A Call to Prayer
During the Second World War, at times of extraordinary national difficulty, there were specific calls for the people of Britain to meet together and pray. These were encouraged by King George VI and the government of the day. Men, women and children flocked to churches to pray. Within days – and some cases, hours – incredible, miraculous things happened, one of the most incredible being the evacuation of Dunkirk.
As the Coronavirus begins to take hold, we today find ourselves in extraordinarily difficulty, circumstances. Circumstances which are not only affecting us but which are affecting the people of all nations. Circumstances which demand an extraordinary response. I firmly believe this the right time for us to do the same and to call on our nation to pray, just as we did in the past.
As we are unable to meet together as churches, how can we do this in 2020? In this time of isolation we cannot replicate those previous calls for prayer but – with the benefit of social media – there is no reason why this call to prayer can’t be circulated to at least a few thousand Christians by simply contacting our friends and asking them to call on their own churches to pray. They can also pass this message on to the rest of their Christian friends. My suggestion is that we set aside an hour during which Christians throughout our land – wherever they may be – offer prayers to our great and mighty God.
When would this be? I doubt there could be a better day to do it than Good Friday, 10th April, 2020. What better time than between 12.00 noon and 1.00pm? Please try to find at least a few minutes during that hour when you, your family, your Church and your friends bring this whole crisis to the Lord in prayer.
If you could please pass this message on to everyone at your Church and to the rest of your family and friends – wherever they might be, home or abroad – that would be brilliant. If possible, let’s get people across the whole world praying during that hour!
Jeff Hewitt – Elder – Dunstable Baptist Church.