At today’s press conference on the Coronavirus Vice President Pence painted an unrealistic rosy picture and seemingly eschewing science, which he has been prone to do, never recommended that we wear masks. He did however say several times that we should pray. Now let’s be clear we should wear masks, we should practice social distancing, we should avoid large gatherings and we should do all those things because it has proven to be the best way to slow the spread of the virus and make no mistake the Lord does expect that we will take care of ourselves. That we will treat ourselves with love and consideration. Because as it is written in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
So Pence was half right.
We must do what is medically prudent to protect ourselves. However it would be wrong to openly dismiss or mock his calling for us to pray as a nation. Prayer is after all a very powerful tool and if we have faith in HIM the Lord is our most powerful ally. 1 John 5:14-15 states:
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
We know that it is precisely in times like this that Satan will try to shake the faith of even the strongest. He will ask them to look to the heavens and ask the Lord why have you foresaken us. But it also precisely at these times that we must lean on our faith, open our hearts and remember that we are children of the Lord and even if we do not understand why some things are taking place know this, HE still walks with us, still breathes life into us each day and HE does so because HE loves us and will never turn away from us. The Bible tells us this in many verses including Deuteronomy 31:8:
8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
And Isaiah 41:10:
10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
There are times when I have doubt, when my body is weaken from illness and fear creeps into my mind. It is at those times that I call on my faith to strengthen me and guide me back to my spiritual journey. I empty my mind, close my eyes and talk to the Lord. I tell HIM that I believe in HIM, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and it is with this faith that I cast aside my fears and replace them with the belief that it is at HIS hand that I shall be healed. But I am also acutely aware that prayer for prayer sake is not enough. It is important that I remember that my prayers can only only work to revive my mind, body and soul with the Lord and I can only be with the Lord if I truly have faith in HIM.
So in these troubling times take the necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you. But also believe and lean on your faith. Take the Vice President’s advice and pray because the Lord is listening.