A very important event on our calendar for this year is the Day of Fasting and Prayer, which is to be held on the 4th of April. I am sure that you will agree with me that the people of God need to be praying and fasting now more than ever. The signs of our times point unmistakably to the fact that the close of probation is upon us, and we are not ready. We must seek the Lord with all our hearts, in confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, as these are the conditions by which we can be ready for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us go to the Lord and ask Him to make us ready us for the Latter Rain. Let us pray for a real genuine revival and reformation to take place in us and among us. My friends this is our greatest and most urgent need.
We must also pray for protection from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which is causing the hearts of men to be “failing them for fear.” It has rattled supply chains around the world, affecting businesses and the global economy. It has taken over 3,000 lives in a short space of time and has sent thousands more in quarantine. It has sent scientists all over the world scrambling to come up with a quick vaccine to stem the rapid spread of this disease and has left governments without a clue as to how to respond to this sudden global crisis. Surely, we see the fulfilment of the warning that Jesus gave as a sign of the end in Matthew 24:7.
In some countries, public gatherings are not allowed due to the fear of the spread of this virus and churches have been forced to close their doors and encourage members to stay home as a precautionary measure.
Let us, therefore, embrace the opportunity to pray for the health of ourselves, our families, our communities and our nations.
Let us heed the call of the General Conference president, Elder Ted Wilson and let us fast and pray for God to intervene.
Let us also pray for the General Conference Session which is due to be held in June of this year, that God will put a check on this disease, and allow His people to attend the Session and successfully conduct the business of His church.
Let us pray for the Lord to help us to understand the times, and to live in anticipation and readiness for His coming.
I am asking us as leaders to mobilise our workers and our churches to heed the urgent call for prayer and to give this event all the focus and attention that it deserves. This is a very important matter: “LET US PRAY.”
Dr Peter Kerr, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) | Photo by ATCU.