Last night, during our weekly prayer walk in my hometown, I stumbled upon something, sort of “by accident,” but most likely by God’s divine orchestration. I was praying against the fear that is gripping the hearts of people in my hometown concerning the coronavirus. I prayed, “Father, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke the fear of the coronavirus that is over the people of our city.” When I prayed those words, I was reminded of what the preacher at church said Sunday. He said, “People aren’t afraid of the coronavirus… what they’re really afraid of is death.” So, the next prayer from my lips was, “Father, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke the fear of death that is over the people of our city.” Then (and this is where it gets “rich”) I felt another prayer come up from inside me that must have come straight from the Holy Spirit. I prayed, “Father, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke the fear that people have that says YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE… THAT YOU WILL NOT DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU’D DO… THAT PEOPLE CAN’T TRUST YOU TO COME THROUGH FOR THEM IN THEIR TIME OF CRISIS.”
Now, isn’t that the ultimate fear that most people are dealing with? They’re not afraid of the coronavirus, or even death… they’re afraid that the God they’ve trusted all of their Christian lives is not sufficient, not adequate enough, not strong and mighty enough to protect and preserve them in the midst of a real crisis. Sure, we’ve talked about how great He is when everything was going our way… when there were no obstacles to overcome… when our lives weren’t endangered in any way. But do we trust Him now, when it seems like all of Hell has broken loose?
Let me put it this way… If God can do what He said He can do, (i.e. Heal the sick, raise the dead, provide for and protect His children) and if He is a God who keeps His promises, there’s no reason for anyone who trusts in Him to be afraid. Paul put it this way in Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US.” David said, “The Lord is on my side, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” (Psalm 118:6). You see, if you really believe He is for you, and on your side, there’s no reason to fear.
“Lord, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke the ultimate fear that we all face… the fear that You will not come through for us… the fear that You are not as powerful and strong as we thought You were. I confess today that YOU ARE ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-MIGHTY, COMPLETELY SUFFICIENT, MY HEALER, MY PROVIDER, MY PROTECTOR, MY SHIELD. No harm shall come to me as I abide under the shadow of Your wings. No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling. In Jesus’ name I pray and confess these things! Amen!”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. In another Jesus said,” fear not for I am with you always.”
Tell me what has that little piece of cloth promised you. That little piece of cloth can kill you quicker than covid 19.