By Larry d. Wright
Just a few years ago our land was attach by terrorist. Until then the term homeland security had no meaning whatsoever. But all that changed on September 11, 2001. The devastation that we saw when two jet airliners brought down the twin towers in New York City and another plane crashed into the Pentagon killing thousands of people brought the concept of homeland security to the forefront.
Not only is our homeland under the threat of a vicious enemy also our homes are under attack as well. The most powerful resource we have to protect our homeland and our homes is PRAYER! We need men and women to meet the challenge with prayer.
What makes an ordinary obscure person a powerful weapon in the hands of God? Prayer!
Prayer is coming into the presence of God; it is entering the throne room of the KING of kings and LORD of lords; it is communicating with the creator of the world; it is bringing our questions to the one who has the answers; it is connecting our lives with the ALL knowing, ALL present and ALL powerful KING of kings. Prayer is coming near to God.
Charles Spurgeon said, "Prayers are the believer’s weapons of war. When the battle is too hard for us, we call in our great ally, who, as it were lies in ambush until faith gives the signal by crying out, ARISE oh LORD!"
Prayer can do anything that God can do because prayer involves God in the problems of man. Prayer literally unleashes the power of God. It is the slender nerve attached to the muscles of an omnipotent God.
Elijah was a man, a man passionate in prayer. He prayed the word of God into natural reality because he prayed with faith. Elijah impacted a nation through prayer because God honors this kind of praying.
Other Men Who Prayed Specifically
Job prayed for the purity of his kids. (Job 1:1-5) He prayed, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
Abraham prayed for the future spouse of his kids. In Genesis chapter 24 we see Abraham, who at the time was a very old man, praying for God to provided a godly wife for his son. A beautiful love story resulted.
Jacob prayed for God to Bless the Future of his children. Genesis 48 records the story of an aging Jacob gathering his son Joseph and His two grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh so he could pray and bless them. “May God, the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life, and the angel who has kept me from harm – may he bless these boys. May they preserve my name and the names of my grandfather Abraham and my father Isaac. And may they become a mighty nation.” (15-16)
David prayed that his son’s desire would be to obey God. David prayed for His son Solomon the following prayer: “Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, decrees and principles, and to build this Temple, for which I have made all these preparations.”(1 Chronicles 29:19)
We need to pray that our children will have a strong and consuming desire to obey ALL the commands of God.
We have become way too comfortable and assume too much! May we regain the desire for availing, fervent prayer! May we follow the instructions of Jesus and pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Earnest prayer moves God out of heaven and into earth! Biblical prayer secures our homeland.