Standing in the gap
- God’s people: Pray in particular for God’s people to fix their eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith (Hebrews 12:2). Pray for God to increase the believers’ faith, and them to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), to be prayerful (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- The nations: With the continuing novel coronavirus situation, pray for God’s grace and mercy as several nations grapple with this wide-spreading disease. Pray especially for China, that is bearing the brunt of epidemic. Pray for the governments to have the wisdom and resolve to deal effectively with the issue, for healing to come on the patients, for the caregivers’ safety and protection, and the general population to stay calm. Thank God for those people who shone and are beacons of hope and encouragement to those afflicted and who are battling this virus in the front line.
- Our nation: Besides the above issue, Singapore is also facing a spike in the number of dengue cases in the last two weeks, coupled with the onset of a new strain (dengue-3 serotype). Pray for the national agencies involved to be able to overcome the challenges they are facing. Know however that God is sovereign, and that He is in control. Pray for Him to be glorified in the midst of uncertainty and turmoil and ‘to still the storm to a whisper’ (Psalm 107:29).