Effects of COVID-19 on churches: 6 ways coronavirus changes how we pray
The fear of coronavirus is the beginning of wisdom, although for those who wish to fear the deadly disease and acquire wisdom by virtue of deadliness.
It is no longer news that coronavirus is giving the world a sleepless night, and churches have been badly hit by this pandemic which has altered the way we pray.
Legit.ng will itemise 6 ways coronavirus is changing how leaders of Nigerian churches pray.
1. Pastor Enoch Adeboye
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is worried about Nigeria's health workers who are risking their lives for us by battling the deadly disease.
The man of God's prayers will not be complete without including our true heroes - the health workers - in this war against COVID-19.
Daddy Adeboye prayed: "I want you to know that I, as a persona and my family as a whole, will be praying for you, that the Almighty God will take care of you even as you are taking care of others. I pray that the plague will not come near you. That you will come out of this, healthy, strong and closer to the almighty God. It shall be well with all of you and I want you to know that there are several people who appreciate you deeply for what you are doing. It shall be well with you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. welldone and may God uphold you in Jesus mighty name."
2. Bishop David Oyedepo
The presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church International popularly known as Winner's Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has assured Nigerians that the deadly disease will soon be over.
Apart from donations, the cleric's intervention in the fight against this pandemic is prayer. Prayer for the country to emerge victorious in the war.
3. Reverend Samson Ayokunle
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Samson Ayokunle's intervention is through the worship of God.
The cleric has called on Nigerians not to be scared in order to overcome the deadly disease. He said this disease can be defeated by way of worshipping God.
He said: “The more we worship Him, the more of Him we see and the more of hope is built in us. Though it is good to listen to news and obey the rules of hygiene for your own good, they are not the only things you can do."
4. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
The founder of Christ Embassy also known as the Believers Love World, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's intervention is the binding and casting of the influence of coronavirus on people.
The cleric prayed: “In the name of Jesus, we come against coronavirus from the very cores of it, from the very roots of it, and we come against the devils, the demons of darkness that spearheaded this project."
5. Pastor William Kumuyi
Pastor William Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church is also intervening in the fight against the deadly disease.
He is praying and assuring Nigerians that they will overcome the pandemic that is hellbent on exterminating mankind.
He said: "Satan and the world may be furious, His words to you will be fulfilled.
"Dazzling sights I see, terrifying sounds I hear, and all these sights and sounds may fill the horizons, all the same, the words of Christ will be fulfilled. You will crossover to the other side!"
6. Pastor Paul Enenche
The senior pastor of Dunamis international Gospel Centre, Paul Enenche, is laying curse on the deadly disease. He urged his congregation to join him in doing so.
The cleric quoted portions of the Bible to demonstrate the power of God which can destroy the virus once the people decide to unite.
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In other news, a Nigerian man in the United Kingdom has cautioned fellow countrymen against criticising President Muhammadu Buhari over lockdown extension, saying the president means well for them.
The man identified as Samuel N on Twitter said he has tested positive for COVID-19, and that he has not eaten for the past 13 days due to the deadly disease.
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