Weekly Watch Focus: Cuba in Crisis

FRIDAY, July 10, 2020—Cuba is in crisis. Decades of communist rule has driven Cuba into absolute poverty. People are dying of starvation and rampant illness. Anyone with even meager personal property is accused of being “rich” and has their property confiscated by the government. This includes people’s tools for their trade or the most decrepit, pieced together vehicles purchased at great personal cost to provide taxi services. Church leaders are being arrested and sentenced to decades of jail for holding services where people have caught coronavirus. Young people are protesting and the streets are filled with police.
This generation is the unfortunate inheritor of the generation that embraced the 1959 populist leftist socialist revolution led by Fidel Castro that was ultimately co-opted by communist foreign powers who established the new “system” of government. The revolution, similar to elements of chaos current in American streets, was propelled by Castro’s promise to end racial discrimination, guarantee healthcare, and free education in Cuban society. At the time, Castro and his entourage were received in Washington and by American media as a “wonderful group of revolutionary youngsters.”

The Marxist philosophies at the heart of Cuba’s demise contrast with the true freedom, prosperity, and dignity afforded every human being by the message of the Gospel and the foundations created for a free and secure society based on Judeo-Christian principles by America’s Founding Fathers. Bind back the strongman of Marxist philosophies ruling Cuba. Pray for God’s mercy for the Cuban people. Pray Psalm 107 for the people suffering under the repressive regime: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces” (Psalm 107:13-14). We ask, “God, restore freedom and prosperity. Lord, send revival and restoration for the people of Cuba.”

Part 2: Continue to Bind Covid-19

Thank the Lord that despite increasing numbers of infections, the death rate for COVID-19 is decreasing. Pray that the infection rate and severity of the disease continue to decrease in the coming weeks. Bind the spread of COVID-19, and ask the Lord in His mercy to end this pandemic in our nation and in the nations. Pray for divine guidance for researchers working on treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus. Put a shield of protection over your city and region, and plead the blood of Jesus over your family. Ask the Lord to halt this plague.
 

Psalm 75:7, “But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Ephesians 6:12 (AMP), “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”

Psalm 2:8, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
 
Exodus 18:21; Matthew 18:18-20; Psalm 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 3:17
 

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