The Suffering Church and a Call to Prayer and Fasting

Mar 25, 2020 by

By Faith McDonnell, Gafcon:

[…] A group of church leaders in East Africa are looking at the crises facing the world today with both faith and determination.

If COVID-19 can spread across the globe, why cannot a movement of God spread across the globe? If those with COVID-19 can infect an average of 3 or 4 others, why cannot those with the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit infect 3 or 4 others? We have seen the contagious character of a deadly virus. Can we create a #prayercontagion?

Because the request to join in a regular, weekly appeal to God with prayer and fasting has come from those who have already greatly suffered for their faith, let us honour their invitation to join them. If you would like to pray and help spread this movement around the globe, you may respond to with your name, location, and, if you wish, contact info. Here is the call to prayer from leaders within the Body of Christ in East Africa:

“With trust in the sovereignty of the Triune God and with full awareness of our own sin, weakness and unworthiness, we turn to Him in this time of global disease, pestilence and famine to seek His forgiveness, wisdom, protection, deliverance, comfort, and healing of all nations of this world He created.

Understanding in part the highly contagious nature of the global COVID-19 virus and the likelihood of one infected person to further infect approximately three to four others, this multiplying effect yielding inestimable individual, national and global destruction; and comprehending the mass, devastating impact of a regional locust plague blighting East Africa and the Horn of Africa with this pestilence on course toward the Middle East, we unite and establish this community with the aim of persistent prayer with fasting before the Creator of Universe.

Believing in both the justice and mercy of God as demonstrated through the sinless life, sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the coming of His promised Holy Spirit, we collectively humble ourselves in daily hourly prayer, and join prayer with fasting on Wednesday of each week.” 

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