Most mornings I start my day with a daily reading from three different devotionals. One morning just a few days after the coronavirus event was announced, I had finished the devotionals and was meditating on the readings. All of a sudden, without thought or hesitation, I heard myself say these words out loud: “Lord, I declare that the coronoavirus and its effects will not devastate but disintegrate when it comes into contact with Your Spirit in Your people – In Jesus’ Name – Amen.” As you can imagine it took me by surprise but I then recognized it was God’s Spirit talking through me.

The scripture referred me to Mark 13:1, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak, neither do you premeditate: but whatsover shall be given you in that hour, that speak you: for it is not you that speaks, but the Holy Ghost.”

Eric Hopkins is associate minister at Growing Branches For Christ Ministries. He wrote this article for the Fayette County Ministerial Association.