In our current situation in quarantine, the church and Christians all over have been gathering to pray. And many may wonder what is this purpose of prayer. It may seem like Christians are praying because that’s all they can do at this point. I can imagine, there are many Christians and people who were spiritual seekers are struggling in their faith because it was easier to believe in God when things weren’t so bad. It was easier to believe in God when people were able to gather, stores and restaurants were open and having a job and life could be taken for granted.

But maybe struggling in the faith might not be the most accurate way to describe what is happening to many people right now. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that faith is being tested for its genuineness. I actually believe that through these trials, our faith is being purified and being made real.

Maybe our faith was rooted in an idea of self-improvement and motivation to be morally good. Maybe our faith was rooted in a God who blesses only in the ways we think is a blessing. But true faith is rooted in the truth of who God is in the Bible and no matter what we go through in life, whether in sickness or health and whether in successes and failures, true faith knows that our hope is alive and and victory is secured in eternity!

And it’s for this reason that we pray. We heard from one of our brothers in our weekly regional prayer meeting that we do not pray for victory but we pray from the place of victory. We have already obtained victory in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! This is the whole truth! And that’s why I like to say that prayer is not our last resort, but our first response.

But prayer is only the beginning. Prayer begins in faith but faith is not simply a claim to the truth. Faith is not simply a verbal acknowledgment of what we believe. Faith has another side and it’s called action. It requires a response in our lives. We could say that we are free from the bondage of sin and death all we want but faith that is alive requires us to get out of the prisons we’ve been freed from.

It’s my hope that whoever is reading this, if you have been praying and drawing closer to God, repenting of sin and experiencing spiritual breakthrough in your homes, it is time to gather your brothers and sisters in Christ and call your friends to join you in prayer.

Those who catch the heart of God have no other response but to share it with others because that is the very heart of God. And in a world where faith is marketed and twisted by media and personal agenda, the people of God are being positioned to rise up and live up to the faith they’ve proclaimed all along.

What are some actions of faith that we can take during this time?

  • Be devoted to your church in prayer and fellowship. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
    • Attend more gatherings of the church.
    • Contact people in the church and pray for them.
    • Bring others to join you in prayer and fellowship.
  • Encourage others to faith. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
    • Meditate on the Bible daily.
    • Share your heart for God with someone.
    • Thank people who have encouraged you in the past.
  • Follow the example of Jesus. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. (John 17:17-18)
    • Study the life and character of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
    • Find things you can change or do to emulate Jesus more.
    • Care for and fill the needs of others, even when you don’t have enough.
  • Do the good works of God. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
    • Sacrifice your time, money and efforts to bring physical relief in your church and community.
    • Give to PIFNY’s benevolence fund here and join us in our relief efforts.
    • Go to www.hfny.org to serve, give and pray for the urgent needs of the city.

This is a call to unite. If you are available, join me and many other ministries, leaders and churches in our region every Thursday night at 7:00 PM. For more information, you can find it on our Instagram @pifcollege and find the link in our bio.

Below is a recorded live stream of our fourth prayer meeting.