COLUMN: Prayer — a powerful weapon

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Philippians 4:5-7: Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When I was serving in the military, I had the responsibility of maintaining the readiness of fifty-eight M1A2 Abrams tanks. They are a lethal weapon with several weapons on board to defeat the enemy. It is a powerful tank, and when deployed properly, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance. And stops them dead in their tracks.

As Christians, we have a lethal weapon that terrifies the enemy, (Satan). When we pray, we can be at ease knowing that God hears our prayers, and answers them. God wants to hear from us and we can all on him through prayer. Prayer can be corporate, or we can take some solitude and speak with him in private. Either way, it is powerful, and lethal.

Jesus often prayed to the Father in solitude, and he even calls on us to do the same. Luke 5:16

Says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. No matter where you are, driving or walking around the neighborhood, you can use that time to lift someone up in prayer. Solitude does give you a moment to concentrate and spend intimate time with God.

Prayer helps us cope with difficult situations in life, such as poverty, sickness, death or disaster. It also gives us an opportunity to share our sorrows, and lets us share our joys. Prayer helps us to remain connected with God at all times in a state of humility and surrender. God wants to hear from us.

Today, I am reminded of the hurting and pain of so many people. Because of the pandemic, the uncertainty, and division in our nation, and the most recent shooting tragedies, friends and families are reaching for answers. They’re turning everywhere for answers as to why, and what is going to happen next. Parents are frantically attempting to explain to their children the reasons for so much conflict and dissention in our neighborhoods, work places and schools.

The most powerful thing we can do right now is pray. Pray for our families, our country, for direction, and strength. Pray for healing, peace, and the forgiveness for sins. Stop and take some time, corporately and in solitude to intercede on everyone’s behalf.

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

This scripture reminds us that what we need to do, right now, is to call out to God in humility, and seek his wisdom, and the answers we need will be given. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually.” As you do, take time to listen, and let God be your guide and source for knowledge and strength. God bless you all, and may he give you peace and understanding that only He can give during these difficult times.

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