We are going through some very difficult times world-wide. With so many unknowns about the virus which threatens us, it tends to make people uneasy.
Government officials, federal and state, have been providing information daily on what we need to do. I appreciate their efforts. We have guidelines for what we can do individually and collectively to help stem the tide of this virus.
But, there is one thing that needs to be stressed above all else – Look to Jehovah God! I heard two government officials reference prayer in their comments: Ben Carson (HUD Secretary) made a comment about a “day of prayer”; our own governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt, read a verse from the book of Philippians (Phil. 4:6). They are to be commended for recognizing that we have needs that man alone cannot supply.
I also read a prayer online provided by Ricky Gootam, a gospel preacher in India who appealed to God for help:
“Dear God the Father, please be with all those who are suffering with this virus all over the world. Please be with all those who are 65+ years of age all around the world and their families. Let this phase pass. We know you are bigger than this virus and wanted to thank you for your continuous protection. In Jesus name we pray.”
The point is this – the people of the United States and all throughout the world need to turn to God for help. In one of our meetings at the Braggs church of Christ I mentioned that the cure for Polio was always there but it took man some time to discover it. Is it not true that there is a cure for the current virus but we have not yet found it? I commend our medical people throughout this world who are laboring not only to care for the sick but who also work tirelessly to find a cure for this disease. However, please do not leave God out of your thinking!
Those who live faithful Christian lives and do the will of God know that He hears our prayers and answers.
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Pet. 3:12).
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Js. 5:16).
Braggs church of Christ