You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
—Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
“As our nation prepares for the worst, our prayers are with those who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus,” Franklin Graham posted on Facebook Thursday. “There are those who are sick, those who have lost family members, and those who are put into economic difficulties due to this virus.”
The whole world was rocked with the news of the coronavirus being declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. International travel has been banned across multiple of countries, sporting events have been cancelled, people are being asked to work from home, and there is a widespread fear across the United Kingdom that have left people irrationally ‘panic buying’ essentials such as toilet paper.
The covid-19 virus has struck fear amongst people in the United Kingdom, and across the globe.
As global leaders and healthcare professionals discuss further plans on tackling the ‘pandemic’, Franklin Graham is calling people to prayer.
“Let us join together in praying that God will give the medical community a vaccine and effective treatments that will save lives,” he wrote on Facebook. “.. We need to ask God for His wisdom, help, and provision.”
In his book, Living Beyond the Limits, Franklin Graham once wrote about fearing for his own life in war-torn Angola in the early ’80s.
“Fear cannot take hold unless it is fed,” he wrote. “If we dwell on a perceived threat, panic will take over. If we dwell on Christ, peace will prevail.”
The same is true today. While media reports and a plunging stock market may throw people into a panic, centring your life on Christ and keeping the focus on Him can calm those anxieties.
While there are still unknowns, He is constant, unchanging and all-powerful—not just today but for all time.