How to Fight COVID-19 Using Scripture and Prayer

Debbie Walker

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Today, we are facing an onslaught like none other in recent human history. We are in a war for our bodies and minds. The enemy is the pestilence of COVID-19. People are feeling fearful and hopeless. However, when faced with battles, I’ve found strength in Scripture and prayer.

In fact, I combine the two. I find Scriptures that I believe will help me when facing a problem. Then I use the verse as my prayer or in my prayer. It is easy to do.


You can go to the concordance at the back of the Bible to search for a specific word. For example, if you feeling depressed, look up verses that have the word joy. Make a list and when you pray, read the passages that fit the prayers of your heart.

Other times, you may not have a word for your struggle. For instance, you may feel lonely and anxious in this time of isolation and quarantine. Try looking up verses online about your feelings and incorporate them into your prayer life.

But first, let’s look at the men and women who have used the Word of God and prayer to overcome battles in their life.

If you open the Bible, you will find it is replete with depictions of wars and battles. It also portrays battle-hardened soldiers and their armor. In the Old Testament, men like David showed no fear and ran toward the battles.

“So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:48, NKJV)

Or women like Deborah (my namesake), who led the nation of Israel to victory and became the judicial leader for many years. She called on God and her resolve to gather strength and lead her armies.

“March on, O my soul, in strength!” (Judges 5:21b, NLT)

In the New Testament, the battles have been elevated to the heavenlies. Jesus tells us He can call down the armies of heaven if He wants.

“Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?” (Matthew 26:53, NLT)

Paul instructs us in many of his letters to be strong and put on the full armor of God so we can fight our enemies. Whatever they may be.

“A final word, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11, NLT)

Over and over, I am encouraged and empowered while engaging in spiritual struggles to pull down the strongholds in the battlefield of my mind. Meanwhile, I’ve stood my ground during many physical assaults of sickness and disease.

Praying in spiritual battles.

Before I engage in spiritual warfare, I must put on my armor. I need a spiritual defense. Reading, praying, and meditating on verses builds my faith, eliminates fear, and encourages me in this crisis. Below is a shortlist I use for myself and others:

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:13–28, ESV)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers (COVID-19) assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamps against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arises against me, yet I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:1–3, ESV)

“…today you are going into battle with your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or be afraid; do not be alarmed or terrified because of them. For the LORD your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:3–4, NIV)

Praying in physical battles.

I have faced sickness and disease at different times during my sixty-one years of life on this earth. Besides medical care, I’ve experienced miraculous healings when all hope was lost.

For instance, I was scheduled for surgery over a decade ago to remove a tumor that was malignant. I searched for scripture on healing and then read and prayed the verses.

When I went in for surgery, I was prepped and placed in the pre-op waiting room. After a while, the doctor came back in and told me to get dressed. The pre-op X-ray revealed the tumor had disappeared! Here are a few of those verses listed below:

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 30:17, NIV)

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14, NIV)

“And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34, ESV)

The pestilence of COVID-19 is a sinister foe. Besides physical struggles, we may have to fight for our spiritual and mental well-being. Reading and praying scriptures can reinforce our battle position and bring us ultimate victory.

Even if you do not believe in religion, applying God’s word has power. Therefore, I pray the following verse for all of you who have taken the time to read this post.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2, AKJV)

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