There is no scarier word today than the mention of Wuhan.
The city of Wuhan is the epicenter of the fast spreading Sars-like virus. As I write, it has taken 56 lives in China and the death toll is still escalating. There are near 2000 confirmed cases of this Wuhan virus. Ten cities of Hubei province, including Wuhan has been locked down. It affected 20 million residents. Restrictions of travel and public gatherings are imposed. All planned holiday activities are abruptly cancelled.
Anxiety and anger in Wuhan are high as worried residents crowd the hospitals where loved ones are being tested for the corona virus. Medical teams in hazmat suits are stressed in the rush to identify the infected.
The Wuhan virus has spread to other Chinese cities including Beijing, as well as Singapore, the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, Canada and Nepal. There is a deepening concern this outbreak may become pandemic.
The situation that dominates our headlines is a clarion call for prayer.
Our hope lies in II Chronicles 20:9
“If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You – for Your name is in this house – and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.”
So we pray:
Dear God our Father in heaven, You are in control of all deadly virus. By Your command You bring forth pestilence to punish. And by Your Word You are able to deliver Your people from pestilence.
So we lift our eyes to You to pray for deliverance from this mutating and adapting Wuhan virus.
Give to the Chinese authorities and the governing bodies of cities and countries, the guided wisdom to prevent and contain the outbreak of this virus.
Protect the medical health workers. Grant them vigilance and the uncanny ability to detect, identify and prescribe.
Give to the medical researchers the ability to develop a vaccine to prevent and stop the virus.
Give to those who lost their loved ones Your comfort and peace.
Give to those who have caught this Wuhan virus, Your grace and strength to overcome and recover.
Give to the people in the affected cities, the calm and co-operative spirit to act responsibly and not exacerbate the situation by their anger and frustration.
We pray to the end that communities may learn to guard against contamination of their health and environment. But most of all, to be grateful to Your divine intervention in this Wuhan virus situation. In the name of Jesus and for His glory we pray. Amen.
May W.U.H.A.N remind us to practice good personal hygiene.
Wear surgical mask if you are sneezing and coughing.
U should take personal responsibility if you have a fever. Go see a doctor.
Hand washing is a good hygiene habit to observe.
Avoid going to Church or public places if you are sick.
Never take lightly the spread of flu virus.