NH Alliance Prayerful Thoughts About Covid-19
#1 Prayer and Guidance: Here we are Lord, use us (Isaiah 6).
We belong to the Lord, so let’s declare his Lordship over our lives and over this present darkness—for he brings light to the darkness and hope to the despairing. We have been praying for James 1:5 wisdom, “for if anyone lacks wisdom let him ask of God and he will give generously to all without finding fault.” We are praying all kinds of prayers for all people and authorities for peace and salvation because the Lord desires all to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:1-4).
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#2 Become informed. Stay informed. Discern how we can help those in greatest need.
We know that the main strategy of the US is to slow down the spread of Covid 19 by taking strong action to quarantine as much as possible. We have heard that the young and strong are at low risk, but they have been exhorted to take care to think of the elderly and people of high risk. We know that the Lord’s heart is with those who are the least (Mt 25:40), so what can we do to help those in need. Those of us who are strong in faith and confident in the crisis are doing all we can to care and cooperate in everything to protect those who need help or are vulnerable.
#3 Offer Help Through Social Media—“Caremongering” and Using New Tools
How can we help others? We just heard of a movement emerging on social media to help those in need. Check this out: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51915723 The NHA is activating a number of tools to help people find safe ways of communicating. Stay tuned.
#4 Reach Out to Your Sphere of Influence—Family, Friends, Neighbors, Co-Workers
In crisis people often are more open than usual and come together. Think of 9/11 and how the country rallied together. Many people will experience anxiety, fear, and panic—but don’t we have a “peace that passes all understanding.” (See Phil 4:6-8). Make the most of every opportunity (Eph 5:15-17). Pray for your sphere of influence. Ask them if they need anything. Ask them what are their prayer requests. The greatest gift is Jesus, so expect unusual openness in a time of crisis. “Always be prepared to share the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15). Be faithful. Expect the Lord to do great things. “And we know in all things that God works together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes,” Romans 8:28.
#5 Final Thoughts—Sharing Wisdom The NH Alliance is focused on sharing and testifying to what the Lord is doing. Already we have had great help from a partner