“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
The whole world is in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic that is spreading death, illness, economic turmoil, unemployment, isolation, panic, and fear. In such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to almighty God for His grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.
In response to the ravages of this historic plague, this call for prayer and fasting is an historic, ecumenical event because the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) have united for the first time to pray for God’s mercy and healing.
The Call: For all believers in Christ in the PCA, EPC, and ACNA to set aside Good Friday, April 10, as a day of prayer and fasting to cry out for God’s help in addition to a day of worship.
The goal is for all 550,000 members of these three churches to have the opportunity to participate. Other denominations are aware of the planning for this event and have asked to be invited. Among these are the National Association of Evangelicals and ECO. Should these groups participate, we could have millions of Christians joining their hearts in prayer.
At the bottom of this message are links to three resources:
Thank you, and remember: He is risen!
Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk
Note from Pastor Neil:
Since this email announcement was first made, other denominations have indicated that they will also participate in the Day of Prayer and Fasting: The Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA); the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP); and the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO); along with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).
I urge you to participate in this Day of Prayer and Fasting in whatever way(s) you are able. Fasting can take different forms: A 24-hour fast from food; fasting from one meal or for a specific period of time; fasting from certain foods or drinks; fasting from TV or the internet or social media. Whatever form(s) of fasting you may choose, please take the time you would have engaged in these other activities to seek the Lord in prayer and in His Word.
Let’s unite in prayer for our country and the world, asking the Lord to deliver us from the coronavirus plague and to turn the hearts of people everywhere to Him.
Grace and peace to us all,