Coronavirus Increases Intercession and Fasting In USA
A new poll from Pew Research Center says that coronavirus has brought believers to their knees like never before and that 15% of Americans who say they never or seldom pray, have begun praying, while 24% of those say they’re without religion, have nonetheless turned to God. At the same time, an increasing number of governors and mayors in the USA have declared days of fasting and prayer, as states prepare for at least another month of shutdowns. President Trump declared 15 March 2020 a national day-of-prayer and several states are matching him or going further during the coronavirus pandemic. In the past week, governors in Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia, have declared statewide days of prayer. Of the three states, Louisiana has been hit the hardest, with more than 4,000 cases of the disease recorded in the state. Mayors of many cities in states where days of prayer have not been proclaimed have called upon people of faith to ask for deliverance from the pandemic. In the past week, Jackson Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Nashville, Tennessee, Mayor John Cooper issued proclamations similar in tone to that of Trump’s.
In Pennsylvania, state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz noted that 30 March 2020, her proposed day, was the anniversary of a day of prayer called by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. "Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!". Borowicz’s resolution reads. "It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness". In Ohio, more than 100 Christian leaders called upon Ohioans to participate in "a season of corporate prayer and fasting" from 5 April 2020 through 16 April 2020. "We stand in solidarity as a faith community during these extraordinary times being fully convinced in the words of Psalm 91 that only the Most-High God will be our refuge and fortress and will deliver us from the perilous pestilence," the group said in a statement. (VFI News)
"So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him." Isa. 59:19