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A Statewide Call to Prayer and Fasting for Minnesota on Thursday, April 9th, 2020

“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

In our nation, times have risen in the past to seek a Sovereign God who presides over the affairs of humanity. President Lincoln called for a national day of prayer and fasting on April 30th, 1863 regarding the Civil War1. So did Minnesota Governor Pillsbury during the grasshopper plagues on April 26th, 18772.

As leaders in the Body of Christ in the State of Minnesota; we recognize the rightful concern for the health of all Minnesotans and the fear that has come over its citizens regarding COVID -19 virus. We are grateful to Governor Walz and his leadership of the state and the healthcare professionals in how they have dealt with the COVID -19 virus.

We also recognize that we as the Body of Christ are prompted to step forward as God’s word declares in 2 Chronicles 7:14 Therefore, we call upon all followers of Jesus Christ in Minnesota to join in a Statewide Day of Prayer and Fasting on Holy Thursday, April 9th, 2020 to battle the COVID -19 virus in Minnesota. May we come before our Heavenly Father and repent of our individual sins, the corporate sins of our churches, and our government, for the healing of our state.

We ask all Christians to abstain on this day of prayer and fasting from ordinary secular pursuits and to unite in prayer. This can be done on-line, on phones or together in families across this state. We encourage Christians to reach across major streams of Christendom – Messianic Jewish / Hebraic Roots, Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants to unite in prayer and to fulfill Jesus’s prayer for all believers found in John 17; “To be as one, as He and the Father are one”. We recognize the power of God when the whole body of Christ comes together.

Each person, each family should seek the Lord on how they would participate in the day of prayer and fasting.

Through this day of prayer and fasting, may God intervene in the State of Minnesota and break the COVID -19 virus’s hold over Minnesota and stop the deaths.

Let me conclude with this prayer.

Heavenly Father, You control the outcomes of all human affairs. We come before you this day as followers of Christ, search our heart Lord as you did with your servant King David for sins within us. We repent of our sins and ask for forgiveness of our sins, individually and corporately. We recognize the magnitude of the COVID -19 virus and the impact it is having upon our state of Minnesota. Thank you for the leadership of Governor Walz and other elected leaders and for our healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly battling this virus. We ask now that COVID – 19 be gone and dissipate from the state of Minnesota.

All in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Your fellow servant in Christ,

Gary Borgendale

On behalf of the Minnesota National Day of Prayer Leadership Team

garyborgendale@gmail.com | 612-598-9101

1. https://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/proc-3.htm

2. https://www.mnopedia.org/event/grasshopper-plagues-1873-1877