Prayer- The Greatest Weapon- AJ Iovino

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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PRAYER

THE GREATEST WEAPON A CHRISTAIN POSSESSES

ANTHONY IOVINO

1-23-10

 

 

 

With a seemingly endless onslaught of attacks against Christians going on throughout the world, I often wonder what I can do to bring attention to these ruthless acts of violence.  I have been speaking up to many I come into contact with and I stay informed via news reports regarding the persecution of Christians.  But, I feel as though I am not doing enough.  Surely, we cannot rely on our government, as they are mostly silent on this issue.  I think our government is fearful of offending the perpetrators of these attacks, rather than pursuing them and bringing them to justice.  Speaking out for persecuted Christians is not high on their “to do” lists.  The worldwide media outlets are even worse and in most cases are reporting the exact opposite of what is really taking place.  Many of their reports are not factual, covered up and/or glossed over.  To me, this is a crime.  There are a few reliable news sources out there who are reporting these atrocities and are not concerned of being politically correct.  One such reporting/watchdog agency is International Christian Concern (www.persecution.org).  This organization is very well organized, truthful and factual.  There website is very easy to navigate and places all reporting by country of origin.  They also provide many facts about each country as it relates to levels of hostility towards Christians.  I believe that Christians in theUnited States need to organize, mobilize, criticize and evangelize before these attacks begin in our land.

So what about prayer?  Why is prayer so important?  What is Prayer?  In short, prayer is an address (as a petition) to God.  I feel that prayer is our number one weapon in this war.  Biblical Prayer demonstrates that we rely on God and His strength as our primary help.  Without prayer, we would be like a soldier without his sword.  I believe that many Christians are not praying as they should, because they are not reading God’s Word.

After Jesus met with His disciples for the Passover Feast, He headed towards Gethsemane.  Prayer was Jesus’ top priority that night.  He tells his disciples, “sit here while I go over there and pray.”  (Matthew 26:36).  Next we read that Jesus became sorrowful and troubled.  He says, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”  (Matthew 26:38).  He then falls to the ground and prays, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.”  (Matthew 26:39). Our Lord felt the tremendous weight of sin on His shoulders; He knows his betrayer is on the way leading a party to arrest Him.  He knows His disciples are tired and can barely stay awake.  He is abandoned and He feels the pressure, sorrow and agony on His soul.  But He prays with all His heart, soul and might and He does not lose sight of His mission.  He knows the Father is in control.  This is our model for prayer.  Do you pray like Jesus?  Do we fall to the ground and petition the Father—“not my will, but your will?”  This is what we need to be doing.  Only God’s mighty hand can rescue us from a world that has gone out of control.  Only God can effect lasting change.  Only- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be His name, His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven…He meets our needs, forgives our sin and enables us to forgive what others have done unto us.  Only God can deliver us from Satan and all his evil minions.  We need only to fall to our faces and rely solely on Him.  For He will never abandon us totally.  “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.  All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.”  (Psalm 6:9-10).

We cannot fight this battle on our own or in our own strength.  We need to pray like Jesus.  He is our model for how we should pray.  Do not be disheartened by all that is taking place in our world today.   Each of us can make a difference.  Take up your sword and pray to our Lord and Savior for all our brothers and sisters around the world who this very night are battling with the enemy.  Lift them up in prayer.  The anti-God legions cannot control or stop prayer.

Devotional-Prayer- The Greatest Weapon a Christian Possesses-Anthony Iovino 1-23-10

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