Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
Praying Through A Crisis
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This is what the Lord… says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. - 2 Kings 20:5

 

This is the response of God  to the prayers of King Hezekiah during is terminal illness. The monarch pleads for mercy, healing and remembrance of his faithfulness to God.His emotions are raw and sincere. He has received bad news from the Prophet Isaiah that death is imminent and there will be no recovery. The news is devastating. But Hezekiah prays to God.

 

In times like these, in which we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic of epic proportion, how should Christians respond? The answers are not always simple and neat, but consider these suggestions.

 

1. Prayer. How can we not begin with prayer. Prayer is not a noun, but a verb. Pray is doing something. Hezekiah's first move was to go to God in prayer. Pray for discernment, direction, information, courage and pray for those who are sick and the families who have lost loved ones. Pray for leadership on every level. Sometimes the key to praying with perseverance is simply to stop looking at your problems and focus instead on who God is and what He has already done.

 

Philippians 4:6 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

2. Protect. God answers prayer. He often gives us strength and knowledge to say and do things that will please him. God told Hezekiah that he would heal him and called him "the leader of my people". In a crisis like this we need leadership and we need knowledge. God healed him, but an unusual salve was made to anoint the King. God heals in many ways. 

 

Exercise caution and care in your hygiene and the people and places you frequent. Know your vulnerabilities and your health disposition. Ask God for wisdom and use it.

 

James 5:14-15

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. 

Medicine, Ministry and the Master all work together for our well being. During this Health Crisis, let us exercise our faith, let us be prayerful and let us protect both ourselves and those who are vulnerable in our faith community. Get knowledge and get understanding. 

 

Let us pray for each other and our nation.

 

 

 


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