Several times of late, when describing events happening around the globe, the phrase ‘of Biblical proportions’ has been used.  For those of us who are Bible believing Christians, that phrase alerts our minds and sharpens our thinking.

As we write, there is a growing concern that the Coronavirus could be spreading from nation to nation, from city to city.  We are aware that vast swarms of locusts are devouring parts of East Africa.  We have seen unprecedented fires and floods in several parts of the world.  With millions of displaced people moving from one country to another, tensions are rising over the impact they are having on the nations trying to help them.  So many challenges are being faced in our world today. Even Sir David Attenborough has said that if we keep living as we are living now, there could be further catastrophic events in the next 50 to 60 years as the world runs out of the resources to sustain life.

The violent persecution of Christians in China, India, North Korea, across the Middle East and in many other countries, sees Satan using authorities to try and eliminate the Christian faith and crush followers of Jesus. 

Here in the UK, this once bastion of free speech finds millions of people afraid to make a statement of their beliefs for fear of reprisals and recriminations and loss of a job. 

So, as we observe these events of ‘Biblical proportions’ and hear and read of these predictions made, we look in our Bible to read what it says about some of the challenges we are facing in our world today.

In Matthew Chapter 24, (the first book in the New Testament) the disciples of Jesus asked him about the possibility of signs about His coming again and the end of the age.

And this is what Jesus said:

“Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  You will be hated by nations for My name’s sake. Many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will rise and deceive many, lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold. This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, then the end will come.” (Verses 3-14 paraphrased)

Please note, we are not saying the end of the world is next week or next year; Jesus told His disciples, “Only the Father knows the exact time all this will take place.” What we are saying is, that if Christ Jesus the Son of God said it would happen, it will happen.  In the shaking and uncertainty around the world today that is affecting every one of us, who and what are you trusting in to get you through to a place of peace and certainty?

When we repent of our sins and ask God to forgive us, He through His amazing grace and by the work of His Spirit, will not only forgive us our sins, but come into our lives and give us His eternal life.  His Holy Spirit enables us to live life that is not immune from all the shaking and uncertainty, but immune from its eternal consequences.

Today, we are praying that the Coronavirus will stop spreading. We are praying for righteous governing of nations. We are asking God for wisdom for ourselves, our communities and our nation in the care of our planet. We are asking for God’s mercy on the millions of men, women and children caught up in war zones at the whim of power mad people. We are praying that the locusts will not destroy hungry people’s crops. We are praying that in China, North Korea, India, across the Middle East, in parts of Africa and in many other places, governments will take action to stop the killing and persecution of Christians and allow freedom of speech and religion for all their people.

We are praying that everyone who reads these words, who is searching for truth and certainty, will stop and ask God to give them an understanding of their need for forgiveness and a revelation, and understanding of His love for them demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus who is the Prince of Peace.

 

Ian Cole is the founder of World Prayer Centre