The greatest offensive weapon of the church: PREVAILING PRAYER.
Prevail by definition-“to persevere and gain absolute triumph.”
Let’s come out of Laodicea. We haven’t arrived yet.
Consider 1 Chronicles 16:11; Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:17,18; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 16:18; James 4:6; etc.
Church of the living God-please push it through in prevailing prayer! Jesus Christ had to. Are we now to believe we don’t?
Stop playing defense, focusing on past mistakes or what hasn’t happened yet, thinking no-one really wants this message or lifestyle, or feeling like a perpetual, helpless victim of circumstances. This is not meant to be unsympathetic at all to those of us who struggle.
There’s no church growth, impact, revival, resource, etc., we can’t have with prevailing prayer in the will and timing of God, also assuming a follow up effort to evangelize and reap a harvest that is BEYOND OVERRIPE!
The only thing that can stop this is the church itself.
On this annual celebration of our country’s founding some 2.5 centuries ago, I would like take you back to Game 2 of the 2001 World Series that involved the New York Yankees, and specifically to this video clip of America the Beautiful being sung on home plate at Bank One Ballpark. If you love this country, and you love freedom, it may give you a chill.
The series start was delayed and finally opened almost 7 weeks after the attacks of 9/11/2001 in New York City.
At that time, America was reeling, shocked, and angry.
Watch as first responders and service members unfurl an American flag that covers most of outfield that they later shake to create rippling from the wind, as it were, as four F-16 fighter jets fly overhead. The atmosphere was just electric.
Singing this classic anthem is none other than the incomparable Ray Charles, who received a standing ovation to a deafening roar from almost 50,000 fans. Ray Charles Robinson left us in 2004 and this rendition may be mostly forgotten, but both now belong to the ages.
On that day in September almost 18 years ago, we were all New Yorkers.
Today, we are all Americans.