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A Powerful God: Answered Prayer Series


I doubt that there are many of you reading this that have not been personally effected, or know someone personally effected by the virus that is Covid-19. Many are living in fear of it, because they have no hope of recovery and no hope of life after death. But we live in the joy that is life after death and in the knowledge that God still performs miracles today.
As we will see in the life of Barbara, nothing is too difficult for our God.

 Kerner went on to to discuss another case not in his book for which there are significant documentation. “I've personally interviewed Barbara, who was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with progressive multiple sclerosis,” Keener said. “I've confirmed the facts with two physicians who treated her. There are numerous independent witnesses to her condition and years of medical records. In fact, two of her doctors were so astounded by her case that they written about it in books.”

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God is Calling His People


The last couple of months have been like a roller coaster ride for every God-fearing, freedom-loving American. We would like to share something with you that we hope will be an encouragement to all those who have been interceding for our nation.

Jeremiah was an intercessor who began his ministry under King Josiah of Judah. He appears on the scene about halfway through Josiah’s 31-year reign.The land of Judah was being blessed abundantly with a righteous king who was working diligently to turn the nation back to the Lord, back to righteousness. Judah is prospering, and the future looks brighter than ever and suddenly Jeremiah comes on the scene and starts telling them that God is calling them back from their backsliding! Imagine that scenario!

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General George Patton: Men and Women of Faith

World War II is often thought of as one of the world’s worst times in history: oppression and mass slaughter of a people, country against country, and the death of many millions of people. Yet, in the midst of it, we see that despite this horrible time in our history, there were still men and women of faith who prayed to that Holy One, our God. 

October 1944 found General S. Patton in the midst of what was no doubt one of the most difficult times of his life, World War II. He was determined to take the French city of Metz which would allow his army to push into Germany, possibly bringing about the end of the war. However, as Patton said, the Allies were not just fighting the Germans, they were also fighting time and the weather. Rain had been constant and forceful, greatly affecting, as Patton knew, the playing field in a battle. 

And so Patton completed his preparations for battle and then turned to the only two other weapons he knew: his Bible and prayer. His journal entry that day says,
“I know of nothing more I can do to prepare for this attack except to read the Bible and pray…"
I am sure we will have great success…I know the Lord will help us again. Either He will give us good weather or the bad weather will hurt the Germans more than it does us. His Will Be Done.”

The campaign was a success. Within a month, Patton and his army had freed 873 towns from German rule. 

A short two months later, Patton set his sights on crossing the Rhine River, a difficult obstacle in pushing further into German territory. Yet, the weather was still formidable and so General Patton commissioned a prayer to be sent out on cards with a short Christmas message to all of his soldiers. The prayer said this, 

“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush oppression and wicked of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.” 

General Patton then had a conversation with the chaplain who penned the message. And while there is much more to the conversation, for the sake of time, I’ve simply included experts that show how much General Patton believed in prayer. 

“I am afraid to admit it, but I do not believe that much praying is going on. When there is fighting, everyone prays, but now with this constant rain—when things are quiet, dangerously quiet, men just sit and wait for things to happen. Prayer out here is difficult. Both chaplains and men are removed from a special building with a steeple. Prayer to most of them is a formal, ritualized affair, involving special posture and a liturgical setting. I do not believe that much praying is being done…Chaplain, I am a strong believer in Prayer…God has His part, or margin, in everything. That’s where prayer comes in. Up to now, in the Third Army, God has been very good to us. We have never retreated; we have suffered no defeats, no famine, no epidemics. This is because a lot of people back home are praying for us.” 

The day after the prayer was issued, the weather cleared for six days, allowing the Allies to fight in what was arguably one of the most impactful battles of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. 

General Patton was a man with an incredible amount of responsibility on his shoulders, yet he knew, as far too few men in his position have, where to turn for the help he needed. May we, like General Patton, turn to the One True Source of Help in our country’s time of need. 

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A Prayer for Healing: Answered Prayer Series

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan gave a powerful speech/prayer that is appropriate for the times in which we are currently living. Not long after, the heavens moved in a new way among our people. May we join him in this timeless call for prayer, as now we need an even deeper cry for the very soul of our nation.

Ronald Reagan
A Prayer for Healing

To preserve our blessed land we must look to God... It is time to realize that we need God more than He needs us... We also have His promise that we could take to heart with regard to our country, that "If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Let us, young and old, join together, as did the First Continental Congress, in the first step, in humble heartfelt prayer.

The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America... Our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal. Today, we utter no prayer more fervently than the ancient prayer for peace on Earth.

If I had a prayer for you today, among those that have all been uttered, it is that one we're so familiar with: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace...." And God bless you all.

-- From a speech to the American people, February 6, 1986
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Past Revivals: The North Korean Revival of 1907


In light of our current views of North Korea, we can easily forget how much we don't know about it and its Christian roots. Years ago, the city of Pyongyang became known to missionaries as the “Jerusalem of the East.” The city had great institutional strength for Protestantism, including Union Christian Hospital, Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Union Christian College, the first four-year college anywhere in Korea.

One hundred and ten years ago, Pyongyang saw the outbreak of a massive revival which was the high point of the season of evangelical strength in northern Korea. One Saturday night, Presbyterian missionary William Blair preached to thousands of Korean men focusing on their need to turn away from their traditional hatred of the Japanese people, with whom Korea had a long history of conflict. The missionaries and Korean Christians had been praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and repentance, and it came on that night in January 1907. Many at the meeting began praying out loud, and soon the signs of awakening began to appear. As one missionary described it, the sound of many praying at once brought,

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Response When We Don't Know the Outcome


After Esther and God’s people fasted and prayed for three days they experienced a degree of deliverance when Haman was removed, but the decree that Haman had convinced the king to implement could not be rescinded. Though Haman had been brought down, the people of God still did not know if in the end they would truly be delivered from the hands of the wicked.

Esther did not stop interceding even after victory over Haman. Though her enemy had been brought down, she went again before the king even though she could lose her life by going to him when he had not called her. She fell at his feet and implored him with tears to counter the evil of Haman and the scheme he had devised against the Jews. 

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Faith by Hearing: Answered Prayer Series


"If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith." - Charles Spurgeon

At times it can be difficult, not to believe that God hears our prayers, but that He always answers them. I love this quote from Spurgeon because it reminds us that the shortcoming does not lie on God’s shoulders, but ours. Whatever we fail to see in our lives, is a result of our own lack of faith, not a lack of His faithfulness. 

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Men and Women of Faith: David (Paul) Yonggi Cho


"Prayer creates a personal change in your life. Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer." David Yonggi Cho
David (Paul) Yonggi Cho is the senior pastor of the world's largest church in Seoul, South Korea. He was born in 1936 and raised as a Buddhist. His early life was a struggle. First, he lived through the Japanese invasion of Korea and then the Korean War. He grew up with a tremendous ambition of becoming famous and successful after his poverty-stricken childhood. At the age of nineteen, he was holding down several jobs and was struggling just to exist. One afternoon he started vomiting blood and was then diagnosed as having incurable tuberculosis and was told that his life expectancy was a maximum of four months.

He went home and cried out to his god Buddha for healing. When this didn't take place, he denounced his Buddhist faith. He then cried out to the unknown God. Cho recounts what happened next in his book The Fourth Dimension:

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When Robert Hunt landed at Cape Henry on April 26, 1607, he planted a wooden cross and said, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land but to all the nations of the earth.” In 1620, William Bradford and the signers of the Mayflower Compact declared they came to this land “[f]or the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian religion.” The signers of our Declaration of Independence relied on “Protection of Divine Providence,” and today our Pledge of Allegiance acknowledges we are “one nation under God.” We are a nation with a gospel purpose.

Are the declarations made at Cape Henry or on the Mayflower relevant today? How might those commitments made four hundred years ago reveal our identity and destiny? If we accept the significance of these historical declarations, how should we pray for America?

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A March for Prayer: Answered Prayer Series


Usually when it’s time for an Answered Prayers edition, I turn to a book, and copy an excerpt from it, with a prayer answered by a miracle. But it would be remiss of us not to mention the incredible answer to our prayers that happened less than a week ago.

If you receive our newsletter, you might have seen that Franklin Graham organized a prayer march in Washington D.C. last Saturday. If you didn’t attend or catch it on the news, you might not know that an estimated 55,000 people attended! 55,000 thousands Americans traveled from all over the country, some as far away as Florida, just to pray for our country in unison.

If that isn’t an answer to the prevailing prayer that we all have been striving in, I don’t know what is!

Men and women knelt on the grass in the middle of our Nation’s capitol and lifted their voices for our country. Hymns were sung, hands were raised, and tears were shed.

Our Vice President and the Second Lady also attended and prayed with those so many thousands of Americans gathered in one accord.

The march was designed with seven destinations. Each group stopping at each one to pray together and then moving on at their own pace to the next. Those stops included the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

I hope you are encouraged by this testimony and take heart today to continue in the work you have been diligent in laboring in.

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Persistent Prayer

We must continue in persistent even repetitive prayer as Jesus instructed us to do. Over the years, we have prayed for many things, and God has answered so many of our prayers. God has truly done so much through our prayers!

But of course, there are still things we pray for that have not yet been answered. 

While He was on earth, Jesus shared with us a parable that was meant to encourage us to persist in prayer, even when we don’t see the answer to prayer right away.

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” ~Luke 18:1-8 

Jesus didn’t always explain the parables, but here He makes it very clear as to what He is meaning. He says in the first verse that the purpose of this parable is that we ought to pray and not lose heart. 

This story is a motivation that we must continue to ask God in prayer until we see it fulfilled! Jesus is not saying here that you can annoy God into action, but rather that if you can annoy an unjust judge enough to act how much easier will a just and merciful God act accordingly. 

Some Christians have the false idea that we pray once and put that prayer in a little box and put the box on the shelf so to speak. In other words, we can put that one prayer away and God, who knows all things, will remember we prayed it eliminating the need to pray again. However, here in Luke Jesus is telling us that no, we must persist!

Persistent even repetitive prayer (praying the same thing over and over again) is not wrong; it is what God wants from us!

E.M. Bounds wrote, “We are to press the matter, not with vain repetitions [as the Pharisees], but with urgent repetitions. We repeat, not to count the times, but to gain the prayer. We cannot quit praying because heart and soul are in it. Christ puts importunity as a distinguishing characteristic of true praying. We must not only pray, but we must pray with great urgency, with intentness AND WITH repetition. We must not only pray, but we must pray again and again.”

Now the obvious question is: Why? Why does God require that sometimes we must be persistent? Why don’t answers come right away?

Perhaps because by praying persistently proves to Him and ourselves how serious we are about how much we want what we are praying for. Actions speak louder than words. Praying fervently, again and again, is more than just words — it’s a combination of words and action. 

Another reason God may want us to pray persistently is that it changes us as we seek Him. Persistent prayer takes us into His presence allowing us to come to know Him more. Persistent prayer causes us to focus as we turn to Him. Persistent prayer takes our mind off the cares of this world and onto His abilities and His power. 

Regardless of the reason, we are to persist in prayer!

Even as we pray day after day, month after month, year after year, let us not give up! Continue to intercede until we see the fulfillment of what we are seeking.
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Must I Go, and Empty Handed: Songs of Revival


"I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4

This hymn was penned not long after the Second Great Awakening by Charles Carroll Luther. He was a journalist and lay evangelist before being ordained as a Baptist minister in 1886. Though not a prolific composer, he authored this hymn in 1877 when he heard Reverend A.G. Upham relate the story of a young man who was about to die. This young man had been a Christian for only one month. Though thankful to the Lord for granting him salvation during his final hour, he was nevertheless grieved that he had no opportunity to serve the Lord nor to share Him with others. He explained, “I am not afraid to die; Jesus saves me now. But must I go empty-handed?” Upon hearing this account, Luther wrote this hymn. Charles Luther then handed his lyrics to George C. Stebbins who did a beautiful job conveying the heart’s cry of this lovely hymn into music.

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George Muller: Men and Women of Faith Series

As I was thinking about who to study this week, I remembered George Muller, and I couldn’t believe that a man of such faith and prayer hadn’t been featured here yet. Sometimes, I think there are the “spiritual giants” that are spoken of so often we overlook the magnitude of their testimony because we are so accustomed to their stories. So today I would invite you to revisit the life of George Muller with fresh eyes and be convicted and encouraged by his life. 

George was born in Germany in 1805. He had a difficult childhood and resorted to stealing from friends and family at the young age of ten. Eventually, he was arrested and spent time paying his debt to society in jail. A friend he met at the University of Halle was the first person to show him what true Christianity is and later led him to the Lord. While finishing his college education George dreamed of one day becoming a missionary.

Shockingly, when he approached the missions board about going to preach wherever God might send him and living there by faith, they refused to continue supporting him if he did not go where they wanted to send him. He instead took a job at a small parish with only eighteen members. It was there he met Mary, a girl that would become his wife in three short months. 

Mary and George were inspired by her brother’s decision to sell all of his belongings and live with the firm belief that God would provide whatever he needed. The Mullers spent much of their early life growing the church, supporting missionaries, and evangelizing locally. 

Around 1835, George’s heart was burdened for the orphans that abounded in nineteenth-century England. Most orphanages charged a fee to care for children, leaving poor children little other option than to live on the streets and steal. He began to pray for funds to start an orphanage designed to train children in a trade. Then,
Miraculously, without sending any word out that he needed help, funds began to arrive!

Most of you know the story from here; he did receive the funds to start an orphanage and kept it running for over two decades. The orphanage itself cared for orphans for one hundred fifty years, long after Muller had passed. 

What set George apart from many, was his strong faith that God not only hears but also answers our prayers. He refused to ask for funds to support the orphanage, choosing rather to spend hours every day praying and rest believing that God would come through. He always did. 

Some of George’s most profound words give us but an inkling of the man of faith that he was:

“I had a secret satisfaction in the greatness of the difficulties which were in the way. So far from being cast down on account of them, they delighted my soul."

“It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing."

"Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends.”

There are many more wise words from this man of faith. May we be encouraged to take up the mantle of prevailing prayer with renewed fervor this week!

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Be Strong and Take Courage

Joab, the commander of the army of Israel under King David, in the midst of a battle against the Syrians and Ammonites, saw that the battle line was against them both before and behind. In this dire circumstance, he declared to his army, “Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” (1 Chronicles 19:13)

Though their enemies were in the front of them and behind them, Joab knew that if they would just take courage and be strong, God would give them the victory, and God did! 

Each one of us, as soldiers in the army of God, are in a battle against the spiritual powers of darkness.
Amid the battle against the spiritual powers of darkness, when the prophet Jeremiah saw the wicked prospering, he poured out his complaint before the Lord, and the Lord's answer was, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5) The Lord was telling Jeremiah that much more was yet to come! If he was struggling then in the current situation, how would he endure what was still to come?!

In the heat of the battle with the enemy prospering on every side, it is easy to lose heart and be tempted to retreat. The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” 

We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as we spend time with Him. As we spend time in God’s presence, we receive an impartation of divine inner strength. With that divine inner strength, we will not lose heart or fall back in the heat of the battle. With that divine inner strength, our eyes will not be on the circumstances but rather fixed on the Lord. With that inner divine strength, we will stand courageous and strong in the heat of the battle.

Years ago from the pulpits of America the importance of spending time daily, morning and evening, seeking the Lord was frequently preached. The importance of intimacy with Christ was preached, yet as the busyness of life crept in that message fell by the wayside. 

The powers of darkness know that if God's people spend time daily seeking the presence of God they will be strong and courageous in the battle and he will be defeated. It is vital that we spend time daily seeking God's presence! 

We do not know what tomorrow holds for our nation, for us, or for the church of Jesus Christ; but we know Who holds the nation and the church! We are told to be  courageous  andstrongas we faithfully fight in the war between light and darkness, and God will surely prevail! 

Though the battle is intense and it is raging  our strength is in God, andour victory is sure

Spend time daily in prayer and receive the divine inner strength for the battle.Be strong and take courage for the sake of our nation and the church of Jesus Christ!
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Yours and Elijah's: Answered Prayers Series

Prayers are never left unanswered; there is always a response: Yes, No, or Wait. The Word says that to God “a thousand years is as a day,” so maybe His “wait” seems long especially when our timelines feel so very different. Even though your prayer may already be answered, maybe today it does not feel like it has been. Elijah is here to encourage us. As the Bible says, He was a man of “like passions” as we are, in other words, he was merely a man with the same downfalls and struggles and passions that are found in our souls. These encouraging words can be found in James 5, where it speaks of Elijah’s experience in prayers answered, the types of prayers he prayed, and also instruction on how to reach for the level of prayer he attained.  

16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 

First, James instructs us to confess our offenses to one another, clear the air of sins, forgive one another, THEN pray for each other! By looking at verse 16, we can see that if we are seeking healing for ourselves the key is to confess your wrongdoings to those to whom you have done wrong and to PRAY for THEM, not ourselves. We find this also in Job 42:10, where it states, “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” If we are seeking healing for ourselves and our nation, we ought to consider praying for our brothers and sisters in other nations that are suffering horrendously compared to our current cushy situation.  

This verse also states that the effective prayer of the righteous is fervent. We are to look in the mirror and examine our hearts. Are we found righteous in God’s sight? Are we covered in the blood? Are we pursuing purity and right-mindedness while meditating on His laws? If not, we can attain righteousness by asking the Lord to purify us, search our hearts, and transform our minds by the Holy Spirit. The next key is found in the word “fervent.” The effective prayer of the righteous man is fervent. This prayer is not stated as “eloquent” or “perfect” but rather “fervent.” Here is the definition of fervent: 
1: very hot: GLOWING
2: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling: ZEALOUS

I ask myself, “Are my prayers passionate? Are they full of intensity? Can I describe my prayer life as utterly zealous?” We can only answer these personally, but if we find our prayers don’t carry these marks, we always can come to Christ asking humbly that He would cause our prayers to be fervent so that our prayers may be answered as Elijah’s were.  

As I mentioned before, Elijah was a man just like we are, yet when he prayed earnestly even the rains from the heavens would either stop or flow! I pray for us here at America Pray Now as well as all Christians everywhere that we would somehow press on to attain those effectual, fervent prayers. 

May we start on that path pursuing righteousness, confessing wrongdoings, praying earnestly for one another, and asking that the Holy Spirit would help us pray in utter fervency for the sake of lost souls, our country, His kingdom, and His name!
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A Prayer for Unity- Prayers of Note

Dwight Eisenhower became president during a very difficult time for the United States. We were recovering from one of the worst wars this world has ever seen; division, anger, and resentment were at the forefront of our nation’s mind. Much like today, there was little unity among the people and all too often it was fear rather than God’s word that was the leading factor in people’s actions.

At his inauguration, President Eisenhower recognized that he was simply a tool in God’s plan for his country. He understood the necessity of prayer and God’s guidance as he led America forward from this difficult time. He prayed this prayer:

Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment, my future associates in the executive branch of the government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng and their fellow citizens everywhere.
Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our works and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land.
Especially we pray that our concern will be for all the people, regardless of station, race, or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concept of our Constitution, hold to differing political beliefs, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and for Thy glory. Amen.

May this prayer of unity as well as this former president’s desire to bring glory to God as He guides us forward be the attitude of our hearts today. 

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Men and Women of Faith: Mary Ball Washington


“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 

The same can be said for our person of interest today, the mother of our first president, George Washington. 

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The Spirit of Prayer: Answered Prayer Series


Today’s answered prayer series comes from the late Ravi Zacharias’s book “The Logic of God.” While it isn’t a story of a specifically answered prayer, Ravi does address questions that many of us struggle with when we feel like our prayers are not being answered.

“I marvel at the impact of praying with a hurting person. I have prayed many times with someone who has claimed to be a skeptic and is living in a manner that supports that claim, only to finish my prayer and open my eyes to see tears in his eyes. Although prayer remains a mystery to all of us but especially to one who lives apart from God, I have observed again and again that even the hardened heart retains a longing for the possibility of communicating with God.

It is not my intention to deny the great disappointments of unanswered prayer, but let us look at what God intends prayer to be. The most definitive passage is what is often called the Lord’s Prayer, or, as some scholars like to call it, the Disciples’ Prayer. The highly significant first words carry the weight of all of prayer: ‘Our Father who art in heaven.’ ‘Our Father’ we recognize, at least implicitly, two truths: the nearness of God as heavenly Father, and the sovereignty of God as the One who controls everything. As soon as you cry out in prayer, “Heavenly Father” you are recognizing His presence in your life.

After the Lord’s Prayer and as His conclusion to it, Jesus told us that God would give the Holy Spirit, His indwelling presence, to those who ask for it (Luke 11:13). It is not spoken in the form of a question — it ends with an exclamation point! God will give the gift of the indwelling presence of the holy God to any who ask for it —this is an absolute certainty! You can count on it!

Sadly, we hear so little of this today. We have turned prayer into a means to our ends and seldom wait on God’s response long enough to think about what He wants for us in that very moment. By refusing the evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to one particular gift, we have robbed people of the Holy Presence that prompts us in prayer, prays for us when we don’t have the words to pray for ourselves, and comforts us in our times of need.

The paramount need today is the indwelling presence of God. In this incredible twist, the indwelling presence of God, the Holy Spirit, makes God both the Enabler of our prayers and the Provider of answers to those prayers. More than anything else, this is what prayer is about.”

Zacharias, Ravi. “The Logic of God.” Ravi Zacharias 2019

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Here, in the second chapter of First Timothy, the Apostle Paul is instructing Timothy and the body of Christ on practical matters. 

The apostle begins with the phrase “first of all.” In other words, he is saying, “Let me begin with…” or, “First, let me emphasize…” This is the only time the phrase “first of all” appears in the Bible. Paul uses this phrase to make us recognize the importance of what he is about to say. 

 He then continues by saying that, “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.” I would like to emphasize, first of all, that the prayer life of the believer should always include prayer for others, for all people. We are not to just pray for some people, not just the people you like or the people you feel especially need God’s help. Paul says all men. He then proceeded to explain why we are to pray for all men. As he shares in verses 4-5, Jesus Christ would have all men be saved. He died for all! To put it plainly,


Pray for all because He died for all. 

Jesus became the mediator for all the world! While it is true that not all accept Him, not all choose His sacrifice, not all make Him their Lord and Master; we still must pray for all because He died for all. 

In this portion of Scripture, the Apostle Paul calls to our attention a specific group of people we are to focus our prayers on. This group affects our lives whether we know them personally or not. In verse two, Paul says specifically, “For kings, and for all that are in authority.” What would the world look like if we, first of all, were to pray for all men, especially for those in authority? What would the world look like if the body of Christ truly interceded day after day for our leaders? 

It is easy for us to pray for someone who fights for righteousness and biblical values in our laws. But it is just as important for us to pray for those leaders void of God who have no knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. These leaders do not have the Holy Spirit guiding them. 

The Bible says in Romans 13:1 that all authority has been given by God. Whoever is currently in authority may not always be the perfect will of the Lord as was the case with King Saul. God wanted to lead Israel, but they wanted a king; so He gave them Saul. He allowed them to have the leader they wanted. And yet ultimately God is the one giving the power. Therefore,


We are to pray for ALL in authority even for those with whom we don’t always agree.

At the time of Paul’s writing, who were the kings that were in power? The leader of Rome was the infamous Nero who was one of the most brutal dictators in not only Rome’s history but also world history. He was responsible for the death of countless Christians. We can only imagine how difficult it was for the early church to pray for such a person. As the Christians in the early church were walking the streets of Rome, they could hear the clash of gladiators battling in the arena or the roar of lions waiting to eat their fellow church members. They could see the sight of believers being burned as torches lighting the city in brutal death. In Israel, there were also leaders like Pilot and Herod. There have always been and will always be evil people who opposed the gospel. But Paul clearly says to pray for even those who do these abominable things. He was asking the early church to do an incredibly radical thing. 

As a matter of fact, the Roman historian Josephus wrote that a war was started between Jews and Romans over this issue. The Romans wanted the Jews to pray for their leaders, and they refused. Blood was spilled over this issue. Paul is saying here in First Timothy that we as Christians should pray for our leaders no matter what their beliefs or opinions are. And the early church did pray. One of the bishops of the church in Smyrna Polycarp who was one of John’s disciples who himself died in the coliseum said, “Pray for all the saints; pray, too, for all kings and powers and rulers, and for your persecutors, and those that hate you, and for your cruel enemies.” He was echoing the words of Jesus, “Love your enemies, pray for them who despitefully use you.” 

We in America don’t face anything even close to what the early church faced. But Paul faithfully reminds the church of that era as well as the church today that we are to pray for those in authority regardless of their views, their opinions, or their political parties. 

In addition to telling the early church who to pray for (all men, kings, and those in authority), Paul also does not neglect to share the why. He gives two reasons for why we should pray for all these men. 

First, he says in verse two, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” How can this be true?! The early church was suffering so greatly, and many were being killed at the hands of Nero. What does Paul mean by talking about a peaceful and quiet life? The early church certainly did not experience tranquility at all. He is saying that this is the goal for us as Christians. Our desire is to be at peace and live quiet, godly lives.


We are to pray and pray and pray until we see this type of change even if it is not in our lifetimes.

We do not always see revival right away, but it comes through much prayer. Similarly, we will not see peace and quiet lives immediately, but it will eventually come through prayer. 

The second reason Paul gives as to why we should pray for our leaders is that they may “come to the knowledge of the truth,” that they may recognize that Christ is a mediator between God and man, that they may recognize that the man Jesus Christ took the penalty of sin and paid for it on our behalf. Paul could say this better than anyone else. He had previously been a man with authority coming against the body of Christ. He was once Saul of Tarsus void of truth who persecuted the church, but he was then radically transformed by the truth. 

Paul is definitely not the only one to have experienced this radical change. Nebuchadnezzar was worse than any leader we could ever imagine, yet through the power of God, he humbled himself and found God. Cyrus the Great was another pagan King whose heart was yielded to the Spirit of God and brought peace and restoration to God’s people. 

What would happen to the world if men and women of authority all over the world would turn to Christ through the prayers of the saints?! What would happen if, first of all, we interceded for our Governors, for President Trump, for our delegates, and for state senators as we never have before? If we were to do this faithfully, the changes we would see would be great indeed! There would be a change that would transform the whole world.

Today, in these tempestuous times, I implore you that we would, first of all, pray for our leaders. Let us in the body of Christ stand in the gap for kings and all that govern over us.

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Faith Claims the Victory: Answered Prayer Series


“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place the Most High, who is my refuge.” Psalm 91:7-9

These days, more than just about any, Christians find themselves thankful for the hope we have in Christ, redemption, and eternal life. Unlike others, we have hope and a purpose, and because of that our hearts are full of thanksgiving during times of continued uncertainty.

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