VIDEO Christians Call for Prayer After Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19

Leaders urge Americans to “put aside partisan politics” and pray in the spirit of 1 Timothy 2.

Instructed in Scripture to pray for “all those in authority,” Christians offered their prayers for President Donald Trump after he shared on Twitter late Thursday night that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Several pastors and ministry leaders encouraged Americans that this was a time to pray for the president and the country regardless of their political stances.

Trump’s coronavirus infection comes a month before the election and following a busy campaign week that included multiple out-of-state events and the first presidential debate.

Twitter petitioners included pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California. Laurie previously prayed with the president in the White House and had spoken up about the need for the church to “respond appropriately” to the threat of the coronavirus.

Eugene Cho, a former Seattle pastor who now leads the Christian advocacy organization Bread for the World, asked Twitter followers to “put aside partisan politics and genuinely lift up the President and FLOTUS in prayer.”

In their messages on Thursday night, some Christian leaders—like Joe Carter of The Gospel Coalition and McLean Bible Church, outside Washington—quoted from 1 Timothy 2:1–4: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

The passage has long inspired Christians to pray regularly for the president, regardless of who is in office, and has trended online on landmark dates during Trump’s presidency.

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and president of the National Day of Prayer task force, told CT last year, “As a pastor of Southern Baptist churches for more than 40 years, I do not recall a time when there wasn’t prayer for our nation, our president, and our elected leaders during our Sunday services, regardless of which party was in power. Why? We are instructed in 1 Timothy 2 to pray for those in authority.”

Many of those who pray regularly for the president pray not only for his leadership and policies but also specifically for his health. At a recent Evangelicals for Trump rally, supporters brought up how they have prayed more urgently for the president’s protection as the election nears.

Removing the Intruder

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

It wasn’t quite dawn when my husband rose from bed and went into the kitchen. I saw the light flip on and off and wondered at his action. Then I recalled that the previous morning I’d yelped at the sight of an “intruder” on our kitchen counter. Translated: an undesirable creature of the six-legged variety. My husband knew my paranoia and immediately arrived to remove it. This morning he’d risen early to ensure our kitchen was bug-free so I could enter without concern. What a guy!

My husband awoke with me on his mind, putting my need before his own. To me, his action illustrates the love Paul describes in Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Paul goes on, “Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself” (v. 28). Paul’s comparison of a husband’s love to the love of Christ pivots on how Jesus put our needs before His own. My husband knows I’m afraid of certain intruders, and so he made my concern his priority.

That principle doesn’t apply to husbands only. After the example of Jesus, each of us can lovingly sacrifice to help remove an intruder of stress, fear, shame, or anxiety so that someone can move more freely in the world.

By:  Elisa Morgan

Reflect & Pray

What “intruder” might God be asking you to address to help another? How might you allow someone to help rid your life of certain “intruders”?

Dear God, thank You for the gift of Your Son who’s removed the intruder of sin from my life and reconciled me to You!

How Are We Responding to Life’s Trials?

2 Chronicles 20:1-30

How do you respond when faced with a sizable problem for which there seems to be no solution? After considering all angles and seeing no way out, do you panic or sink into despair? Believers in Jesus Christ should remember there’s another option: Pray and rely on the Lord.

Today’s verses provide a rich, detailed account of Jehoshaphat’s remarkable faith. When Judah was threatened by a great and powerful enemy, the king responded by seeking the Lord. His prayer was based on divine promises and Judah’s total dependence upon God for deliverance. In response, the Lord sent a comforting message through a prophet, and Jehoshaphat told the people, “Put your trust in the lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed” (2 Chronicles 20:20).

This is good advice for us today because our only true foundation in times of trouble is the Lord and His Word. Jehoshaphat’s prayer is a model we can follow. When we come humbly before God and base our prayer requests on the truths and promises of Scripture, we can trust Him to do exactly what He has said.

The Certain Hope

“Who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)

The noun “hope,” when used in the New Testament, does not imply a wishful attitude but rather a joyous and confident expectation in something promised that will certainly come to pass—in most cases, something good. Note especially the few times it is used with a descriptive adjective.

First, in a stirring benediction, Paul tells us that our good hope comes from both “our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father” (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Furthermore, such hope is given to us along with “everlasting consolation,” or comfort, that shall last forever. The Father and Son have done this “through grace” that brings eternal salvation.

Next, we are taught to be “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). This blessed hope can be none other than “our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1). He will certainly return, and this return will be glorious.

Furthermore, we have a hope that is actively alive. “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). We have been (past tense) born again from the dead just as surely as Christ has been raised from the dead, for His resurrection accomplished it.

Our hope, under grace, is guaranteed by Jesus Christ: “A better hope…by the which we draw nigh unto God” (Hebrews 7:19) than that which was possible under law. In fact, it is a glorious hope (2 Corinthians 3:11-12) by comparison. This kind of hope can be “an anchor of the soul.” JDM

The Necessary School of Failure

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

—Psalm 103:13-14

For some of us last year was one in which we did not acquit ourselves very nobly as Christians, considering the infinite power available to us through the indwelling Spirit. But through the goodness of God we may go to school to our failures. The man of illuminated mind will learn from his mistakes, yes even from his sins. If his heart is trusting and penitent, he can be a better man next year for last year’s fault—but let him not return again to folly. Repentance should be radical and thorough, and the best repentance for a wrong act, as Fenelon said, is not to do it again….

Brother Lawrence expressed the highest moral wisdom when he testified that if he stumbled and fell he turned at once to God and said, “O Lord, this is what You may expect of me if You leave me to myself.” He then accepted forgiveness, thanked God and gave himself no further concern about the matter.   WOS102-104

Oh Lord, some of us have graduate degrees from this school! Help us to learn well from our failures, to accept Christ’s forgiveness and to move on. Give victory for today, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Adore a Precious Word

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people.

—Isaiah 49:13

Fascination with God must necessarily have an element of adoration. You may ask me for a definition of adoration in this context. I will say that when we adore God, all of the beautiful ingredients of worship are brought to white, incandescent heat with the fire of the Holy Spirit. To adore God means we love Him with all the powers within us. We love Him with fear and wonder and yearning and awe.

The admonition to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,…and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) can mean only one thing. It means to adore Him.

I use the word “adore” sparingly, for it is a precious word. I love babies and I love people, but I cannot say I adore them. Adoration I keep for the only One who deserves it. In no other presence and before no other being can I kneel in reverent fear and wonder and yearning and feel the sense of possessiveness that cries “Mine, mine!” WHT088-089

God’s child wants nothing more than the opportunity to pour out his or her love at the Savior’s feet. WHT089

Sin Is The Great Destroyer

Romans 6:23

Sin is the great foe! Look at the destruction of the children and the young people for which sin is answerable. Look at the ruin of womanhood which goes steadily forward in every land. Think of the wives and mothers degraded or deserted, or both. Consider the moral and physical decay of manhood in the sinful sensualism of the day.

Oh, sin, thou archenemy of man, we hate thee. Sin, thou hateful monster, we challenge thy cruel and lawless reign over our fellows! But for sin there would be no war, no blight in the young people, no ruined womanhood, no corrupt men. Sin is the curse.

See the disorder it brings. Sin disarranges everything in men’s souls. Lies come to look like truth. Virtue appears foolish and vice seems wise. Pleasure grows more important than duty. Self is preferred to God, time to eternity. It is a kind of upside-downism of the soul.

See how sin makes men try to be independent of God, their rightful Sovereign. Sin brought in this plague of the human spirit—pride—and we know how it destroys the very best of people.

What havoc sins works with faithfulness. Look at the children who promised to care for their parents, and don’t. Look at the men and women who vowed to be faithful to one another, but have broken their vows. Look at the fathers who wrong their children, and at the prodigals who go off and break their mothers’ hearts. And what of unfaithfulness to God? How sin inclines the heart to mistrust Him.

What a horrible effect sin has on the imagination, on all that belongs to the mind of man. It lights the fires of passion and filthy lust by unclean thoughts. And by and by the sinful mind becomes a dreadful infection to the whole man.

What rebellion sin brings about in men’s souls. They get other rulers—self, money, degraded appetite, evil habit. These are among the gods sin substitutes for the great Father of Love. It is an awful exchange.

Yes, sin is the great destroyer. The fact is that nothing of the material order can do anything with sin. What is wanted is a Redeemer, a Deliverer, a Savior—

a revelation which opens to the bad in heart a way to be pure in heart, which brings to guilt and despair and danger the assurance of pardon, of hope, of safety—or, in one word, of salvation.

Bramwell Booth, Life and Religion