A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

"A devotion may be someone's only Bible for the day."

Today's Devotion

With Prayer We Can't Fail

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the [Lord?s people].  Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

Photo courtesy of morguefile and ensignmedia.“Chaplain, sit for a moment. I want to talk to you about this business of prayer.” George S. Patton stood by the window watching the steady rain. For days, the Third Army had been bogged down due to the weather.

“Chaplain,” asked Patton, “how much praying is being done in the Third Army?” The Chaplain admitted that lately, not much.

“Chaplain, I am a strong believer in prayer. There are three ways men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out; that’s working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. Up to now, God has been very good to us.

We have never retreated. We have suffered no defeats, no famine, no epidemics. This is because a lot of people back home are praying for us. We were lucky in Africa, in Sicily, and in Italy, simply because people prayed. But we have to pray for ourselves too. We must ask God to stop these rains. This Army needs the assurance and the faith that God is with us. With prayer, we cannot fail.”

But what if we are forbidden to pray for the protection of our nation, the wisdom of our leaders, and the freedoms of our people? On August 29, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled officials could not pray before public meetings. The ruling, in the case of Joyner vs Forsyth County, admonished public officials to refrain from invoking the name of Jesus.

To pray is to call upon God and to invite Him into conversation. The Greek word enteuxis is often translated “intercession.” In the New Testament, the word is used to describe a petition presented to a king on the behalf of another. A petition is not an unspoken request but a bold supplication that carries with it the signatures of those who dared to come before the ruling authorities. God listens to our silent prayers, but He also longs to hear our voices raised to the heavens, demanding justice for the oppressed and assistance for the wounded and hurting.

Between December 12 and December 14, 1944, two hundred and fifty thousand copies of General Patton’s Prayer Cards were distributed to the troops. On December 20, the rains ceased. For almost a week, American warplanes bombarded the German army that had been advancing under the cloak of fog. General Patton prayed for fair weather and God sent it.

Perhaps it’s time to gather in our homes, churches, public squares, and courtrooms and ask God to have mercy on us and forgive our sins. Each year the United States recognizes a national day of prayer. What our country needs is a group of citizens who will pray without ceasing.

Will we embrace that challenge?

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and ensignmedia.)

(For more devotions, visit us at www.christiandevotions.us.)

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is a North Carolina-based writer and Acquisition Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He is also an award-winning author with HarperCollins. He is cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and is a speaker and teacher at writers conferences nationwide.




Share This Blog:



Rise From The Ashes

RISE FROM THE ASHES

Christian Devotions is grateful for those who believe in the work of this ministry by helping us finance and rebuild the www.christiandevotions.us site. Without your support we could not have gotten the sight rebuilt and back on-line. A special thank you to SKWD Associates who came to our assistance to take on the task of rebuilding the physical site.

Now we work to rebuild our Christian Devotions Speak UP. Christian Devotions Ministries is a non-profit 501c3 ministry and all donations are tax deductible. Help us continue to rebuild the sites of this ministry so we are able to effectively serve.