ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—In the midst of social distancing, pastors and church members were blessed to gather online for prayer. On the afternoon of March 19, GARBC leadership met with 80 pastors and church members for a Facebook Live prayer meeting.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, GARBC National Representative Mike Hess opened the online meeting, saying, “We are coming together to bring our petitions, our requests, and our need for wisdom to our God.”
After reading Psalm 46, which affirms that God is our refuge and strength, Mike asked participants to be mindful of the need for spiritual strength for believers as they live out their faith during difficult circumstances. “God’s agenda at this time for us has not changed,” Mike said. “His will for us still is to be conformed into the image of Christ.”
Parents, pastors, and churches, he said, have an especially great need for wisdom during this hard time, wisdom to know how to carry out their responsibilities and ministries. He encouraged participants to remember these people, as well as colleges and seminaries, camps, and missionaries and to pray for believers around the world in areas hard hit by the virus.
Mike led the group in a collective prayer, then David Gunn, director of Regular Baptist Press, read from Ephesians 3:14–21 and prayed for pastors and churches. Pastor David Strope, chairman of the GARBC Council of Eighteen, read from John 14:1–3 and prayed for those who are ill with the virus and prayed for comfort for their families. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, followed, praying for government and civic leaders and for businesses and individuals facing financial hardships.
Between prayers, participants posted their comments, expressing their gratitude for the prayer time and for bringing everyone together for prayer. Mike closed the online gathering by expressing, “I hope this has been an enriching and encouraging time, pointing us to our great God.”