“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit”. (James 5:17-18).

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall”. (Malachi 4:2).

Yesterday, I went out to buy a few things for the home. It was chilly, despite it being a bright day. The streets were quiet, most shops were closed and traffic greatly reduced.

I walked and prayed and heard myself pray that “the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings”. I soon became aware that the Holy Spirit had prayed those words through me so I repeated them in connection with Luton and then the UK.

  • It’s the job of government to plan;
  • It’s the job of scientists to advise;
  • It’s the job of doctors to treat patients;
  • It’s the job of the church to pray;
  • It’s the job of the preacher to find acceptable words for the people:

Pharaoh had two dreams – about a worldwide famine that would occur after 7 years of fantastic economic growth.

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that frightened him but on waking he forgot the dream. The wise men, sorcerers, magicians, Chaldeans were tasked with recalling the dream and giving the meaning of the dream. None could, their conclusion was it’s impossible and what the King was asking was unreasonable. Nebuchadnezzar wouldn’t have it so he commanded that all the so called wise men of the land be destroyed, which meant Daniel and his three Jewish compatriots would be destroyed. 

Daniel asked for a short time for him and his three friends to pray. During the night the Lord came to Daniel and showed him the Kings forgotten dream and gave him the meaning.

Saul was on a ship to Rome, before setting out, Paul told the captain of the ship that he “perceived” that danger was ahead and advised him not to set sale. The captain ignored Paul’s advice and set sale.

A little while into the journey a tremendous storm arose; despite great efforts including lightening the ship by throwing overboard much of the cargo the ship was still in danger. After trying everything they knew, the Captain concluded that all hope was lost. During the night an angel visits Paul and told him to tell all on board “all souls will be saved but the ship will be destroyed”. Paul told a humbled Captain what the angel told him during the night, this time he was listened to and as predicted everybody on board survived but the ship and most of the rest of the cargo perished.

Elijah prayed after 3 1/2 years for rain and rain came.

Joshua prayed that the sun and moon would not go down and they stood still for a whole day until the battle was won.

That was an impossible prayer for what Joshua prayed for could have had lasting effect on our world.

What’s the point?

The Coronavirus pandemic should teach us that we are not as great as we think. That we are one world. That God if God is indeed God, then let us serve him, and if not, then don’t. 

What must the church do?

Elijah was a man of like passion as we are: he prayed for no rain over Israel and after 3 1/2 years without rain, he prayed again that it rained and it rained abundantly.

I want us to pray that God turn up the temperature over the UK and certain parts of the world. We need the heat of the sun to dissipate the virus.

Science is seeking a vaccine but the church must pray for divine intervention. A vaccine will eventually be found but in the meantime we need divine intervention. Our land needs healing.

Early this morning, as I prepared for the Daily Bread live broadcast, which goes out on Good News TV Radio APP at 9am and repeated at 5.30pm Monday to Saturday I read about the Sun.

Nothing is more important to us on Earth than the Sun. Without the Sun’s heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth. 

The outer part or outer skin of the sun is called the corona and it’s hotter than the surface of the sun.

The Sun’s corona is the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere. The corona is usually hidden by the bright light of the Sun’s surface. That makes it difficult to see without using special instruments. However, the corona can be viewed during a total solar eclipse.

Believe me when I say I did not know about the Sun’s corona. Maybe in the crevice of my brain I was told about the Sun’s corona at school nearly fifty years ago and the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention I cannot say.

I then went on air that morning with the topic: “let the church be the church”. We have a significant part to play in the healing of our land and this is through prayer and the spoken word.  

Finally, Coronavirus – Covid -19, this new strain of virus has killed many thousands and infected many millions of people. Pray that the Lord turn up the temperature over the sun over the UK and where it is needed.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny