By Ben Fiddian. 

Until recently, most of us had only seen empty supermarket shelves on TV reports from Eastern European countries in the years after the ‘Cold War’ ended. Now the UK supermarket supply chain is struggling to keep up with the demands of mass panic buying. People are stockpiling painkillers, toilet paper, soap, pasta, and beans driven by the need to ‘self isolate’ and the very real possibility of a ‘national lock-down’ coming into force.

Today the workers of the Faith Mission have been asked to set as much time aside as they can to call on the Lord in prayer. Perhaps you are doing something similar in your own Christian circle and if not perhaps you would like to join us?

As we pray remember that we are NOT coming to a supermarket with empty shelves.

1. We are coming to The Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). This is the place where God exercises His Almighty Authority in giving Generous and Benevolent Gifts freely to those who ask. He is sovereign over this crisis and has some purpose in it: it is our duty to plead with Him to mix as much grace into the cup as His infinite love and wisdom see fit.

2. Like Joseph’s barns at the time of the great famine in Genesis 42-46 God’s storehouse is fully stocked. Like Joseph’s brothers, we have a blood relationship with the Quartermaster of heaven and an infinite line of credit.

3. At the local shop you might have to buy what you can because many things on your list have gone. But there is no necessity missing from heaven’s shelves. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3).

4. Our supermarket is limiting how many items any individual can buy but God sets no limit on how much we can ask: “For from His FULLNESS we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16).

Ben is part of the lecturing team at the Faith Mission Bible College
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