By Connie Edwards
Our hearts break for thousands of hurting people due to the COVID-19 enemy in our world, country, and right here in our Tri-cities communities.
As we turn on the TV for another update, images are blurred by tears. Every day, lines of people desperate for food are longer, as are the rows of refrigerated vans holding loved ones who have tragically perished alone. And more trenches are dug to bury caskets by the dozens in Potter’s Field.
Eager to find someone to blame, voices echo into emptiness, “Who unleashed this?”
We grow restless and impatient. Our world has changed.
During a moment of overwhelming sadness, a team of exhausted, unrelenting, doctors and nurses in a Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital gather to pray at the bedside of a deathly ill COVID-19 patient.
So many prayers are needed—sometimes it’s hard to see where to begin.
Jesus understands when we are confused, distraught, and don’t know how to pray. In our weakness, God’s Word reminds us over and over to petition Jesus, who is attentive to all affairs of man, and intercedes for us.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27 NIV)
“. . . Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who is raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34 NIV)
“Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NIV)
How poignant that Easter, a time when the truth of Jesus is widely taught, fell during an upsurge in sick, dying, and fearful people. We cannot know the impact of God’s timing, or how many people heard the message of Jesus Christ, or who accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and will spend eternity in heaven. However, such evidence of His grace is reassuring, and from Romans 8:28 we know this— “that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Rest assured Dear Bethel Friends, Jesus has it all sorted out.