In the concluding part of our series revolving around the ongoing global crisis, let’s glean some conclusive lessons on the topic “A Disease far deadlier than Corona Virus”…
Caution and Chance…
Ideally none in the medical field would like to risk their lives whilst treating the Corona virus patients but hats off to them that they are responding to a “higher call”. They are trying their best to treat the sick and dying ones in the hospitals even while taking as much care (read by wearing “protective gear”) as possible to ward off the possible infections to themselves.
How very much in consonance with the higher Scriptural call to the Christians who normally would avoid all sin (2 Cor. 6:17-18) but are exhorted to take “calculated risks of the spiritual kind” for a greater purpose:
“Save some by snatching them as from the very flames of hell itself. And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them, but be careful that you yourselves aren’t pulled along into their sins. Hate every trace of their sin while being merciful to them as sinners” (Jude 1:23 TLB)
Constant and Conciliation…
At a time when Corona virus is on a rampage, even as we keep a constant vigil for the Second Coming, let us also be consistent in our intercessory prayers for our neighborhood, towns, cities and Countries claiming Biblical promises such as…
“…I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” (Gen 18:32 NLT)
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:13-14 ESV)
Readers remembering that the Lord yearns to see intercessory prayer warriors (See Ezekiel 22:30) be inspired now to join me in this conciliatory prayer (in fact it was articulated by one of the respected Christians of India)…
Almighty God, We come to You with broken hearts over what’s happening all over the world by the spread of Corona virus. Even though it is a shock to us, it is no surprise to You because, as God Omniscient, You know everything from beginning to end, and the end from the beginning. We fall prostrate before You confessing our utter helplessness and misery.
We worship You as the God of Love.
We worship You as the God of Mercy.
We worship You as the God of Grace.
We pray for Your intervention at this critical hour.
Forgive us for worshiping science and technology instead of You our Creator.
Forgive us our idols of greed and lust. Forgive us our self-centred life.
Forgive us our evil thoughts, unkind words and corrupt deeds.
Forgive us our ungodly systems which allow the rich become richer but let the poor become poorer.
Forgive us our neglect of charity and our stinginess in giving to the havenots.
Forgive us our lack of brotherly love towards our fellowmen.
Forgive us our pride, haughtiness and rebellious attitude.
Forgive us for electing many corrupt men and women to rule over us.
Forgive us for allowing cultural differences to divide us.
Forgive us our better-than-thou attitude.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We know that You are generous in forgiveness.
Father God, in spite of numerous preventive measures and sophisticated treatment facilities, the national leaders worldwide have come to their wit’s end. We pray for those affected with the virus. We remember how Jesus healed all those who came to Him with their sicknesses and infirmities. We believe that He is an unchanging Healer.
Be with the medical personnel who treat these patients. Send Your healing virtue to flow as a stream into our communities. Have mercy on the innocent children and the weak elderly who are vulnerable to such diseases.
Dear Lord, we pray for the bereaved families and friends of thousands who became victims to this virus. Their loss is unbearable and their sorrow inextinguishable.
You are the God of All Comfort. We remember how Jesus wept when His friend Lazarus died, even though He had known that He would resurrect him.
Dear Father, speak peace to the hearts and homes of these dear families.
Only Your presence can fill the vacuum in their lives, O God.
Father God, we read in the Bible how You stopped plagues when people cried to You with tears of repentance. Help all of us, Indians and non-Indians, to turn to You the only true and living God at this hour. Let our cities and towns get rid of liquor shops, brothels, gambling centres and the like. Forgive us who underpay the labourers and exploit their helplessness. May be their cries have reached Your ears! You are the God of the Poor. As a nation we are sinning against You. As a world we are disobeying Your commandments. Our cup of iniquity is overflowing. We have mistaken Your patience. Please, Lord, do not punish us according to our sins. We beg You to turn away Your anger from us.
Forgive us, Christians, who have failed to be the light in the society.
Forgive us and heal our Land, O God!
Forgive our children and youngsters who disobey the parents and rebel against the elders. We pray that You soften their hearts towards submission lest they come under Your curse.
Dear Father, we remember the prophetic words Jesus spoke over two thousand years ago to His disciples that famines, plagues and earthquakes in various places would be on the increase as a sign of endtimes. These days are already on us.The Bible, Your Word, says that these are prelude to the Second Coming of Your Son, Jesus. Strengthen us with Your grace, O God, to withstand these difficult times and stay prepared for His Return by believing on Him for salvation and eternal life. Thank You, O God, for hearing this prayer, as inadequate as it is. Do not delay the answer. We once again fall at Your feet worshiping You as God Omnipresent, God Omnipotent and God Omniscient. In the Name of Jesus, we offer this prayer. Let it be so!
Having started in Wuhan, China probably from mid-December as of today (March 28th, 2020), the death toll approximately due to Corona virus outbreak is 27,300. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic), over a period of approximately 105 days. Take heart. Deadly plagues of far bigger intensity which could kill 14,700 people or 70,000 people in a matter of only a few hours or 3 days respectively were stopped by the gracious, merciful, unchanging omnipotent Heavenly Father when His sincere, penitent Servants interceded for the people fervently and passionately (See Numbers 16:41-50/2 Sam. 24:15-25/Ps. 102:27/Heb 13:8). So what chance does this Corona virus stands in the face of fervent, passionate prayers of His sincere prayer warriors! So intercessors, keep at it in faith (Is. 62:6-7).
Prayer: Father, what chance this petite virus has against thy healing powers. Even as this crisis has brought the World to its knees in humble repentance, please abolish it from our Land and equip this contrite generation to walk faithfully and humbly pleasing Thee at all times. In Jesus Name.