Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Prayer in Trouble (Coronavirus)
Psalm 91v5-6 “You will not fear the terror … arrow … pestilence … plague”
You have probably heard of the corona virus (!). Some may panic, but Christians pray. There seems to be many issues in the world which provoke fear – whether health, economic, or ecological. Psalm 91 is a helpful Psalm to meditate on in such times and to speak over yourself. There is a combination of:
- Declaration by us – “I will say of the Lord he is my refuge”
- Promise about God and us – “He will save you … you will not fear”
- Declaration by God – “He will call upon me and I will answer him”
With this in mind, you may like to meditate on the Psalm using this video of the Psalm which I have put together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yiZQCvi2VM
I find it very interesting that the Devil uses the assurances of verses 11-12 “He will command his angels concerning you…” to tempt Jesus to take reckless action (Matthew 4v5-6). Jesus counters this temptation with “Do not put your Lord to the test”. A Christian response to danger is also a practical one, while trusting the Lord. Therefore, out of love for one another, we should follow the current Government guidance to minimise chances of spreading the virus:
Individuals should follow good hygiene practices including :
- Carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes before binning the tissue
- Washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using hand sanitiser gel to kill germs
- Avoid the touching of the face (unless hands have been very recently washed)
- All travellers returning from infected foreign countries or who have been exposed to someone in the UK who has the virus, should watch for symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath and if developed should immediately
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel/contact details and to seek further advice
We will also:
- Continue to monitor such guidance.
- Have hand-sanitiser and tissues available at church gatherings.
- Note it is safer to greet someone with a pat on the shoulder than with a handshake
With much blessing,
- Socials – Quiz night on Wednesday 25th March (doors open 6.30pm, quiz 7.15pm)
- Funtastic Church – Sunday 29th March 10.30am
- Prayer – Let’s pray for our world and it’s leaders, praying particular for our own nation and spiritual revival.