I was invited tonight to the Baptist Unions first Online Prayer Briefing. I followed the link they provided and was able to participate with people all over the nation as we were led in prayer together for the nation at this time by Rev. Lynn Green (General Secretary of BUGB) and others.
Some of you may remember Lynn from the two occasions when she has preached at Bethel.
When the time of prayer finished, it was explained that the live video will hopefully be made available to view from the BUGB website soon – I’ll update this post with a link as soon as that’s possible.
What struck me as particularly good about the time of prayer was that it was very honest about the scope of the problem and how we feel in the face of it, but full of faith in the light of size of the God that we worship! Lynn introduced the time of prayer with a scripture from Haggai Chapter 2 which felt powerfully relevant:
4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
It was brought home to me, that as we face a time of huge crisis – we will to fight it on our knees before God, more in awe of Him than we are of the struggle that we face.