On 1-17-23 there was a MAT (Ministry Action Team) meeting where the FCC leadership congregates to monitor the health of our Church. Much of the time was spent on the usual business, but one member brought up the need for prayer. We know from the Bible that we are to pray about virtually everything --- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "pray without ceasing". But how effective is prayer?
In her book "Faith Still Moves Mountains" Harris Faulkner (Fox News personality) tells the story of General Patton during WW II being bogged down by unrelenting rain. He called for his chaplain and the GENERAL explained to the CHAPLAIN the need for prayer. As a result, prayer cards were distributed to the entire 3rd Army (250,000 men) which was eventually followed by a break in the weather allowing Patton to move his tanks north and repel the enemy in the Battle of the Bulge. This victory was the beginning of the end for that War in Europe.
But does it take 250,000 men praying to get God's attention? Moses, all by himself, pleaded with God not to exterminate the nation of Israel on TWO separate occasions (Exodus 32:10 and Numbers 14:12) and God relented both times. But with only one man praying on behalf of several million people, the effect seemed to have a limited time as God made the same threat two more times (Numbers 16:21 and 16:45). James 5:16 says "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much."
Our Church, the Church, our city, our state, our nation, and our world are all affected by sin --- the only OFFENSE* we have is prayer. Therefore, let us pray.
*Our defense is found in Ephesians 6 --- the armor of God.
~ Art Van Eaton