I’m excited about this coming Saturday, although what I’ll be doing may have no appeal to you. I’m
going to be praying. It’s something I do every day anyway, but that’s on my own. Sometimes I pray
with others, but on Saturday I’m praying with people from England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium,
Canada, USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, India, the Philippines, Jamaica
and Australia. Thanks to Zoom for making such an experience possible. It’s an exercise organised by
people from our fellowship of churches, cleverly splitting the day into different time zones allowing
everyone to participate in their waking hours.
Why am I excited? Coronavirus is one reason. Like you, I’ve watched Covid-19 run riot over the past
months, and now we’re in a second wave. All hope is being placed in vaccines, but not mine. I pray
for a successful vaccine, but my hope is in God alone. I truly believe that only God can do what men
will never do, and that’s stop Covid-19 in its tracks. With or without a vaccine God can do that, and I
intend to speak to him about it on Saturday, in the company of fellow Christians around the world.
You can think me naïve, I don’t mind. If I wasn’t a Christian I’d be thinking I’m more than naïve, I’d be
thinking I’m a bit crazy. I’m not though. I know what God can do. Let me give you two Bible
When Moses led the Israelites our of slavery in Egypt, their freedom appeared to be short lived
because Pharaoh, who had let them go, changed his mind and went after them with his army.
Unfortunately, he caught up with the Israelites just as they reached the Red Sea which they were
unable to cross. An Egyptian army behind them, a sea in front of them, a hopeless situation. Nothing
to look forward to but certain death. Not so. Moses said to them, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and
you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will
never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (1) Being still is what we do in
prayer. We see a hopeless situation and we trust God to deal with it. The Lord did fight for the
Israelites. The Red Sea opened before them allowing them to travel across it on dry land.
Furthermore, as the Egyptian army followed, the waters closed on them and they were drowned.
God had saved the Israelites.
There was another occasion when a prophet called Elisha and his servant were being chased by his
enemies. His servant was afraid because it was just two of them against an army. Here’s part of the
story, “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are
with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened
the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around
Elisha.” (2) That’s amazing, isn’t it? Once again, faced with certain death God intervened and saved
Elisha and his servant.
I’ve never been afraid of Covid-19 because I trust in God to protect me. I know he can protect me
but if he doesn’t, and I catch it, that’s ok. He’s the Sovereign God and who am I to question what he
does? I’m going into Saturday’s global prayer event to pray that God will remove Covid-19 from this
earth. Can he do it? Of course, he can. Will he do it? I don’t know. That’s entirely in the hand of God.
What I do know is that if the coronavirus continues there will be a reason, unknown to me but
known by God. I trust him to do what is right. He always does.
(1) Exodus 14:13,14
(2) 2 Kings 6:16,17