Israeli Messianic leaders have called all believers in Israel to pray today from 1 pm—2 pm ET against the coronavirus outbreak.
“We believe that during this pandemic, God is calling on mankind to call out to Him,” said the leaders, according to CBN News. “Our prayers are like incense that rises before God and beckons Him to intervene in what is going on around us.”
Messianic believers are encouraged to meditate on two passages during this time of prayer: Numbers 16:46-50, where Aaron offers incense and makes atonement to stop a deadly plague, and Revelation 8:4, which shows that the prayers of saints reach God.
“The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them,” Numbers 16:46-50 reads. “He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.”
Revelation 8:4 reads, “and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”
Leaders also outlined five specific prayer requests:
1. PRAY FOR GOD TO SEEK AND KNOW OUR HEARTS
“Like each and every private or public time of prayer, we are to ask God to search us and know our hearts – to test us and see if there be any sin in us (judgmental thoughts, unforgiveness, or any other fruit of the flesh – Galatians 5:19-21). This is an important first step for any prayer. It causes us to test our hearts because we often choose comfort in this life over drawing closer to God on a daily basis. We refrain from prayer, reading the Scriptures, and living a full life under the reign of the Lord – we are even sometimes cold or lukewarm before Him.
Even so, we can always draw near to God’s throne of grace in Yeshua’s name and receive timely help, even help to repent.
If repentance is needed, we should align with 1 John 1:8-9, ‘If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'”
2. PRAY THAT THE PEOPLE WOULD TURN TO GOD
“Pray that the heart of the people would turn to the living God
2 Corinthians 3:16 says, ‘But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.'”
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Source: Christian Headlines