"The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again." Acts 10:9-16
Our food supply is in danger. When the news started rumbling a few weeks back about a dangerous E.Coli outbreak in Europe, my "danger sense" went up to full alert. Back at the beginning of the year I had read in more than one place that we needed to be praying for the food supply in our country. There was also advice given about planting gardens and working on starting a food stockpile. I've been praying on and off- food is such a big part of my life- but in the last few weeks, that prayer has become a daily effort. Then, this morning I read on the news that there are at least 10 sick in the state of Tennessee from a strange form of E. Coli. And so it begins.
And so it ends right here and now. You know, God warns us about thing in advance so that we can have the opportunity to pray that they will not happen that way. I think we saw that with the last round of tsunami danger in the Pacific. I believe that the praying people of this nation rose up and prayed for God to intervene for Hawaii and the West Coast, and because of that, the damage done was so minimal. Thank God for the prayers of the people! And now we need to pray for our food supply. Just this week, the US Government released a new model for eating that shows that half of our food intake should consist of fruits and vegetables. This is excellent and sound advice. Except that the current E.Coli invasion in Europe is suspected to come from "some kind of produce". They can't even figure out where it is coming from- just that it's from something fresh. Thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables are being destroyed "just in case".
Is it coincidence that the same week this new food model comes out that our fresh produce supply is in danger? This is no coincidence, and my prayer is for the food supply. E.Coli is nothing to the power of Jesus Christ, and I pray that the fresh fruits and vegetables that our bodies need to function is safe and healthy. I also pray that the government officials who deal with our food supply will be alert and ready, and that they will know decisively how to deal with situations as they arise. I pray for wisdom for President Obama as these things come across his desk and he also has to deal with the threat to our nations food supply. May God give him insight and understanding, and the tools necessary to nip any danger in the bud before it has a chance to progress.
And I also pray that panic and fear will not take hold of this country. Fear is not of God. Our nation was not founded on the principles of fear, but on the principles of freedom and unity. May the people be united, and should the need arise, may neighbor share with neighbor freely and willingly.
I pray that God, Himself, will cleanse the food supply of this country. I pray that the farmers and the growers who are growing our fruits and vegetables will be filled with Godly understanding and wisdom as to how to prevent deadly diseases, such as E.Coli from entering the system. I pray that all these foods that God has already proclaimed clean, and for our good pleasure to eat, that they will be free of disease, and will only be filled with the good things our bodies need to thrive.
May God Bless America, and may God bless the food supply of not only this country, but of our allies and of our friends in other countries. Food is vital, and I pray that the devil will lose his ability to manipulate the food stuffs to cause disease and calamity. The devil has no power over that which God has created and blessed.