Have you been impacted by the global hysteria that resulted from the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19? Your faith is stronger than your fear. God is more powerful than a virus. In the midst of deaths, illnesses, jobs lost, homes foreclosed or evicted, relationships strained, and the global financial crisis, reach out to God. I bottle my fears on my knees. Let me share with you my Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer.
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Today is April 4th, 2020. I am home in my pajamas working on this ministry. God put on my heart to write this prayer for the world, for our nation, for our state, for our economy, for my neighborhood, for my friends, and for myself.
On March 1st, 2020 I got sick after a trip to IKEA where I was in line at a cafe upstairs with about 200 other people from all over the world. It was Saturday. I got home from IKEA and went to bed after submitting my TEDx speaker video to the TEDx Marietta Square organizers, which I recorded in my car when I arrived home from IKEA.
I woke up at 3 am on Sunday very sick after haven’t been sick for 13 months. My throat was swollen, I could hardly breathe, my nose turned into a waterfall, and I had to use towels instead of Kleenex to just keep up with my nasal congestion. My body was hurting: every bone, every tooth, every inch of me was aching. I coughed dry cough, had a fever, and was very weak.
If you know my situation from following this blog, you know that exactly a year prior to this incident I quit my job as the Director of Marketing at a tech company to pursue this ministry, Online Discipleship For Women.
I’ve been faithful ever since, dedicating my time to creating valuable content for you about the six pillars of joyful living: faith, food, fitness, finances, felicity, and fortitude. I produced one million words of content to help you create a joyful life by embracing God’s word and to help alleviate suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. I’ve done some speaking engagements as well, which you can see on my Christian YouTube channel.
To visit my YouTube channel, click here.
I created a collection of encouraging poetry, a Christian guided meditation library, a Christian podcast for women, and even wrote a book of Christian bedtime stories to share how God taught me faith and fortitude. My book of three autobiographical fairytales is called How Princess Lana Developed Faith and Fortitude. I write books under my pen name of Anna Stevens.
I pay my bills by doing marketing contract work here and there. All of that is to say this: I have no health insurance. So, I never went to get tested for the COVID-19 virus, and the CDC made it clear that there was no cure.
So, I stayed home for 13 straight days, never saw a living being, and cured myself by sleeping a lot, drinking celery-garlic-onion-pepper-orange-apple-kale juice made daily, eating tons of homemade organic soups I cooked, and praying to God for a speedy recovery.
I am completely healthy now.
God restored my health.
Let me share with you the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer God put on my heart. Before I do, let’s take a closer look at the Coronavirus COVID-19 so that we can look at it from the 300 ft view.
I complied some information about this virus for you to be able to quickly see the situation at a glance. I used only the most trustworthy sources, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization.
Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. How easily the virus spreads How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. SOURCE: CDC
Global COVID-19 Statistics
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Coronavirus Active Cases:
- 802,841 (95%) in Mild Condition
- 39,689 (5%) Serious or Critical
Coronavirus Closed Cases:
- 238,525 (80%) Recovered / Discharged
- 61,239 (20%) Deaths
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- Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Prayer
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- Deep Spiritual Warfare Prayers
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- Praying To Hear God’s Voice
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- Spiritual Warfare Prayers for Protection
The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer was given to me by God this morning. Two days ago, I had a full-blown panic attack after discovering that a few of my neighbors can’t pay their rent, several friends lost their jobs, and even more friends are losing their minds from social isolation. My bills are paid but my heart is broken for my world, my country, my state, my neighborhood, and my people.
What breaks my heart is not the COVID-19 virus.
It’s the F-virus.
The F-virus is highly-contagious and deadly.
It’s spread by the media.
What agenda does the media have?
The media websites and channels make money based on the number of eyeballs they attract. This is measured in views and watchtime on YouTube, in clicks and time on page on websites, and in ratings point is of viewership of a particular show for television programs.
The more you click on headlines, the more you watch the news, the more videos for a specific channel you watch on YouTube, the more often you come back, the longer you stay, the more you share their content on social media, the more money those media outlets make of off you.
You drive revenue for the media.
You’re a money-making machine.
The most valuable asset is your attention.
Your attention span is 8 seconds these days. Many things compete for your attention all at once. So, the media is challenged a lot today: it’s a tough task to get and keep your attention.
It’s hard to attract your attention with the good news of how many people are doing well. You just don’t click that much on the news about anything good or positive. Yet, the media does want and need to make money off of you. So, the best way to get your attention is by using fear.
To create a panic is the best way to attract you to the media so that you’re forced to watch and listen and read, and the media can make money off of you. You need to read my article about Satan, who he is, and what weapons he uses to bring you down.
READ: Who Is Satan?
How does the media make money?
Advertisers pay the media websites and channels to show you their ads: during a YouTube video on the bottom, prior to a YourTube video starting, in the middle of a YouTube video, during TV programs you watch and in between, while you’re scrolling through a website, and everywhere you consume content. Everywhere ads are shown to you, and millions of dollars are made from trading the most valuable commodity – your attention.
The more eyeballs on a page or a channel, the more money that channel makes from advertisers. It’s called CPM and measures cost per 1000 views on ads, which can range from $30 up to hundreds of dollars per CPM.
So, to make money off of you, the media outlets must scare the life out of you every minute of every day in order to attract and keep your precious and highly-valuable attention.
That’s why the media and its F-virus are worse than the Coronavirus COVID-19 virus. It’s way more evil because it’s spread intentionally with a specific negative agenda in mind. What’s the agenda? To steal your faith and to get you sick with fear, to distract you from God and to make you feel forsaken and hopeless.
The media is its own virus.
It’s the F-virus, which is far more contagious.
The F-virus spread by the media is called fear.
You are vulnerable to it, and the media knows it.
Washing your hands all day long won’t protect you. You need to wash your mind. You need to give a good wash to your perspective. You need to shower really well your relationship with God. You need to bleach your faith very well with a prayer to wash off all the media-induced viruses. You must guard your heart against the F-virus with faith-filled protective equipment to cover up your entire being.
Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.Proverbs 4:23
To protect yourself from the F-virus, you need a strong immune system of steadfast, unshakable faith. Faith is an antidote to fear. Faith is the only cure for the F-virus spread by the media.
READ: What Is Faith?
Did you know that the word “pandemic” is a made-up word?
A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance, multiple continents, or worldwide, accompanied by a persistent sense of panic.
The people spread the virus by traveling from country to country. But the media spreads the panic by affecting every mind at a much faster rate than the COVID-19 virus affects human immunity. The Coronavirus is scary and dangerous. But the F-virus is much scarier and way more dangerous.
Fear s our real problem right now.
Let’s conquer fear with faith!
Prayer for My World
The world is currently on lockdown. People are ordered to stay home, and some countries, such as Italy, enforce the stay at home order by deploying law enforcement. Let us begin the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer with our global world in mind.
We are all connected. We all affect each other.
Jesus taught us to love one another.
READ: Who Is Jesus?
To love is to protect.
The world is our one home, and we must take care of it and of each other. The illusion of anyone being disconnected from anyone else is false. We can now clearly see how a bat someone in China ate can cause millions of people over the world to lose their jobs, homes, and lives.
Prayer for My Country
The death toll in the United States of America from the Coronavirus COVID-19 reached 7100 today. As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I know you’re in conflict wondering how a good God could allow something like this. It’s understandable, and I myself doubt and question God often. It’s good for you to seek answers.
READ: Is God Good?
We don’t understand God fully because we are not god. We didn’t make Him. He made us. In America, we say: in God, we trust. Let’s remain true to our faith-based convictions and not give in to the fear spread by the secular media, which profits on our fear and intentionally causing us to panic.
God has not forsaken America.
He is still good, He has a plan, His plan is perfect, and America is a part of God’s perfect plan. We are a part of God’s plan. Our faith is bigger than our fear. Both fear and faith take the same amount of work and effort.
Let’s work on our faith and not fear!
Prayer for Those Who Are Sick
There are 842,530 reported cases of the Coronavirus today and many more cases have never been reported. As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to focus on those who need healing. On this blog, I’ve written countless prayers for healing.
I want to uplift those who are sick. Not everyone who is sick has symptoms. Not everyone who has symptoms can afford medical help. Not everyone who get’s medical help has enough faith to fight. So, I want to ask for more faith for those who need to fight in sickness.
Prayer for The Families of Those Who Have Died
More than 61,239 people have died from the Coronavirus COVID-19. Some deaths from unreported cases have not been included in this number. As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to focus on the families of those who have lost their battle to this virus.
I want to encourage all who grieve their loss of a loved one to cast their anxieties on God who cares. How? I recommend talking to God. Yes, have a real conversation with God to share your heart with Him and ask for help.
READ: Conversations With God
I’ve talked openly here on this Christian blog about my own conversations with God and how I cast my anxieties on the one who can actually change things for me. Talking to God is a healthy way of dealing with grief.
If you lost a loved one, you feel anger, resentment, bitterness, and pain. You’re questioning God. You’re wondering why your loved had to be taken. Nothing can make anything right because it’s a wrong thing that your loved one would suffer and die. But God can offer you comfort and peace.
Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Jobs
The United States of America has suffered a job loss of 701,000 as of today. I am continuing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer by lifting up everyone who lost their job and income during this season. The most important thing each of us can do right now is pray to God.
READ: How To Pray
Pray for comfort. pray for clarity. Pray for peace and protection. Pray for faith and fortitude. Pray for hope and help.
Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Homes
Approximately 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past few weeks. I have neighbors who can’t pay rent. Many houses in the nearby neighborhood where I walk my 10,000 steps daily are empty. As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to lift up all those who have lost their homes since this virus attacked us in January. I myself experienced homelessness first hand, so I know the pain.
READ: My Story of Homelessness
If you’re in the midst of turmoil due to the loss of employment, income, housing, and even transportation, I want you to know that in 2009, I was homeless in America, which was a foreign country to me at the time, I spoke no English, I had no SSN, no work authorization document, and no one to money. I know a thing or two about hardships.
Still, I want you to know: God delivered me from those hardships. God has a plan for you. He’s not on vacation. He is still your sovereign, all-knowing, ever-present, powerful, and good God. He will never fail you. He will never forsake you. He loves you and He cares about you.
Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Hope
Due to the spread of the pandemic at people staying at home, more and more domestic violence cases are reported to law enforcement, as well as murder-suicide cases.
Several weeks prior to the pandemic outbreak, I wrote a blog post called “Will I Still Go To Heaven If I Commit Suicide?” and the organic traffic to this blog post in the last ten days has been a genuine concern for me.
Organic traffic means that people type into Google search such phrases as “Will I Still Go To Heaven If I Commit Suicide?” or “Are Christians Who Commit Suicide Condemned To Hell?” or “Can a Christian Commit Suicide?”
The growth of the organic traffic to my blog post about suicide and heaven shows me the mental health toll COVID-19 has had on our nation. All of the organic traffic to that article comes from the United State of America.
In addition to my own observations, there’s data.
The most comprehensive article about the impact of COVID-19 on suicide rates is here. It says the most common concerns of those who call the suicide hotline are the top concerns among callers have been anxiety, stress, fear of eviction, inability to pay utilities, unemployment, health concerns and losing loved ones to the virus.
Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Crisis Line suggested that those feeling overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis should seek ways to connect with others via phone calls or video apps just to check-in or to spend time with family while at home.
I suggest getting on your knees and reaching out to God.
READ: My Suicide Story
We need people, yes, but we need God even more. The way I think about it is this: if I were flying somewhere on an airplane (one time, I had a 33-hour long trip from Russia to Bali) and the airplane crashed, I was thrown on a wild island alone without any people, churches, books, technology, communication options… Would I still be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Yes. Because God is everywhere all the time, so there’s no way I’m ever alone. I never feel lonely because I always have God.
As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to share my hope in Christ. I want you reading this to know that 13 months ago, after I quit my job as the Director of Marketing in technology, I quit my social life, too. I’ve spent most of the 13 months at home alone with God working on this online ministry. Why? Because we are all connected too much to each other but not God. I wanted to connect with God in a relational way, not functional.
What do I mean?
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 teaches us. Yet, we pride ourselves in being busy, going to church religiously, attending church groups, going on mission trips, and never actually getting still to get to know God intimately.
I got to know God intimately in social isolation over the past 13 months. I also wrote about it. My hope is to encourage those who are in isolation always: those who have no access to social gatherings or churches, those in remote locations, those disabled who aren’t able to be social, those who are prosecuted for their faith in Christ, those who are afraid of Christians because of their bad experiences with church, and those who suffer from social anxiety and prefer social isolation. That’s who’m I’ve built this online ministry for, and it’s been thousands of hours of work for me, all done in social isolation to prioritize God and be still with Him.
I recommend using social isolation to get closer to God.
If you’ve lost hope, here’s my prayer for you.
Prayer for The Ignorant People Who Don’t Care
There are people who don’t think the Coronavirus COVID-19 is anything to take seriously. They don’t recognize the pandemic. They don’t honor the measures we are all taking to protect our wellbeing. Some of those are church congregations that continue meeting, though the Bible teaches us to practice wisdom (meaning don’t be stupid and gather people at church when your congregation has 50 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus).
God gave us wisdom and discernment. He asked us to be wise.
Also, the Bible calls us to submit to the government authorities, and those authorities ordered us to stay home and be still. It’s a perfect opportunity to be with God. Yet, some people don’t care.
As I continue sharing the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to pray for the ignorant people who have no conscience and don’t care about the wellbeing of others.
Prayer for The Delusional People Who Are Naive
There are naive people who believe that they are above the Coronavirus COVID-19 and that it’s not that big of a deal for them. They don’t see the danger so they put no effort into avoiding it. So, they get themselves infected, and they infect others. Some of them even quote Bible verses to justify their delusions.
As I continue sharing with you the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer, I want to pray for the naive and the delusional. That convinced against their will are of the same opinions still…
So, I want to ask God to convince them.
During this pandemic, we are still getting our food delivered to the grocery stores, we have those stores open and functioning properly, we have our mail coming regularly, and our doctors work tirelessly on the frontline of this global battle.
Every time I see a UPS or a FedEx track driver, I wave and say: “Did you know you’re a hero? Thank you for your service!” A few days ago, I saw Mrs. Mary, our mail-delivery lady, and I greeted her with enthusiasm. I asked if people thank her these days for even being willing to work. She said people are mean to her and ask her to disinfect mail before giving it to them.
What can I say?
I want to punch them in the face but it’s ungodly and foolish, so… I’ll just let it go. But I do want to continue the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer by lifting up people like Mrs. Mary and my friend Maria who sees patients every day, even though there’s the Coronavirus everywhere. I will include all of them in my gratitude journal.
READ: Gratitude Journal
There’s a police officer patrolling my neighborhood daily due to the increased number of domestic violence complaints nationwide. I’m grateful for him. I’m grateful for the Costco and Target and Kroger and Publix workers who ensure that we have what we need.
Are you experiencing and expressing your gratitude to the Coronavirus COVID-19 heroes?
Prayer for My Friends
I love my friends. Their ages range, and some of them have their kids do grocery-shopping for them because they don’t want to take any risks. I want to continue the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer by lifting my friends up to God. Some of my friends write prayers and poems to God and share them on my blog called Poems From God in the comments, so you can click there to get to know my friends’ hearts.
READ: Poems from God
My friends are my spiritual squad. I encourage them and they encourage me. I’m Russian, so I’m very blunt. I’m extremely straightforward, smalltalk-allergic, sugarcoating-disabled, linear in thinking, and I don’t BS my friends (and you’ve probably noticed from reading my blog, I’m very strong with my language as well). I call things what they are and I hold people accountable. I set boundaries and I expect people to do the same with me.
So, it takes a very special person to be my friend.
My friends are very special.
I love my friends.
Some of my friends run their own businesses and are now stuck at home with kids and spouses, all in small spaces, and they are losing their sanity. Some of my friends run large companies and are now losing clients and revenue. Some of my friends can’t pay their bills and are losing hope.
Prayer for My Neighbors
I love my neighbors. We take care of each other. We spend time together. We swim, kayak, eat, and walk 10000 steps together. Some of my neighbors are unable to pay their bills, they are overwhelmed by stress, and it breaks my heart. I don’t spend time with men since I’ve been living a completely celibate life for many years, so everyone I’m talking about is a woman. I believe that empowerment is what every woman needs today. Empowered women empower women.
READ: Empowering Women
I want to continue the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer by lifting up my neighbors in prayer right now and hoping for their empowerment. I want to see all my neighbors get through this and become stronger, wiser, and better. I want every neighbor here to grow in faith and increase in hope as a result of this adversity.
Prayer for Myself
I am fearful and faithful, all at the same time. It’s a daily battle but getting on my knees every morning helps my faith win over my fear. What keeps me grounded are my habits. I read daily, I cook three meals a day, I eat at a table, I do my laundry every three days, I vacuum and mop my floors every other day, I take a cold shower in the morning and a hot shower in the evening, I write in my journal and on this blog, and I walk 10000 steps daily. I drink water, work out, sleep at night, and practice social distancing. I talk to friends on FaceTime or phone, I pray throughout the day, and I meditate.
Also, I nest: I cleaned all my windows, blinds, washed my curtains, steamed them, and even set up a gorgeous patio. I have rearranged my furniture, lighting, and plants.
Also, I painted a new painting.
Every day, I remember who I am in Christ.
READ: Who Am I In Christ?
The media says we are going to die. The news show me how people kill others and themselves due to this pandemic. The hysteria entices me to hoard toilet paper and food but I don’t.
Instead, I focus on what God says about me.
So, I want to conclude the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer by asking God to help me with my own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I am as fragile as anyone else. I have no health insurance and I work for myself, so there’s no steady paycheck coming my way.
Yet, I trust God who never failed me.
I shared with you the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic relief prayer about many aspects of what I personally, my friends, neighbors, colleagues, and peers are experiencing here in Atlanta, here in America, and here on earth.
Here’s a summary of this prayer for you.
A Prayer for the Coronavirus Relief
- Prayer for My World
- Prayer for My Country
- Prayer for Those Who Are Sick
- Prayer for The Families of Those Who Have Died
- Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Jobs
- Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Homes
- Prayer for Those Who Have Lost Their Hope
- Prayer for The Ignorant People Who Don’t Care
- Prayer for The Delusional People Who Are Naive
- Prayer for The Coronavirus Heroes
- Prayer for My Friends
- Prayer for My Neighbors
- Prayer for Myself
What helps fuel my faith is my solid understanding of who I am in Christ. I had struggled with identity for decades. Then, God drew me close and revealed to me who I really am as His child: loved, accepted, precious, and blessed with a divine purpose. Today, I help women see themselves the way God sees them.
In the last few years, I’ve personally been on a quest to figuring out and conquering the negative voices in my head that distort my understanding of who I am. I call those voices the Shitty Committee, and each of us has that special committee in our headspace.
I’ve specifically been focusing on my identity in Christ. From the Bible, I discovered 52 incredibly-positive things God says about us as His children. Those 52 precious discoveries turned into 52 Biblical affirmations I created to encourage and empower Christian women.
My free ebook helps you understand who God says you are. Don’t be vulnerable to identity attacks from the mainstream media, relatives, coworkers, your boss, society, culture, and the voices in your head.
Stand firm and know what God says about you.
Anna Szabo is the founder of Online Discipleship For Women, a Christian ministry committed to alleviating suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. Anna teaches how to create a joyful life by embracing God’s word based on her own journey of faith and fortitude.
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