In their weekly videoconference meeting, the Regional Presidents Council decided that it would be a good thing for Regional Conferences to set aside a day for all of its churches to petition God to remove the coronavirus pandemic that has spread around the world.
The belief expressed in the meeting was that while this pandemic has caught man by surprise, it did not catch God by surprise. This pandemic has proven thus far to be far too big for man to handle-but it is not too big for God.
The belief still is that if God’s people seek Him, He will be found by them. That He is no less willing and able to hear and to answer the prayers of His people than He ever has been. That things still happen when God’s people pray. That the words of 2 Chronicles 7: 14 are still true today:
“If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face… (I) will heal their land”.
Therefore, April 11, 2020, has been set aside as Regional Conference Day of Prayer, where His people place themselves and this pandemic in God’s hands.
That weekend is also Oakwood University Alumni Weekend. Oakwood is having a virtual Alumni Weekend. Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, President, Oakwood University, and a member of Regional Presidents Council, has agreed to include Regional Conference Day of Prayer in the activities of Alumni Weekend.
The Regional Presidents and West Coast Vice Presidents are requesting that in every gathering of God’s people on that Sabbath, that there be a time when the people of God call on the Name of God and ask that He step in and save the world from this pandemic. For only God has the power to deliver from the power of this pandemic. Only God.
We believe that when God’s people pray that God-in His own time and in His own way-will deliver.
Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?
Ellen G. White