Lockdown Sunday by Pat Franklin

President Trump and our lockdown Sunday church service today in England

Our services now are telephone conference deals , and since ours is such a small fellowship, we know who is speaking because we know everyone’s voice.  So on Sunday, May 10, 2020, about 19 of us were on the line.

Chris Roden, one of our three leaders, read Psalm 145 and then turned to John 13:8, where Jesus said:  ‘If I wash thee not, you have no part in Me.’

So we must go to Jesus every day for regular cleansing, allow Him to wash us clean of every sin.

Then Chris told us of President Trump’s amazing heritage – his mother was a young girl in the Hebridean revival in Scotland!

It began on the Isle of Lewis when Peggy, an old, blind woman, and Christine Smith, an arthritic old woman, prayed ten years for revival.  When Peggy was 84 she had a vision of hundreds of young people coming to the Lord.

People around the island in homes and barns also began praying. 

A young man, Donald MacPhail, was reading Psalm 24:  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord; who shall stand in His holy place?  He that has clean hands and a pure heart.’

Donald lifted his hands and said, ‘Oh Lord, are my hands clean?’  He fell to the floor of the barn.  Later he looked up and saw a door open in heaven.  He was sobbing too much to pray.  The revival had begun!

When Donald was preaching later, one of the young people listening was President Trump’s mother, Mary Ann Smith MacLeod.

She later left Scotland, where there was no work, for America, where she married President Trump’s father.  She named her second son Donald after Donald MacPhail.

Wow.   What God can do! 

Meanwhile we prayed that God would cleanse us, blot out our sins, make us holy before Him.  Is this possible?  Yes.  Why?  Because Christ died for sinners -  ‘...the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from ALL sin.’  1 John 1:7

 There were many other prayers as people chimed in, one after the other on the phone, for complete healing for Boris Johnson, for wisdom and boldness for him and for good counsellors, and for the nation to have wise leaders, making wise decisions, not listening to misleading words of certain scientists, but discerning the truth.

We prayed for the sick in our fellowship to be healed and strength for those who look after them, and that relatives in our families would come to know the Lord, especially relatives who rejected Jesus, even though they were near death from cancer.  No one has the virus.

Alan thanked the Lord for His great mercy that the lump removed from his face last week was not malignant.

Someone (actually me) prayed for ‘this stupid, useless lockdown to be lifted’ and that none of us would ever be forced to wear ‘ridiculous masks which cannot keep any virus out, but would force us to re-breathe air we just breathed out.’

Someone thanked the Lord for the internet where we can get better news, more truth, and asked that more people might learn how to improve their immune systems with vitamin C and D in particular.

Someone else prayed that the doctors who claimed they had a cure which took only 12 hours would be listened to and the cure would become widely known and used.

Someone prayed: ‘The Spirit and the bride say  -Come!  Come, Lord Jesus, and get us out of here!’





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