But with a total lockdown in the state of California and many other places leaving the house only for exercise and food gathering , people are anxious and want to know if I have any advice. First of all, take a deep breath and get some perspective. COVID has sadly led to thousands of premature deaths, but it still pales in significance to the Spanish Flu of a hundred years ago. That resulted in million deaths all around the world, at a time when world population was less than two billion it is close to eight billion today. And beyond that is the Black Plague, which is estimated to have killed 75 to million people AD at a time when world population was less than million.
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From The Last Book Of The Bible Daily Devotional Wednesday, April 22, And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each of them having a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev The exciting message of this verse is that the worship of heaven includes the prayers of the saints. The prayers of the saints arise from a world that is very different from the scene John witnesses in heaven. In the world, the saints seem to be defeated. In the world evil seems to reign. But in the Book of Revelation the eyes of believers are raised up to heavenly places. There the decisive victory has been won. There evil has been crippled.
Prayer is not just a nice thing to do, it is a link to the mighty, victorious power of heaven. Before we had children, my wife and I each bought a lovely ten-speed bicycle to enjoy the landscapes of our mountain valley.
We rode quite often for a few years, but in the last couple of decades these bikes have been largely neglected as the pressures of family and career turned our attention in other directions. They sit now under the elevated sunroom of our house, a place where they stay dry, but are a little too hard to get to!
Some time ago, I crawled under the sunroom and pulled out my red racer, thinking it was about time to take it for a spin. There was quite a bit of rust here and there and the tape had come off one of the handlebars. It still had that pleasant buzzing sound that high-quality bikes make when the wheels turn at a slow pace.
I took the bike out for a ride and headed down the road. It was really quite hard to keep it going, and I wondered if my leg muscles were out of shape. I brought the bike back thinking it might as well go back into hiding for another 20 years. But after some effort I located a pump, injected some new air into those old tires and tried again. What a surprise! Everything went so much easier.
A little air made a very big difference. When we try to solve our problems by ourselves, life is truly hard. But prayer vaults our challenges into the throne room of heaven, where no problem is too big to solve, no battle is too hard to win. Thanks to the victory of the Lamb, prayer is the key to victory on earth.
I do ask that Your mighty power will multiply my efforts to extend the victory of the Lamb to everyone I meet.
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