and are isolated from one another through quarantines and lockdowns. Our economies and cultures have been shaken. You are the only answer.

Today, we rise up out of hopelessness and despair, asking You, Heavenly Father, to miraculously deliver our world through a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit.

Peter’s deliverance is a testimony to Your greatness. The angel of the Lord appeared in Peter’s cell. His chains fell off. Until Peter got out of the prison and into the streets, however, he thought he was dreaming. If You can deliver Peter, You can deliver us—and those we love—from anything imprisoning them. United prayer is the key that unlocks prison doors!

Lord, free us from chains of despair, depression, and fear. Only You can set people free from their prisons of sin and death. Revive Your church, we pray and embolden us to proclaim the gospel.

Heavenly Father, even though we are praying, it is often a battle to keep believing. We are encouraged by the fact that even when Peter was standing at the door of the prayer meeting, those inside praying did not believe it was him. Today, we cry out with one voice, “Lord, we believe, help our unbelief.”  We know that even in our weakness, You are strong. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, hear our prayers.

Lord, we desperately cry out for a revival that will awaken Your church and save millions. Heal our fractured nations. As we all turn to You in repentance and faith, reconcile our divisions.

AMEN.

Week Twenty-Six: 9/13/2020 - 9/19/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything  they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
— MATTHEW 18:19-20 (ESV)

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
— REVELATION 8:1-5 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, it is clear in Scripture that we have great power when we come before Your throne in prayer as individuals. We rejoice in this privilege. Yet, You also reveal in Scripture an incredible multiplier–the power of unified prayer. You promise if two of us agree on anything in prayer, it will be done. We are claiming this promise as we boldly come before Your throne today with millions of believers from 179 nations.

Lord, today we stand unified as part of a great praying multitude, asking You to eradicate COVID-19 and bring a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit on the earth.

You also promise when two or three of Your people meet to pray, Your presence is powerfully in their midst. Even when we are praying alone, we are not alone in our battle against COVID-19 and our cries for revival. We are spiritually connected to millions of other believers who are praying the same thing at the same time, every day. We are so grateful for the opportunity for our prayers to be amplified by the unified voices of the multitudes of Your people around the world.

Heavenly Father, as the unified prayers of millions thunder through the courts of Heaven, we are asking You to release the healing rains of Your Holy Spirit onto our broken cities and shattered nations.

Ignited by divine fire, the power of heavenly worship and earthly prayers release explosive power on the earth. This extraordinary power of prayer is not just for the end; it is for every generation. We claim that outpouring for today.

Heavenly Father, we come before You, unified in one voice, crying out: In the name of Your Son Jesus, shatter the deceptive lies of Satan, blinding the eyes of people to the reality of who You are and your plan for their lives. We pray in Jesus’ name..

AMEN.

Week Twenty-Five: 9/6/2020 - 9/12/2020 - Pray at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
— JAMES 5:17-18 (ESV)

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
— 1 KINGS 18:41-45 (ESV)


THE PRAYER

Lord, Your Scriptures are filled with astonishing accounts of men and women who changed their world through prayer. Elijah is among these heroes and heroines of the faith. He was human, just like us. Your Scriptures record he was greatly overwhelmed with fear and anxiety at one point in his life. Yet, even in the weakness of his humanity, You made him strong. Through Your power and his prayers, the course of history changed. Today, knowing You are the God whose strength is made perfect in our weakness, we humbly come united before Your throne, crying out in prayer.

Lord, make us strong in our weakness today. Fill us with the faith we need to patiently persist in prayer until COVID-19 is eradicated and our world is flooded with a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit.

Heavenly Father, Elijah had just experienced the greatest encounter of His life. Fire literally fell from heaven. His enemies were seemingly defeated. Yet, there was no rain, and a drought was destroying his world. Today, like Elijah, we will not just settle for great church services. Our cities and nations are being ravaged by a relentless pandemic, and the hearts of the world’s people are parched and desperate for the rains of heaven. Like Elijah, we can hear the sound of divine breakthrough. Yet, it is no time to merely settle and play. Like Elijah, it is time for us to pray.

Lord, we will not settle for great church services and simply being blessed by the manifestation of Your presence and power. No, we boldly come before You in unity, crying out: Eradicate COVID-19 and bring a fresh move of Your Spirit to the earth.

Heavenly Father, prayer is often hard work. Today, we rise out of the mire of discouragement and patiently climb the mountain of prayer. Like Elijah, who did not settle for rain clouds and winds, we too, will persevere, until the spiritual drought destroying our planet is broken by the fresh rains of heaven.

Lord, we boldly come before Your throne from 179 nations around the world. You have transformed our desperation into the discipline we need to change the course of our world through united prayer. We now cry out, saying: Heal our lands from the ravages of this pandemic, revive and unite Your church, and save millions through Your glorious Gospel. In Jesus’ name we pray.

AMEN.

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