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The Power of Prayer
by James Robison

01/04/2007  


Philip Yancey's book answers many questions about prayer.
Over the holidays, Betty and I have sought to experience a season of refreshing in the presence of the Lord. We enjoyed a special time interacting with our three children and 11 grandchildren. Hopefully you enjoyed special moments with your family, too.

We spent extensive time in prayer with special thought for those who have suffered losses in their family. We continue to lift up the members of our Armed Services and their loved ones.

I have been reading Philip Yancey’s latest book, Prayer: Does It Make A Difference? I highly recommend this book to every believer. Prayer makes all the difference in our lives. It focuses the power of Almighty God on specific areas of concern. Many debate whether it changes God or simply changes us. There is no question we are changed through prayer, but I personally believe that prayer moves God, too. He clearly said in the Old Testament, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will pardon their sin, and will hear their land.”

There is a great need for healing in our land and throughout the world. It is imperative that those people who truly know God spend time in earnest prayer. The forces of evil threaten the peace and security of the entire free world, but we must also search our own hearts and ask God to deliver us from the evil that threatens us within. Jesus taught us to pray in this manner. Not only do we seek to be delivered from the deadly intentions of evil men, but also its deadening effect on our personal spiritual well being.

As Betty and I have prayed together, we have been led to give close attention to the book of Isaiah. In this book lies the consistency of what I shared in the message, “We Have A Choice: Humility or Humiliation”. (If you have not yet read this call to prayer, visit wehaveachoice.org to download it.)

The message from Isaiah to God’s people of the Old Covenant is the same message I have shared to those living in the New Covenant. As important as our military strength and defense systems are, we will not have the necessary protection apart from God’s divine direction and supernatural deliverance from destruction. I concluded the call to humility message with emphasis on particular areas on which we should focus in prayer. Ask God to lead us to humility before Him, rather than humiliation that comes from foolish actions of selfish individuals and partisan political action. We need to pray for God to give wisdom to our leaders and that they will seek wise counsel and have the character and strength necessary to stand by correct decisions, even if they are unpopular.

Another assurance of protection can be found when we reach out to the less fortunate. Many misguided individuals, often found working in the media, characterize the United States and her allies as the real evil in the world, even blaming the problems throughout the Middle East on us. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We are still basically a nation of great, compassionate and largely unselfish individuals. We have been tainted and greatly damaged by a few unscrupulous, unprincipled and self-centered individuals, but America is not the cause of the death and destruction in the Middle East. The calamity in those hot spots is inspired and motivated by sectarian, vile religious spirits. Our nation as a whole continues to weep over the horrific acts, and we diligently seek to offer the opportunity of freedom. History has confirmed, however, that unprincipled people will never be able to live in harmony and peace.

Over and over in Isaiah we find the promise of guidance and protection for those who compassionately reach out to others. The night of September 11, 2001, after the attack on American soil, I shared the message of God found in Isaiah 58. This remains our hope for the future. In that chapter, God said if we share food with the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, and provide for those who need help, our deliverance will come quickly, our wounds will be healed, and the glory of God will protect us.

We are promised that our prayers will be answered quickly! By reaching out to those in need, we see the promise that our light will shine out from the darkness and that God will guide us, providing water to quench our thirst and restore our strength. We will become “fruitful like a watered garden,” and we will be known as “a rebuilder of walls” and “a restorer of homes.” What a great reputation to have throughout the world!

We should all desire to restore walls – not the kind that divide us from each other, but the ones that provide security and protection. The strength of our families and the harmony of heart in our country will determine our future security.

The prophet Isaiah warned against the foolishness of simply trusting horses and chariots, and the wisdom of men for our security. We must have military strength offensively and defensively, but it is equally necessary to have God’s wisdom and guidance in order to properly direct the use of these forces.

These things will come to fruition after a season of intense prayer. Prayer can move any person, party or power in a more positive direction. God is no respecter of persons. Political, denominational or sectarian divisions make no difference to Him. Prayer moves both God and man. Prayer changes things and there are some changes that must be made. Together, we can secure our future by rebuilding the walls, restoring the unshakable foundations and inspiring families. Thank you for uniting your heart with ours and crying out to God to deliver us from evil and restore our land.

 

Publishing Information

Author: James Robison

Word Count: 986

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net

 

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