Last week it was Hurricane Harvey in Texas. This week it’s Hurricane Irma wreaking major damage in the Caribbean and said to be a threat to the USA. Lives are in danger. For those of us from outside the areas affected, this is not a time to be passive and simply watch what’s happening. This is a time for Christians to unite in believing prayer. Let’s join with those who are in danger from Irma, but who are praying for and believing for miracles. Let’s believe that within the next few days there will be many praise reports of answered prayer.
In the unbelieving world in which we live it’s easy to go with the flow and assume that our prayers don’t make much difference. But we mustn’t take our cues from the world or from what we see on TV. We must exercise our faith and focus our attention on what God’s Word says. It say our believing prayers will avail much. In Mark 4 we read how Jesus calmed the storm. As believers, we have the right to expect the same kind of miracles when we pray.
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We are to pray for one another because prayer produces results in every situation! The generation that lived through world war 2 recognised this. In Britain, a National Day of Prayer was held on 26 May 1940. The entire British Army was about to be wiped out in France, there was no escape. The forecast was for storms in the Channel, so it was impossible to send ships to the rescue. But in answer to prayer, God turned the Channel into a millpond, every vessel that could float crossed the still waters and most of the British Army, over 330,000, got home!
Other days of prayer were held during those difficult days. Each time miracles happened. Prayer changed situations back then and it still has power to bring about change today.