This past week I received a newsletter from another ministry and it said in part, "Are you aware of what is going on around the world and of the great persecution of Christians. In 2011 - 64 countries were killing Christians and in 2012 - 130 countries were killing Christians. Now we have just begun in 2013 and it has already increased.
We need to pray with great boldness, holding back nothing in prayer for our lives, others and the nations. It is the fervent prayer of a righteous man or woman (one who stands with sins forgiven) that reaches the throne of our Father, for it is He who rules over all creation with His majesty and His power."
If all the prayers of concerned Christians around the world were answered and if all the desires, requests and goals expressed throughout churches on this past weekend were to be implemented, it would radically change the nations of this world. Wars would be ended, ethnic hatreds tamed, politicians become honest, ecological restoration begun, global warming and AIDS halted, poverty reduced, etc. Ministers would become honest and open to the people.
God is the God who answers prayer, but many of God's people do not know how to pray effectively. It's not God who is not answering but we who are not praying according to His instructions. As believers we have a need to pray and intercede for our brothers and our sisters in many other countries where their freedom is not so liberal as ours is here in the west.
We need to pray because prayers are powerful when based on God's written Word!
Prayer is such a powerful force that can change Governments, circumstances, situations, and the things that are against you can be changed! God shapes the world by His Word in response to our prayer.
In Psalm 119.89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
In Matthew 6.9-10 When Jesus gave instruction on how to pray He said; 9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
He is saying that God wants us here to have His will settled in earth, in our hearts, the same as it is already settled in heaven, where there is no discussion and no debate about it.
Jeremiah 32.17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 32.27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things."
Ephesians 3:20, "Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes."
And we are sure of this; that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will, which is His Word. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then, we can be sure He will answer.
He says in 1 John 5.13-15 Amplified Bible 13 I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in the peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes, eternal life.
14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
Have a wonderful week praying and believing for those who are being persecuted around the world.