March 13, 2020 | Gloria Robles
I have been praying about the coronavirus and all who have been affected. For the past few weeks I have felt God stirring my faith. It’s almost as if in the midst of my own struggles my focus was thrown off. I realized that I had a decision to make. I could live in fear and worry, or I could trust God at his word. I have been studying faith in the Bible, reading in the Gospels. I have been reading stories of the generals of the faith like Wigglesworth, Kuhlman, and others. It has challenged me in a good way. I have been praying for the church not to lose faith in the face of the coronavirus.
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I was encouraged by reading Mark 9. Jesus prays for a little boy who has been tormented by demons since childhood. In verse 22 (NLT), the father of the boy tells Jesus, “Have mercy on us and help us if you can.” Jesus replies, “What do you mean “If I can, Anything is possible if a person believes.”
The father then says ” I do believe, Lord, help me overcome my unbelief.”
That is my prayer for God’s people, Lord, help our unbelief.
In the face of bad reports, have we forgotten that God can do anything? Have we forgotten who we are?
We have been given authority by God through Christ. I read a quote from intercessor Joy Dawson that says, “God hears prayers, but he answers faith.” It rang so true. I see that all throughout the Bible, throughout the Gospels. I have also read that “faith puts a demand on God.” Now I am not saying that we demand God around, but He moves according to our faith. That’s when we see God show up and handle it. All we have to do is read Hebrews 11 to see that.
Last night, my son and I prayed together. He has been concerned about the coronavirus and those affected and his heart has been burdened. So as we prayed, he was praying healing for all affected, for cities affected, and he said, “Lord we can’t wait, we need you to move! God you can do anything and we pray God put an end to this virus now!”
My son has autism but sometimes he prays with greater faith than me. At that moment, I saw such faith. Faith doesn’t just pray; faith believes I have asked according to God’s will and he will give me what I am asking. Faith believes God for outrageous things. To people who do not know Jesus it looks foolish, but we know who our God is and He can do anything.
I also read this verse and I pray it encourages us all.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4 ESV)
We are overcomers when we walk in faith.
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I am praying in faith and believing that this virus will end soon, and I pray it will be in such a dramatic fashion that God will be glorified through it all. I pray the media will cover it and it will be a miraculous event so that even whole cities receive Jesus, and more people come to the Lord through this virus.
(Gloria Robles is an intercessor for America.)